Year 4 Newsletter | Term 2 Week 8

We hope this latest edition of the Year 4 Newsletter finds you well. The students have been very busy these past few weeks and have become accustomed to being back in the classroom full time. It has been rewarding seeing them develop their routines again. Thank you for your continued support with reading activities at home as part of Home Learning. 

English

During reading sessions, the students have been able to apply the various comprehension strategies which have been taught this term, in particular, ‘Determining the Importance’. This has been encouraged in class especially when the students are reading more non-fiction texts about European Settlement in Australia. 

In writing sessions, the students have been able to use their knowledge of narrative text structures compared to that of a persuasive text. They have had a chance to develop their writing skills by using more text appropriate vocabulary to suit the audience. For example, when writing a narrative they can use direct speech to show character’s feelings, this also helps in engaging the reader; or, when viewing and creating persuasive texts, the students have been asked to identify words that are chosen to persuade the reader.

How can you support this at home? 

  • Share a non-fiction book together and see if you can determine the most important part of the paragraph and retell in your own words.
  • Look at advertisements and try to spot persuasive words or tools that the writer uses.

Mathematics

In Mathematics, we have been applying the students’ knowledge of decimals and converting them to fractions when recording measurements. We have also just begun delving into a unit on ‘Time’ which will see the students learn how to read time to 5 minute intervals. They will use place value and multiplication when solving problems relating to time duration. This includes working out exciting statistics like how many breaths they take in one school day or how much time in one year they spend sleeping. 

How can you support this at home? 

  • Encourage your child to read the time on an analogue clock if possible or when reading the time digitally to use the language of ‘past’ or ‘to’.
  • Talk about time duration and challenge your child to do tasks that have a 5 minute time period so that they get a better understanding of what 5 minutes is in context to elapsed time.

History

The students have been able to discover more about why colonies were started in Australia. They have also been introduced to the concept of ‘perspective’ in the hope that they get a better understanding of the impact of colonisation on the First Australian Peoples. During History lessons, they are posing questions and inquiring further into the strong connection that the First Australians have with the land, sea and sky. 

During Library sessions with Mrs Atkins, the students are using their questioning and research skills to learn more about famous explorers, such as Christopher Columbus and recording where they source their information from which encourages good research practice.

Homework

Please continue supporting your child to read widely at home for around 20 minutes per day. We have tried to encourage this by giving them a varied selection of activities in the reading grid (stuck in their diaries) which the children can choose on a nightly basis. Their reading should also be recorded in the grid. You may wish to discuss some of the reading comprehension strategies used in class such as, predicting, making connections or visualising. 

Reconciliation Week in Australia

2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation in Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process for the Indigenous Australian Peoples. As a Year 4 cohort, we have explored how and why reconciliation has taken place in Australia. It is closely linked to our History unit about the impact of European settlement on the First Australian Peoples. 

Each of the Year 4 classrooms hosted a different activity to encourage a deeper understanding of Aboriginal culture and  enhance the students’ understanding of why reconciliation is important. 

Please see below for some wonderful examples completed by Year 4 students. 

Activity 1: Reconciliation Acrostic Poems 

Activity 2: The colours, symbols and the connection of the land displayed on the Aboriginal Flag

Activity 3: Understanding how symbols and drawings were used as communication

Activity 4: Understanding the meaning of reconciliation in Australian History

Important Dates to Remember

  • 14 June (Week 10): Public Holiday, Dragon Boat Festival
  • 18 June (Week 10): 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