Exciting Things in Year 4

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It’s been an exciting couple of weeks in Year 4 as we’ve started two new programs for some of our students.

First of all, a small group of students have been learning to code using Scratch, an online application.  One of our students is a bit of an expert and, with the help of Mr Leithhead, she has started helping others learn the basics of coding.


As well as that, we have some Year 4 mathematicians who have begun working with a wonderful group of Year 12s.  This has been a great chance for the year fours to interact with different students, and an opportunity for them to extend their mathematical thinking.



In the future, we are hoping to extend programs like these to provide our students with an even greater variety of opportunities for learning.

New Class Captains in Year 4

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With the third term fast approaching, elections have been held for the new class captains.   Students who want to be a class captain speak to their classes about why they would be the best choice, then all the students in their class vote for one female and one male captain.

Congratulations to the following students for being chosen:

KSE – Jarvis and Amaya

LWE – Luke and Emma

ASF – Elisa, Jon and Emma

DMI – Caleb and Akane


And here they are…

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4ASF Leads a Fabulous Year 4 Meeting

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Thank you to 4ASF for organising and leading our latest Year 4 meeting.  These get-togethers give the students an opportunity to see the great things their peers are doing.  Here is a look at some of the students in action:

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Check out the slideshow and videos they prepared for us:


New Units in Year 4

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Now that the Celebration of Learning is over, we will be starting a different unit of inquiry as well as different units in mathematics and language.

Unit of Inquiry

As you already know, our next unit focusses on migration.  Here are the details:

Central Idea: Human migration involves challenges, risk, opportunities and change.

We will be inquiring into:

  • reasons for migration
  • the benefits and challenges experienced by migrants
  • the effects of migration

Throughout the unit we will be discussing the concept of change and causation.  As well as these, we will have a particular emphasis on students understanding the perspectives of different people involved in migration.


In writing we will be writing poems.  The focus is not so much on the format of the poem (like haiku or cinquain) but rather on the language the students use to try and create imagery.  They will also be inquiring into similes and metaphors in this unit.

While reading poems as well as stories about migration, students will be learning to make inferences.  Throughout each unit we have a different reading comprehension emphasis and we find making inferences is often challenging for students as it requires them to look for answers that aren’t obviously in the written words.


Although we are still finishing up our pattern and function unit, we will soon be moving on to shape and measurement.  Here are the areas we will be focused on:

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We Need Your Help!

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Our next unit will be beginning soon after Chinese New Year and we need your help!  The unit focusses on migration and the students will be inquiring into:

  • The causes of migration (positive reasons that PULL you to a country, and negative reasons that PUSH you out of a country
  • The changes involved with migration (the benefits and challenges)
  • The effects of migration (from different viewpoints)


One of the challenges we face with this unit is that the students often want to associate migration with war, whereas we want them to think about migration from as many different perspectives as possible

So…here’s where you come in:

We want to compile a video montage of parents, grandparents and helpers (and anyone else) speaking about their migration experience.  This would be a 1 – 2 minute video describing your migration experience.  It would be helpful if you talked about the reasons for leaving, the challenges and benefits of migrating, as well any different perspectives you discovered along the way.

After some experimenting, there a couple of options for sending us the videos:

  1. If you take the video on your phone, you can send it via WhatsApp.  The number to use is: 5660-9382.  Add this number to your the contacts on your phone and it will automatically be added to your WhatsApp contacts.
  2. If you are using your computer to record the video, please transfer it to a memory stick and send the memory stick to school with your family name on it

Thank you for your help.  We’re really looking forward to seeing as many different videos as possible.


Thank you,

The Year 4 Team

Times Tables Challenge

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Dear Parents,

Learning the Times Tables is a big challenge for most Year 4 students.  Our goal is for students to be able to recall them (from 0 – 11 times table) quickly so that they can use the multiplication facts efficiently when solving more complicated multiplication and division problems.

