Year 4 News
Week beginning May 16th 2016
Your fortnightly newsletter
How we organise ourselves
We are currently finishing our Sharing the planet unit of inquiry and will be moving on to our final unit of the year: How we organise ourselves.
Our Central Idea
People create organisations to solve problems and meet human needs.
The children will learn through a variety of learning engagements based on the following inquiry questions:
- the purpose of organisations
- how organisations support human needs
- strategies for problem solving (as organisations)
In this unit the students will look at the structure and function of organisations. The children will inquire into an NGO and research the purpose and organisational features of a particular group that helps people. They will look at roles and structures within organisations and develope an awareness that people need to work cooperatively to solve problems, regardless of the scale of the issues.
4C and 4S classes will be concluding the Sharing the planet unit with their trips to Ark Eden.
Please ensure that your child has applied lots of insect repellent, is wearing long sleeved clothing and that they wear their Kennedy School hat so that they can be easily seen on the ferry and throughout the trip. We will be arriving back from the Mui Wo Ferry Pier in Central (Pier no. 6) at 4:30pm. There will be no bus back to school, please ensure that someone is there to collect your child.
Thank you to those of you who have supported these trips.
Children will not need to bring any money or octopus cards for the trips. However, if you would like to come with your class to Ark Eden you will need to pay for the ferry yourself.
In Maths we are continuing to estimate, compare and measure objects using the standard units of measurement: length, perimeter, area, mass, capacity, volume and temperature.
Children have enjoyed reading and writing animal reports and will begin to analyse and write persuasive texts within our new unit of inquiry.
Please remember to sign your child's reading record after hearing them read each night.
Please make sure your child has enough stationery in school. At this time in the year they often need replenishing!! Pencils, sharpeners, glue, a ruler and an eraser are essential. Check the list on the VLE.
Please note that the summer swimming timetable has begun (click here to view).
Mr Luck has requested that in order to be prepared for swimming every child requires:
- Kennedy School swimming kit - swimming costume or shorts / jammers.
- Swimming cap for ALL children with hair below the tops of their ears.
- Large white t-shirt or swim robe
- Waterproof shoes, crocs or sandals for walking to and from the pool.
- Large towel, preferably a beach towel.
- A strong waterproof bag.
Thank you for your help with ensuring the smooth collection of your child during the recent red rain. Please keep an eye on the HK Observatory forecasts each day and follow the guidance.
Parent guest speakers
If you are involved with a NGO at any level it would be great for the children to hear about what you and your organisation does. Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know if you would be happy to speak to the whole year group or your child's class.
To prevent your child being bitten by insects around school and especially during class trips, please ensure your child has applied lots of insect repellent before coming to school.
Parent guest speakers
This is a great website to use with your child to discuss and explore many of your children's wonders about the world.
Upcoming dates for your diaries
Week of 2 May summer swimming begins (Click here for timetable)
16 May 4S Ark Eden Buffalo Trail Trip
17 May 4C Ark Eden Buffalo Trail Trip
Thursday 9th June - Public Holiday
Friday 10th June - Disaggregated CPD day school closed
Monday 20th June - End of year reports out to parents
Friday 24th June - End of term