Literacy – This week the children have been completing their stories set in South Africa. We have researched the life of Nelson Mandela, read Journey to Jo’Burg (Beverly Naidoo) and have rehearsed a ‘talking text’ in order to develop our understanding of the issues that the people of South Africa faced under the Apartheid regime and have a clear vision of the setting in which our stories should be set. Please do take the time to ask your child about their stories as they have worked diligently to develop them over the last few weeks.
Christmas Party – Thursday 12th December 2013 (10.15 – 12.05). Please contact Stephen_labelle@bis.or.id directly for any questions regarding this.
Handwriting App – Please follow the link to find out about an app that will help your child with handwriting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reh3E3VGb5I
4B This week we have been writing our stories with issues and dilemmas. The children used the various texts they have been exposed to in order to gain some understanding of life under the Apartheid system. They have been sharing plans with their peers, writing each section and evaluating the success as the work their way through the story. I have to say I have been very impressed with the level of writing here and their empathy with the characters they have developed.
In mathematics we have begun finding out about fractions. The children have been finding out about fractions of shapes, quantities, comparing fractions and adding improper fractions. It has been a challenging week in maths, but the children have persevered and are becoming more confident in this area. Please do feel free to discuss your child’s understanding further at home.
In ICT we have continued to use Google drive to write a collaborative radio play. These are now complete and the children have begun rehearsing the script in order to record next week.
4I In Year 4 this week we created a flowing story map which explores our own ideas, issues and dilemmas. We know that a narrative piece of writing must be written in the third person. Words that we will use to write in the third person are; they, their, they are, them. We have also been learning to match the correct verbs to the correct tense. In ICT this week we have been learning to use a website creator called ‘Tagxedo’ which puts words together in the shape of a picture. We made a word bank in the shape of Africa which we will refer to when we write our narrative short story. In Drama we have been developing our communication skills. Ms. Marsden gave us some objects such as balloons, teddy bears, socks and coat hangers and we had to explain the object without saying what the object was. We learned that by habit we say things like ‘ummmmmmmm’ and ‘like’ which do not help us to communicate very effectively.
4S This week we have been focusing on fractions. All kinds of fractions – simple fractions, mixed fractions, improper fractions, comparing fractions, simplifying fractions – fractions, fractions, fractions! We have also been writing our podcast scripts for our interviews with a Significant Person. We are working in groups to develop our questions for our significant person focused on developing higher level thinking open-ended questions that result in the person sharing a lot of information with us. We are also looking at reasons podcasts exist, the impact of advertisements and creating our own jingles. We are keeping the listener in mind when writing our questions in order to ensure we maximise interest. Finally we are going to begin creating our scripts in an online Google Drive document where we can all access the work collectively and receive instantaneous feedback.
4J This week in IPC children have been working together in small research groups to find out more about their chosen significant person. The children have been developing their ability to search for information in books and on the Internet, take useful notes and also work collaboratively with other children. They are all beginning to become real experts about their significant person and are looking forward to making small artefacts which will represent key items from that person’s life. The children have also been writing their stories which have issues and dilemmas. I have been incredibly impressed by how well they have been able to include some of the key aspects of our learning about apartheid in South Africa. In Maths, the children have been working incredibly hard to develop and extend their understanding of fractions. Not only have I been really impressed by the prior knowledge, but also with their enthusiasm and excitement towards this area of Maths. It was the first time in my career that a class actually cheered when I mentioned we were moving on to learning about fractions. Well done 4J!
4A This week the children started to write their own stories with issues and dilemmas. We looked at words and phrases collected over the past few weeks in our ‘Journey to Jo’Burg’ learning mats and have taken the structure from the Mandela talking text as a starting point. The children have thought really sensibly and deeply about the issues that faced black people during the period of Apartheid, and have done incredibly well to apply them to their own stories. I can’t wait to read the finished articles! We have also been working very hard to develop our knowledge of fractions this week and will continue to do so into the beginning of next week.
Dates for your diary
6th December – Christmas concert (BIS World Theatre)
12th December – Christmas party (Year 4)
13th December – Last day of Term
Please feel free to contact your class representative should you have any general issues that you wish to raise. Please see your class teacher directly if your wish to discuss a child specific issue.
Please be aware that while we do encourage the celebration of birthdays at BIS, we are working towards becoming a healthy school. Cup-cakes and healthy snacks are acceptable, but ice cream cones, excessive amounts of sweets and chocolate are most certainly not. In future, parents that bring such products to school will be asked to take them home. Many thanks in advance for your co-operation in this matter and I do hope that you recognise the effects that eating such items during the day can have upon a child’s learning capabilities.
The Year 4 Team
A friendly reminder regarding snack and lunch times - Please ensure your child has the following:
• A healthy snack/lunch
• A hat for school
• Some form of protection against mosquitoes
• A water bottle