Grade 4 News

An insight into life in Grade 4 at BMS...

Dear friends of Berlin Metropolitan School,

Many thanks for taking the time to open our page to read the latest in Grade 4 news.

Things are currently extremely busy in the Grade 4 classrooms, as we are now coming towards the end of our Unit of Inquiry, How We Organise Ourselves. The final task of this Unit is the completion of our summative assessment, where children and teachers will reflect on what we've learnt. Hopefully you will hear and see more information about this in the days ahead...

We also hope to see as many of you as possible at the parent-teacher conferences! Please sign up now for a time slot if you haven't already done so.

Parent Teacher conferences & Clubs

As our parent - teacher conferences are taking place next week from 14.00 - 18.00 there will be a change to regular after school and clubs.

Please note:

Clubs are cancelled on Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th October

Check out for students on these days will only be at reception.

The CCEP Grade 4 Area for these two days is: Room 3.15

If you would still like to sign up for a parent teacher conference please click on the link below to do so. Please note this link will close on Sunday 11th October at 12.00pm.

4a Update

It's been an exciting fortnight in 4a. In Unit lessons, we have been busy preparing our websites about digital media safety. Next week we will present these to 3rd Grade to help them understand the importance of digital media safety.

In Maths, we have been working with decimal numbers and have ordered them, compared them using greater and less than and rounded them to the nearest whole number, nearest tenth and nearest hundredth. We have discovered that decimal numbers work in the same way as whole numbers.

In English, we have started our guided reading groups. We are using book detective activities to help us gain a deep understand our books. Come and look at the display in our classroom to see some of the activities we have done.

Tech-savvy 4B

4b has taken what they have learned about responsibility in virtual environments and put it into action. They are creating their own website using the Weebly platform to educate others about digital media safety. They have been engaged in producing the content of their website as well as creating their design layout. We are looking forward to sharing the finished product with the 3rd graders next week!

The fortnight in 4c...

Class 4c have been very busy in all subjects:

- In Maths we have been rounding whole numbers, counting in decimals, and looking for patterns and rules.

- In English we have been writing Explanations to help us when we complete our summative assessessment

-For our Unit of Inquiry we have been sharing information digitally and looking at the features of a good cyber-safety website

We have also begun using the Grade 4 Twitter account. Please follow us @BMS_Grade4 - it's another great way of staying in touch with what we do!

Latest from 4d

In German, students explored different means of communication: CAVE PAINTINGS, HIEROGLYPHS, MORSE CODE and CALLIGRAPHY.

Meanwhile, in connection to our Unit and English, students started designing their blogs to teach third graders about Cyber Safety.

Grade 4 German

Dear parents,

Our exploration into communication continued over the last two weeks with an intense practice of our unit words and –ie words through various games and exercises. It culminated in a very exciting workshop, during which the children had an opportunity to experience and try out different methods of communicating throughout history: cave painting, calligraphy, hieroglyphs and morse code, which they enjoyed immensely.

A big 'Thank You' to Malta´s mum (4a) and Ms. Chung (4b) for showing us how to write in Japanese and Chinese.

Our next steps will include letter writing, where we will explore the form, body and subject matter of letters and emails. We will also try to write SMS messages, where we will attempt to express our thoughts in 160 characters or less.

Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing October break!

Frau Pointner and Frau Lucic

Music in Grade 4

In music class, the fourth graders and I have been discussing intellectual property as it pertains to music in digital media. The students were asked to think about how they share music, and how they think people share music with each other. Perhaps not surprisingly, we discovered that music is frequently shared via digital media, and that it is important for individuals to become knowledgeable about the legality of sharing in order to become responsible internet-users. We have established a few key legal terms, and from these have developed a curiosity about the internet, music, and the rights of musical artists.

This week, the students have been diligently working on group presentations about intellectual property, with each group collaborating on a presentation about one of the five terms covered in our lesson: Copyright, Piracy/Plagarism, Sampling, Public Domain, and Fair Use/Fair Dealing. So far I have been very impressed by the students' responses. They have created songs, spoken sequences over self-composed music, role-plays, and informative presentations to demonstrate their understanding of intellectual property. Well done grade four!

Physical Education in Grade 4

We just finished with Individual pursuits, where we were developing general motor skills, both with and without props. At the end of the unit, children needed to choose their own challenge (throwing diablo, juggling, climbing the rope etc.) and to try to accomplish it. This is the outcome...