GRADE FOUR CURRICULUM LETTER

SJI International Elementary School, Singapore

BEING HUMAN

Dear Parents,


Our new unit of work is entitled 'Being Human' and focuses on the human body. The children will be investigating how their body works and how they can take better care of it. We will be covering; the workings of the brain, the nervous system, our senses, the human body's bones and muscles, the human heart and lungs, fitness, healthy food and the global health dilemma of obesity.


The IPC Key Learning Goals to be assessed are:

Science 3.2b - Be able to choose an appropriate way to investigate a scientific issue.

Science 3.2e - Be able to record and communicate their findings accurately using the most appropriate medium and the appropriate scientific vocabulary and conventions.

Technology 3.6 - Be able to devise step-by-step plans


By the end of this unit, children will:

Know about the structure of the human body

Know about the effect of exercise on the human pulse rate

Be able to measure the effects of exercise on their heart and lungs

Be able to use their bodies more efficiently and effectively

Understand the importance of an appropriate diet for their health


Our personal goal for this unit is enquiry.

Enquiry is being curious about something and trying to find out about it through research.

SCIENCE

In Science, we'll be finding out:

  • About the brain and the nervous system
  • About the bones and muscles in the body
  • How the human heart works
  • How we breathe and what the lungs do
  • How the body uses food and water

TECHNOLOGY

In Technology, we'll be finding out:

  • How to plan and prepare a healthy meal

INTERNATIONAL

In International, we'll be finding out:

  • About a major global health problem

MATHEMATICS

In MATHEMATICS, students will be focusing on:

Perpendicular & Parallel lines

  • Use set squares to check for perpendicular & parallel lines
  • Use a set square and protractor to draw perpendicular lines
  • Use a set square and rule to draw parallel lines


Squares & Rectangles

  • Identify quadrilaterals by their properties
  • Calculate unknown sides and angles in squares and rectangles
  • Find unknown sides in compound shapes


Area & Perimeter

  • Calculate the area and perimeter of squares and rectangles
  • Calculate the area and perimeter of composite shapes


Decimals

  • Read and write 1-place, 2-place and 3-place decimals.

  • Express a fraction/mixed number with a denominator of 100 as a 2-place decimal

  • Convert a decimal to a fraction and vice versa

  • Give a number that is 0.1 and 0.01 more/less than a given number

  • Identify the value of a digit in a given decimal

  • Complete number patterns in decimals

  • Compare and order 1/2/3 place decimals

  • Round off decimals to the nearest whole number, 1 and 2 decimal places


Four Operations of Decimals

  • Add and subtract decimals of up to 2 decimal places

  • Carry out multiplication of decimals within the multiplication tables

  • Multiply and divide decimals up to 2 places by a 1-digit whole number

  • Estimate the answers of calculations involving multiplication

  • Carry out mental division of decimals within the multiplication tables

  • Solve up to 2-step word problems involving the 4 operations

LANGUAGE ARTS

Non-Fiction - Information Texts

In Writer's Workshop children will be creating information texts to teach their audience about important topics that they are knowledgeable about and interested in.

Reading

Students will:

  • Read a range of information texts
  • Identify the purpose and audience of an information text
  • Identify the key features of information texts
  • Identify the structural, presentational and navigational features of an information texts


Writing

Students will

  • Write leads/opening to individual sections of information texts
  • Write in the present tense
  • Use specific and technical vocabulary related to their chosen topic
  • Take detailed notes as they conduct their research
  • 0rganise their knowledge/research using paragraphs
  • Use paragraphs to organise their writing
  • Create a plan for an information text on a topic of their choice
  • Write an information text on a topic of their choice which includes all key features

MUSIC

Listen to Us – Each year, the Voices Around the World (VATW) project invites schools and choirs to be involved in the making of an international music recording. This term, Grade 4s will be learning and recording the song 'Listen to Us'.

It focuses on young people being the voices of today and becoming advocates for positive change. In Music, we’ll be

  • Learning how to exercise our voice and sing in pitch

  • Learning and recording the song Listen to Us

  • Composing and singing our own songs with a message (extended)

ART

In Art, we will be linking to the classroom unit titled Being Human.

We will be creating sculptures of our bodies in motion using a variety of materials.

Children will become knowledgeable about the proportions of the human body and famous sculptors of the past and present such as Edgar Degas and Alberto Giacometti.

To help with this project, we will develop skills in 3D sculpture including working with wire, wood and acrylic paint.

PE

In Grade 4, children will be following an Invasion Games Unit focusing on Basketball or Tag Rugby. The Grade 4 Swimming programme will also be continuing and will be either before or after CNY.


In Basketball children will:

  • Develop dribbling and ball handling skills
  • Learn to shoot using a variety of methods, including set shot and lay-up
  • Develop skills of offence and defence
  • Understand the triple threat and select when to use each appropriately


In Tag Rugby children will:

  • Develop understanding of the tactics and skills of Tag Rugby
  • Learn the basic rules and be able to make decisions about turnovers
  • Be able to pass, intercept, and move appropriately
  • Respond to breakdowns and understand possession
  • Understand and be able to form attacking and defensive positions


In swimming children will:

  • Develop endurance and power arm and leg action in a range of swimming strokes showing improved efficiency
  • Be able to identify strengths and weaknesses in own and others’ performance
  • Improve breathing and body position in a range of strokes to improve efficiency in the water using feedback and observation
  • Be able to show a range of starts and finishes including racing starts and tumble turns
  • Develop knowledge of water safety and survival techniques

ICT

To start off this term, we’re going to be doing things a little differently.

