Week commencing 24th January

We got scientific in class this week as part of the Tuning in to our How the World Works unit. On Thursday we explored how a Scientist investigates forces and motion by experimenting with sliding different objects down ramps. This was a wonderful discussion of the Scientific Process and also a great connection to our Mathematics learning outcomes for this unit. We also explored the key concepts and key vocabulary of our unit. All these outcomes can be found here as always.

During the Literacy sessions we have taken the time to do our Term 2 narrative writing assessment. We used our reading sessions to continue to reflect on the features of nonfiction texts and to think about how we conduct scientific research.

***Updated Information*** Next Tuesday and Wednesday, 25th-26th January will be whole school remote learning days to allow teachers to receive their vaccination boosters. Your child can access the remote learning in the usual way, on the Google Classroom at 7.50am. In addition Grade 4 will be on remote learning due to the positive case in the Grade. Please check the communications from the School Office for more information.

Have a great weekend!

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Week commencing January 17

Welcome back to school after the festive break! We really enjoyed seeing so many children on campus and look forward to welcoming even more students back soon. Thank you for your patience as we develop and refine the remote learning schedule for any students who are staying at home. 

This week we reviewed our on campus essential agreements and had a really fun time. In Math we did some reflecting on our Number fluency and began to set our personalized learning goals. During our integrated UOI and Literacy sessions students applied the skills they learnt before the break when researching and creating Timelines of plastic. They also wrote non fiction texts to share the same information, demonstrating their understanding of nonfiction text features.

Next week we will start our new How the World Works unit. Full detailed planning can be found here as always.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Week commencing January 10 2022!

Thank you all so much for your support over our first term. It has been a real pleasure for us to get to know your children, especially while we have been able to be back on campus. We are all looking forward to returning to campus together in January! Please remember that the first 2 days of term (January 10 and 11) will be a staggered start and your child will be on campus only one of those days. Please keep an eye out for an email from the school office to tell you which day your child will be on campus.

As an early Christmas present, here is the Holiday Celebration website for you to enjoy!

We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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Week commencing 13th December

As we gear up for the End of year break we have been taking the time to reinforce our caring and inclusive community while creating some beautiful hanging ornaments for our tree. The students expressed their hopes and visions for the future by predicting a future innovation to make the world a better place. 

You can also help create a caring community too by taking part in this year’s Christmas gift donation drive:

2021 Holiday Gift Giving Poster.pptx

In Maths we have continued to explore elapsed time and the skills required to convert between different units of time. We have applied these skills to our timelines.

In Literacy we have been applying all our nonfiction skills to write engaging nonfiction texts with titles like “How has my innovation changed over time?” and “How has my innovation influenced Society?”.

We have shared with the parent reps details about our planned end of year celebrations on campus during Tuesday and Thursday next week. Children are also invited to wear party clothes on these days.

As always, detailed learning objectives are here and resources for next week here:

Resources page November 29 (2)

Have a great weekend!

 

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Week commencing 6th December

Wednesday was a great celebration of enthusiasm and passion for all things sporty. We really enjoyed seeing the students engage with the live sports sessions with the PE team and don’t forget to check out the Padlets to see the creative videos many children shared. The final scoring was really close but Erawan came out on top! 

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In class this week we have been developing our timelines to demonstrate our understanding of how innovations change over time. This has required research skills, Maths skills and nonfiction writing skills – a really great example of transdisciplinary learning. We have also expressed our understanding of our class read aloud Where the Mountain Meets the Moon through timelines.

Students have applied their nonfiction writing skills to create texts titled ‘How has this innovation changed over time?’ alongside ‘How has this innovation influenced society?’

As always, full learning outcomes and the resources for next week can be found here. Please don’t forget that it is a school holiday on Monday in memory of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej .

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Week commencing November 29

During this week we’ve inquired into how timelines work. Group 1 students finished creating their toilet paper timelines and everyone learnt how to create a scaled timeline by hand. We connected to our Unit of inquiry by researching how some innovations have changed over time, including things with wheels and Children’s games.

We were hands-on again when we asked students to create an accurate clock face. We saw some really interesting connections to fractions and degrees as a unit of measurement as the children worked together to make their clocks.

Your child has also spent some time reflecting on their Grade 4 learning journey and compiling a digital portfolio of ‘wow moments’ from their year so far. It’s been a really good opportunity to reflect on learning goals and adjust them where necessary.

Here is a message from Ms Alex:

“Virtual Parent Book Club 2021 

Upon parent request, Ms. Alex will be running another Parent Book Club this school year. The Book Club will be virtual, and open to all. In order to gather information regarding parent interest and availability, Ms. Alex would like to ask parents to fill out a Google Form (link here). If you are interested in joining the Virtual Parent Book Club this year, please fill this form out by November 26th.”

