Wow, it’s hard to believe that the October break us upon us already (also don’t forget that school is closed tomorrow). We have packed so much learning in but at the same time the term has really flown by. That must mean we’re having fun!
Last week we saw some excellent posts on our Home Reading padlet. This is a great resource to use to help your child make good choices about books to read at home. We are using it within our library sessions to help students choose and it’s been really helpful.
On Friday we enjoyed the first House event of the year with the Handball Competition. Erawan were worthy Grade 4 winners but everyone had a great time!
This week our homework asks your children to start thinking about Halloween activties in preparation for when we host the PYP Halloween celebrations on Friday 30th October. Please support your children to plan activities and organise supplies but remember that this is an excellent opportunity for your child to develop ownership and responsibility. Our parent reps will be organising a Parent Decorating team to decorate the Grade 4 classrooms (not the parents); please contact them if you want to get involved!
We continue our dual focus of using division strategies to solve problems with remainder answers alongside handling some interesting data within our Unit of Inquiry.
As always, our ongoing planning can be found here and homework here.
Have a great week and a wonderful October break!
This week we have our first House Events with a handball tournament taking place on Friday afternoon. We can’t wait to see students celebrating our caring and inclusive community!
Within Maths we continue our dual focus on Number and Operations and Data Handling within our Unit of Inquiry learning. As always, please click here for more details of our planned learning outcomes.
In Literacy we continue to develop our research skills alongside sessions from our Library specialist, Ms Lindsay. Students are becoming increasingly confident identifying keywords, finding trusted sources and identifying the key features of non-fiction texts. We are also learning how to create labelled diagrams to record our research.
For homework this week we are sharing an activity to help ensure your child has a suitable reading book ready at home for their daily reading practice. These might be books you have at home, from a local library or bookshop, or of course from our wonderful school library. As shared previously, we use questions like this to help students “Pick” their books.
In addition, in response to some parent feedback during conferences, we’d like to share the following thinking routine that your child could use after reading at home. This can be printed out, or simply displayed on a screen and used to structure and guide a reflection about what your child is reading.
Have a great week!
We’re looking forward to meeting you all this week during your conferences. It’s a real pleasure to share your child’s learning goals and to hear your perspective on their Grade 4 experience so far.
In Maths we are continuing our ongoing Number focus and moving forward to using different strategies to solve problems involving division. Alongside this our Survival unit is a great opportunity to inquire into how we use estimating and rounding to evaluate the reasonableness of anwswers.
In Literacy we are developing our understanding of non-fiction text features and gathering data to use in our upcoming Maths inquiries into data handling strategies. At the same time we are recording our research into how animals and plants adapt to circumstance.
Don’t forget the great news that swimming is starting this week! Weekly learning outcomes here, and homework here!
Over the next 3 days we will wrap up Term 1 MAP testing. As always, the results will be viewed alongside all our other assessment data and used to formulate personalised learning goals. We look forward to sharing your child’s personalised learning goals with you during your conference time.
MAPS testing is a great time to open discussions about what striving for understanding looks like and how we can adopt a growth mindset when setting ourselves learning targets. Across the grade we have seen really high level of engagement, responsibility, enthusiasm and risk taking over the last week.
We’ve got our teeth into our Sharing the Planet unit by inquiring into how mung beans adapt to circumstances, and begun to explore animal adaptations too.
In Literacy we are continuing to explore the writing process when drafting, revising and editing our ficitonal pieces. At the same time this wonderful unit calls for a non-fictional focus when reading and we will also be inquiring into the features of non-fiction texts as we build towards some informational writing.
Within Maths we are consolidating and developing our Number Knowledge and strategies for solving problems involving the four operations.
As always, more details on our learning outcomes can be found here. This week we have issued a “homework-lite” (due on Wednesday) because school will be closed on both Thursday and Friday.
Have a wonderful long weekend!