This year we have decided to use our 10 Day Challenge website as a means to ‘jumpstart’ this learning.  This programme challenges students to spend ten consecutive days practicing at home.  Help videos are included to support them as they practice, and answers are provided for all of the questions they are asked to complete. During this programme they will not need to complete any other math homework.  Students who are already very confident with the times tables will be completing different math problems for homework.

You can find a link to the Math Challenge Website at the top of our blog, or just click HERE to be taken directly to the Times Tables page.

If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher.


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Year 4 Teachers,

Dan Macheski     Anna Sherriff     Lisa Wallace     Kris Stanhope

Happy Holidays

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Welcome back for a very exciting Term 2!  First of all, I want to welcome our new Year 4 EA in 4ASF, Tracey Eales.fullsizerender-6

A couple important points for this term:

1. Please help your child have the necessary stationery everyday.  It is especially important that students always have pencils, an eraser, a glue stick, a ruler and scissors.  These things often get lost or damaged, so having a few spares at home would be a big help.

2. Don’t forget the date of our Celebration of Learning – Thursday 9 February, 10.30am -12.30pm.   For more information, check out the page on this website dedicated to the Celebration of Learning about the body systems.


If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Anna Sherriff    Dan Macheski    Lisa Wallace   KrisStanhope

Y4 Body Systems Unit…and One More Thing About Camp

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Year 4 Camp

We hope your children had a great time at camp.  We certainly enjoyed being with them, and were really impressed with their independence, grit and enthusiasm throughout.  One thing that really stood out was the manners they showed when we were eating in the cafeteria, and how well they all cleaned up afterwards.  If you haven’t had a chance yet, you can find pictures on our Camp page.

Due to camp this week, there will be no homework given out on Friday.  Homework will continue as normal next week.


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Parent Help Needed

Next Thursday (17 November) we will be starting our new unit with a series of fun activities for the students to take part in, and we are looking for parents to help us out.  This will start at approximately 8.40am and run until approximately 10.30am.  If you are interested, please email Mr. Stanhope (kris.stanhope@dc.edu.hk) and let him know.  During that time parents will be asked to support students at one activity station.  Each station is focussed on a different system of the body and involve a fun task and then a quick reflection on what they might have learned from the task.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

The Unit

Central Idea: Our bodies are made up of interrelated systems, which need to be maintained for healthy functioning.

Lines of Inquiry: 

  • The systems of the body and how they function 
  • Ways in which these body systems are interrelated 
  • How to maintain healthy body systems 

Concepts: Function, Connection, Responsibility

Math: Throughout this new unit students will be completing a number of experiments connected to the body.  From these experiments they will be collecting data and learning to interpret it.  They will be inquiring into the best ways to represent the data which will include bar graphs, line graphs, tally charts, pie charts and pictographs.

Language:  Students will continue with their focus on research as they inquire into the systems of the body, how the systems are connected, and how they can be responsible for maintaining them.  Students will be using teacher-selected websites and non-fiction books for their research, while learning to ask effective questions and determine importance while they are researching.    This research will culminate in action as students aim to educate others about how to maintain healthy body systems.  This action will require them to write an information report.

Celebration of Learning

At the end of this unit parents will get the opportunity to come in and see all that their children have been doing.  You can look forward to taking part in science experiments, learning about body ailments and how they are connected to the body systems, and participating in physical exercises designed by the students to support healthy body systems.

This celebration of learning has been tentatively booked for Thursday 9 February from 10.30am – 12.30pm.  More information will be provided in January.

Y4 Better Than Before Assembly

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This afternoon the students of year 4 got together for our second ‘Better than Before’ Assembly.  This time it was organised, scripted, filmed, edited and presented by an amazing group of students in 4DMI.  Here they are:



There was a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ work to prepare the slides and capture the video footage, which ended up being amazing.  These three students in the pictures below also did a fantastic job presenting to the year group:fullsizerender_1fullsizerender_2


Check out the slideshow below.  Make sure you watch the Positive Detectives interviews as well as the video montage…all created by these talented students.