Australian Curriculum - Year 4

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Language
Literature
Literacy

Language variation and change


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Understand that Standard Australian English is one of many social dialects used in Australia, and that while it originated in England it has been influenced by many other languages


Language for interaction


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Understand that social interactions influence the way people engage with ideas and respond to others for example when exploring and clarifying the ideas of others, summarising their own views and reporting them to a larger group

Understand differences between the language of opinion and feeling and the language of factual reporting or recording


Text structure and organisation


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Understand how texts vary in complexity and technicality depending on the approach to the topic, the purpose and the intended audience


Understand how texts are made cohesive through the use of linking devices including pronoun reference and text connectives

Recognise how quotation marks are used in texts to signal dialogue, titles and quoted (direct) speech

Identify features of online texts that enhance readability including text, navigation, links, graphics and layout


Expressing and developing ideas


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Understand that the meaning of sentences can be enriched through the use of noun groups/phrases and verb groups/phrases and prepositional phrases


Investigate how quoted (direct) and reported (indirect) speech work in different types of texts

Understand how adverb groups/phrases and prepositional phrases work in different ways to provide circumstantial details about an activity

Explore the effect of choices when framing an image, placement of elements in the image, and salience on composition of still and moving images in a range of types of texts

Incorporate new vocabulary from a range of sources into students’ own texts including vocabulary encountered in research

Understand how to use strategies for spelling words, including spelling rules, knowledge of morphemic word families, spelling generalisations, and letter combinations including double letters


Recognise homophones and know how to use context to identify correct spelling

  • Study Spelling module #28 in Skill Builders to assist in identifying the correct use of homophones.


Literature and Context


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Make connections between the ways different authors may represent similar storylines, ideas and relationships


Responding to Literature


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Discuss literary experiences with others, sharing responses and expressing a point of view


Use metalanguage to describe the effects of ideas, text structures and language features of literary texts


Examining Literature


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Discuss how authors and illustrators make stories exciting, moving and absorbing and hold readers’ interest by using various techniques, for example character development and plot tension

Understand, interpret and experiment with a range of devices and deliberate word play in poetry and other literary texts, for example nonsense words, spoonerisms, neologisms and puns



Creating Literature


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Create literary texts that explore students’ own experiences and imagining

Create literary texts by developing storylines, characters and settings

  • Select a setting, character and plot in Story Machine to create an imaginative text.
  • Plan and create a digital comic based on a familiar traditional story like the ones in Graphic Classics.

Texts in Context


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Identify and explain language features of texts from earlier times and compare with the vocabulary, images, layout and content of contemporary texts


Interacting with others


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Interpret ideas and information in spoken texts and listen for key points in order to carry out tasks and use information to share and extend ideas and information

Use interaction skills such as acknowledging another’s point of view and linking students’ response to the topic, using familiar and new vocabulary and a range of vocal effects such as tone, pace, pitch and volume to speak clearly and coherently

Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations incorporating learned content and taking into account the particular purposes and audiences


Interpreting, Analysing, Evaluating


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Identify characteristic features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the text

Read different types of texts by combining contextual, semantic, grammatical and phonic knowledge using text processing strategies for example monitoring meaning, cross checking and reviewing

Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning to expand content knowledge, integrating and linking ideas and analysing and evaluating texts


Creating Texts


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Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features

Reread and edit for meaning by adding, deleting or moving words or word groups to improve content and structure

Write using clearly-formed joined letters, and develop increased fluency and automaticity

Use a range of software including word processing programs to construct, edit and publish written text, and select, edit and place visual, print and audio elements


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