We wish you the most wonderful summer, full of relaxation, excitement and love. It’s been an amazing year despite the strange circumstances and the atmosphere in our final zoom was lovely. Here’s the padlet we used in our Guess Who game so you can have a go yourself, so many cute faces!
We all deserve a good rest over the summer but don’t forget that you can always use your school gmail to log in to IXL diagnostic (Guide if you need reminding) and your RAZ kids and Epic access will continue over the summer too. There are also a bunch of resources here to keep you thinking and learning. In addition, why not try out the Oxford Owl reading resources that Ms Lindsay sent home?
Why not spend a few days tidying up your Seesaw journal and then don’t forget to download it for safe keeping because when you start in Grade 5 you will start with a blank slate and a growth mindset!
From all of us in the Grade 4 team we thank you for all your support and enthusiasm and we look forward to seeing you around school in August. Have a beautiful break and enjoy the Virtual Talent Shows!
It’s hard to believe that we have reached the last week of term, but here it is! This week we have some quality learning engagements for your children as well as some opportunities to say goodbye for the summer holidays and farewell to any students who are leaving us. Please check the planner for a full breakdown and an overview of our ongoing planning can be found here as always.
Perhaps more than ever your child’s Seesaw journal is a record of their learning throughout the year. It’s a very easy process to download their journal to your desktop and we recommend doing this at the end of the week, before you forget (students will start with a fresh Seesaw journal for Grade 5). Here’s a link to the Seesaw guide.
Dear parents, we had a great question about how to support your child’s Maths during the summer holiday. As we discussed, we really recommend that your child interacts with the IXL DIAGNOSTIC as it gives up to the minute personalised recommendations. Your child should be familiar with how to use it but here is a good overview for your reference:
We will share more details on summer learning options next week.
Last Friday we had a great zoom session with Deepanshu Arora and he was blown away by the quality of the Grade 4 students’ questions. We have really developed our questioning skills and in the process are learning a lot about the key skills of being an entrepreneur. Deepanshu also talked about how the brand name Toddle came about and this ties in beautifully with our Visual Art focus on logo design. There really have been some wonderful logos created by your children!
Our Maths inquiries are going really well and students who have engaged with the Offline/Online writing project are making excellent progress.
This week we are inviting another budding entrepreneur to speak with the grade. Nelson Periera is a University student in New York and is developing his own home learning programme. We look forward to zooming with him on Friday (which is also a House Day).
What a wonderful show of Spirit we saw on Friday! Here’s a celebration of what was shared:
Thank you as always for your support in these events and we hope you had a great time too! This week we’ve seen great interest in our latest Entrepeneur interaction and the students have been writing some excellent questions. We can’t wait to Zoom with Deepanshu Arora, creator of ToddleTIES, on Friday.
We’re also seeing some great inquiring in our Maths sessions as well as a consolidation of key skills that will help your children prepare for the transition into Grade 5. Students who are engaging with our Offline/Online writing task have been really learning from our feedback and making some great progress with their personalised writing targets.
Have a great week, looking forward to seeing you on Zoom at 1pm on Tuesday!
On Friday 15th May KIS will hold an all-day Spirit Day for Grades 1-5! This is an optional opportunity to show our House Spirit and a full breakdown of the day’s activities will be shared by SEA and through Seesaw on Friday morning. Lots of house points will be up for grabs and we can’t wait to see your creativity and enthusiasm! Homeroom teachers will be offline during Friday and our Friday classroom Zooms have been rearranged to take place on Thursday instead.
On Tuesday morning homeroom teachers will be in school to arrange your child’s books and belongings for collection. A clearly labelled bag will be available for you to collect from the KIS car park/secondary entrance on Wednesday 13th or Thursday 14th between 8.30am and 3.30pm. Please contact your child’s teacher asap if there are any extra belongings you might like us to add to the bag. It is not compulsory to collect your child’s books at this time but they may be useful for offline home learning.
Last week we really enjoyed speaking with you all at the parent zoom meeting and we look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday afternoon at 1pm.
We begin a new week of home learning with the joyful news that restrictions are starting to be lifted and we hope you and your children have accessed the new Zoom schedules that we have posted on our classrooms.
We really enjoyed seeing you at 1pm today. This weekly session in an optional drop in session to ask any questions you may have or to give us feedback about the learning programme. If your question is specific to your child only, then please email your homeroom teacher and we will get back to you asap. We really value your feedback and will talk about how to incorporate your suggestions in our upcoming weekly plans.
The focus continues to be on QUALITY learning. This is the rubric we shared in the meeting:
Welcome to another week of home learning and we’re looking forward to a celebration of house spirit on Thursday. Thank you all for your commitment to the Yearbook selfie activity last week.
We hope that you found the planning document useful last week and that it is helping you to maintain the balance between offline, online and keeping a healthy lifestyle. This week we begin a new unit of How we organise ourselves and our tuning in activities will involve children thinking about how inventors identify opportunities.
In Maths we are looking at decimal numbers and fractional representation; time to reactivate what we learnt earlier in the year! Our Language focus will involve some grammar and a continued engagement on reading and writing. More details can be found here.
We hope you have had a wonderful holiday and been able to keep a balance to life despite the unusual circumstances. Thank you for taking the time to take part in the Home Learning survey: the feedback you offered has been used to make some adjustments to our programme. As always, if you have any suggestions or feedback please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
We begin Term 3 under home learning restrictions, and in grade 4 we will continue using Google classroom as the hub of our communication. Students should continue to look out for the teacher videos posted at 9am and 2pm each day and access activities on Seesaw, IXL, Raz, Epic, Readworks and the google suite as per their teachers’ directions.
In addition this term, every Monday on the Google Classrooms, teachers will be sharing a weekly plan with ‘Must do’ activites that must be completed, and ‘Can do’ activities that are optional additions. Teachers will continue to offer feedback to submitted activities and will support learning progress with personalised assessment rubrics. There will continue to be PE, Music, Art and TAL activities and Grade 4 students are expected to independently engage with their personalised Reading, Maths and Writing activities every day.
First up this term we will be briefly revisiting our Who we Are unit this week, reviewing some grammatical features in our writing and consolidating our learning of 2D and 3D shapes and symmetry. More details can be found here.
Normally we would just say go and have a HOLIDAY but this Songkran is a little strange. As well as finding time to spend with our families, to relax, read, eat healthy food, exercise and love each other you might also appreciate some ideas to keep you busy. As such we’ve prepared lots of things that can be done offline and there is no need to post anything on Seesaw: just have some fun.