Blog Tag: Culture

Year 4 Camp and Our Cultural Stories Presentations

Posted by year4

Camp Reminders

It’s hard to believe, but year 4 camp is just about upon us. The countdown is officially on and the excitement is definitely building. Before we leave on Wednesday 4 November, we wanted to give a few reminders:

1. We will be regularly updating this website via our Twitter feed on the right hand side of the front page of our website. As well as this, there will be pictures posted throughout the day on the Camp page of the website. Please take some time to see what we get up to.  You can click here to go to the Camp page, or click on the Camp tab at the top of the page.

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 4.24.42 PM

2. By now everyone should have received the kit list via email and in hard copy. We encourage you to let your children pack their own bags as this helps them when they are trying to find things later. Also, please help us by ensuring that all items are labelled with the student’s name.  The kit list is also on the Camp page of this website.

 

3. No students should be bringing extra food. This includes sweets and snacks, as well as extra food for dinner. First of all, the camp will provide vegetarian options for those that need it. Also, we always bring extra fruit and snacks with us for the students to ensure they can last between meals and that they are well fed even if they are not fond of what the camp is serving.

 

4. Students should arrive at school on Wednesday 4 November at the regular time of 8.00 – 8.20am with their large pack, a separate day pack, and a snack, lunch and water bottle for the first day.

 

5. Students should not bring any phones or mobile devices at all.

 

Also, a huge thank you to the brave parents accompanying us on camp. Thanks, in advance, for taking time out of your schedule to support us. The following parents will be with us:

Kim Gemassmer
Daylian Rousseau
Sapna Harris
Stephen Tsai
Johan Assow
Joy Holmes
Dicky Leung
Natalia Privalova

 

Cultural Stories Presentations

Please have a look at all the wonderful presentations our students created during our Cultural Stories unit.  You will find them on the ‘Expressing Ourselves’ page, or just click here.

New Unit in Year 4

Posted by year4

Year 4 have begun their new unit.  Our first unit, that focussed on conflict and strategies for resolving conflict, will continue throughout the year.  At certain points, such as prior to camp, and as situations arise, we will revisit and continue our inquiry into conflict.  In this way, we are hopeful that the students application of the strategies to resolve conflict will develop as the year goes on.

The details of our new unit are as follows:

Theme: How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: Cultures reveal their beliefs, values and traditions through story

Lines of Inquiry: We are inquiring into…

  1. What is meant by values and culture
  2. How people express beliefs and values
  3. Connections that can be found between the beliefs and values in different cultures

Language: Students will read a variety of stories from different cultures that help them discover how beliefs, values and traditions are expressed.  They will also explore the features of these texts and write narratives themselves.

Students will also choose a method of expression to demonstrate their understanding of a cultural story.  They will work with different teachers on these projects and present them at the end of the unit.  Students will get to choose from: drama, art, dance, music, and a variety of other digital and non-digital methods of story telling.

At the end of the unit we will make these presentations available to you via our blog.

These are the language outcomes for this unit:

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 7.35.00 am

 

Math: Students will focus on addition and subtraction.  This includes mental and written strategies as well as strategies for solving word problems involving addition and subtraction.

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 3.37.27 pm


Smart Cards

Students will soon be receiving their Smart Cards.  They will need to use these to beep in every morning.  They will also be able to use them to take out library books independently.  Please help your child find a safe place to keep their Smart Card that will allow them to easily get it out each morning.

 

Parent Volunteers

If anyone is interested in coming in and working with our LDT teacher to help create vocabulary packs, we would really appreciate it.  Please email Mr. Stanhope (kris.stanhope@dc.edu.hk) if you are able to help.

 

Camp Volunteers

Next week a letter will go home asking for parents who want to help out on our Year 4 Camp (4-6 November).  Please keep an eye out for it.