Weekly update 14th September

This week in reading students have been focusing on studying characters in their story books and using academic language to describe  what they see and hear. This is linking in with their own story writing that they are working towards. 

This week in writing we focused on planning and writing our drafts. It was great to see the students put the characters they’ve been working on into stories and watch the stories come to life. We’ve been focusing on using different openings to hook our readers in. Ask your students about their stories! 

This week, students in Grade 4 wrapped up the first half of their Unit 1 Module. They have gained a deeper understanding of place value, the Base-10 system, ordering, and rounding using number lines. We will now move into fluently adding and subtracting whole numbers.

This week in our Cultural Unit we explored other cultures in our classroom as well as own culture with interview questions.  Identifying what culture is and what it means to others, introduced unit vocabulary. Students should conduct their interviews with family over the weekend.

Well done to Brooke for being selected as STUCO and a big thank you to Eric, Marcus, Dorothy and Bubu who all worked hard too! And congratulations to Angelina, Gwanwoo and Jack who were ESLR winners this week as our class’s Global Citizens. Angelina and Gwanwoo were chosen for helping classmates without being asked, whilst Jack was recognised for his contributions to the class community. Every student should be proud of their efforts to show empathy to each other! Well done!

Who We Are

As we launch into our Unit of Inquiry Who We Are students had a busy morning looking at various pictures from different cultures around the world and think about what they can see and any questions they had. These are just a few! Students were encouraged to be Inquirers and make connections with Knowledge they had. They needed to be Open-Minded as they walked round the classrooms and Communicate effectively through their writing.

It was a great start to the unit and has got us all thinking and sharing! Great work 4D!

Thursday 30th August

Good morning,

As you know we have had a weather warning so school has been closed for the day. Luckily you should all have your iPads and I have my laptop so we can still do some of the work planned!

WRITING: I would like you to make sure you have done the Classcraft Quest and start on the Personal Narrative Quest. Read the instructions carefully! I would like you to go as far as the Imagination Slopes if you can. Think about our discussion on the carpet of moments we can make from ordinary times (the cockroach coming in, the phone in the pocket, the rock through the window etc) Your writing should be detailed and thoughtful or you won’t pass the level!

READING: Epic should now be set up for you all too- there is a challenge on there to try!

MATHS: For maths you have various maths games downloaded and there is an additional activity on Seesaw. Choose a problem in maths that you want to show off that you know how to do!

But why not try something different too- learn how to make a new recipe, make your own bed, find the oldest book in your house! Try taking some photos from different angles and of things you have never taken before- find the beauty in the world! Let me know how you get on.

Hope to see you tomorrow!


Hello 4D!

Just a quick first post to say welcome to 4D and I can’t wait to start teaching.

For those who don’t know, I am new to SIS but this will be my sixth year as a grade 4 teacher. It’s a great year to have a lot of fun whilst encouraging a love of learning that will hopefully see students through their school career and into adulthood.

The blog will soon be updated with other important information and links. Until then, please use the class WeChat to keep updated with upcoming events and don’t forget to attend the Curriculum Evening on Wednesday 22nd August at 4pm or 4.30pm (two sessions to accommodate parents with multiple students in the school)