Grade Four Newsletter
SJI International Elementary School, Singapore
Summer Term - Week 6 Mon 9th May - Fri 13th May 2016
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.
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.
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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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 TO SUCCEED
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
YOUR GRADE FOUR TEAM
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