GRADE 4 Newsletter
SJI International Elementary, Singapore
Christmas Term - Week 13 - 9th - 13th November 2015
In Writer's Workshop this week, our budding poets have been developing their bank of strategies and using these to write powerful poetry.
Strategies Poets Use
* Poets find a big topic that gives them big, strong feelings.
* Poets find a small object or moment or detail that holds the big feeling.
* Poets look with poets' eyes and see an ordinary thing in a new way.
* Poets write about it, experimenting with line breaks.
* Poets use honest, precise words
Perhaps your family can try to see the world through a poet's eyes and share your discoveries and - possibly - write poetry together! We would love to hear your creations.
On a normal day, school starts at 8am and ends at 3pm. That's 7 hours per day. In a normal week, we spend 7 hours/day x 5 days at school = 35 hours of school per week!
This week we have only spent 4 fifths of our usual time at school.
So how many hours have we spent at school this week?
We have been learning how to find a fraction of a set, for example 4/5 of 35. We began by recognising and naming fractions from a set of objects. This lead us to calculating the product of a proper fraction and a whole number, as well as solving word problems like the one above.
Next week, the children will complete their end of unit review for the Fractions unit. We will also begin our new unit on Angles.
Next week, we will be looking even closer at the art movements to produce posters that give the reader much more in depth and informative details.
Home Learning - Christmas Term Week 14
Next week, we will continue to look closely at prefixes - a group of letter added to the beginning of a word. A prefix can often help you to work out the meaning of a word.
The prefixes we will be concentrating on are inter- and mini-
inter- means 'between'
kilo- means 'smaller' or 'less important'
Words to be learnt: international, interactive, intercom, internet, intersect, minibus, miniskirt, miniature, minimise, minibeast
Additional extension words: intermediate, interaction, intercontinental, minimalist, minidiscs
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.
Mon: Shaping Maths Activity Book 4A Part 1 Pages: 87-88
Tue: Shaping Maths Activity Book 4A Part 1 Pages: 89-90
Wed: MyiMaths online activity - Fractions/Fractions of a Set
Thu: Worksheet: Recognising acute, obtuse and right angles
Remember to practice your multiplication tables regularly...
IPC - They See The World Like This
The guidelines for this project are in the children's Home Learning Journal.
The guidelines will include a helpful plan and self assessment rubric to support your child in completing this project on time without any worry.
Please encourage your child to follow the guidelines closely and carefully.
The project is due on Friday 4th December.
Virtue of the Week
Gentleness is acting and speaking in a kind, considerate way.
It is using self-control' in order not to hurt or offend anyone.
You can be gentle with people and animals in the way you touch them and the way you speak to them.
You handle things carefully, so they will not break or be hurt.
When you think gentle thoughts, it makes the world a safer, gentler place.
18th Nov - Writing Curriculum Workshop @ 8:20-9:20am
24th Nov - Science Day
25th-26th Nov - Art-tastic Adventures @ 5:30-7:00pm ES Hall
27th Nov - School Council Disco @ 5:30-7:30pm
29th Nov - Christmas Wreath Making @3:30-5:00pm
8th Dec - 'We See The World Like This' performance evening. @ 6:00-7:00 in G4 classrooms.
10th Dec - Candlelit Crib Service @ Chapel 6:30pm
Your Grade 4 Teaching Team
4ABa and Head of Grade 4 Andrew Bazzo - firstname.lastname@example.org
4SDa and Head of Middle Years Steve Dalgarno - email@example.com
Esther Toh - Teaching Partner
Zou Ling Xue - Teaching Partner