Year 4 Newsletter | Term 3 Week 8

We could not have asked for a more vibrant and meaningful day last Friday during Student-Led Conferences. The energy in the Year 4 classrooms was positive and abuzz as students presented their learning. We are so proud of Year 4 for their enthusiasm and dedication to their first on-campus SLC!

Swimming

Now that we have celebrated passing the SLC milestone, we look forward to concluding our units of work for Term 3 and commencing our swimming program with one single initial lesson next week, and you will find the details in the email from your child’s teacher. The subsequential lessons will be conducted in Term 4, and your child’s teacher will let you know the times once the schedule has been finalised.

Students will need:

  • Appropriate swimwear: one-piece costume for girls or speedo/shorts for boys. Non-AISHK swimwear is acceptable.
  • Students can wear their PE uniform on their swimming lesson day
  • Labelled ziplock bag (to put masks into) and spare mask
  • Swimming cap
  • Towel
  • Flip flops to wear in the pool area (optional)

English

We have continued reading ‘Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing’ using comprehension strategies to reflect on our connections to the text and predict what will happen next. In recent chapters, there has been a birthday party and a school project on transportation, however, it hasn’t all been cupcakes and sparkles! There have been giggles and drama too.

In our literacy unit about perspectives, we have extended our readings to include ‘A Walk in the Park’, another Anthony Browne book. Students have focussed on first and third-person narratives and changing paragraphs of text to reflect a different writing voice. We will conclude this unit with students creating a piece of writing and presenting a monologue.

How can you support this at home?

  • Ask your child about the problems surrounding the birthday party and school project in ‘Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing’. What connections did they make? What predictions do they have?
  • Discuss ‘A Walk in the Park’ with your child. Ask them about the similarities and differences between this text and ‘Voices in the Park’. Ask them which book they prefer and why.

Maths

In Maths, we have continued learning about different angles, classifying angles and identifying them in shapes and objects. We have moved forward by investigating how to measure angles using a protractor – it can be tricky, but we’re having a go!

This week, we recommenced Maths problem-solving groups, with students mixed across the year level. We focus on strategies such as make an organised list, draw a picture or diagram and check for irrelevant or relevant information, to name a few. Students employ these and other strategies to solve mathematical problems and collaborate with their peers.

How can you support this at home?

  • Please discuss with your child the tool we use to measure angles (protractors) and the unit of measurement we use when recording our answers (degrees).
  • Revision: What are the different types of angles? Can you see any angles around your home?
  • Ask your child about the problem they solved and the strategy they used in our problem-solving groups this week.

Science

We moved forward with our unit about the Earth’s changing surface by focussing on the natural process of weathering and erosion. As many of you experienced at the Student-Led Conferences, students have had fun using sugar cubes to demonstrate the effects of wind, ice, and plants’ roots on rocks. Also too, how water erodes rocks and soil. This week we have shifted our focus to how human activity impacts the surface of the Earth through land reclamation. This is the final concept within this unit before we conclude with students demonstrating what they know now.

How can you support this at home?

  • Ask your child about examples of land reclamation here in Hong Kong.
  • Go exploring on the weekend and find some examples of weathering and erosion in your backyard.

Important Dates to Remember for Term 3

  • Week 9: One stand-alone swimming lesson for Year 4
  • Week 10: Chinese Week
  • Wednesday 22 Sept (Week 10): Mid-Autumn Festival (public holiday)
  • Friday 24 Sept (Week 10): Last day of Term 3 (Half day)

Year 4 Team

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

Primary Office: primaryoffice@aishk.edu.hk