Year 4 Newsletter | Term 2 Week 2

As we commence Term 2, with both on-campus and online learning, it is evident that students are becoming increasingly adept at embracing and adapting to change. Students are to be commended for demonstrating initiative, organisation skills, and a positive attitude towards their learning. We extend a warm thank you to parents and carers as you’ve once again supported us through our most recent period of uncertainty and embraced our updated timetables. The term ahead is designed to home in on information and skills that are essential for students to progress through Stage 2. Below is the outline of what this looks like and how you can support your child at home.

English

In English this term, our focus in Writing is about cohesion in imaginative and persuasive texts. Students tuned into this unit by immersing themselves in various storybooks aimed at multiple age groups. We had many different books from ‘Spot’ to Jane Eyre! The questions posed to the students were:

  • What do you notice about these books?
  • Who do you think these books were written for?
  • How can you tell?

Students will continue to investigate imaginative texts and identify characteristic features before moving forward to write their own creative and entertaining story. We know that good writers don’t always write their bestseller on their first draft. They edit, revise and build on ideas to create their final masterpiece. We look forward to sharing the students’ story writing with you throughout the term.

How can you support this at home? Talk to your child about the books that they have enjoyed reading. Discuss what makes those books so entertaining. Can they identify any of the descriptive features such as adjectives, similes or dialogue?

Maths

We have launched full steam ahead into the new investigation, ‘Lengthy Leaps’. In this investigation, which will take place over the first half of the term, students will explore mathematical concepts related to metric measurements of length, place value including tenths and hundredths, graduated scales (rulers) and recording and organising data. We look forward to moving through this investigation in the coming weeks and sharing this with you on Seesaw.

How can you support this at home? Ask your child about units of measurement for length. This includes millimetres, centimetres and metres. Encourage your child to measure things around the home in cm and mm using a ruler. Discuss the situations in which we apply these units; would we measure our height in millimetres?

Science

Continuing with our unit on Forces, Year 4 students have further explored concepts such as friction, magnetism and buoyancy. We’ve relished our on-campus days and made the most of them by conducting various experiments to observe the effect of different surfaces, forces of attraction and repulsion, and pushing and pulling objects. Students have recorded their observations and devised rich questions and predictions based on their new knowledge.

How can you support this at home? Ask your child to share an observation from one of their favourite experiments so far. What surprised your child the most about their findings? What questions do they still have?

Important Dates and Reminders

  • Week 3 (Wednesday 28 April): Year 4 Parents Welcome Session: 2/F Auditorium
    • RSVP: Please register your attendance HERE. All sessions are 8:30-9:30 am.
  • Week 4: School photos. More information to follow.
  • Week 6 (Wednesday 19 May) Public Holiday, Buddha’s birthday
  • Week 10 (Monday 14 June): Public Holiday, Dragon Boat Festival
  • Week 10 (Friday 18 June): Last day of Term 2

Year 4 Team

Kate Beange (Head of Year 4), Olivia Ashton, Benjamin Picker, Lesley Stewart

Primary Office: primaryoffice@aishk.edu.hk