Year 4 Newsletter | Term 3 Week 2

 

We have had a fantastic start to Term 3 after what I hope was a restful school break for all. This term we welcome Mrs Neander Walsh to the Year 4 team and Mr John van Gaalen to AISHK as our new PE and Health teacher. Ms Indica Herbert will also be providing support through the LEC.

English

This term, our English unit explores how writers position readers to influence point of view, opinion and the way a text is interpreted. Our focus text is Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne which presents the story of a day at the park from the perspective of 4 different character voices.

The beginning of this unit has involved making predictions and focusing on how language choices help readers create images and form impressions. Students explored ‘First Voice’ by listening to the story without looking at the illustrations and finding the keywords that influenced their responses. 

How can you support this at home? 

  • Practice the skills of finding keywords by reading a descriptive book or paragraph and asking your child to describe the images created in their head. 
  • Questions to support: What words gave you that impression? What might change if we swapped that word to something else?

Maths

We have kicked off Mathematics this term with creativity and problem solving when exploring 2D shapes. Students persevered through tangram challenges by rotating, flipping and reorganising shapes to create images. Students were then introduced to composite shapes (images made up of common 2D shapes) and asked to identify the shapes used, recreate these using their grid books and measure the area of the shapes. 

This term, Year 4 will also have a focus on developing and extending their problem solving skills. Students will work through mathematical problems while learning about the range of strategies they could use. These lessons will run once a week and, to add a little extra fun, we will be mixing up the classes! We hope the students enjoy working with peers from other classes and tackling the mathematical problems we have in store for them.

How can you support this at home? 

  •  Encourage your children to find composite shapes in the environment and draw them as accurately as they can using a ruler. 
  • Questions to support: What shapes have been used? How could you measure the area of the shape you have drawn?

Science

What lies beneath our feet? This term, we are exploring and learning about the land below us. In particular, students will be analysing how the Earth’s surface has changed over time and what natural and human factors have influenced these changes. So far this term, students have learnt about continental drift and the structure of the Earth. This knowledge provides a great starting point for the further exploration of rock formation, rock types, erosion and human influences throughout the term.

How can you support this at home? 

  •  Identify natural and human features of the environment around you. Imagine the human features were not there and discuss what the environment might look like. 
  • Questions to support: What might our local environment have looked like before? How have the roads and buildings impacted the natural environment?

Homework

We will be building on the reading homework started in Term 2 by outlining some additional tasks for students to complete at home during the week. Homework will be given out each Monday and should be returned to school on Friday. Year 4 students should be completing up to 40mins of homework each night which is made up of a combination of reading and other tasks. If any of the homework tasks take longer than this time, please ask your child to stop when they get to 40mins in total.

The focus of the Year 4 homework this term is all about organisation. We are encouraging the Year 4 students to take responsibility for their learning by planning out what activities they are completing each week. Part of this is thinking about how much time they have free after school and choosing homework tasks they will have time to complete. For example, on a day when they have an ECA and therefore less time at home, they should choose a task that takes less time to complete.

How can you support this at home?

  • Take some time each week to talk to your child about their homework tasks and how they are going to organise themselves to complete the work.
  • Questions to support: What tasks do you need to complete by Friday? Where are you going to work? How can you set yourself up for success?

Camp Information Session

Year 4 are excited to go to camp in Term 4 (Week 2). This camp will run in a similar way to the day camps in 2020. On Thursday 12 August, we will be holding an information session for the Year 3 and Year 4 camps. This will run from 8:30 – 9:30 in the Auditorium, all parents welcome to attend. In this session, Dragon Fly will provide information about the organisation of camp and what to expect. There will also be time for you to ask any questions you may still have at the end of the session. No RSVP for this session is required, however, you will be asked to sign in on arrival as a record of attendance.

Library News from Mrs Atkins

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Congratulations to the 188 students who have completed their Premier’s Reading Challenge so far; a great achievement!

Due to the Sydney Lockdown, the closing date for the PRC has been extended to Friday September 3, 2021 (Week 7). We’d love to see a record number of students complete the Challenge this year. Login and password details along with instructions were emailed out in March from the Library email. If you are unable to locate the details, please contact your child’s class teacher or the Library Team library@aishk.edu.hk for assistance.

Book Week (Week 6)

This year the theme is ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’.  On Friday 27 August, students (Reception-Year 12) and staff are invited to dress up in the theme or as their favourite book character. We will send further details about our planned celebrations closer to the date. 

Book Week Photo Submissions (Reception-Year 6)

What worlds did you visit in your books this summer? Old Worlds, New Worlds or Other Worlds? It is time to collect some photos of students reading for our annual Book Week display/slideshow. Keeping the Book Week theme in mind ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’, please take a photo of your child reading at home or somewhere in Hong Kong.

Please share your photos via this Google Form by Friday 13 August (Week 4): Book Week Submission

Peer Support

There was great excitement (and a touch of nervousness!) on Wednesday as we commenced our Primary Peer Support sessions.  Each group is made up of students from Prep to Year 5 and is led by the Year 6 Peer Support Leader. The AISHK school motto ‘Connect, Strive, Flourish’ will underpin the six-week program and form the basis of the discussions and activities each week. 

In the first session this week, students in each group got to know each other by playing games and completing activities around the students’ names and interests. They found connections within the group and had a lot of fun! We look forward to our second Peer Support session next week!

Connecting at AISHK Word Cloud

Important dates to remember for Term 3

  • Thursday 12 Aug (Week 4): Camp Information Session, 8:30 – 9:30am, AISHK Auditorium
  • Friday 20 Aug (Week 5): Staff day (no classes for students)
  • Week 6: Book Week
  • Friday 3 Sept (Week 7): Student-Led Conferences
  • Friday 24 Sept (Week 10): Last day of Term 3

Year 4 Team

Kate Beange (Head of Year 4), Olivia Ashton, Neander Walsh, Lesley Stewart

Primary Office: primaryoffice@aishk.edu.hk