My name is Mr. Clark. I grew up in a small suburb of Melbourne, Australia, called Eltham North, where my parents still live and studied at Latrobe University in Bendigo, a country town in central Victoria. In 2009, I travelled to England and very quickly met my now wife Eleanor, who I married at the beginning of 2012. Last year our baby, Olivia Rose was born. I am a huge sports fan and enjoy playing golf and cricket as well as supporting my Australian football team, the Brisbane Lions. My favourite subjects to teach are maths, reading and PE. I love to travel and I am interested in photography, carpentry and reading good stories. I am really excited to be teaching Class 4 this year.
Welcome to the new school year in Class 4. We have had a great start to the year; the children have settled in well and seem very enthusiastic about their learning.
Start of the day: We encourage students at Yorkley Primary School to be independent and organised. School begins at 8:50am, although school doors will open at 8:40am.
Home reading: Daily reading with your child is essential for their progress. Numerous reward programs have been set up in the classroom. Children are encouraged to read out loud to an adult as often as possible. Please listen to them read, ask them questions about what they read and continue to support them. It would also be wonderful if you could write a short note in their Reading Record about how well they have read or mention any difficulties that may have had.
Belongings: Please continue to check that your child’s items are clearly labelled and encourage them to take responsibility for them.
Swimming and PE: Swimming will be on Thursday this term, while Physical Education lessons will be on Tuesday. Please ensure your child has a full swimming and PE kit (white shirt, black shorts) including, appropriate footwear (e.g. daps/trainers). Please, may I also request for children not to wear earrings to school on these days?
Homework: Homework will be sent home each Friday, with the expectation that it will be handed in the following Friday (although it can be handed in earlier). If your child doesn’t hand in their homework, a note will be sent home requesting that it be completed by the following Monday. If their homework is still outstanding, children will be provided with the opportunity to complete it during their own time.
Creative Curriculum – Explore:
During this topic, we will EXPLORE the world through an imaginary trip around the world, stopping at the following countries: France, China, Australia, Kenya, Brazil and the United States of America a quick visit to Antarctica.
Creative Curriculum Topic Web
Please click on the link below to view our Topic Web for this term:
Website links to help at home:
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/countries.html (Geography / English)
During the past year, children in Class 4 have enjoyed working in partnership with their classmates:
Children worked with a partner to give and receive clear instructions. Through attentive listening and concise instructions, they had great success recreating each other’s designs using blocks.
The next step was to follow written instructions to make a paper plane:
Bead Making in Class 4
Children in Class 4 designed their own jewellery from recycled paper. There were lots of stages to the process, beginning with drawing and cutting out the long thin triangles of paper.
Next step was to glue and roll the paper slips around a skewer to form the basis of a bead.
- each bead was left to dry before covering with a PVA varnish
- some beads were painted with water colours before varnishing
- once dry, the beads were arranged to create an attractive pattern and then threaded onto elastic.
‘At first I couldn’t do it but I persevered and had patience and then I got really good!’ said Charlie
Brooklyn said, ‘I made one big bracelet with lots of beads – I gave it to my mum.’
‘My mum asked how I made it. I could tell her , step by step. Making beads is awesome!’ said James.
Children worked together using wooden sticks and Playdough to create 3D shapes. Teamwork and collaboration were vital! They found that if the first face was made well, the next faces could be built on to complete their shape.