Year 4 Newsletter – Term 1 Week 4

Dear Parents,

Welcome to new families

A very warm welcome to our new Year 4 families – both those who started at the beginning of the year, and those who began at AISHK last week.  We are glad you are here with us!

English

We won’t beat around the bush, Word Play is proving fun for everyone!  We have explored neologisms, portmanteaus, idioms and spoonerisms; all devices that make sure we are not fish out of water when it comes to both our reading and writing.  And if you think that is making a tempest in a teacup or a mountain out of a molehill, then we can tell you from the bottom of our hearts that we are in seventh heaven and you will be green with envy at what our students are learning! (Feel free to ask your Year 4s to interpret all of that!)

Maths

Our unit right now is called “Keeping the Keys” and there is a heavy focus on number, including defining odd and even numbers, times tables and division.  Inverses are being explored (families of facts, related facts, turnabouts are all terms meaning that). We are working on the diverse ways a number can be represented – including pictures, arrays, the four operations and number lines.  Various methods of approaching multiplication and division of larger numbers are being explored, including using inverses (if I know that 6 x 3 = 18, then I also know that 18 ÷ 6 = 3), effective use of numbers with 0 in the ones and tens places (if I know that 6 x 3 = 18, then I know that 60 x 3 = 180), and expanded notation – breaking numbers down into manageable chunks before multiplying or dividing (346 = 300 + 40 + 6 and multiplying those and then adding them together makes multiplication of larger numbers easier).  

Class Parents

Thank you to the parents who have put their hands up to be the contact points for both new and old families in 2019.  We were the first Year Group to have a full complement of parents who will work with us and assist us throughout the year, for the benefit of your children.  We will advise you of the names of the parents in an upcoming newsletter, but we thank them now!

Excursions

Our Year 4 excursions to go rock climbing at the YMCA were very successful, with the students getting a hands-on understanding of forces as part of our science unit. – thanks to Ms. Yeung’s magnificent planning, and pre-loading information for the students. Much learning about forces took place in this practical method of creating an understanding of theoretical information.  This trip also addressed our important start of the year’ philosophy of building confidence and developing a growth mindset. It was amazing to see students who didn’t think they could reach the top of the wall, actually get there and go back for more!

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need information or with any concerns.  

Suzanne Sinclair suzanne_sinclair@aishk.edu.hk

Celestine Yeung celestine_yeung@aishk.edu.hk

Susan Blumenthal susan_blumenthal@aishk.edu.hk

Mark Wnek mark_wnek@aishk.edu.hk