GRADE FOUR CURRICULUM LETTER

SJI International Elementary School, Singapore

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WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Dear Parents,


Our final IPC unit of work for Grade Four focuses on Weather and Climate.


In the classroom, the children will be investigating the difference between weather and climate, how clouds are formed, what the water cycle is, technology used to measure different aspects of weather and climate, and how to prepare oneself for when a form of extreme weather approaches their location.


For IPC home learning, the children will work on two different projects.

Firstly a project on types of clouds that includes producing a poster of different clouds photographed or sketched by the children. This will be due on Friday 15 May.

Secondly, a project based on their home country weather and climate conditions which will be due on Monday 01 June.


The IPC Key Learning Goals to be assessed are:


Geography 3.16 Be able to use appropriate geographical vocabulary to describe and interpret their surroundings.

Geography 3.17 Be able to use instruments to make measurements

Geography 3.9 Be able to gather and use information to suggest solutions to problems

Technology 3.6 Be able to devise and use step by step plans


By the end of this unit, children will:

Know about the main climate types and physical processes of weather

Know how the weather and climate influences the nature of human activities

Know about the weather and climate conditions in their home country and how they affect the environment and the lives of people living there

Understand the ways in which technology can be used to meet needs, wants and opportunities relate to weather and climate conditions


Our personal goal for this unit is resilience.

SCIENCE

In Science, we'll be:


Making predictions, observations, and drawing conclusions


Finding out about ways we can measure and record weather

TECHNOLOGY

In Technology, we'll be:


Finding out about the different types of modern technology used to measure weather

INTERNATIONAL

In International, we'll be finding out:


About climate and environmental problems in our home and host countries


Finding out what simple things we can do to help improve our environment

LANGUAGE ARTS

During the course of the unit, Grade 4 students will complete their studies in Instruction Texts and then move on to Recount (memoirs).


Non-Fiction - Instruction Texts

In Writer's Workshop, students will be creating instruction texts to teach their audience the process of achieving or producing something.


Reading

Students will:

· read a range of instruction texts

· identify the purpose and audience of an instruction text

· identify the key features of instruction texts including structural, presentation

and grammatical


Writing

Students will:

· write sequentially using time connectives

· write using a range of sentence types

· organise their knowledge using paragraphs

· create a plan for an instruction text on a topic of their choice

· write an instruction text(s) on a topic of their choice which includes all key

features

· revise their writing for detail


Non-Fiction – Recount

In Writer's Workshop, students will write recounts in different forms about selected events from their school year.


Reading

Students will:

· read a range of recounts

· identify the purpose and audience of each recount

· identify the key features of recounts including structural, presentation and

grammatical


Writing

Students will:

· write chronologically using time connectives

· organise their writing using paragraphs

· write in the past tense consistently

· identify when to write formally/informally

· write using a wider range of sentence openers

· write a recount(s) based on an event(s) from their school year

MATHEMATICS

Time

Students will:

  • measure time in seconds
  • interpret the 24 hour clock
  • convert time from 12-hour clock to 24 hour clock, and vice versa
  • find the duration of time
  • find starting/ending times
  • use a stopwatch to measure seconds
  • have a sense of the relative length of a minute or a second


Symmetry

Students will:

  • recognize symmetric figures
  • determine whether a given straight line is a line of symmetry in the environment and in designs
  • determine whether a given straight line is a line of symmetry of a given geometrical shape
  • complete a symmetric figure with respect to a given line of symmetry
  • work cooperatively to create a symmetric picture


Tessellations

Students will:

  • identify the unit shape used in a tessellation
  • find out whether a shape can tessellate
  • make different tessellations with a given shape
  • create a unit tile for tessellation


Tables and Graphs

Students will:

  • complete a table from given information and from a given bar graph
  • read and interpret tables
  • solve problems using data presented in tables
  • read and interpret line graphs
  • solve problems using data presented in line graphs
  • collect data
  • organize data
  • represent data using a line graph
  • interpret the graph drawn

MUSIC

The American Influence

This music unit introduces the American history through songs. The children will learn about the age of exploration and the first Americans, the Native Americans and their culture, the American Civil War, The Miners and the Names of the States. This unit will include the following musical elements:

  • To sing songs expressively
  • To sing in parts
  • To sing solo
  • To incorporate instruments to accompany the songs

Class Concerts in Weeks 8 & 9

ART

In Art we will be linking to the classroom unit titled Weather and Climate. We will be learning about the many ways artists portray weather in their work and creating our own weather artwork. Children will become knowledgeable about Katsushika Hokusai’s 36 Views of Mount Fuji as well as installations which recreate various weather patterns. To help us with this project, we will develop skills in mixed media collage and watercolour techniques.

PE

In PE, children will be studying a new Unit of net games, focusing on Tennis

In this unit students will:

· develop knowledge of principal rules of Tennis, including scoring for singles and doubles

· perform basic Tennis strokes, including groundstrokes, volleys and serves with improved control and coordination

· begin to use tactics to improve their own performance, based on their understanding of the court and the strengths and weaknesses of their opponent

ICT

In ICT we will be working along with the ‘Weather and Climate’ IPC unit. We will be looking at weather data and maps, and how ICT is used in weather and climate studies.

Children will become knowledgeable about:


  • Equipment used to record weather data


  • Weather maps


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

  • Entering data and using aggregate functions in MS Excel


  • Using Weather Radar and/or similar iPad apps

CHINESE

In Chinese, the children are working on:

Unit 5 Please Come To Play At My House

    • Revise greeting words
    • Learn to make phone calls
    • Learn about birthday invitation
    • Learn vocabulary and sentences associated with birthday celebration

In Chinese, the children are working on:

Unit 6 What classes did you have today?

    • Learn basic conversation regarding school
    • Learn names of different subjects
    • Learn about school activities

HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD

We already know 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.


Talk with your child about how weather and climate impacts on our lives. Encourage them to find out about how the weather varies in different parts of the world. Watch and listen to weather forecast together and help your child to make predictions about what the weather will be like each week. Help to identify patterns in the weather and discuss the weather you may have experienced in different parts of the world.


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.

COMING UP

Saturday May 09 - Walk-a-thon Fundraiser at SJIIES

Friday May 15 - Founders Day (half day) Preps 11.20 finish. Grades One to Six 12.20 finish.

Friday May 22 - End of Year Disco for Grades Two to Six

Monday June 01 - Vesak Day (school closed)

Wednesday June 10 - Annual End of Year Reports go home

Friday June 12 - Term Ends (half day)

YOUR GRADE FOUR TEAM

You can contact us via email:


4GT Kerry Tremblay and Antony Grigson
4DPi Donna Pielow, Team Leader

4SBa Sally Baines

4SDa and Head of Middle Years, Steve Dalgarno

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