Year 4 Update Week 3

Image result for esf beacon hill school

Monday 9th September – BHS staff training day….school closed

Friday 13th September –  Diversity House Day….please wear green if you are in Diversity House

Friday 13th September – Mid Autumn Festival Market…please bring some coins to spend at our market today

Thursday 26th September – Parent/Teacher Consultations...more information to follow

Monday 30th September – BHS staff training day…school closed

Tuesday 1st October – Public Holiday…school closed

Wednesday 2nd October – