Y4 Parent Information Evening

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Thank you to those parents who were able to attend the Parent Information Evening.  The slideshow, including video, that we used is below.

Also, here is the list of questions you can ask your child instead of ‘How was your day?”

1. Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed?
2. Was there an example of unkindness? How did you respond?
3. Does everyone have a friend at recess?
4. What was the book about that your teacher read?
5. What’s the word of the week?
6. Did anyone do anything silly to make you laugh?
7. Did anyone cry?
8. What did you do that was creative?
9. What is the most popular game at recess?
10. What was the best thing that happened today?
11. Did you help anyone today?
12. Did you tell anyone “thank you?”
13. Who did you sit with at lunch?
14. What made you laugh?
15. Did you learn something you didn’t understand?
16. Who inspired you today?
18. What was your least favorite part of the day?
19. Was anyone in your class gone today?
20. Did you ever feel unsafe?
21. What is something you heard that surprised you?
22. What is something you saw that made you think?
23. Who did you play with today?
24. Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday.
25. What is something that challenged you?
26. How did someone fill your bucket today? Whose bucket did you fill?
27. Did you like your lunch?
28. Rate your day on a scale from 1-10.
29. Did anyone get in trouble today?
30. How were you brave today?
31. What questions did you ask at school today?
32. Tell us your top two things from the day (before you can be excused from the dinner table!).
33. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
34. What are you reading?
35. What was the hardest rule to follow today?
36. Teach me something I don’t know.
37. If you could change one thing about your day, what would it be?
38. (For older kids): Do you feel prepared for your history test?” or, “Is there anything on your mind that you’d like to talk about?”
39. Who did you share your snacks with at lunch?
40. What made your teacher smile? What made her frown?
41. What kind of person were you today?
42.What made you feel happy?
43. What made you feel proud?
44. What made you feel loved?
45. Did you learn any new words today?
46. What do you hope to do before school is out for the year?
47. If you could switch seats with anyone in class, who would it be? And why?
48. What is your least favorite part of the school building? And favorite?
49. If you switched places with your teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?

50. What made you smile today?

From: https://herviewfromhome.com/50-questions-to-ask-your-kids-instead-of-asking-how-was-your-day/

What a Start!

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We have had a fantastic first two weeks in Year 4.  The students seem to be  settling in well and the teachers are all really happy with the progress they’ve shown even this early in the year.  Mostly we have been focussed on ensuring students are happy, establishing routines and expectations and giving the students opportunities to feel empowered in the classroom so that they feel some control over their learning.


Hopefully we will get to meet all of you next week on Thursday 30 August at the Parent Information Evening.  In the meantime, can we please encourage you to ensure your child has all the necessary stationery items.  We’ve especially noticed that a number of students are missing white board markers.


If you want to contact your classroom teacher please use the following email addresses:

Kris Stanhope  (4KSE) – kris.stanhope@dc.edu.hk

Kevin McDavid (4KMD) – kevin.mcdavid@dc.edu.hk

Mak Steed (4MSD) – mark.steed@dc.edu.hk

Anna Sherriff (4ASF) – anna.sherriff@dc.edu.hk


Enjoy a few photos of our start:


Thank You

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What a fantastic year it has been in Year 4.  All of us feel that the group of students we have had the pleasure of teaching has been absolutely amazing.  Their curiosity, their enthusiasm and their positive attitudes have made this a very special year.

We have also enjoyed working with all of you this year.  The parent-teacher relationship is a very important part of school and we have appreciated all of your support this year.  Thank you for this and thank you for all you do with your children to help in their learning journey.

Many parents ask what their children should be doing over the holiday to continue the learning momentum.  First of all, we strongly believe that your children have worked really hard and deserve a bit of a rest.  After that, continuing to read books is probably the best thing they can do this summer.  As well, you could encourage them to write letters, postcards or emails to their relatives.  If you wanted them to do some math, reviewing the basic facts and making sure they feel confident adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing would be a great option.

Have a fantastic summer.


Kris Stanhope      Sarah McDavid     Mark Steed    Anna Sherriff





Y4 Inventors Day

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Throughout our latest unit, students have been inquiring into energy and thinking about what kind of attributes they would need to display in order to be inventors.  Today, the unit culminated in our Inventors Day.  Students worked in groups to invent a device that would help solve an energy issue around our community. Then they built a model of their device.

Some groups were very focussed on the environment, wanting to limit the reliance on fossil fuels, so they included aspects of renewable energy in their devices.   Others focussed on devices that would save energy so that we use less of it.  We had solar powered charging stations for our Year 4 Chromebooks and wind turbines attached to the school in many different configurations.  We even had moon panels  rather than solar panels.

No matter the ideas that were explored today, every student demonstrated the attributes of inventors an great learners.  They were:

  • being CREATIVE when coming up with ideas
  • SYNTHESIZING ideas from their group members to improve their devices
  • demonstrating GRIT when things got difficult
  • RE-DESIGNING their devices after being REFLECTIVE
  • COOPERATING and COMMUNICATING their ideas with others in their group
  • SOLVING PROBLEMS (and there were many problems) that came up through discussion and compromise
  • having FUN while learning

It was a great day and some fantastic ideas were brought to life.  Check out the photos and video below:




Picture Troubles and Inventing in Year 4

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Photo Apologies

Recently we have been having difficulties with the photo slideshows on our website.  I am very sorry for this and am trying to fix it.  Hopefully everything will be back up and running smoothly very soon.  Thanks for your understanding.