Just a reminder to all our returning families, you should by now have reviewed and completed the family address form, the health update form, the PYP ICT agreement and the school bus agreement (if applicable). If you haven’t already done so, please go to https://sea.kis.ac.th to complete as soon as possible Any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org attention School Services department. Thank You!
Yes it’s that special time of year again… Christmas and birthdays come only once but MAP tests come twice! This week we will be guiding your children to adopt a growth mindset and strive for understanding when approaching their MAP tests over the coming 8 days. Each student will sit a Maths, Reading and Language test and we look forward to using the assessment data to guide teaching and learning in the coming weeks and months. The full schedule can be found here.
As always, we will weigh up this assessment data against all the other formative and summative assessment we conduct on a daily basis and reflect with your child on how they can develop their learning goals to continue to make progress.
This week we also begin a new Sharing the Planet unit and we will be tuning into the concept of survival and adaptation with an engaging inquiry into sprouting mung beans.
Full details of our upcoming learning outcomes can be found here and homework here.
Have a great week!
It was wonderful to see you at the Coffee Morning last week. We were so pleased to be able to see you and share useful information. It was a pleasure to be asked so many questions about how you can support your child’s learning at home. Here are some answers (as promised):
How can IXL support my child’s Maths at home?
IXL is a wonderful tool that includes a wealth of practice across the Maths curriculum and offers responsive teaching online when students need support. We will be using the LEARNING tab as part of our homework assignments but in addition your child can be doing regular practice on the DIAGNOSTIC tab. Please watch this video for more information.
How can I support my child’s writing at home?
Our current focus is upon the Writing Process (how effective writers write) and this is a great opportunity for you to support your child with their writing. Please watch this video for some ideas you could apply to any writing your child does at home; this could be a UOI reflection, Word-Work or even a regular writing journal.
Finally we have begun to collate some useful resources here.
As always you can find our homework here and more information on our current planning here. Have a great week!
We’re really developing a head of steam now, and inquiring into some deep concepts in our learning.
In Literacy last week we focussed on developing our Visualisation skills to help us ‘paint a mental picture’ for the reader. In sessions we drew pictures while listening to read alouds, created mind maps and story planners while reading, and used visual prompts to inspire our writing.
Our Maths focus continues to be the development of our number knowledge and developing a range of strategies to help us solve problems involving the four operations. Based on assessments of your child’s comfort levels they have been working towards writing a personalised number knowledge target and learning new strategies within the four operations.
Our UOI focus has been upon our passions and exploring the KIS Core Value of nurturing passion in ourself and others. This is leading to some enthusiastic inquiries!
Homework as always can be found here.
See you at the coffee morning on Thursday 8.00am in the auditorium. More information can be found in Ms June’s letter below:
PS Parent Letter 28082020
Have a great week!
We really feel like we’ve hit the ground running with Grade 4 this year! The challenging experiences of home learning have certainly developed student independence and there is also a clear focus on the quality, rather than the quantity, of learning.
Last week we ran sessions reminding children how to engage with our wide array of online learning programs and by the end of this week your child should feel comfortable logging in to IXL, Epic, Raz-kids, Seesaw and the Google suite.
Our weekly homework can be found here.
Our Maths focus for the start of term is assessing and building on our Number Knowledge. Over the coming weeks your child will identify a personalised learning target that suits their learning needs and learn how to work towards it. Targets may range from practising addition and subtraction facts, to times table practice, or identifying and exploring exponents and beyond. We will also be learning to use whole numbers up to millions or beyond in real life situations, exploring place value and using mental and written strategies for solving problems involving the four operations.
Within Literacy we will be inquiring into the concept of visualisation while reading. Asking ourselves: How do we build mental pictures of the texts we read, and practising our creative writing by responding to images and writing our ideas about what is happening.
We will also be learning to identify a ‘good fit’ fit book in conjunction with our library sessions. A good way to support your child’s reading choices at home is using the ‘I Pick’ acronym.
Thank you for all the support you are giving to your children to help them adapt to the new school environment under the Covid-19 precautions. They are doing a wonderful job! Have a great week.