Grade 4

  • Class Overview

  • Grade 4

    Grade Four students are eager, enthusiastic, and growing up! This year is their first year as intermediate students, with higher expectations for student behaviour, academics, and independence. We intend to provide a strong academic program that helps the children to be successful and confident learners.

    The British Columbia curriculum lends itself well to field trips in our local environment. A big part of the Grade Four school year will be our participation in “Salmon in the Classroom”. We will engage in activities in and out of the classroom to learn more about our British Columbia ecosystems and the Indigenous peoples of the Fraser Valley. We will use technology to create presentations that demonstrate our learning.

  • Curriculum Summary

  • Christian Education

    Our school theme this year is, “Walk with Jesus our Living Hope”.  The class is going to participate in outreach to “Matthew’s House” – previously this was a respite care home for special needs children.  However, they are now a residential facility for youth and young adults with special needs.

    Using “Christ our Life” as a guidebook we will:

    • follow the Liturgical seasons in prayer (both daily and communal prayer in the school).
    • receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly.
    • participate in regular adoration and prayer times in the Church.
    • enjoy fellowship in our weekly Hymn Sing in the gym.
    • join together each month for a school Mass with our various parish priests celebrating with us.
  • Language Arts

    The Language Arts curriculum is divided into four areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. In Grade Four we will:

    • further develop the skills that we have been learning since Kindergarten, with an emphasis on deeper thinking.
    • explain things further, make connections to what we have heard, read or written, analyze work, and self-assess our work.
    • continue to improve the mechanics of our writing in terms of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Math

    In Math the focus of our learning is on:

    • Patterns and relationships with numbers
    • Geometry
    • Measurement
    • Statistics and probability
    • Working with larger numbers to 10,000
    • Concentrating on deep understanding of the relationship between multiplication and division, along with learning basic facts
    • Telling time using the 24-hour clock, both analog and digital
    • Creating and interpreting graphs
  • Science

    In Science there are several key understandings. They include:

    • Living things sense and respond to their environment.
    • Matter has mass, can change, and takes up space.
    • Energy can be transformed.
    • The motions of the Earth and Moon cause observable patterns that affect living and non-living systems.
  • Socials

    In Socials we focus on the following:

    • The pursuit of natural resources has a role in changing the land, the people, and communities of Canada.
    • Interactions between First Peoples and European peoples led to conflict and cooperation which has shaped and continues to shape Canada’s destiny.
    • Demographic changes in North America create shifts in economic and political power.
    • British Columbia has followed a unique path in becoming part of Canada.
  • Fine Arts

    In Grade Four we will:

    • Use various materials and techniques to create interesting and attractive visual art, including watercolour, pastel, printmaking, collage, etching, and combinations of each.
    • We will include Drama through role-play activities and reader’s theatre.  We will likely attend two local theatre experiences, including Abbotsford Children’s Theatre (The Grinch) and St. John Brebeuf’s musical production of “Annie”.
  • Class Schedule

    for the 2020-2021 school year
    08:25Welcoming BellWelcoming BellWelcoming BellWelcoming BellWelcoming Bell
    8:30 – 8:40Opening and First FiveOpening and First FiveOpening and First FiveOpening and First FiveOpening and First Five
    8:40 – 8:45Prayer/AnnouncementsPrayer/AnnouncementsPrayer/AnnouncementsPrayer/AnnouncementsPrayer/Announcements
    8:45 – 9:20Christian EducationChristian EducationHymn Sing/ AssembliesChristian EducationChristian Education
    9:20 – 10:15MathMathFrenchMathMath
    10:50 – 12:00Language ArtsLanguage ArtsLanguage Arts (USE IT)Language ArtsLanguage Arts
    12:00 - 12:20Lunch RecessLunch RecessLunch RecessLunch RecessLunch Recess
    12:25 - 12:45Prayer Read and FeedPrayer Read and FeedPrayer Read and FeedPrayer Read and FeedPrayer Read and Feed
    12:45 – 1:55Science and/or
    Social Studies
    Visual ArtsScience and/or
    Social Studies (USE IT)
    PE grade 4/5Science and/or
    Social Studies
    1:55 – 2:30Silent Reading / Prepare for dismissalSilent Reading / Prepare for dismissalSilent Reading / Prepare for dismissalSilent Reading / Prepare for dismissalSilent Reading / Prepare for dismissal
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  • Class Teacher

    • Mr. Michael Sorley
      Grade 4 Teacher

      Mr. Michael Sorley

      Grade 4 Teacher

      Mr. Sorley received his Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California. Prior to teaching, Mr. Sorley worked for 11 years as an Educational Assistant in the CISVA. He is excited to be teaching Grade Four at St. James Elementary and to be a part of the school community.