Year 4 Inventors

We have had a fabulous few weeks in Year 4 as students have been inquiring into the attributes they need to be inventors, learning about the Design Process, and also having opportunities to invent a variety of things.  They have created wind turbines, designed bridges to save their teachers, and helped animals escape from their cages with ingenious catapults.

In case you’re interested, the students have decided that some attributes inventors need are:

  • Grit
  • Creativitiy
  • The ability to synthesise
  • Cooperation
  • Enthusiasm
  • Courage
  • Willingness to share your ideas
  • Ability to be reflective


Here are a few photos of students in action:

Getting into Science

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Today the Year 4 students spent the morning discovering lots of new ideas about energy.  They worked in groups and rotated around 6 different stations that provoked them to think about energy, the forms of energy and how energy is transformed.  It was a lot of fun and hopefully they came away with a better understanding of some very complex concepts.

Have a look at some pictures below:

New Unit in Year 4

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It was a very busy term in Year 4 and we are really proud of all the students for their effort and positive attitude throughout.  They all deserve a break to refresh and recharge.  As hard as it is to believe, we will be moving into our last last term and your children are quickly transforming from Year 4s into Year 5s!

When we come back to school next week, we will be starting our new unit:


Central Idea: People have ideas for inventions in response to energy issues.

Lines of Inquiry:

  1. There are different forms of energy
  2. Energy can be transformed from one form into another
  3. Energy can be conserved and used efficiently

Throughout this unit the students will be thinking like inventors. They will be brainstorming about problems, designing solutions, building, testing and then redesigning.  Mistakes will be valued as students attempt to synthesise ideas and create solutions.  Perseverance, trial and error and having a growth mindset il all be an important part of the unit.

In the end, we will have an ‘Inventor Day’ where they will design a solution to an energy problem in their lives.  They will then build a model of their design in order to share their ideas and convince us that their design will be an effective one.


Students will be reading and synthesising information about energy throughout the unit, attempting to paraphrase their ideas.   They will also learn how to write persuasively so they are able to convince an audience that their energy conserving invention will work!


In math, students will be exploring the following outcomes:

Estimate, compare and measure: length, perimeter, area, mass, capacity and volume.
Convert between units of measurement.
Compare and classify angles using the language of right angle, acute angle and obtuse angle.
Describe, label and compare regular and irregular 2d and 3d objects using appropriate vocabulary.


Materials for the Unit

Throughout this unit students will be building with recyclable materials.  We ask that you send these items into school if you are able.  Please ensure they are clean before sending them in:

  • Recycled boxes and food containers
  • Toilet paper and paper towel rolls
  • Clean pieces of cardboard
  • Anything else you think would be useful for building models

Celebration of Learning

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Thank you to all the parents who were able to come today and make our Celebration of Learning such a huge success.  Your energy, enthusiasm and level of engagement with all of the students was amazing.  It was great for us to see the students communicating confidently and sharing their learning happily.  Your willingness to share your time with many different  children played a huge part in that.


For those that were unable to make it today, the introductory slideshow is below.  As well as that, we have included a slideshow of photos.


Home Learning

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Dear Year Four Parents,

In light of the announced closure of schools from tomorrow until the end of the Chinese New Year Holiday, the Year Four team will be setting appropriate work for students to complete over the next week, as highlighted in the overview below.

Year level teams will communicate your child’s learning through this blog over the next week. The tasks set are ones that can be meaningfully carried out in the home environment and will include Mathematics, Language and Unit of Inquiry activities.

The work provided is intended to maintain your child’s learning during this unexpected break. Teachers will be in work as normal should you need to email them for additional information.


Daily Learning Tasks



Thursday 8 February

1 – Thursday 8 February Home Learning (1)

Y4 Drama Home Learning

Friday 9 February

 2 – Friday 9 February Home Learning

Monday 12 February

 3 – Monday 12 February Home Learning

Tuesday 13 February

 4 – Tuesday 13 February Home Learning

Wednesday 14 February

 5 – Wednesday 14 February Home Learning

Thursday 15 February

6 – Thursday 15 February Home Learning


Chinese Home Learning:
All Chinese home learning can be found on Ding! under the Chinese subject tab, then Year level and then by clicking the Chinese class teacher individual page. Please go to this page to see the learning expectations, as per normal Chinese homework. 

What’s Happening in Year 4

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The Year 4 students have come back from the Christmas holiday rested and ready to learn!  We have been really pleased with the level of engagement, the interest shown in our current unit and how enthusiastic everyone is, in general.

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend and take part in the Three Way Conferences yesterday.  We had a great time and hope you not only enjoyed yourself but also learned a lot about your child.


What else has been happening?

We have started our fractions unit in earnest now.  Students have been using a variety of equipment to grow their understanding of fractions, and to investigate about improper fractions, mixed numbers and equivalent fractions.

Aside from that, we are primarily  focussed on our unit of inquiry and getting ready for the Celebration of Learning which will take place on Thursday 8 February.  Students have been researching about ailments, learning to determine importance when  researching, and practicing for their final written report.  They have also been unpacking science experiments and how to ensure they are kept ‘fair’.

Please keep Thursday 8 February free so you are able to attend our celebration of learning.  We should be starting at approximately 10.40am, but  we will confirm the exact time at a later date.