Year 4 Curriculum Overview

Crestwood Public School - Term 2 2021

Overview of Teaching & Learning

Overview of Teaching & Learning

Programming is the process of selecting and sequencing learning experiences which enable students to engage with syllabus outcomes and develop subject specific skills and knowledge. The process of programming is typically shared and offers an opportunity for collaboration, professional reflection and evaluation.


  • reflect the needs, interests and abilities of students
  • are based on syllabus outcomes and include a variety of teaching, learning and embedded assessment activities, strategies and resources to address the learning needs of all students
  • are flexible and dynamic documents that change in response to student learning needs, school context, teacher evaluation and feedback


  • This term in Writing, students will focus on persuasive texts using the books Queenie by Corinne Fenton & illustrated by Peter Couldithorpe, Elephant by Jenni Desmond and Zoo by Anthony Browne . This unit has been developed to build the students skills in understanding of purpose, audience and language by drafting, proofreading and editing persuasive texts. Students will use simple and complex sentences, paragraphing, punctuation and grammatical features to support meaning. We will focus on increasing fluency when writing, applying NSW Foundation Style and developing digital publishing skills. Students will be encouraged to explain and reflect on how they structure their writing to achieve intended purposes.

  • During Literacy, students will be supported to independently read, view and respond to familiar and challenging texts. They will be encouraged to justify their ideas using a range of skills and strategies. The students will work on identifying literal information in texts and make inferences by linking ideas and asking questions to clarify understandings. The students will explore the structural and grammatical features and purposes for a range of written, visual and multimodal texts.

  • In Speaking and Listening, the students will explore a variety of roles when interacting in pairs and groups, attending to different views and responding appropriately. They will be encouraged to use various listening behaviours to gather general ideas and key points from conversations, reports or spoken presentations.


  • During Mathematics, students will be working on applying their mental and written strategies to assist with solving problems. They will use technology to investigate mathematical concepts and check their solutions. Students will be encouraged to use appropriate language to explain and check their strategies used when solving problems.

  • Students will count, order, read and record numbers of up to five-digits. They will use mental strategies to recall multiplication facts up to 10 × 10 and related division facts. Students represent, model and compare commonly used fractions, and model, compare and represent decimals of up to two decimal places. They perform simple calculations with money and solve simple purchasing problems.Students record, describe and complete number patterns and determine missing numbers in number sentences. Students recognise the properties of odd and even numbers.

  • Students will estimate, measure, compare, convert and record length, area, volume, capacity and mass using formal units. They will use a grid-reference system to describe position, and compass points to give and follow directions. They make simple calculations using scales on maps and plans.

  • Students will list all possible outcomes of everyday events, and describe and compare chance events in social and experimental contexts.

Science & Technology

  • This term student will investigate how we grow food and fibre and how it’s processed into a useable form. They will focus on cotton, how it’s produced, how farms are developing sustainable practices, the process it goes through to make clothes. Students will then look at how food is mechanically peeled and create their own healthy recipe. The final task is to investigate, design and make a system for food production.

HSIE (Geography)

  • This semester students explore the climate, natural vegetation and native animals of places in Australia and Asia. They examine the importance of natural vegetation and natural resources to the environment, animals and people and learn about the ways people value environments, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Students identify sustainable practices and recognise that there are differing views on how sustainability can be achieved. They will develop geographical questions to investigate and collect and record relevant data and information to answer these questions.

Creative and Practical Arts (CAPA)

  • Dance will be the focus for Term 2. Students will learn and perform dances demonstrating a range of movement skills structured to music. They explore dance movements and show how these can be selected and combined to convey meaning. Students discuss the meaning and purpose of dance and the roles of the creator and performer.
  • In RFF with Mrs French

Personal Development, Health, Physical Education

  • Students are expected to participate in 150 minutes of physical activity each week. One hour of physical activity will be run by the Be Skilled, Be Fit team on Mondays. The students will participate in PSSA or house sport on Fridays.

  • All students are participating in child protection lessons this term as part of PDH.


This term students will be writing Book Reviews to link with the class ‘Reading to Write ‘unit on persuasive texts. They will read examples of reviews from the Spaghetti Book club website, participate in modelled and guided writing reviews of picture books, then write their own review of a chapter book in our school library. This will be published on the Oliver library system. Completion of the 2021 Premier’s Reading Challenge will also be encouraged along with consistent borrowing.