Grade 4 Gazette

SJI International Elementary School, Singapore

Christmas Term Week 8

Enthusiasm for writing continues to grow in Grade 4 classrooms. The children have shown much diligence in their planning - they are learning that working hard and doing things with special care and step by step, leads to success.

They have continued to use a variety of strategies throughout the planning process - using the skills of talking, drawing, note taking and mind-mapping to clarify their thinking.

Teachers have modelled the planning process for their own quest story, using the children's ideas to help them. The children's knowledge of the genre and their creative ideas are inspiring! Our particular learning focus this week has been story openers. We noticed that the openings in our "stack" of quests or model texts use different techniques. An opening usually creates atmosphere with some description of the setting, introduces the main character and can suggest something that is going to happen - an introduction to the problem that needs to be solved.

Ask your child to talk with you about the purpose of an opener and any techniques they have tried as a writer to write an opener? Do continue to talk to them about the details of own quest story.

In reading workshops, the children are engaged in discussing literature with a specific focus on literary elements - setting, plot, characters, theme and author’s craft. We are learning to read like writers because that's another strategy real writer's use!

Mathematics - Problem Solving

This week students have been solving one, two and three-step problems and revisiting / learning the model methods to help them.

They began by solving addition and subtraction problems using the Part-Whole models and Comparison models. They then progressed onto problem-solving, involving multiplication and division. This topic will continue at the beginning of next week.

Then, later in the week, students will be starting their new topic - fractions.

This will start with a recap on how to read and write fractions before introducing Mixed Number fractions and how to reduce fractions to their simplest form.

Unit Of Work (IPC)

Week Two of our latest IPC unit, The Holiday Show, saw students identifying destinations they have holidayed in, on a blank World map that . Then, on the same map, students chose another color to highlight and name the places they would like to visit in the future. Discussions took place about what makes locations around the world unique, and an 'attraction' for tourists to go and visit.

We moved onto working together to understand the Five Themes of Geography (location, place, human-environment interaction, movement and region).

To assess their knowledge and skills, students were given the independent task of researching answers to a range of questions about Singapore, based on the different geographical themes.

Questions included:

  • Where is Singapore (longitude, latitude, continent, hemispheres)?
  • How far away from your home country is it (travel time by plane, distance in miles or kilometers)?
  • What countries are neighbors of Singapore?
  • Describe Singapore (size, shape).
  • What is the climate (temperature, rainfall)?
  • What kinds of physical features are there?
  • Describe the people who live there (nationalities).
  • How do people use the land?
  • How have people changed the land?
  • Where do most people live?
  • Why do you think people settled in Singapore?
  • How do people travel to Singapore?
  • Does the Singapore export goods to other places? If so, what and where?
  • Does Singapore import goods from other places? If so, what and from where?
    What language(s) do people speak?
  • What are the political divisions of Singapore?
  • How is Singapore similar to any of its neighbors (traditions, language, and climate)?

Next week we will be looking at how tourist destinations market their attractions.

Coming Up

Fri 26th Sep – Parent Cocktail Evening with Mr. Hannah

Mon 29th - Fri 3rd Oct - Book week

Mon 6th Oct - Public Holiday - School closed

Fri 11th - Sun 26th Oct - Half Term Holiday - School closed

Tue 28th & Wed 29th Oct - Jacqueline Harvey Workshops

Home Learning for the week ahead - Christmas Term Week 9

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Language Arts


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.


For the next few weeks, each Grade 4 class will be giving their spellings on an individual class basis. The spellings are advised following our start of year diagnostic spelling assessment. These have been used to identify development areas within each class and individual student. Each student will write their personalised spelling words in their personal organiser each week.


Unit 2: Solving word problems

Mon - Shaping Maths Activity Book 4A Part 1 Pages: 59-60

Tue - Shaping Maths Activity Book 4A Part 1 Pages: 61-62

Wed - Activity Sheet

Unit 3: Mixed Number

Thu - Shaping Maths Activity Book 4A Part 1 Pages: 65-66

…remember to practice your multiplication tables every day!

Unit Of Work (IPC)

During the week of 10 November 2014, ‘THE HOLIDAY SHOW’ EXIT POINT will be taking place across our whole grade level. For the Exit Point, you are going to be a travel agent who specializes in all-inclusive 10-day package holiday tours. You are going to get to choose where the destination is and become an expert on it. Your challenge during the Exit Point will be to have as many tourists sign up for your 10 day package holiday tour as possible. The student (travel agent) with the most people signed up for their holiday package will win a special certificate at the end of this unit.

Your home learning tasks over the next few weeks will help you to prepare your 10 day package holiday tour. It is important that you get each part of this project completed on the due date and handed to your teacher. Part A of this project can be found in your IPC Home Learning journal and is due to be completed and handed in to your teacher on Friday 03 October 2014.

Virtue of the Week


Excellence is doing your best. It is giving your very best to any task you do or any relationship you have.

Excellence is effort guided by a noble purpose. It is a desire for perfection. The perfection of a seed comes in the fruit.

When you practice excellence, you bring your gifts to fruition.