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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Adaptation

IMG_0379So last week was a short week, but we still managed to pack lots in, including a wonderful celebration of growth mindset as part of International Dot Day. Mr Matt got creative with our bottle caps and created some symbols of peace and harmony in the PYP atrium. In class we got curious and conducted research into “Why do animals have dots” as well as challenging ourselves to do observational drawings of dotty animals.

In the coming days we are preparing for our first Grade 4 Assembly of the year. Hope to see you in the auditorium on Friday from 8am!

In Maths we continue to build our understanding of Data Handling and are beginning to apply our skills to our inquiries into mung beans, animals, ecosystems and the habitats and biomes they live in.

In Literacy we are exploring instructional writing features within different contexts. As part of our homework we are challenging Grade 4 to read 200 books in 30 days! Please support your child to maintain and develop their reading habits at home. We look forward to students sharing their love of reading with each other over the coming weeks.

A reminder that MAP testing will take place between September 30th to October 4th and the finalised dates of each class’ test sessions will be shared soon.

Have a great week!

 

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Making observations

IMG_0365This week we have continued observing our beans. What changes can we see? How are they adapting to their different circumstances? Will they survive? These questions are helping us to inquire into a broader spectrum of environmental interactions over the coming weeks. Your child will become familiar with the words habitat, ecosystem and biome and will be gathering information to share in class.

In Maths we are deepening our understanding of how Data can be presented effectively for valid interpretation and communication. Using Google Sheets as a tool, students are becoming increasingly confident when collecting data, displaying in graphs and interpreting data to make conclusions.

Within Literacy we have continued to develop our presenting skills by creating a range of diagrams on Seesaw to explain our Mung Bean experiments. Please visit your child’s posts and offer them constructive feedback. We have also began to get to grips with process and instruction writing as part of our exploration of the Scientific Process.

Dot Day today was great fun, thanks for your support with costumes to make it an engaging celebration of Growth Mindset!

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How do we adapt?

This week each class has set up an organised experiment to test how well plants can adapt to different circumstances. We discussed the importance of a fair test, chose a variable and made our hypothesis. The different plants will be treated to different growing conditions and we will make observations to see how they adapt over the coming days. I hope the salt water plant survives!

In Maths this week we will continue to explore how Data can be presented effectively for valid interpretation and communication. We will also make sure that we are focussing on our personal Maths goals (see homework this week).

In Literacy we are developing our understanding of the features of non-fiction texts including how to create our own diagrams (see Seesaw), how to find information using the glossary, index and contents and how to interpret information in maps. We also spent time this week with Ms Lindsay getting ready for Dot Day:

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We have talked about what we are reading, here are some of the hot books right now in Grade 4:

Starting next week we will be sharing a recommended reading list from Ms Lindsay and some grade 4 helpers, watch this space. Also, a reminder that Mr Chris recommends buying a “wooden concert ukelele” on Lazada. Lots to choose from!

Have a great week.

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Thanks for coming!

Dear all, thanks for the great attendance and inquisitive minds. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions. Here is the slideshow from today:

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Wake up and smell the coffee…

First things first, please join us for our Back To School Coffee Morning on Thursday at 8am in the AP room. As our first meeting of the year we will be discussing start of year procedures, routines and more. See you there!

This week we are beginning our investigation of how Data can be presented effectively for valid interpretation and communication.  During PE sessions this year G4 students have been measuring their scores and times at various sporting events and we will be exploring how we can use Google Sheets to interpret and present this data. At the same time, your child has been developing a personalised Maths goal, linked to their understanding of Number and Operations. Please talk with your child to find out how you can help them to work on this.

Last week we had a great time at the Inter House events on Thursday and Friday, organised by Mr Matt and the PYP PE team.IMG_0083

Within Literacy, Grade 4 have been working with Ms Lindsey, the PYP librarian, to inquire into the features of non-fiction texts. This week we will use this knowledge as part of an exploration into how plants survive and the effect of different factors on their survival.

Our new Unit is under the theme Sharing the Planet and more details can be found here.

See you on Thursday!

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Developing our passions

It’s hard to believe 2 weeks have flown by so fast, but at the same time we have done so much! The Grade 4 learning community has developed a strong essential agreement, revolving around the school’s Quality Learning Behaviours (QLBs) and this will underpin everything we do in Grade 4 this year.

We are determined to be a caring and inclusive learning community full of students (and teachers) who strive for understanding at every opportunity. We are committed to reflecting on opportunities to take ethical action on a personal, local and global scale.

As part of our homework this week we have asked your children to think more deeply about the passion they have identified. Every Friday Grade 4 students will be given the chance to nurture passions in themselves and others and this might require an action plan to help them remember to bring in resources and materials for the exciting activities they are planning. Ask your child about their passion and their action plan to develop it.

This week in Maths we are continuing some start of term assessments to help your child formulate meaningful learning goals. At the same time we are exploring our understanding of how the base 10 number system extends infinitely in both directions and how we can recognise, represent and order numbers to at least tens of thousands.

In Literacy we are spending some time exploring the Ideas writing trait and sharing approaches to help us generate and develop organised and creative ideas for our writing.

Have a great week.

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Getting in the groove

We’re really getting into it now in Grade 4 and starting to dig deeper into our current unit. In addition (pun intended) we are spending our Maths sessions this week reflecting on our number knowledge, including recalling multiplication facts up to 10×10 and related division facts. Your child will be forming a personalised goal in relation to this, and they will be able to share an action plan with you as part of the homework on August 26th.

On that note, our first homework of the year went home today. Your child’s teacher went over this in class and shared expectations with your child. If you find that your child is unsure of what to do, please encourage them to seek guidance from us, rather than email us yourself, this helps to develop their independence. Each week there will usually be activities that involve interaction and discussion with a family member. Please be as supportive of these activities as you can.

We will soon be informing you of the date of our Grade 4 Back To School coffee morning, but in the meantime here is some information about the session from Ms June:

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Have a great week!

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