August 21

Book Week 2017!

This year’s theme is ‘Escape to Everywhere’ and looking at the variety of costumes on display from 4G, the kids obviously enjoy getting lost into many different books. We had characters from several different books – Well done to the students for their creativity and the parents (I assume!) for helping put together some amazing outfits. Check out some of the amazing pictures below.

In other exciting news, a note for our excursion next Thursday has gone out recently. Please make sure it is signed and returned ASAP. We’re looking forward a terrific afternoon out.

Mr Hubbard (AKA Mr Tall).

August 10

Year 4G – Update

The Year Fours have made a great start to Term 3 and have been working incredibly hard in all subject areas.

In Writing, the students have just finished their information report writing and are working on developing some terrific expositions. In Reading, the students have started their novel studies for the term. It is great to see them develop their comprehension skills with texts they are loving to read. In Word Works, the students have been sorted into new groups and have just done some revision on their understanding of homophones.

In Maths, we have been working on various concepts in the Measurement strand. Many of these concepts have been integrated into our art. We used angles to design various patterns in our initials; and identified them as acute, obtuse, right, reflex or straight angles. Another way we incorporated mathematics into our art program was through symmetry. The students each got to pull a silly face (Which they obviously all despised!!!!) which were cut in half. The students then had to redraw it symmetrically when it had been cut in half. Check out some of the results below!

It’s been great to see an improvement in the classes organisation over the term, particularly with student homework. It is each child’s responsibility to bring in their Mental Maths book and their diary that has been signed by a parent, as well as any other homework issued during the week. I was really impressed hearing all the different ways the students are learning their times tables to reflect what we’re doing in class. If you are after some resources to develop your children’s recall of times tables, feel free to get in touch for some suggestions.


May 11

First Eucharist preparation

The students are working very hard to prepare themselves for their First Eucharist, taking place on Saturday the 20th of May at 4:30pm. They have been shown great enthusiasm and reverence as they prepare for this very special day.

Just to remind you, that on Monday the 15th of May there is an interactive workshop for parents and students who are receiving their First Eucharist. This is held from 7-8:30pm at the St Columba’s Church Hall. We look forward to seeing you then.

We are also having a Reflection Day on Thursday the 18th of May all day. Thank you to the parents who have already returned their permission slips.

May 8

First Holy Communion Photos

Dear parents,

If you wish to have photos professionally taken before the First Holy Communion Mass, please return the photo form to myself by Wednesday the 10th of May at the very latest. After this date the schedule will be finalised, and additional times will not be able to be added.

If you wish to access the photos of the Mass, but do not want professional photos to be taken of your child before the Mass then you do not need to return the form.

Thank you,

Matt Hubbard

Year 4G teacher

May 2

On Friday the 28th of April, the class went down to the Bayswater Wetlands for a day run by the City of Bayswater. It was a terrific day out in the sun where the students participated in a variety of exciting activities.

We got to learn about how Australia’s native fauna are looked after and even got to set some traps that the Department of Parks and Wildlife use to protect them and collect information!

The class also had a tour of the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary where we went bird watching and saw a variety of birds with our binoculars. It was very interesting to learn about how the sanctuary was created, and the effect our water usage has on it.

Another activity we did was test the water levels of the Swan River. We got to use the equipment that the Department of Parks and Wildlife do to look at  various levels of the water. It was interesting to learn about what happens when different levels in the water were too high or too low.

The most popular activity for most students was being able to go fishing! The entertaining team from Recfishwa taught us the importance of fishing in a sustainable way, and how to fish. The students had a lot of fun attempting to fish, and Brooke even caught a bream!

It was a lot of fun, and the students learnt a lot!

March 29

Week 9 in Year 4G

Wow, hasn’t this term flown by! It’s been a very busy term in Year 4G with a lot of hard work involved. Today’s blog is to inform you of the amazing work the class has been producing!


This term we finished our unit that focused on Baptism and our consciences. We talked about what Baptism is, why people receive it and  how it is allows us to join God’s family and develop a relationship with God. We talked about how water is a special symbol to do with Baptism, and what it represents. One of the activities students enjoyed doing was designing a Piccollage on the Rite of Baptism. Here are a few samples.

We are now looking at Reconciliation and the topic of forgiveness as we prepare for Easter.


In 4G, we break out Literacy lessons into three sessions: Reading,  Writing and Word Works.

In Reading, we have been working in groups on different comprehension strategies. One strategy we have been working on is ‘Making Connections’. We have been making text to text, text to self and text to world connections – when we make these connections it helps us to better understand a text.

In Word Works, we have got our routines sorted and are doing very well in class. The students have been doing amazingly in both their independent rotations and time with me – and their spelling scores reflect their high scores. Please make sure your child is doing the daily homework (found on the inside of their ‘Words Their Way’ book).

In Writing, students are just finishing their own traditional fairytale stories. It’s been great to see students attempting to include the structure, vocabulary and punctuation we have been working on in class. Below are some photos of students dissecting texts to look at the structure, vocabulary and punctuation used.


In Numeracy this term we have been looking at number facts and place value. We have just finished a unit on Odd and Even numbers to look at patterns when we add, subtract or multiply them. It was very interesting to see these patterns and the students can use it as a tool to check their answers.  We will be looking at Chance and Data for the rest of the term.


Parents, please make sure your children are doing their homework. Each night the students are to do at least 10 minutes reading, a spelling activity (In their Words Their Way book) and a set of questions in their Mental Maths books.


It’s also highly recommended students spend some time completing Mathletics tasks, which are updated weekly to reflect what we are doing in class.



February 21

Welcome to Year 4G!

This blog will be updated over the course of the year to keep you informed of all the important upcoming events, and to show you all of the amazing work that the class is completing.

The first few weeks of the year have been very busy, but a lot of fun, as the class gets to know each other. The students have been involved in a lot of activities to show me their interests, and I look forward to including these over the year in my teaching. The students have also been considering what they want to achieve over the year.

Last week we began our narrative unit by writing a story answering the question “Why was Goldilocks alone in the forest at the beginning of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears?” The students spent a session planning their stories, and sharing these ideas with their peers. The next day the students had 45 minutes to turn their ideas into a narrative. On the third day, the students were given time to edit their work and develop their words.

To make the writing session as productive as possible, the classroom was turned into a calming environment. The students were given special pencils to write with, candles were lit (Or LED candles were switched on!) and concentration music was played. In their self-reflections the students said they enjoyed the music and freedom to write what they wanted with some guidance. It was amazing to see the students so focused for such a large time. You can see the students being very productive in the video below.

Please check to make you are receiving notifications for the blog to see all of the exciting things that will take place this year!