Bouncing

Tomorrow Grade 4 are off to Amped and we can’t wait to test out our scientific hyptheses on the trampolines. Our exploration of high jumps and long jumps using slow motion videos has helped us to develop an understanding of the interaction between forces and motion when we jump and now we are going to experience it with added trampoline power!

As always, you can find a full and detailed breakdown of our current Maths, Literacy and UOI learning outcomes here.

It was wonderful to hear that the Student Council’s hard work raised 23,000 Baht through the non uniform day. The council students presented the donation to representatives from Paws last week. Thank you for all your contributions! In addition, the KIScares box in Grade 4 has already been emptied once and there’s a wonderful range of gifts being brought in. Keep them coming!

And please, if you can, make someone else’s Christmas special by taking a decoration from the tree in the PYP atrium and donating a gift before Friday December 6th.

Christmas Giving Letter 2019

Finally, on Thursday this week there is no school, don’t forget!

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Reflecting…

Grade 4 have really begun to engage with the Scientific process and are making reflections that bring together their learning from the wide range of classroom demonstrations and experiments they have undertaken.

Our integrated Maths unit allows students to demonstrate independence when gathering and recording data. Our data handling skills allow us to quickly generate graphs to help us interpret data and draw conclusions that prove or disprove our hypotheses.

We’re looking forward to our trip next week and beginning to think about an experiment that we could conduct while we are there. It’s great fun to be in such a hands on and practical unit of inquiry!

Have a great week.

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Put your Star Wars quote here…

As we move on with our current unit, it feels like an invisible force is tempting me to quote Star Wars as much as possible. Resist. In the classroom we have been getting scientific and looking into How scientists investigate and use forces with a wide array of experiments. There are so many opportunities for links to our Maths and Literacy objectives – please check out the coming week’s learning outcomes here.

I am sure you already have heard but there is a wonderful initiative that started with Grade 4 students. It’s aimed at creating a truly caring community at Christmas this year and we hope you will help make it a success. More information here, or speak to one of the team of Grade 4 students who are organising!

KISCARES Donation Flyer

 

Have a great week!

 

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Conferences

It was wonderful to have the chance to share your child’s progress this year and to talk about ongoing goals and targets during the conferences last week. We hoped you enjoyed the opportunity too!

Last week we really jumped into our unit, by capturing how we jump in slow motion:

We measured our jumps, vertically and horizontally and the data we collected will drive our explorations of data handling during this unit. We will also study our slow motion videos to observe how Forces and Motion interact.

As always, as we continue inquiring into our new unit, you can visit this page to find out more about our learning outcomes and to see how we create transdisciplinary integration.

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Forces and motion

This week we are kicking off, or jumping in to, our new How the World Works unit. This is an exploration of Forces and Motion and more details of our learning outcomes can be found here.

We are tuning in by asking students to visualise how they jump. We will then compare their visualisations to slow motion videos so we can draw conclusions about the forces and motion involved. One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!

Last week was capped off by Grade 5’s excitingly spooky Halloween activities. We had a ghoulishly good time.

We hope you enjoy the opportunity to meet with the Grade 4 teaching team this week. See you at your conference!

 

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Thank you all for coming to Thursday’s coffee morning. What a wonderful trip we have in store for us! Here is the video slideshow that was shared. Please don’t hesitate to contact us or SEA with questions if you have any.


Don’t forget the conferences next week. Sign up sheets are still outside the classrooms if you haven’t signed up yet. All conferences will be conducted inside your child’s classroom (unless informed otherwise – if there is a last minute change required we will put a notice on the classroom door for you). Please try your best to be on time and be respectful of the time limit – there will always be a parent waiting for their conference at the end of yours. If you need more time, please speak to us and we will arrange another appointment. We look forward to meeting with your to discuss your child’s progress.

Have a great weekend.

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Welcome back!

We hope you had a restful and relaxing holiday. It’s time to get back into the swing of things and we are pleased to share with you some extra information about Learning in Grade 4 by accessing the current unit page. All details on Learning Outcomes can be found there and a new weekly planner will be posted every Monday.

This week we are revisiting our Who We Are unit: Mind over matter. This unit is all about personal reflection and personal growth and as such we will be reflecting on our personal learning goals in the build up to Parent Conferences. With a growth mindset we will share the progress that we have made and reflect on whether we need to adjust or reassign our goals or if we need more time to work on them. On that note, please remember that sign up sheets are now posted outside the classrooms – please contact your class teacher if you need any help signing up.

The PYP school will be celebrating Diwali on Wednesday this week and we invite students to embrace the festival by wearing Indian costume. Also on Friday we will be celebrating Halloween and we look forward to enjoying the festivities set up by Grade 5.

 

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Have a wonderful holiday!

This week we are busy assessing our enduring understandings from our Sharing the Planet unit. It has been a wonderful exploration of how Survival depends on adapting to circumstance. Please take some time to check in on your child’s Seesaw to see them share their understandings.

Have the most wonderful holiday and we look forward to seeing you all back at school on October 28th!

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MAP and more

Don’t forget that MAP tests continue this week. It’s a great time to be thinking carefully about having a healthy diet at home, so please get involved with your child’s homework this week. Homework is due next Wednesday 16th October because of the holiday on the 14th to commemorate King Rama IX.

In the last 2 weeks before the October break we are wrapping up our Sharing the Planet unit and assessing our understanding of the Central Idea and Lines of Inquiry.

In Literacy we have been nurturing passions in ourselves and others by writing and sharing How-To guides to our favourite activities with a focus on our learning objectives of learning how to write to inform and following the writing process. In Swimming lessons we have been filming our swimming and setting personal step by step goals to develop our skills.

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We are combining this with a development of our Research Skills and exploring the importance of using keywords, doing our research on trusted sites (such as Go Grolier Go and Wonderopolis) and taking notes in our own words.

In UOI lessons we have been exploring the effects of Environmental Interactions and answering questions like “Why did they parachute cats into Borneo?” Miaow!

In Maths we have been busy assessing our progress with modelling addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and collecting data, displaying in graphs and interpreting data to make conclusions.

Have a great week.

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Every (learning) journey needs a MAP (test)

It’s that time again for your children to assess their progress by taking the MAP tests. As discussed at the BTS coffee morning, this is not a time to panic! Rather, please try your best to take any stress out of the situation and simply help your child to follow their normal routines of sleeping, eating, studying and relaxing to help ensure that their MAP score is reflective of them as a learner at this time.

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Your child will collaborate with their teacher in the coming weeks to use the MAPS data as part of their ongoing assessment and learning goals.

This week we will also be assessing your child’s progress within thier understanding of how the base 10 place value system extends infinitely in two directions and how they model addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Please take some time to look at your child’s Seesaw and post comments about their graphs that they have been sharing. This is a great example of transdiciplinary learning.

In UOI sessions we will build on the wonderful learning shared in last week’s assembly and delve into Environmental interactions. By examing real world case studies we will unpick vocabulary such as ecosytems and food chains and webs. This is a great opportunity for background reading online and in books at home. The more they read, the better!

Have a great week.

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