Grade Four Newsletter

SJI International Elementary School, Singapore

Summer Term - Week 6 Mon 9th May - Fri 13th May 2016

Language Arts

It has been a pleasure to read the children’s published Fantasy Quest stories and see all their hard work and energy placed into an incredible final product. The stories are exciting, engaging and very creative!

This week in writing, we have introduced the new unit of Persuasive Writing.

Already, there has been much conversation and excitement surrounding opinions and views on particular topics of interest. The children have discussed what particular areas of importance they have strong feelings or opinions about and have used this to write a thesis statement and several supporting arguments.

Students have had the opportunity to read a variety of Persuasive texts this week, in the form of an essay or letter, allowing them to be immersed into this new unit of work. Through reading and highlighting the main features of a Persuasive text, the students will become fully aware of the purpose and structure and be equipped to write a convincing piece of persuasive writing of their own.


In Maths this week, the students have learned all about tessellation.

To start the week, they learned what a tessellation is (a way to cover an area with a repeating shape(s) so that there is no overlapping or gaps) and were then asked to identify the unit shape in given tessellations.

Having acquired this knowledge, they were able to practice the skill of tessellating by extending given tessellations horizontally, vertically and/or diagonally before creating tessellations of their own using given shapes.

The week ended with the students being presented with the opportunity to show their understanding by creating tessellations in different patterns, using the same unit shape.

Next week, we move onto our new unit of study Tables and Graphs.


Following on from our learning last week about tectonic plates, this week the children have been investigating natural disasters and extreme weather events. Some of the events have included: volcanic eruptions, floods, earthquakes, avalanches, hurricanes, droughts and forest/bush fires. We learned about specific examples of these events that have occurred in our home countries through various news reports (both film and print). Our focus has been to identify how geographical patterns are linked to these events and to use our knowledge and understanding to explain them.

The children have demonstrated a great deal of creativity in presenting their understanding of these events. Some have produced their own short news clips containing interviews while others created print media to display the details of the event.

Next week, we will investigate an example of an extreme weather event in our host country, Singapore. We will explore ways that we might be able to limit the impact of such events in the future.

Home Learning - Week 7

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Language Arts


This week, our spelling learning continues to focus on the letters -ie and -ei making an /ee/ sound in words.


In most words, i comes before e e.g. piece (where the ie stands for a clear /ee/ sound).

But after c, then e comes before i e.g. receive (where the ei stands for a clear /ee/ sound).

So remember, "i before e, except after c."

However BEWARE, there are exceptions to the rule!

Words to be learnt this week; mischief, hygiene, cashier, conceive, perceive, protein, foreign, weird, seize, forfeit

High Frequency words:

occupy, symbol, system, competition, familiar


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: Tessellations

Mon - Shaping Maths Activity Book 4B Part 2 - Pages 41-44

Tue - Shaping Maths Activity Book 4B Part 2 - Pages 45-46

Wed - Shaping Maths Activity Book 4B Part 2 - Pages 47-50

Thu - Shaping Maths Activity Book 4B Part 2 - Pages 51-53

Maths Builder Group - Pages 76-83

Below are a selection of fun, interactive Maths websites that will support the student's learning of tables and graphs. If you have time, have a go at some of the activities.


This week we will be researching Deforestation. A set of slides will be shared with your child via their SJI gmail and they will have a set of questions to complete in their IPC home learning books.

Due: Friday 20th May

Virtue of the Week


Flexibility is being open to change.

It means not always having to have your own way.

It is being open to the opinions and feelings of others.

With flexibility, you are willing to change your mind.

If something doesn't work, you try a new way.

Flexibility is making changes for the better.

Sports Day, Wed 18 May 2016

Parents attending Sports Day have the option to take their child directly to the Stadium and/or take their child home at the end of the event. Please register here for if you will be doing so.

Looking Ahead

Tue 17 May - Building Children Of Character Workshop

Wed 18 May - G4-6 Sports Day @ Clementi Stadium

Fri 20 May - Family Picnic and Movie Night

Tue 24 May - Principal's Open Coffee Morning

Tue 24 - Fri 27 May - G4 Expedition to Kulim Eco Resort

Sat 28 May - First Holy Communion

Wed 1 Jun - EPSG Meeting

Thu 9 Jun - Singala II

Tue 14 Jun - G4 Celebration of Learning 8:00-8:30am

Fri 17 Jun - Summer Term ends


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