Grade 4 & 5 Room P2October 10, 2023
Program Overview 2023-2024
Robertson School, Grade 4/5, Room P2
Teacher: Ms. Hladun
Welcome to P2 and the 2023-2024 school year! My name is Ms. Hladun and I am excited to be your child’s teacher this year! Our learning year is about to begin and I am eager to see our community of learners grow together! Below, I have included a brief description of the concepts that will be covered in our classroom this year, as well as some information to ensure that your child has a successful learning experience. I am confident that we have a great year ahead of us!
Where possible, subject areas will be integrated, and will include the following:
English Language Arts: Students will use language to listen, speak, view, read, write, and represent. They will learn different strategies to think about an understand what they read, see, and watch. Asking good questions about a research topic, and creating and following a plan to find information is an important part of Grade 4. Following a plan to complete a research project is an important part of Grade 5. Students will learn to create messages, stories, and presentations that are clear and interesting for their listeners and readers. Students will also participate in daily phonics instruction and the Units of Study writing program.
Math: All students will develop mental math strategies to help with problem solving and math operations. They will learn through the strands of number, shape and space, patterns and relations, and statistics and probability.
Grade 4 students will use objects, pictures, and numbers to show and compare quantities up to 10 000 using different strategies. They will continue to work on multiplication and division, including the recall of facts up to 5 x 5, and learn to add and subtract decimals. Students will learn to read and record time, connect numbers and shapes to their everyday lives, and explain patterns in charts and tables. They will also solve problems and explain their strategies, using objects, pictures, and equations.
Grade 5 students will use diagrams, equations, and words to represent their personal mental strategies when problem solving. They will continue to work on multiplication and division, including the recall of facts up to 9 x 9 and multi-digit problems. Students will also continue to work on fractions and decimals.
Social Studies: Students will explore the peoples and stories of Canada up to the year 1867. They will learn about the First Peoples, Early European Colonization, the Fur Trade, and From British Colony to Confederation.
Science: Through hands on learning investigations and research tasks, students will learn about maintaining a healthy body, properties of and changes in substances, forces and simple machines, and weather. They will also take part in the design process.
Health: Students will utilize the Zones of Regulation program, Project 11, and Thrival lessons to foster self-regulation, emotional control, and self-awareness. They will learn about living an active and healthy lifestyle. Students will also learn about making good choices for healthy eating, physical activity and safety, and about ways to avoid and deal with stress and conflicts.
Art: Students will explore ways to express themselves creatively, and continue to develop skills while using art language. They will think about the importance and meaning of the arts in their own lives, in their communities, around the world, and throughout history. Students will learn to think critically and talk about their experiences with learning the arts.
Goals and Expectations
Our class, and our school, make up a community of learners. We will share our strengths and work on challenges to help everyone succeed. We will nurture a caring environment where all students feel accepted, respected, valued, and safe. Students will follow the Robertson School rules of making good choices by listening to adults, showing respect, being safe, and being a learner.
Students will be assessed in an ongoing way – most frequently through observation and conversation – with some formal assessments along the way. These formal assessments will include reading records, the Units of Study writing continuum, and the WSD Learning Pathway (Math). The goal of assessment is always to determine what a student is able to do and set appropriate learning goals to work towards.
I will be using Seesaw to make home-school communication easy. Please ensure you check Seesaw at least twice a week for valuable reminders, classroom updates, and snapshots from your child’s classroom learning. If you would like to reach me at any point during the school year, you can send me a message on Seesaw or call the school (204-589-4745) to set up a meeting. We are partners in your child’s education and I welcome your involvement! We have an exciting, enriching year of learning ahead of us!