SJI International Elementary School, Singapore

Christmas Term Week 6 - Friday 11th September

Language Arts


This week we began a new focus in our learning: Multiplication and Division of Whole Numbers. Our first step was to gather prior knowledge of multiplication strategies of 4 digit x 1 digit numbers ( Th H T O x O ). In sharing our strategies, we were able to establish common strategies for this type of problem and were able to articulate the importance of understanding place value. We also used our estimation skills from the previous unit to create a prediction of our answer. We continued by applying these steps to division.

Next week we will look at strategies for multiplying by multiples of 10 before we learn about multiplying by 2 digits.

Thank you to the many parents who have signed and returned the end of unit reviews in the green maths assessment folder. Your reliability is appreciated.


The Grade 4 students have really been working hard on extending their mapping knowledge and skills this week.

They started them by drawing (freehand) a map of their home country. They then looked closely at a range of map features; key/legend, symbols, labels, compass rose, and scale.

Once the students had learned about these features, they then added them to their original home country drawing, to make them more informative and purposeful.

We ended the week by using lines of longitude and latitude to pinpoint a range of locations from around the globe. Great fun and we were able to assess our ability to use a range of sources to gather our geographical information by reflecting carefully on our learning.

Next week, we will be continuing to our increasing knowledge and skills of mapping by learning how to draw a map to an appropriate scale.

Home Learning - Christmas Term Week 7

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Language Arts


This week, we will continue with other plurals, most notably nouns ending in -f or -fe.

The rule for spelling most words ending in -f, change the f to a v and add es

e.g. elf -> elves

For most words ending in -fe, drop the fe and add -ves

e.g. wife -> wives

However, some nouns have unusual plurals and need to be learned by heart!

e.g. ox -> oxen, mouse -> mice, goose -> geese

Words to be learnt: half, halves, shelf, shelves, penknife, penknives, leaf, leaves, wolf, wolves

Additional challenge words: yourself, yourselves, bookshelf, bookshelves, children


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.


Unit 2: Multiplication and Division of Whole Numbers

Mon - MyiMaths online home learning - Rounding

Tue - MyiMaths online home learning - Factors and Primes

Wed - Shaping Maths Activity Book 4A Part 1 Pages: 43-44

Thu - Shaping Maths Activity Book 4A Part 1 Pages: 45-48

…remember to practice your multiplication tables each day!

Unit of Work: The Holiday Show

Part B of the Package Holiday Tour Project - Marketing your Travel Agency will be given out and is due to be completed and handed in to your teacher on Monday 21st September.

Please ensure all sections are completed fully;

Travel Company Name

Travel Company Logo

Travel Company Slogan

Virtue of the Week


Excellence is doing your best.

It is giving your very best to any task you do or any relationship you have.

Excellence is effort guided by a noble purpose.

It is a desire for perfection.

The perfection of a seed comes in the fruit.

When you practice excellence, you bring your gifts to fruition.

Coming Up

Mon 14th-Fri 18th Sep: Book week

Friday 18th Sep: Book Character Dress Up Day

Thu 24th-Fri 25th Sep: School closed for Hari Raya Celebrations

Wed 30th Sep: G4 Celebration of Learning. 8-8.30am

Sat 3rd Oct: Friends of Jesus Camp. ES Hall from 2pm

Tue 6th Oct: Town Hall meeting. ES Hall 7.45am

Your Grade 4 Teaching Team

You can contact us via email:

4JKa Jessica Karam -
4BCe Kerry Tremblay -

4ABa Andrew Bazzo -

4SDa and Head of Middle Years -

Esther Toh - Teaching Partner