GRADE FOUR GAZETTE

SJI International Elementary School, Singapore

Christmas Term Week 4 - Friday 4th September

Language Arts

This week we learned that revision is the real work of writing. It means looking at a piece of writing AND making changes to make the writing even better. We worked with excellence and perseverance to revise stories that were important to us. We looked hard to see if we had zoomed in on a small moment, used sensory detail to add meaning to our writing and checked if we had written satisfying endings. We found parts of our writing where we had done this successfully and we found parts we could improve. The published results amazed us and our teachers. We can't wait to begin our author study on Patricia Polacco next week. Our goal is to notice what is special about her writing and how we can use her strategies to improve our own craft.

Mathematics

This week, we have continued our learning focus on Factors and Multiples. These lessons have proved to be a valuable opportunity for the children to consolidate their understanding of these concepts. We have been able to put this knowledge to work by investigating the Lowest Common Multiple between two given numbers.


The end of unit review is an opportunity for the children to demonstrate the knowledge gained in this unit and also to identify areas for growth. We will be sending this home next week in the Green Mathematics Assessment folder. Please discuss this with your child, sign it and return it to your class teacher by Thursday next week.


Starting next week, we will focus on Multiplication and Division of Whole Numbers. We will begin with multiplication of 4-digit numbers by a 1-digit number.


Your child will also receive log in details for myimaths.com next week. Additional homework and consolidations activities can be completed on this subscription website. Please remind your child to attempt the lesson first before completing the online homework task.

IPC

In their IPC learning this week, the students have been learning about how the tourism industry uses geographical information to market destinations.

They learned that tourist attractions can be natural or man-made. The destination's natural physical features include (mountains, rivers, beaches, forests etc. attract tourists as do its man-made features (hotels, theme parks, architecture, historical).

They then put all of their knowledge to great use by creating a travel brochure for a destination of their choice.

To enhance their learning, computer software was used that allowed them to choose a preferred layout before inserting relevant pictures and text to highlight the attractions of their destination.

Ask your child to show you the computer programme and explain how it works here:


http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/Printing_Press/


Maybe you can have as much fun as the students had by creating a brochure from a family holiday you have enjoyed...

Home Learning - Christmas Term Week 6

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Language Arts

SPELLING FOCUS

Over the last two weeks, we have been learning the spelling rules/conventions for making nouns plural by adding -e and -es.

This week, we progress onto other plurals, most notably nouns ending in -f or -fe.


The rule for spelling most words ending in -f, change the f to a v and add es

e.g. elf -> elves


For most words ending in -fe, drop the fe and add -ves

e.g. wife -> wives


However, some nouns have unusual plurals and need to be learned by heart!

e.g. ox -> oxen, mouse -> mice, goose -> geese


Words to be learnt: thief, thieves, scarf, scarves, calf, calves, knife, knives, tooth, teeth

Additional challenge words: loaf, loaves, half, halves, geese


READ TO SUCCEED

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

Unit 2: Multiplication and Division of Whole Numbers

Shaping Maths Activity Book 4A Part 1

Mon - Pages: 37-38

Tue - Pages: 39-40

Wed - Pages: 41-42

Thu - Pages: Problem solving activity sheet involving multiplication


myimaths.com: 4 - Multiples

Due: Monday 14th September


…remember to practice your multiplication tables each day!

Unit of Work: The Holiday Show

Part A of the PACKAGE HOLIDAY TOUR PROJECT is due to be completed and handed in to your teacher on Thursday 10th September.


Please ensure all sections are completed fully;

Destination choice

Geographical research & recording

History research & recording

Map - including title, labels of major cities/towns and a legend

Virtue of the Week

Responsibility

Being responsible means that others can depend on you.

You are willing to be accountable for your actions.

When things go wrong and you make a mistake, you make amends instead of excuses.

When you are responsible, you keep your agreements.

You give your best to any job.

Responsibility is the ability to respond ably.

It is a sign of growing up.

Coming Up

Mon 7th Sep: ECAs begin

Thu 10th: Family 'Welcome back' event on the school field. 6pm

Fri 11th Sep: School closed for Singapore National Polling Day

Mon 14th-Fri 18th Sep: Book week


BOOK SWAP: Please bring in a pre-loved book to swap for another. We will go to the Book Swap during Book Week.


Friday 18th Sep: Book Character Dress Up Day

Thu 24th-Fri 25th Sep: School closed for Hari Raya Celebrations

Wed 30th Sep: G4 Celebration of Learning. 8-8.30am

Sat 3rd Oct: Friends of Jesus Camp. ES Hall from 2pm

Tue 6th Oct: Town Hall meeting. ES Hall 7.45am

Your Grade 4 Teaching Team

You can contact us via email:


4JKa Jessica Karam - jessica.karam@sji-international.com.sg
4KTr Kerry Tremblay - kerry.tremblay@sji-international.com.sg

4ABa Andrew Bazzo - andrew.bazzo@sji-international.com.sg

4SDa and Head of Middle Years - steven.dalgarno@sji-international.com.sg

Esther Toh - Teaching Partner