Year 4 Newsletter | Term 3 Week 4

We are 4 weeks into Term 3, and what a 4 weeks it has been already! We have started ECAs and Peer Support, we have had a joint Eucalypt and Waratah (Eucatah) Mufti Day, we have been keeping up-to-date with and getting inspired by all of the amazing Olympic news… and we still have Book Week and Chinese Week to come this term! It’s a welcome return to our more normal school events and routines and the children and staff are loving it. We are sure the parents are too!

English

Using the book Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne as our foundation text, we continue to explore how authors position readers to develop a particular perspective about a book.  We have focused on the language of the text in previous weeks and we are now moving on to analyse the illustrations. This is a skill that is a vital part of reading and making sense of the world. The website below gives you a bit of insight into why and how we do it. 

“By following the steps in this image-analysis procedure, students develop awareness of historical context, develop critical thinking skills, enhance their observation and interpretive skills and develop conceptual learning techniques. You can use this strategy with any visual media, including a piece of art, photograph, political cartoon, propaganda poster, or video clip.” (Teaching Strategy: Analyzing Images | Facing History) 

This link will explain lots of the terminology. We will focus on 2 or 3 ideas such as salience and vectors.     

Anthony Browne’s illustrations are exceptional. You may want to read one of his books. Each time you go back to a picture you see more than you did the time before. We are analysing these pictures to see how the author is encouraging us to see the story in a certain light.  

How can you support this at home? 

  • Read an Anthony Browne story via http://www.anthonybrownebooks.com/books or YouTube
  • Choose your favourite illustration 
  • Questions to support: How does this illustration make you feel towards a character/event in the story? What makes you say that?

Maths

We have progressed from manipulating and finding the area of 2D shapes to comparing, categorising, making and describing 3D shapes. We will explore prisms and pyramids and consolidate the language and understanding of corners/vertices, edges and faces.

How can you support this at home? 

  •  Build a prism  
  • Questions to support: What is a prism? Do you get more than one type of prism? What is a pyramid? Do you get more than one type of pyramid? What is the difference between a prism and a pyramid?

Science

What lies beneath our feet? Rocks of course! Last week we took part in an ‘Egg Lab’ where we used eggs as a model to look at the Earth. We loved that. Next, we are learning about different types of rocks and the rock cycle. We will also be taking part in more fun experiments. Make sure you ask your child about them.

How can you support this at home? 

  • Can you find different types of rocks in the environment around you?  
  • Questions to support: Do all rocks look the same? How are they different? How did they get to be so different? Where did they come from?

Mufti Day

What a fabulous day we had at our Olympic-themed mufti day. We had sausages, Olympic rings, Olympic village events, lolly bags and so much more. The students really enjoyed their first mufti day in a while. They were as excited as the athletes at the starting lines in Tokyo. As always, it takes an (Olympic) village to pull this off. We very much appreciate the efforts of our house patrons and house captains. We also acknowledge your generosity in donating lollies and in helping your kids to dress up in the Olympic spirit.

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

Thank you for attending our information session. We hope you found it informative and interesting. The students will have a fantastic time – they always do! Don’t worry, we will send you lots of photos when the time comes.

A few key points from the presentation:

  • Camp days: Wednesday 20 October – Friday 22 October (Term 4, Week 2)
  • Students will be split into 6 groups made up of students across all classes
  • Please update the medical information for your child through the Parent Lounge
  • Lunch and snacks must be nut and seafood free
  • Activities the students will enjoy on camp:
    • Kayaking (This was a highlight on Year 3 camp last year)
    • Great Race (Using navigational skills to reach checkpoints and complete challenges)
    • Catapult Building (Use raw materials to build a catapult and send a wet sponge flying)
    • Biking (Enjoying the scenery. If students are less confident there are bikes with training wheels)
    • Waterfall Scramble (Students walk along the rocks and discover a waterfall. This is similar to canyoning done on Year 3 camp)
    • Survival Skills (First aid and stretcher building)
  • Buses will be organised to transport students to and from camp each day. These will run in a similar way to 2020:
    • In the morning students can be dropped directly at the camp site in Mui Wo or travel to school as normal and come on the bus
    • At the end of each day there will be multiple drop off points for you to choose from.
  • More information and registration details to come as we get closer to the dates of camp

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 Monday 16 August (Week 5): Book Week Submission

Peer Support

Our Primary Peer Support Leaders continue to demonstrate impressive leadership in their important mentoring roles. In Session 3 on Wednesday of this week, the focus turned to the ‘strive’ component of our school motto ‘Connect, Strive, Flourish’. Each group explored what it means to genuinely strive for success with many of the activities and discussions centering on the notion of learning from one’s mistakes. Indeed, many of our students’ ultimate successes are borne out of an ever-evolving understanding that, in life, things do not always go as we may plan or hope. What is important is a resolve to improve and a determination to realize our goals. 

Important dates to remember for Term 3

  • 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