Grade Four Newsletter

SJI International Elementary School, Singapore

Summer Term - Week 5 Mon 2nd May - Fri 6th May 2016

Language Arts

The final week of Fantasy Quest writing has been full of eager students publishing their stories. The writing pieces have been edited by the students, initially using a self – assessment checklist. The students have been thorough with their editing and this has been a very successful strategy of revision. Following a final check with their class teacher, the students had the opportunity to published their stories on a google doc. The final pieces of writing will be on display for all to admire and read. The students are very proud, as are the teachers of their Fantasy Quest stories.

The main reading focus this week has been to unpack how characters' points of view are portrayed in stories. The students were asked to focus on a character in the story and their point of view about a particular situation. By looking closely at one part of the story, the students were able to understand what the character may be feeling and how this differs to the main character. This has been allowed them to make inferences about the text, through exploring different characters.


Symmetry has been our area of focus in maths this week. The week started off with the students defining symmetry, before identifying if a range of given shapes have line(s) of symmetry. The students learned that using the correct mathematical vocabulary was also very important and learned how to use words such as symmetrical, vertical, horizontal, diagonal, reflection etc. to clarify their learning.

Their knowledge and skills were then extended to completing a symmetrical shape from a given line of symmetry. The week ended with the students showing their understanding by creating a range of symmetrical shapes and patterns of their own. To add an element of fun, individuality and creativity they were encouraged to use their artistic talents to do so.

Next week, we will be looking closely at tessellations.


This week the children have been learning about plate tectonics. We have learned about Pangaea and continental drift: the idea that Earth has evolved over millions of years from a supercontinent to what it is today. This has provided the children with an opportunity to build upon their knowledge of the structure of the Earth and make connections to the different landforms they have been researching for home learning.

Through the example of 'egg tectonics', the children were able to explore the movement of the continental crust. We identified the three types of boundaries: convergent, divergent and transform boundaries. Using the shell of a hard boiled egg, the children were able to observe what happens, for example, when two boundary plates push together.

Next week we plan to investigate extreme weather events and natural disasters in both our home and host countries.

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Language Arts


For the next two weeks, our spelling learning focuses 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."

Words to be learnt this week; receiver, deceitful, receipt, ceiling, conceited, thief, shield, yielding, wielded, belief

High Frequency words: criticise, frequently, queue, vehicle, curiosity


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 31-32

Tue - Shaping Maths Activity Book 4B Part 2 - Pages 33-36

Wed - Shaping Maths Activity Book 4B Part 2 - Pages 37-38

Thu - Shaping Maths Activity Book 4B Part 2 - Page 39

Maths Builder Group - Pages 68-75


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


Tact is telling the truth kindly, with consideration for how your words will affect others.

It is knowing what to say and what is better left unsaid.

Tact is thinking before you speak.\When you are tactful, you don't tease or point out people's differences to embarrass them.

You are careful about others' feelings as you would like them to be of yours.

Looking Ahead

Tue 10 May - Building Children of Character workshop 3

Thu 12 May - Mufti Day for Jamilah

Fri 13 May - Founder's Day Mass

Fri 13 May - School closes early for Founder's Day

Wed 18 May - G4-6 Sports Day

Fri 20 May - Family Picnic and Movie Night

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

Swimming Block Comes To An End (except 4JKa)

This week has seen the end of our swimming block culminating in the Fantastic swim Galas for G1-6. Well done to everyone!

Please note that all classes (with the exception of Grade 4JKa) will now revert back to double land PE until the end of term. There will be NO further express swimming classes.

Grade 4JKa's swimming block will continue until the end of term. The swimming lesson time is Wednesday at 2.00pm.

Grade 4 Expedition 2016

Just a friendly reminder that payment for the Grade 4 Expedition is due on: Friday 6th May

Please ensure payment is enclosed in a marked envelope with your child's name and class. All cheques to be made payable to: SJI International Elementary School Ltd

Payment can be directed to the ES school office.

Medication due on Friday 20th May - Please send medication in a marked plastic bag together with the completed medication form. This can be dropped of at the ES Reception desk.


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