Blog Tag: Math

Welcome to Year 4

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We hope that your children have had a happy and interesting start to the new school year. Our aim over the first couple of weeks is to ensure everyone gets to know each other, students are comfortable in their new classrooms, and that they are all enjoying themselves.

What are We Learning?

Unit 1

Theme: Sharing the Planet

Central Idea: Members of a Community work together to make it peaceful..

Lines of Inquiry: We are inquiring into:
– Causes and effects of conflict
– Ways people resolve conflict
– How to maintain a peaceful community

Language

We will be reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction books as we begin our Year 4 Book Clubs.  The emphasis will be on enjoying books while being introduced to our main comprehension strategies.  We will also be writing a number of different pieces during the first part of the year.  In this time students will inquire into what makes a great writer and be completing lessons that focus on different writing features that they will make use of throughout the year.

Math

Our first unit in mathematics is Place Value, followed by Addition and Subtraction. Students will be developing mental and written strategies to solve problems as well as working with manipulatives and playing games to sharpen their understanding of the number system. Below is a copy of our ‘I can’ statements for the students:

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Positive Detectives

This is a well being program that helps students to try and think more positively.   Some of the goals for the program are for students to:

  1. Connect positively with classmates, teachers and their school.
  2. Recognise and connect their intentional actions to their emotions and mood.
  3. Create a positive connection between school and home.
  4. Learn life lessons for resilience and happiness

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Contact Us

Please feel free to contact your class teacher if you have any concerns or questions.  We can be reached at:

Kris Stanhope – kris.stanhope@dc.edu.hk

Dan Macheski – dan.macheski@dc.edu.hk

Lisa Wallace – lisa.wallace@dc.edu.hk

Anna Sherriff – anna.sherriff@dc.edu.hk

 

Don’t forget the Discovery College Parent Fair on Thursday18 August.  We will answer a lot more questions about the specifics of Year 4 then.  Hopefully we will see everyone there.

Body Systems and More

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New Unit

This week we are beginning our 3rd unit.  This is an extended unit that will culminate with a time for parents to come into school and see the learning their children have been doing.   This will take place in January and we will let you know when the date is confirmed.

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

Lines of Inquiry: 

We are inquiring into:

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

Skills Focus: Research Skills, Communication Skills, Thinking Skills

Learner Profile and Attitudes: Communicator, Knowledgeable,  Balanced, Curiosity, Cooperation, Commitment

Language: For this unit we will focuss primarily on research skills.  Students will be learning to locate and understand information from a variety of sources, and then to use this information to help complete their presentation.  This will include skills such as:

  • skimming and scanning
  • taking notes
  • determining importance
  • writing in their own words
  • using correct subject-verb agreement
  • report writing

They will be reading a lot of non-fiction books and making use of the varied sources of information available online.

Math: We will also be linking  Data Handling with this unit.  Students will be inquiring into graphs and charts and how they can best represent data related to the systems of the body.

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Pattern and Function

Alongside the data handling we will be working with during our unit about body systems, we will also be inquiring into Pattern and Function.  Please see the outcomes below that the students will be covering:

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Camp

We hope you enjoyed the photos and tweets that were made available from camp.  If you haven’t had a chance yet, please visit our camp page to see the photos.  For those of you that were wondering, the pictures for Friday at camp have now also been uploaded.

New Unit in Year 4

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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:

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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.

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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.

 

Welcome to Year 4

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We hope that your children have had a happy and interesting start to the new school year. Our aim over the first couple of weeks is to ensure everyone gets to know each other, students are comfortable in their new classrooms, and that they are all enjoying themselves.

 

What are We Learning?

Unit 1

Theme: Sharing the Planet

Central Idea: Individuals have responsibilities to find peaceful solutions to conflicts within communities.

Lines of Inquiry: We are inquiring into:
– Causes and effects of conflict
– Ways people resolve conflict
– The roles and responsibilities of community members to resolve conflicts

Language

In language we will be writing recounts. This will include students orally recounting events as well as them reading a variety of recounts. Students will also take part in regular guided reading times and begin working with a spelling program.

Math

Our first unit in mathematics is Place Value, and then Addition and Subtraction. Students will be developing mental and written strategies to solve problems as well as working with manipulatives and playing games to sharpen their understanding of the number system. Below is a copy of our ‘I can’ statements for the students:

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Contact Us

Please feel free to contact your class teacher if you have any concerns or questions.  We can be reached at:

Kris Stanhope – kris.stanhope@dc.edu.hk

Dan Macheski – dan.macheski@dc.edu.hk

Lisa Wallace – lisa.wallace@dc.edu.hk

Tanya Surawski – tanya.surawski@dc.edu.hk

 

Don’t forget the Discovery College Parent Fair is also next Thursday 20 August.  We will answer a lot more questions about the specifics of year 4 then.  Hopefully we will see everyone there.