Our focus this term in English is ‘Context’. Students will recognise that texts are designed for a particular audience and that the written / oral word might then, based on the audience, be formal or informal. The next step is defining what does or does not constitute formal or informal and this is done by analysing the method of conveying the language, appropriate vocabulary and sentence structure. All students completed a short and longer task as an assessment for learning. Some methods of conveying a message included: writing a postcard, a short Flipgrid video, writing an email, writing a letter, making a book for a Year 1 buddy, creating an information brochure or crafting a newspaper article. Students loved the freedom of choice to express their ideas with others!
‘It’s Only Natural’ was our most recent maths investigation which focuses on perimeter and area. Students found, in their home environment, a selection of 3 leaves. They worked out the perimeter of irregular shapes by using string and a ruler, and area by using grid paper. Specific areas covered were millimetres, centimetres, patterns, mass area, tessellation and times tables as a method of working out area in an efficient manner. They took great pride in presenting their findings in various ways.
We have a Geography focus in HASS this term, investigating Sustainability by inquiring into different biomes on the continents of South America and Africa. It is a wonderfully interesting and relevant topic and is an essential concept for young students to begin to understand. This term, in Year 4, ‘Every Week Is Earth Week’.
As part of the students’ English studies this term, they have been learning to analyse infographics and to find out what makes them engaging. During Library sessions, the students in Year 4 have been comparing infographics and discussing the elements that make them engaging to different audiences.
As the students are still settling into school and with their wellbeing in mind we have not handed out any homework yet. With the intensity of online learning this year, the students would benefit from recreating the understanding in their mind that home is their place to relax and refresh and school is for work. With that in mind, homework for Year 4 will be focused on reading and consolidation of times tables. Year 4 students are asked to read for 20 minutes each night and then discuss their book with someone at home. You can help by encouraging them to find a comfy place to read for 20 mins each day and talking to your child about what they are reading. Times tables can be approached by calling them out, online practise, flash cards, etc. We will review this as the term progresses and as the students become more accustomed to the routine of school.
Thank you to the parents who were able to join us for the information session last Thursday to hear more about the plans for outdoor education for our students. Brendan and Adam covered all relevant points and due to the current situation, we are all aiming for flexibility. Please refer to the email that was sent to parents last Friday and rest assured that we are all working towards amazing experiences planned for safety, enjoyment and challenge for our cohort.
Altered routines and information
Thank you for your part in helping us to have our students at school. Students are well-informed, have spare masks (we do have spares if needed), they sanitise their hands without reminders and are learning in a different sort of environment where they collaborate in different ways to the way they would normally. They have adapted so well and we are proud of their acceptance and compliance with the new ‘normal’.
We are happy to announce that we will be celebrating our ‘Chinese Day’ on Friday 23 October. This will be an important event to acknowledge the value of Chinese language and culture at AISHK. We are still encouraging students to dress up in Chinese traditional dress. The students will be involved in a range of activities for the day.