GRADE FOUR GAZETTE
SJI International Elementary School, Singapore
EASTER TERM - WEEK 9 - Friday 13th March
In Writer's Workshop sessions this week, students are at various stages of the writing process and are truly engaged in creating their non-fiction books. They are thoughtfully choosing to write about topics that they know a lot about. Over the next few weeks, they will demonstrate their awareness of the key features of published non - fiction books as they carefully craft books appropriate for specific audiences.
This week, the students were delighted to see the return of Mrs Bradley after her week away with Grade 7. After an excited sharing of the Performance Poetry evening, creative work began to assist with the writing of our information texts.
Focussing on two elements - detail and clarity - the children worked in pairs and 'moulded' one another (yes, like clay!) to show a picture that represented a topic they know a lot about.
So... he may look like a surfer but hang on, look at the way his hands and (as we developed) fingers have been carefully positioned... he's a guitarist!
We became experts and looking for - and showing - detail and clarity and this will be in our minds as we continue in our Writers Workshop.
This week the students showed great confidence and perseverance when taking their maths learning to the next level - meaning, they can now interpret 3-place decimals in terms of tenths, hundredths and thousandths!
The students can also express these more complex decimals in fractions, and vice versa, using their understanding of the relationship between tenths, hundredths and thousandths.
With Mrs Chua, they have begun work on Rounding, which we will all be moving on to next week. Following this, we will begin on work with decimals using the four operations.
Unit of Work (IPC)
This week Grade Four children really got' brainy' as they studied the brain and the nervous system. They learnt that the human brain contains billions of neurons (nerve cells) that carry messages from the brain to the rest of the body. The children understood that our brains are like powerful computers that store memories and control how we think and act. We learnt that the brain is the centre of our nervous system. Using self-drying clay, the children made their own models of the human brain, and painted the different parts, including the cerebrum, frontal lobe, cerebellum and the brain stem.
The children studied how neurons connect the brain to the spinal cord and from here to a network of nerves called the nervous system. It was explained how these nerves look like a road map or an underground map of tunnels, leading to muscles in every part of the body including the heart, lungs, abdominal organs, arms, legs, fingers, and toes. Using different coloured pipe cleaners and wrapping ties, the children created their own models of neurons.
Home Learning for the Week Ahead - Easter Term Week 10
Always choose to tell the truth. It builds trust. If someone asks your opinion, give it - tactfully! When you make a mistake, admit it rather than trying to cover it up. Instead of listening to gossip, find out the truth for yourself. Recognise the difference between fantasy and reality. If you start telling a story, stop and tell what really happened. Let people see you as you are, without trying to look more important. You are truly worthy just as you are.
Talk to your child about how telling lies causes problems, now and in the future. Questions to discuss:
- What does it feel like to have a good friend tell you a lie?
- What do you feel after telling a lie?
- Why do we sometimes exaggerate what we do or what we have?
- How does truthfulness help our relationships?