As always, learning outcomes can be found here along with the resources for next week’s specialist lessons:

Resources page November 29

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Week commencing November 22

It’s been a really successful week in Grade 4. We feel so lucky to be able to spend time face to face with so many of your children and continue to be blown away by the commitment and dedication shown by the Group 3 students who are remaining at home. Thank you as always for the support you give.

In Maths this week we spent some time thinking about how to organise historical events using timelines. We began to plot important historical events on a ‘toilet paper timeline’ to help students build a conceptual understanding of where we are in time and place.

Our writing learning focussed on applying our nonfiction skills to a persuasive text entitled “Why is this the most important invention of all time?” Next week we look forward to reflecting on our writing and following the writing process to edit and revise and make improvements.

We also revisited our habits of a good reader when choosing our good fit books. Your child has been invited to have one good fit book at school and one at home. Please ask them to explain their choice to you and help support them to maintain their daily reading habits.

Finally, students enjoyed celebrating Loy Kratong in Thai and TAL classes and we hope you enjoyed the celebration too!

Detailed learning outcomes can be found here and resources for specialist lessons can be seen here. Have a great weekend!

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Week commencing November 15

What a great week! It’s been a real pleasure to be on campus with the children and we’ve had a great time! We’ve been really impressed by the enthusiasm and focus of the returning students. During our meets with the Group 3 students we also took the time to appreciate the positives of remote learning (unlimited ice cream, hangouts, our family, and not having sore ears from our masks!) and look forward to when we are ALL on campus together.

For everyone, both on campus and remote, we have been pleased to see how quickly we are all adjusting to our new routines. The maturity and responsibility of these G4 students is really developed and a real asset. Thanks, as always, for the support you give at home and your patience as we develop our new Hybrid learning routines. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at all.

We also wished farewell to Mr Zack, Ms Lindsay and Berry and welcomed Mr Ed to the G4 teaching team.

Next week we will recommence reading groups for all students and continue to develop our reading comprehension skills during our read aloud sessions of Where the Mountain Meets the moon. Students are already beginning to make strong connections with this book and are looking forward to hearing what happens next!

In Maths we will be doing some assessments to help us understand your child’s progress with our learning outcomes in the four operations. We will also inquire into the concept of time as part of our Where we are in time and place unit. Detailed learning objectives can be found here, and here are the resources required for next week’s specialist lessons.

Resources page November 15

 

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Week commencing November 8th

Another great week of learning this week. We’ve really enjoyed tuning in to our new Where we are in place and time unit and thinking about the difference between innovations and inventions. This is a great opportunity to continue our focus on non-fiction writing and text features. We’re really looking forward to developing our research skills during this unit and can’t wait to grab books from the library to support our learning.

In Maths we have been wrapping up our inquiries into data handling as well as building our understanding of key vocabulary and developing our Maths glossaries.

Of course next week we look forward to being on campus on November 8th. You will have received an email informing you whether your child is in Group 1 or 2 and whether they will be attending campus on Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday. When your child is not on campus, they will find their remote learning schedule (just like usual) posted on their classroom at 7.50am each day. We have created a new whole-grade Google Classroom for the hybrid learning period and we have instructed all your children on how to join it. The drop off time for G4 is 7.30am and pick up is at 2pm. If your child has a sibling and you are dropping off and picking up at a different time to the G4 times, please send an email to your child’s teacher. Please remember that in this case you can choose only one grade’s time – you cannot mix and match between the grade times.

Your child is encouraged to bring the following items to school to help us maintain good social distancing practice:

  • Pencil cases and classroom stationery
  • Water bottle
  • Exercise books that they have been using at home
  • reusable cutlery

In addition, please return your school whiteboard on your first day on campus, as well as any library books you might have.

As always, detailed learning objectives can be found here, and here is the resource planner for next week’s specialist lessons:

Resources page November 8

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Week commencing November 1

A short but packed week in G4 saw students engaging in reflection activities as we wrap up our Sharing the Planet unit. It’s been a pleasure to see the students express their understanding of how Survival depends on adapting to circumstances through food webs, labelled diagrams and informative non-fiction writing.

Next week we begin tuning into our new Where we are in place and time unit. We will also be discussing the upcoming return to campus and giving everyone a chance to talk about their feelings. Please feel free to reach out to your homeroom teacher if your child, or you, have questions or concerns about campus return.

In Maths we will continue developing our data handling skills and working on our number fluency goals. Detailed learning outcomes can be found here as usual, and here is the resource planner for next week:

Resources page November 1

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