Week commencing 19th April

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to term 3!  It is not as we expected, but we will make the best of it and hope to be back together soon.  Monday will be a “prep for school” day for students and teachers. Teachers will be in school prepping packs to be picked up on Tuesday and organizing the planners and schedules for the rest of the week.  We are asking our grade 4 students to organize their work station to be ready to log into google classroom at 7:50 Tuesday morning.  We would like the students to review their IXL diagnostic and continue to work on narrowing their diagnostic band, or work on recommendations. Please make sure you have paper and pencils, and a good fit book to read.  On seesaw review the ICT agreements you signed at the start of the school year.  It also is a good idea to double check you can log in to seesaw and google classroom. 

We will be sending out information for the rest of the week on Monday afternoon. 

Thank you for your understanding and help!

The grade 4 Team 

Mr. Alex, Ms. Jenn, Ms. Rin, Ms. Tik, Mr. Zack

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Happy holidays!

We had a lovely last day full of sharing and genorosity to round off a wonderful term. Thank you to all parents for making it a special pizza day, the children really appreciated it!

In the last week G4 students have had a great time getting to grips with Google Sites and they’re so excited to share their passions. It’s a really powerful way to explore how People use media to create or manipulate messages for specific purposes and it’s amazing to see how quickly children pick up new tech skills!

We also pulled off an April Fool’s prank on Thursday which became a learning opportunity to discuss how how media can be used to influence. 

Earlier in the week we all adopted a growth mindset when reflecting on our fractions post assessments. All students were able to identify skills that they’d made progress with as well as skills that they could improve. It was a really positive reflection exercise.

We hope you have the most incredible holiday and that your children find opportunities to further develop their passions, practise their Maths goals and of course to read!

See you after the break!

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Week commencing 29th March

On Friday we welcomed Khun Manit from the KIS marketing department who shared a wonderful presentation with us:
This really consolidated and built upon the student’s learning this week and the children have begun to develop an authentic understanding of how brands are developed and how media can be used to influence. Mr Manit even gave us some feedback on some of our logo designs (see the end of the slideshow!)

Next week and after Songkran we will begin building our own Google Sites and applying the understandings we have built to create brands that are memorable, authentic and enduring.

In Maths last week we engaged with some self assessment and reflection to see how our understandings of fractions have grown over this unit. We were really impressed to see the growth and to students able to identify skills they still need to practise.

We focussed on inferring meaning of figurative language and continued to apply our skills to writing powerful similes in preparation for our next focus on poetry.

As always, detailed learning outcomes can be seen here and homework here.

Have a wonderful week!

 

 

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Week commencing 22nd March

This week we will be collaborating with Khun Hague and Khun Manit from the KIS marketing team to learn all about logo design and the evolution of the KIS logo and branding. Students will share their understanding of logos as a form of media and learn what has changed about the KIS logo and why it has changed too.

This is all part of our inquiry into how People use media to create or manipulate messages for specific purposes alongside explorations of Memes, famous Artworks and the media of the music industry.

1616134811098In Maths, as part of their homework and class time, we are inviting all students to review and reflect on their growing understanding of fractions decimals and percentages. On Thursday we will engage in some assessments to help us identify learning goals for future learning.

In Literacy sessions we are applying our skills with figurative language and beginning to explore the medium of Poetry.

Student Council members also made some presentations to share their new project: Paper Rangers. Ask your child for more details.

As always, detailed learning outcomes can be seen here and homework here.

Have a wonderful week!

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Week commencing 16th March

We hope you had a lovely long weekend! It was great to be part of parent conferences last week and we really enjoyed speaking with you all and sharing your child’s learning. If you haven’t already, please find the time to speak with your child about what we discussed during the meeting and remind them to write a summary (this was part of last week’s homework).

This week we enter week 2 of our How we express ourselves unit and we will be exploring many exciting things from creating our own G4 Art galleries, thinking about the themes of some award winning short films, to entering the world of memes! We will also inquire into the concept of branding by exploring the recent changes to the KIS logo and wesbite.

In Maths we will continue our explorations of fractions, decimals and percentages alongside developing our understanding of coordinates and experimenting with symmetry and shape translation.

Detailed learning outcomes can be seen here and homework here.

