Friday 7th December 2018
As the Christmas holidays fast approach there has been no lapse in the effort or enthusiasm from the children at school this week; a highlight of which was our trips to the Sikh Gurdwara. Our warmest thanks go to all of the parents that gave up their time to show us around.
Our focused work still continues however classes are having slightly more flexible timetables as we complete some large projects and pieces of work ahead of the end of term. It has been really enjoyable to allow children extended time on projects and to see them able to really focus for extended periods to achieve a really high level of outcome. In Literacy, we are adding final flourishes to our leaflets and those that have been completed and published are on their way to Miss Brown. In Numeracy, we are continuing our work on time looking at how we can apply our knowledge to word problems. We will consolidate this term’s work with some Christmas themed Maths problems next week.
In Humanities, we are now finalising scripting, filming and editing our weather reports using the iPads and green screen technology. We can’t wait to see the finished products. In Art, the batiks are nearly complete and look fantastic, we are feeling incredibly proud of our work. Now that we have applied the hot wax and paint we will iron them to finish and add some final detail before displaying them in the Year 4 corridor. In Computing we are finishing our work with Scratch; coding Rangoli patterns. As Scientists we have created an algorithmic version of a classification key which we are now inserting hyperlinks into before sharing them with the Year 3 children.
Wishing you all a very happy weekend ahead of the final week of term.
The Year 4 Team
- All week – Charity Christmas cards on sale
- Tuesday 11th – 07:30 New Parents coffee morning – Chatrium
14:45 – Christmas concert rehearsal – Memorial Hall
- Wednesday 12th – Christmas concerts: 1:00 and 3:00 – Memorial Hall
- Thursday 13th – class parties
- Friday 14th – 12:50 – Term Ends
Please see attached for information about the Year 3 and 4 Sports Day which will take place on 15th January from 10am. We hope to see as many of you there as possible to share in the fun and support your children.
The Year 4 team
Sports Day Junior Poster Year 3-4 2019
Friday 30th November 2018
It has been another full week in Year 4 with special note of the wonderful fun that everyone had participating in our inter-house football competition.
In Literacy, our work on creating a persuasive leaflet has been completed and we are now finalising publishing them so that they can be presented to Miss Brown for her consideration. We hope that we have managed to help her to make some environmentally friendly and fun choices for her holiday. Moving forward we will be using our previously learnt persuasive writing skills and applying them to a formal persuasive letter. As our ongoing desire to help the children to become conscientious global citizens we will be linking our writing to the global goals to see how we as a community can support ensuring that we look after our local environment.
In Numeracy, we are continuing our work on time. We are looking at reading the time to the nearest minute on both digital and analogue clocks as well as developing our understanding of the difference between 12 and 24 hour times and how we can convert between them. Again, any discussions that you are able to have at home where you are asking the children to tell the time or work out the difference between two times will greatly support in reinforcing our learning at school.
In Humanities, we are becoming meteorologists! Combining our geographical and ICT skills we are researching weather patterns and using this information to write a weather report. This will then be filmed using green screen technology so that we can be real life weather men and women. Next week all classes will visit the Sikh Gurdwara, Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha as part of our work on religious buildings which we undertake in Year 4. In Art, the tricky work begins as we apply hot wax to our final designs ready to then be dyed and painted. Again, as the children are working with hot wax and fabric dyes please can you ensure that they have an art shirt or apron in school. Computing continues our work using scratch. As Scientists our Google Slides are progressing nicely as we create an algorithmic version of a classification key to share with the Year 3 children once completed.
As the end of term rapidly approaches we are noticing that the children are tired after a long and busy term. We hope that you all manage to have a very restful and happy weekend.
The Year 4 Team
- All week – Charity Christmas cards on sale
- Monday 3rd – 4MD and 4LP trip to Gurdwara
- Tuesday 4th – 4CL trip to Gurdwara
- Wednesday 5th – M. the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Birthday: School Closed
- Thursday 6th – 4AW and 4LS trip to Gurdwara
– Farmers Market (Morris Forum) 14:00 onwards
Friday 23rd November 2018
Year 4 would like to take this opportunity to wish all families a very Happy Loy Krathong. We had such a lovely day on Thursday seeing all of the children in their spectacular outfits and making Loy Krathongs for the children to take home and float.
In Literacy, we continue with persuasion, learning skills of applying emotive language, modifying statements and the power of 3. Next week we will be pulling all of our hard work together and writing our leaflets to present to Miss Brown.
