Grade Four Newsletter

SJI International Elementary School, Singapore

Easter Term - Week 9 Mon 14th Mar - Fri 18th Mar 2016

Language Arts

In Language Arts this week, the Grade 4 teachers have been impressed by the students’ personal narratives. They have written honest and captivating narratives based on an event or moment that has had an impact on them.

All the students have been involved in peer editing and revising. This gave them an opportunity to gain feedback about their writing before completing a final draft.

Using the editing checklist allowed this to be a structured and informative session. The students were editing for accurate grammar and punctuation, the use of emotive and descriptive language and writing structure.


The children have spent a great deal of time this week revising their learning on Decimals.

We have reviewed our understanding of place value and finding the value of digits. We have used this knowledge to determine the greatest and the least numbers as well as ordering decimals involving up to two decimal places. We also found time to practice our rounding of decimals. Some have used the following rhyme as a prompt:

Find your number.

Look right next door.

4 or less just ignore.

5 or more, add one more.

The Decimals review was completed enthusiastically on Thursday morning and these will be sent home with the children during the first week of the Summer term.

After the Easter break, we will continue our learning journey in Mathematics by focusing on the Four Operations of Decimals.


Our Easter term finished with a celebration of successful learning filled with joyfulness and confidence.

Having completed their end of unit reflection, the children took part in the Exit Point activities with real enthusiasm and diligence. From using the knowledge gained during our trip to the Oasis Hoilistic yoga centre, to using their learning to hold their breath for longer periods of time, they engaged with the activities with real commitment and determination.

All this was then capped off with an show of real internationalism and international mindedness with our International Buffet of Healthy Foods and Snacks.

A huge THANK YOU from all of the Grade 4 team for your help in supplying the food and snacks for this. Your contributions and support were very much appreciated and ensured that our Exit Point an enormous success.

Next term, we start out on our new learning journey called 'What a Wonderful World'. Look out for the curriculum letter in week one, for full details of the exciting learning opportunities we have planned.

Home Learning - Summer Term Week 1

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Language Arts


For the first two weeks of the summer term, we will be concentrating on suffixes that have the same pronunciation but different spellings. To start, we are looking at the -cian and -tion that are both pronounced /shun/.

The suffix -tion is the most common ending e.g. fiction.

The suffic -cian is common in occupations e.g. musician.

To increase the children's awareness and ability to use and apply their spelling knowledge and skills more consistently, from this week, in addition to their 10 spelling pattern/convention words, the children will be given 5/6 'High Frequency' words to learn per week.

Once learned, they will then be asked to 'use and apply' the high frequency words in activities that deepen their understanding of the spelling and context of the word. Full details of the range activities will be distributed and explained to the children.

Words to be learnt this week; musician, politician, optician, beautician, technician, pollution, foundation, completion, promotion, education,

High Frequency words: achieve, determined, immediately, rhyme, amateur


Read a 'Just Right' book for 20 minutes or more each evening. Share and discuss with family members what you have read. Practice reading aloud in front of your family members using clear projection, fluency and expression.


Mathematics: The Four Operations of Decimals

Mon - Shaping Maths Activity Book 4B Part 1 Pages: 45-48

Tue - Shaping Maths Activity Book 4B Part 1 Pages: 49

Wed - Shaping Maths Activity Book 4B Part 1 Pages: 50-52

Thu - Shaping Maths Activity Book 4B Part 1 Pages: 53-56

The following websites contain a range of games and activities to support our learning;


The children will research some of the most beautiful, natural sites from around the world as they choose their "7 Natural Wonders of the World".

Check out the VLE early next term for more details. The children will also receive a task sheet in their purple home learning books.

Swimming begins again after Easter!

Please be reminded that, with the exception of Grade 4 JKa, all classes will be continuing with their swimming programme after Easter.

Classes will be focusing on stroke technique and speed as we prepare for our 2016 Swim Galas!

Grade 4JKa will be having an express-swimming unit in the run-up to Gala week, so that they can prepare - the dates of these will follow.

Please see below for a reminder of your classes swimming lesson times:

Grade 4 ABa – Friday 10:40am – 11:40am

Grade 4 ABo – Wednesday 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Grade 4 SDa – Monday 1:00pm – 2:00pm


Finally, an end of term message from all of the Grade 4 Team

Have a wonderful and restful Easter Holiday. We look forward to seeing you all again in two weeks rested and ready for a Summer Term full of learning.

Grade 4 Expedition Parent Briefing

Hot off the press is the exciting news that our Grade 4 expedition is confirmed!

It will be taking place from the 24-27 May.

There will be a information briefing on Tuesday 12th April at 7:30 am in which full details will be provided.


4JKa Jessica Karam -
4ABo Annie Bonser -

4ABa and Head of Grade 4 Andrew Bazzo -

4SDa and Head of Middle Years Steve Dalgarno -

Esther Toh - Teaching Partner

Zou Ling Xue - Teaching Partner