Grade Four Newsletter

St. Joseph's Institution International Elementary School

Christmas Term - Week 7 Fri 16th Sept 2016

Language Arts

In writing this week, the students have continued writing their personal narratives.

The focus has been to ensure they use paragraphs accurately and time connectives to support the transitions from each story element. They have had time to focus on writing the main elements of their first draft and are all close to being completed.

Throughout this process, the students have been reviewing their writing, ensuring they are using dialogue, correct punctuation, that the story 'flows' and paragraphs.

This week in reading, the students have continued to read their fantasy novels in small groups and independently.

During reading group sessions, the students all have an individual role which they focus on and then complete a follow up activity in the next lessons. These roles are based on comprehension, creativity and looking closely at the text to examine true meanings of words and phrases.

The students have also focused particularly on the setting of the story they are reading. By doing this, they have learnt that fantasy novels take place in a variety of settings.


This week in Maths, the children have continued their learning in the Multiplication and Division unit, with a particular focus on the process on long division. This has required some repetition in order to build confidence. The week concluded with a review of our learning on these skills.

This is the third end of unit review to be completed so far this academic year. These reviews are an opportunity for teachers, students and parents to reflect upon the learning within each unit. Please take the time to reflect upon these reviews and to discuss them with your child before returning them to school.

Next week, we will focus our energies on solving word problems involving all of the operations. The children will focus on strategies used to solve word problems, such as underlining key words, drawing models and showing our thinking in the form of number sentences. This will also provide an opportunity to consolidate their skills with 2 by 2 digit multiplication as well as long division.


In their IPC learning this week, the children have been looking closely at a variety of historical sites in Singapore. They were challenged to make the links between the historical sites and tourism by first of all researching a particular site before creating an informative poster that would attract tourists to visit that site.

Amongst others, the Dalhousie Obelisk, the Lim Bo Seng Memorial and the MINT Museum of Toys were researched. It was really encouraging to see the enthusiasm and interest the children have for History

If you are interested in the historical sites of Singapore, maybe you can check out the informative posters the children have created at next week's Celebration of Learning.

Next week the children will be looking at the International learning of the unit. They will be asked to think carefully about how they, as tourists, can affect the lives of the people who live in tourist destinations. They will then attempt to link this learning with our host country Singapore by thinking carefully about how they can affect the tourists who visit Singapore.

Home Learning - Week

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Language Arts


We will be concluding our learning of the spelling rules and conventions with regards to plurals this week and so, will be conducting a mini-review at the end of week 8. The children will be assessed on their learning to date, with a selection of words taken from all of those learned so far.

Words to be learnt this week;

Morpurgo - Please revise all of your spelling so far, to prepare for Friday's review.

Polacco - Please revise all of your spelling so far, to prepare for Friday's review.

Dahl - Please revise all of your spelling so far, to prepare for Friday's review.


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: My Pals Are Here! Workbook 4a Pages 59-60

Tue: My Pals Are Here! Workbook 4a Pages 61-62

Wed: My Pals Are Here! Workbook 4a Pages 63-64

Thu: My Pals Are Here! Workbook 4a Pages 65-66

Remember to memorise your multiplication tables and the inverse division facts whenever you have time!


Children complete and subbmit Part B - Marketing your Travel Agency of their Exit Point Tour Package project (hand in date Mon 19th Sept) and commence Part C.

Full details are in the children's Home Learning Journal.

Virtue of the Week

Patience is quiet hope and trust, expecting things to turn out right.

Patience is being calm and tolerant when difficult things happen.

It means showing acceptance when you or others make mistakes.

Patience is doing something now so that later it will bear fruit, like planting a seed and waiting for it to grow.

Patience is a commitment to the future.

Language Arts Writing Workshop for Grades 3 and 4 Parents

Thursday, Sep. 22nd, 8:45am

ES Hall (front)

The Language Arts team would like to invite all Grade 3 and 4 parents to attend a Writer's Workshop session after the Celebration of learning classroom event. This session will outline how we approach the teaching of writing at SJIIES, and in particular how we build upon the skills and processes to writing in the Middle Years. This will be an informative and practical session, so please do come prepared to write!

If you attended the Grade 1 and 2 Writing workshop, the content will be different, although the structure and core principles of the presentation will be similar.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Celebration of Learning

Celebration of Learning events are an important tradition within our school community. Each class holds a Celebration of Learning event each term to give students the opportunity to engage as learners with the class community – instilling a sense of pride and accomplishment in their efforts, interests and achievements.

At SJI International, we believe that the learner is central to the learning process and so we believe it is important to empower the child to lead and take an active role in the Celebration of Learning event.

Families are invited to witness milestones in their child’s growth and development. We would like to invite you to join us in the classroom to view your child’s learning on:

Grade 4 - Thursday 22nd September at 8.00 am

Dates For Your Diary

Thu Sep 22 – G4 Celebration Of Learning 8:00am-8:40am in G4 classrooms

Thu Sep 22 – G3&4 Language Arts Workshop for Parents 8:45am

Tue Sep 27 – G4 Expedition to Kulim Eco Trail Departure

Fri Sep 30 - G4 Expedition to Kulim Eco Trail Return

Fri Oct 28 - Deepavali Dress Up Day

Click here to access the school wide Christmas Term Calendar


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