In Numeracy, we have begun our unit on time which we will work on until Christmas. Time is a notoriously difficult unit for children so any extra conversations you can have at home asking your child to tell the time, or how many minutes it is until the next hour or half hour will assist. At the moment we are focusing on units of time (seconds, minutes, hours, days etc) and the relationships between them so that we can confidently convert between seconds, minutes and hours.
In Humanities, our map work continues by creating climate maps of India. In Art, we have created our final designs for our batiks ready to colour match and then begin our work on the final product. Again, as the children are working with hot wax and fabric dyes please can you ensure that they have an art shirt or apron in school. Computing continues our work using scratch. As Scientists we are now building on our skills using keys to classify and we are going to begin to create our own key to classify animals which are indigenous to India using google slides.
The Year 4 Team
- Monday 26th – Book Fair begins
- Thursday 29th Inter house football – children to wear house shirts and have football boots and shin pads or signed parent disclaimer letter
- Friday 30th – World Aids Day – own clothes day, suggested 100 baht donation
Friday 16th November 2018
It has been another wonderfully busy and very colourful week in Year 4 this week. We started ‘Anti-bullying’ week with an odd socks day, a fun way to remind us about kindness, respect and how to be a good friend. The colour continued with our wonderful Indian Day which parents from the school kindly planned, organised and delivered. Children had the opportunity to learn a Bollywood Dance Routine, design and draw henna tattoos and learn about the customs and traditions observed in a Sikh Gurdwara. On Wednesday the children wore their wonderful outfits again for the school celebrations of Diwali. It certainly has been a busy week for all; thank you to you for your support in providing outfits for these events.
In Literacy, we have begun our unit of work on persuasive writing. We have looked at examples of persuasive texts and are beginning to build our persuasive writing skills. This work will be continuing next week as we build our skills towards creating a persuasive leaflet to be given to Miss Brown to persuade her to holiday in India.
In Numeracy, we have been working on area, using the formula of length x width to calculate the space that a shape takes up. Next week we will be looking at time. This is often an area of Numeracy that children find difficult so any discussions about telling the time and differences between two times that you can have at home will support with this. Also, encouraging your children to use both digital and analogue clocks for this.
In Humanities, we have combined our computing skills with geography skills as we have begun to use Google My Maps to create our own personalised maps. Imagining that we are tourists visiting Mumbai, we are planning a day in the city and creating a map to plot our route. In Art we have done our first work with the hot wax needed for Batik and we have discovered how difficult it is to control and draw with effectively! As a result, we have spent time evaluating and adpting our designs to ensure that the final batik work is clear and effective. Again, as the children are working with hot wax and fabric dyes please can you ensure that they have an art shirt or apron in school. Computing continues our work using scratch. As Scientists we have used keys to sort and classify organisms, a difficult scientific skill as it involves clearly identifying differences between organisms.
The Year 4 Team
- Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd
– ABRSM music exams
- Thursday 22nd – Loy Krathong celebrations – children to wear traditional Thai dress
Friday 9th November 2018
It’s been a week of poetry in Year 4 this week. The children have been working in houses to write and perform poetry which culminated today in a ‘Poetry Slam’ performance and competition. Congratulations to all finalists who all wrote and performed fantastically but special mention to the runners up Schweitzer and the winning house Suu Kyi. Today, as a whole school, we marked an act of remembrance ahead of Remembrance Day on 11th November. Please look at the blog for further information and pictures.
In Literacy, the focus, as mentioned, has been to work collaboratively to use all of the poetry skills that we have learnt to write a poem in groups. We also thought about what makes a good performance and have been practicing speaking clearly and engaging our audience. Next week we will begin our new unit on persuasive writing so be warned that the children might be trying to persuade you to do all sorts of things!
In Numeracy, our work has focused on division and using the short, or ‘bus stop’ method to divide. Throughout we have been using our known times table facts to support us. It is a Year 4 expectation that your children will be fluent with recall of their times tables so please continue to support them with this. Next week we will be focusing our learning on area of shapes.
In Humanities, our work on our topic of India continues and we continue to develop our ma skills as we plot routes around cities in India. In Art we are now beginning to take the inspiration that we have been researching and are starting to design our own batik patterns. Again, can all children please ensure that they have an Art apron or old T-shirt with them as we will be working with wax and inks. In Computing we are coding using a programme called Scratch where we will learn to draw shapes that will eventually form Rangoli patterns. Our work in Science has continued with grouping, sorting and classifying different organisms. Please continue to refer to the Year 4 Firefly page has links to Geography, Art, Spelling and Home Learning resources, all of which are available using the children’s login.
Next week is a particularly busy one so please note below the upcoming notices.
