Grade Four Newsletter

SJI International Elementary School, Singapore

Easter Term - Week 5 Mon 15th Feb - Fri 19th Feb 2016

Language Arts

This week, the Grade 4 students have been very busy editing, revising and publishing one of their information reports. They were able to select one of their two pieces and publish it in a way that was engaging, eye catching and informative. If you have a chance to wander down the Grade 4 corridor next week, you will be able to see some of the published pieces. The children have done an exceptional job!

Next week in writing, the Grade 4 students will begin a new unit of work called 'Slice of Life' and this will be based around writing a personal narrative. The students will look to events that happen in their everyday life and create a narrative based on this. It should be a fun and creative writing unit!

In reading, the students continue to participate in guided reading sessions, DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time and shared reading. The Grade 4 students love to read and next week will begin reading personal narratives written by authors to gain an understanding of this genre of writing.


This week in Mathematics, the children began a new unit on Decimals. We started with our prior knowledge and made the connection to our earlier unit on Fractions. Decimals are also fractions which means they represent part of a whole.

The children have been able to convert from common fractions to decimals and vice versa, as well as using pictorial representations to write decimals. As you can see from the diagram, we have reinforced the importance of place value when writing decimals and the children have had many opportunities to practice this throughout the week.

We have also spent time this week comparing and ordering decimals. For example, what is 1 tenth more than 0.8? Or what happens when we add 5 tenths to 52.6? We have used number lines as a visual aid. When ordering decimals, the children revised the terms increasing and decreasing while identifying the need to start with the whole numbers first before comparing tenths or hundredths.

Next week, we will go into more detail on hundredths and thousandths as we lead up to Maths week in week 7!


This week in our 'Being Human' IPC learning, we have really looked closely at how the heart and lungs work together to supply the rest of our bodies with the vital nutrients and energy that we require.

To develop our understanding, we then carried out a scientific investigation to answer a question based on our heart rate. This presented the children with an opportunity to recap their existing scientific investigation knowledge before extending it to include more complex components. To enable us to do this more accurately and therefore more meaningfully, we used our new heart rate monitoring equipment for the first time! Great fun and great learning!

Next week, the student will, as all great scientists do, 'write up' their investigation with the emphasis on explaining their findings/results and what they have learned from the investigation.

Next week's learning will be completed by our experiential learning trip to the Oasis Holistic Yoga Studio.

Home Learning - Easter Term Week 6

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Language Arts


Our focus for the next two weeks will be homophones words with the same pronunciation but different spellings. This unit revises and builds on the learning already carried out in Grade 3.

Words to be learnt this week;

eight, piece, heard, whole, buy, scent, reign, waist, plain, rowed

Extension words:

cereal, stationary, quay, allowed, board


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: Decimals

Mon: Shaping Maths Activity Book 4B Part 1 p. 15-16

Tue: Shaping Maths Activity Book 4B Part 1 p. 17-19

Wed: Shaping Maths Activity Book 4B Part 1 p. 20-22

Thu: Shaping Maths Activity Book 4B Part 1 p. 23-25


Children continue their 'Human Skeleton Memory Challenge' project.

Full details have been given out to the children, explained in full and entered into their home learning journals.

Completion date for the project is Friday 26th February.



Detachment is experiencing your feelings without allowing your feelings to control you.

It is choosing how you will act in a situation rather than just reacting.

With detachment, you are free to do only what you choose to do.

Detachment is using thinking and feeling together, so you can make smart choices.


Tue 23 Feb - G4 UES Parent Information Evening 6pm @ ES Hall

Tue 23 Feb - 4ABo & 4ABa - Oasis Holistic Field Trip

Wed 24 Feb - 4JKa - Oasis Holistic Field Trip

Thu 25 Feb - Global Family Day Parade

Fri 26 Feb - 4SDa - Oasis Holistic Field Trip

Mon 29 Feb - Virtues Parenting Workshop

Wed 2 Mar - Optional Specialist Parent/Teacher Conferences

Fri 18 Mar - School closes for Easter Holidays

Celebration of Learning - At Home!

By now, you are probably aware that your child has arrived home with a selection of books. The purpose is for you to engage in some meaningful and celebratory discussions of your child's learning.

Do please take the chance to question what they have learned, how they have learned and savour the enjoyment of learning with them.

Please help us in ensuring that the books are all returned on Monday.

Grade 4 UES Parent Information Evening

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 6-7:15pm

Elementary School Hall

As your child comes towards the end of their time in Grade 4 and the Middle Years, our thoughts regarding the next stage in their learning journey arise.

Likewise, we are sure that you too are beginning to think ahead to this crucial stage of your child's development.

To help you with this, we would like to invite you to an Information Evening in the ES Hall on Tuesday, February 23rd at 6 pm.

The objective for the evening is to provide you with information about the UES and the transition programme.

Mr Neil Crossland, Vice Principal from the High School, will also be joining us to provide some information about the High School and specifically Grade 7.

We hope you can join us for a very informative evening. Please indicate your participation by clicking on the RSVP below.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


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