Year 4 Newsletter | Term 2 Week 10

We hope you enjoyed the Dragon Boat Festival long weekend and you were able to recharge before the final week of Term 2. We want to take this opportunity to thank parents and caregivers for their understanding, encouragement and flexibility. Semester 1 wouldn’t be the success it has been without your continued support.

English

Our creative stories were edited, published, and then shared with our Year 1 buddies to conclude our unit on imaginative writing. Following this, students brainstormed ideas and made persuasive posters advertising their stories. The focus of this was for students to use clear language to convince their audience. In Reading, we have continued to utilise the comprehension strategies of ‘determining importance and synthesising information’ to decode non-fiction texts. These strategies have complimented the texts we’ve been exploring in reading groups on topics such as Britain, colonisation, the First Fleet and Indigenous Australians.

How can you support this at home? 

When listening to your child read, you can ask:

  • What is the text mainly about?
  • What are the important details?
  • What have you learnt?

Maths

We have continued with our unit on ‘Time’, focussing on converting time while also looking at digital and analogue representation. Students have been applying their understanding of ‘am’ and ‘pm’ notation to solve time problems. We have also been reading and interpreting timetables and developing strategies to calculate elapsed time.

How can you support this at home? 

  • Encourage your child to read the time on an analogue clock or read the time digitally and use the language of ‘past’ or ‘to’.
  • Talk about time duration and challenge your child to calculate elapsed time of a journey, while cooking or playing a game.

History

Students are using their research and comprehension skills to present their understanding of the concepts covered within this unit; 1700-1800s Britain, colonisation and the impact felt by Australia’s First Peoples. In addition, students have inquired into the lifestyle of Australia’s First People and compared it to the people of Britain of the same era. Areas for research have included crime and punishment, the environment, daily life, clothing and food.

During Library sessions with Mrs Atkins, students having been using their questioning and research skills to inquire into a famous explorer of their choosing. Some explorers include Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, John Cabot and Lewis and Clark, Zheng He and Ferdinand Magellan. You can ask your child which explorer they’re investigating.

Poetry Planet

This week, students were treated to a poetry performance, ‘Poetry Planet’. Students were encouraged to interact (while staying seated) and respond to some of the literary devices presented by the performers. These included similes, metaphors, rhyming words and syllables. It has been a while since students were able to participate in a learning experience as an audience and they thoroughly enjoyed it!

Farewells Never Get Any Easier

This week of term is also the final week for Mr Ben Picker. Ben has been with AISHK since 2015 and has been an active and passionate teacher in both the upper and lower Primary Divisions of the school. Ben and his family will be relocating to Australia, and we wish them all the best with their new endeavours. Your students and colleagues will miss you!

Replacing Ben is Mrs Neander Walsh, who you might’ve seen around AISHK as she is already here in a teaching role. Students have met Mrs Walsh, and we look forward to working with her for the remainder of the school year.

Important Dates to Remember for Term 3

  • 19 July (Week 1): First day of Term 3
  • 20 Aug (Week 5): Staff day (no classes for students)
  • Week 6: Book Week
  • 24 Sept (Week 10): Last day of Term 3

Year 4 Team

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

Primary Office: primaryoffice@aishk.edu.hk