The Year 4 Team
- Monday 12th – Anti-Bullying week commences
– Children to wear odd socks to school (100 baht voluntary donation)
– Loy Krathong outfits for sale (all week)
- Tuesday 13th – Year 4 India Day – children can come in their Diwali outfits for this day as (Please let your class teacher know if you do not want your child to use henna on their skin)
- Wednesday 14th – Diwali celebrations – children to come to school in Diwali outfits/traditional Indian attire
– Celebration assembly (no house shirts)
As a school, we held a Remebrance ceremony in which we reflected upon those who have sacrificed so much in order that we can enjoy the freedoms we hold so dear today. After a musical performance and a short speech by the heads of school and Mr Seal, we held a respectful silence followed by a moving song.
Friday 2nd November 2018
We have had such a wonderful, musical week this week. Ex Cathedra, a leading choir and award-winning educational singing programme have been at the school this week and we have all been lucky enough to have singing sessions with them, culminating in a sensational concert on Friday afternoon. For any of you who attended the Last Night of the Proms, we hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did.
In Literacy, we have continued our work on Poetry learning skills of writing simile, metaphor, alliteration and onomatopoeia which we will be using at the beginning of next week to write our own poems about an imagined visit to India.
In Numeracy, we have focused on formal methods for multiplication, more specifically short column method. Children are now becoming confident at using this method to multiply 3 digit numbers using known multiplication facts. Next week we will be moving on to division where, again, having secure and fluent knowledge of times tables will help the children.
In Humanities, we have begun our new topic of India and have been continuing to develop our map work skills by identifying locations and areas on a map of India. We will be moving on to look at different climatic areas as well as key physical features of India’s geography. In Art we have begun our batik project by researching Indian art and creating pic collages of images which we will use as inspiration for our batik designs. Again, can all children please ensure that they have an Art apron or old T-shirt with them as we will be working with wax and inks. In Computing we are coding using a programme called Scratch where we will learn to draw shapes that will eventually form Rangoli patterns. Our work in Science is now moving on to grouping, sorting and classifying different organisms. Please continue to refer to the Year 4 Firefly page has links to Geography, Art, Spelling and Home Learning resources, all of which are available using the children’s login.
The Year 4 Team
- Monday 5th – block 2 of You-Time commences.
- Divali costumes available for purchase
- Deadline for entries to the Christmas Card competition
- Wednesday 7th – Prep music recital – Recital Hall 15:00
- Friday 9th – 11:00 – Whole school Remembrance service
To celebrate the United Nations sanctioned International Day of Peace, we held a whole school assembly. Mr Seal’s thought-provoking introduction was followed by individual speeches from our Junior and Senior Peace Ambassadors, and a beautiful performance from the Prep Chamber Choir. We reflected on ourselves and others, and as a team we are also greatful for the support from all the families for their charitable donations.
This week has been one of the busiest of the year so far, but also one of the most enjoyable!
We have kicked off our Literacy focus on persuasion with a video from an interesting character named ‘Harry Bloomfield.’ He explained that he has just won some money and really wants to travel to see the world. However, he is slightly scared of flying and a bit nervous about leaving the country! He gave the children a task to persuade him to leave his home comforts and travel somewhere exotic. From this, we have begun to develop our own travel agencies and will be looking at persuasive texts to help Mr. Bloomfield have his dream holiday.
Maths has been full of investigations and outside work, we measured out the real life dimensions of the Taj Mahal out on the playground and we were all amazed at how large it must be. We began to estimate different lengths and although it was hard at first, we got much better at visualising exactly what a metre looks like. We have been measuring our hands and using string to measure the length of Henna patterns. We are using this data to input in to Google Drive and eventually create shared graphs and files.
Tuesday was a truly wonderful day as we celebrated our India topic in style. The children looked fantastic and most importantly they all gave 100% effort in the various activities throughout the day. In Year 4 we have some superstar dancers, future Michelin starred chefs, Booker prize winning poets, cricketing champions and Turner prize winning Henna artists! It was a fantastic day and we are looking forward to reading all about the children’s own experiences in their recount homework this week (due in on 10/11/14).
Last but not least in an action packed week, we had the beautiful celebration of Loy Krathong on Thursday. It was lovely to see all the children in their Traditional Thai clothing and enjoying the spectacles of the day. The Thai department and Year 6 children did a great job with the assembly and each class got to make their own Krathong to take home. We hope you had a great evening however you celebrated.
Thank you for all your support this week and good luck to our footballers who are in Phuket and gymnasts in Singapore representing the school this weekend!
Year 4 team