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Week commencing 8th March

This week we’re looking forward to speaking with you all as part of our Parent conferences. Please check your email for the zoom link and see you there! Please also speak with your child about their learning goals BEFORE your conference as per last week’s homework. Here’s some polite advice for having a successful conference from Ms June:

Next week is parent conferences in the Primary School. By now everyone should have signed up for an interview time on the forms sent to you by your child’s teacher, if you haven’t managed to do this please contact the teacher directly.  As our meetings are being done via zoom they will look, and be a different experience for both you and the teacher’s, here’s a couple of helpful guidelines for a successful conference.

  • Be on time for your meeting, the time period is not long, however teacher’s are meeting back to back throughout the day making punctuality important

  • Try to find a location where you can have a focused and confidential conversation without distractions.

  • If you haven’t already, please have a discussion with your child about their goals and what they are working on so you can use this information as a basis for your conference. This information was shared with you by the teacher earlier in the week.

  • Please try to be a couple of minutes early to the conference and wait in the waiting room, you will be invited into the zoom room at your given conference time. 

Many thanks for your support, any questions or feedback welcome, please enjoy your conferences.

Last week Niska shared her wonderful action with the Grade, thanks for your support of her initiative:

We are starting our new How we express ourselves unit this week and will spend our UOI sessions tuning into the transdisciplinary theme:

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic 

In Maths we will continue our explorations of fractions, decimals and percentages alongside developing our understanding of coordinates and experimenting with symmetry and shape translation.

Detailed learning outcomes can be seen here and homework here.

Have a great week and see you on Zoom!

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Week commencing 1st March

Lots of sleepy faces in class today which must mean fun weekends! On Thursday the whole KIS faculty met together and discussed Global Citizenship:

KIS Definition of a Global Citizen

KIS believes a Global Citizen values their own and other cultures, espousing the IB Learner Profile attributes while taking principled action with social, political, economic, or environmental issues of local and global importance.

Teachers inquired into what Global Citizenship looks like at KIS and developed many exciting ideas for the future. We hope to see some of them in action soon!

Tomorrow your child will bring home a paper copy of their learning goals for discussion in the Teacher Parent conferences next week. We’ve had a great sign up so far, please contact your homeroom teacher if you have had any trouble finding a convenient conference time on the sign up sheet.

We will also be concluding our Where we are in Place and Time unit over the coming days and students will be sharing their growing understandings of how Civilisations develop over time and continue to have influence throughout time.

In Maths we are continuing our explorations of fractions, decimals and percentages and also investigating the coordinate systems and mapping. In Literacy we will be applying our non fiction informational writing skills while sharing our UOI learning.

As always, detailed learning outcomes can be found here and homework here.

Have a great week!

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Week commencing 22nd February

Last week we deepened our understanding of global geography and mapping while learning to explain the geographical location of a civilisation. We inquired into where and why civilisations began around the world and chose locations for our own invented civilisations too.

In Maths we have been exploring units of time and how to calculate elapsed time at the same time as continuing our inquiries into fractions, decimals and percentages.

We’ve also begun reflecting on our learning goals in preparation for the upcoming parent conferences. Sign up sheets will be shared on the blog tomorrow, Tuesday 23rd February.

As always detailed planning and learning outcomes are here. We have assigned all students one homework activity only, which can be found on Seesaw because this week is a short week and the school will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Have a wonderful long weekend and see you next week!

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Week commencing 15th February

There was a real sense of celebration in school on Friday with so many children dressed in Chinese New Year costumes, and our atrium decked out with tradition Chinese (paper) lanterns. Thank you for your generous donations within the envelopes too!

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In class we continued to deepen our conceptual understanding of the relationships between fractions and decimal numbers. Linking to our UOI we are also exploring time and learning to convert between different units of time measurement and how to measure elapsed time.

In literacy we continue to focus on the writing process and applying our understanding of how effective writers use planning, drafting, editing and revising to create finished texts.

Our exploration of civilisations continues with inquiries into how the systems of civilisation are linked, and how these cause civilisations to develop over time and continue to have influence throughout time.

For more details, click here, and our weekly homework can be found here.

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Week commencing February 8th

It’s so great to be back in school and wonderful to see how well children are following the new Covid-19 protocols. The opportunity to socialise and learn together is a real gift and we are appreciating every minute!

Last week we settled back in to life on campus and reflected on what learning behaviours we can bring back in to the classroom. We continued our Maths focus of exploring fractions and decimals, and applied our Maths understanding to our unit of inquiry when beginning to think about timelines of Ancient Civilisations. Learning outcomes can be seen here as always, and homework here.

On Friday 12th February we will be celebrating Chinese New Year and all students are invited to dress in Chinese costume, or to wear red. Have a great week!

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