Over the next few months in Grade 4 ICT, we will be exploring many new pieces of software and even discovering some new bits of hardware, all to to help us better express ourselves in this digital world. As we progress, we will also look to introduce more challenging software and activities to really help develop a broad range of ICT skills and abilities.


Students will become more knowledgeable about:

  • Using sound and technology to express mood and emotion

  • Telling stories using traditional 2D animation

  • How to go about making a fun, challenging & educational 3D game

  • Designing and creating their own 3D printed object

  • What a Raspberry Pi is, and what can it be used for

EXTENSION

  • The process and techniques of developing an Android application

  • How music can be used to enhance and manipulate mood and emotions

  • The art, science and maths of 3D movie making


To help us with the units, we will develop technical skills of:

  • Learning how to compose, arrange and produce music & soundscapes using Sony’s ACID Xpress software

  • Creativity and dexterity, while using a mouse to accurately be able to produce a watchable short 2D animation using Animationish

  • Digital storytelling within a game world using Atmosphir

  • Working with industry software, while learning what goes into making a successful 3D print

  • Electronics, simple programming and basic computer know-how while working with one of the world's smallest computers

EXTENSION

  • Problem solving while developing helpful, fun and useful apps working with MIT’s Android App inventor

  • Spotting a film, choosing appropriate music, and then demonstrating critical listening skills as we premiere the finished movie, produced by the whole class

  • Visualisation and patience, while developing new, professional technical skills and knowledge, using the leading movie and game creating software, Unity

CHINESE

In Chinese, Wk 1 – Wk 3, the children continue to work on:

Unit 2 My Day:

  • Learn how to express time in Chinese
  • Simple description of daily activities
  • Simple description of weekend activities
  • Name different kinds of activities and associated places


Wk 3 - Wk 9, the children will start to work on:

Unit 4 My House:

  • Learn types of housing
  • Learn names of different rooms in the house
  • Learn to describe direction
  • Learn the activities in different rooms

HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD

We already know, value and appreciate the interest that you take in your child's work. Please discuss with your child the work they have done as this unit progresses and let them teach you.


Help your child to find out about the ways in which humans are different from other animals. Learn some basics about the human anatomy, e.g. the workings of the skeletal, muscular, digestive and respiratory systems in the human body. Discuss as a family, how you can stay healthy.


If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.

WEEK 2 HOME LEARNING

IPC:

Researching Facts about the Human Body home learning project.


Mathematics:

Mon: Revision of Parallel Lines and Perpendicular Lines as directed by class teachers

Tue: Shaping Maths Activity Book 4a Part 2 Pages 27-29

Wed: Shaping Maths Activity Book 4a Part 2 Pages 31-32

Thu: Shaping Maths Activity Book 4a Part 2 Pages 33-34


Spelling:

There are a range of pronunciations for the consonant C.

In our new spelling unit, we will be looking closely at these and in particular the 'Soft C'.


The letter C makes the 'soft' sound /S/, when followed by e, i or y e.g. century, decide, cymbals

The letter C is usually 'hard' sound C for ca, cu and co.


Words to be learnt this week;

difference, cymbals, cinema, absence, entrance,

glance, bicycle, cement, accident, certificate


Extension words:

successive, cinnamon, magnificent, circumference, centimetre

VIRTUE OF THE WEEK

Helpfulness

Helpfulness is being of service.

It is doing useful things for people, such as things they cannot do for themselves, something they might not have time to do, or just little things that make life easier.

It is important to be helpful to ourselves too, by taking care of our bodies.

There are times when we need help from other. That is a good time to ask for help.

COMING UP

Thu 21 Jan - Children’s University Parents Briefing @ 8 am All

Fri 22 Jan - Mass, Inaugural (Holy Spirit) Chapel @ 7:45 am

Wed 27-28 Jan - Parent Teacher Conferences

Fri 29 Jan - Mass, Chapel @ 7:45am

Fri 29 Jan - House Unity Mufti Day

Sat 30 Jan - ACSIS Junior School Swim Finals

Welcome Miss Bonser

I'm sure you would like to join the Grade 4 team in welcoming Miss Annie Bonser to our team. We are all really excited to have her join.

In just a short time, we have seen what a talented and creative teacher she is, with heaps of ideas and a genuine enthusiasm that will make the learning in Grade 4 even more dynamic and rewarding.

YOUR GRADE FOUR TEAM

4JKa Jessica Karam - jessica.karam@sji-international.com.sg
4ABo Annie Bonser - annie.bonser@sji-international.com.sg

4ABa and Head of Grade 4 Andrew Bazzo - andrew.bazzo@sji-international.com.sg

4SDa and Head of Middle Years Steve Dalgarno - steven.dalgarno@sji-international.com.sg

Esther Toh - Teaching Partner

Zou Ling Xue - Teaching Partner