SJI International Elementary School, Singapore

EASTER TERM - WEEK 3 - Friday 23rd January

Language Arts

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 literary devices like similes and metaphors to create imagery

Please continue to see the world through a poet's eyes with your child and share your discoveries and - possibly - write poetry together! We would love to hear your creations.

We see ourselves as poets

DEAR time - James 4 GTr


It's the only time




is peaceful.

When I read,

I picture people

in my


A video

cycling in

my head.

I feel like

I'm in my


Uh oh I'm feeling

drowsy I...I...


Goalkeeper - Dylan 4DPi

Legs bent

split up

hands between legs

eyes focussed

look at the

players body


facing left

dive right

facing right

dive left

blocked it

run at it

players got it

don't be scared

run at him

he'll shoot

you'll block

grab the ball

clutch it hard

then drop it

in mid-air

boot it hard

watch it sail

bounce up


in the sky

My Mom - Sofia 4SDa

My Mom

always smiling

and laughing.

She is virtuous

and has

a kind heart.

She embraces me

in a hug

ans she shows love




She is as sweet

as candy

as bright as day.

Time in a bottle - Jack 4SBa

Time is very precious

so be very cautious

you can't put it in a


There's no such thing

as a time machine

so be careful what you do

you can't put it in a bottle.


This week, students started a new topic on Perpendicular and Parallel Lines. Students learned the definition of what is a perpendicular and parallel line and also what mathematical symbols represents each meaning. Students also learned how to use a set-square and ruler to check if a pair of lines are parallel or perpendicular and finally they learned how to use a set square and ruler to draw perpendicular and parallel lines.

Next week, students will be starting another new shape topic. They will be studying squares and rectangles and will be learning in greater detail about each shapes' properties. Students will then progress to studying compound shapes; learning how to calculate missing lengths when provided with other lengths.

Unit of Work (IPC)

This week in IPC, we took a broader look at the history of art in our world. The children worked with a partner or a small group to carry out research and record information on a specific art movement.

Before the children began their research, a lesson was modelled on how to read and record information for projects. The children were encouraged to highlight key words and phrases, and write in their own words to gain a thorough understanding of the facts they were studying. The children were also encouraged to find the definitions of new words that they did not quite understand yet and record their meanings.

The facts that were gathered, recorded, and reworded by the children were used to create information posters on the art movements that were focused on. These posters were added to the class timeline displays and will be on show for the special exit point evening in March.

Next week, as a build up to our upcoming field trip to the Thow Kwan Dragon Pottery Jungle, the children will be working in small groups to present an oral presentation on how pottery has been made, decorated and used from different countries around the world.

Home Learning for the Week Ahead - Easter Term Week 4

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Home Learning - Language Arts


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. Our current unit, 'poetry' is a brilliant genre to develop your reading skills.

Home Learning - Mathematics

Unit 6: Geometric Figures

Shaping Maths Activity Book 4A Part 2

Mon - Pages 31-32

Tue - Pages 33-34

Wed - Pages 35

Thu - Pages 36

Home Learning - Unit of Work (IPC)

Grade Four children to continue their three week home learning project based on a chosen home country artist.

The guidelines for this project have been entered into their home learning books The guidelines include a helpful plan to support your child in completing this project on time without any worry.

Please check that your child is 'on track' and following the plan or an alternative one.

Prehistoric Europeans - People Who Invented Art

Below is a link to a you tube clip about Cave art. It makes for fascinating viewing and may be of interest to you and your child. If you have the time, please take a look.

Spelling -

This week we are concentrating our spelling activities on word families. Can you work out which families this week's words belong to?

Words to be learnt

parallel, perpendicular, quadrilateral, square, rectangle,

impressionism, prehistoric, realism, performance, pottery.

Virtue of the Week - Tolerance

To be tolerant is to accept differences.

You don't expect others to think, look, speak or act just like you.

Tolerance is being free of prejudice, knowing that all people have feelings, needs, hopes and dreams.

To be tomerant also means to accept things you wish were different with flexibility and patience.

Coming Up

Beginning 26th January - Specialist Open Lessons G1A-G6 (see schedule in main newsletter)

16-20 February - Chinese New Year

24 February - G4 Parent UES Information Evening

26 February - Grade 3 and 4 Sports Day

5 March - 'They See The World Like This' Exit Point/Performance Evening

Your Grade 4 Teaching Team