This year, however, it was much easier as both Moozle & Bengy’s weeks line up. We’ve just finished an exam week – Term 1 of Year 4 & Year 8.
The general outline of the Year 4 exam questions below is taken from the Ambleside Online suggestions but I’ve changed some and adapted others to suit our Australian content and our personal situation.
Write 2-4 lines of a poem that you memorized this term.
She chose The Owl by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
A dragon-fly is caught in the meshes of the web. With one wing free it struggles to escape. It shakes the web, but the cables hold in spite of the shaking.
The Story Book of Science Pg 131
I started doing regular studied dictation with Moozle a few months ago and can see an improvement in her spelling over that time.
1. Describe your favourite scene or character from Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale
2. Narrate a story from Age of Fable
This narration was done after we finished The Winter’s Tale late last year and I’ve included it here as an early exam piece. We haven’t read Shakespeare this year but we are going to see a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the weekend and next week when we start Term 2, we’ll begin a new play.
1. Pick out Subjects (nouns) and Predicates (verbs) in the following:
a. The Spanish, too, were interested in finding new colonies and claiming rich cargoes.
b. The Cygnet stayed in Western Australian waters for nine weeks.
c. Precious spices grew on the islands in the seas above Australia.
d. Tasman sailed on east, discovering the edge of New Zealand.
2. Correct the punctuation and capitalization in the following sentence:
soon after sailing away dampier deserted and returned to england where he wrote a journal about his adventures
1. Tell about the first Europeans who came to Australia
2. Why were people in no hurry to settle in ‘New Holland’?
Natural History and General Science
1. What are earthquakes? What causes them?
2. Talk about silk, and about Epeira’s Bridge.
3. Tell what you know about insects – draw a picture to illustrate.
Tell about Timoleon’s expedition against the Carthaginians.
Read aloud Matthew 5: 19-21 with proper expression & enunciation
1. 63 divided by __ = 7
2. Dan bought 8 cases of lemonade for a party with 24 cans in each case, how many cans of lemonade is that altogether?
3. Fred mows lawns for five dollars per lawn. If he mows eight lawns, how much does he earn?
1. Write a proper sentence in French
2. Write five Latin words and their translation
3. Sing your favourite French folksong
1. Describe or sketch a picture from this term’s picture study. (Degas)
Hebrews 4: 12-16
The Destruction of Sennacherib by George Gordon Byron
The Owl by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Play your favourite piece of music for the cello
1. Tell about your favourite piece of music from this term.
2. What have you learned about the work of the conductor of the Orchestra? How does she communicate what she wants you to do?
Sing your favourite folksong and hymn from this term.
A machine sewn skirt – this was the same sort of procedure as the plastic bag holder – a much smaller version so more fiddly, especially the waist elastic.
The top was crotcheted – make enough chain stitch to fit around the doll’s chest and then continue in double crotchet until the desired length. Sew together up the back. Using chain stitch attach the front to the back over both shoulders. The top can be pulled over the doll’s head.
Draw a picture using the techniques you’ve learnt with pastels.
I included this in Moozle’s exams as she’s been learning to use pastels & watercolour pencils. She decided to do a sunset:
This exam was an opportunity for Moozle to show what she knows. It wasn’t a list of questions to try and catch her out but it did point out some areas that I could be more intentional about. She really enjoyed her week and to top it off she has a Highland Dancing Competition tomorrow where she will have another opportunity of displaying what she has learnt.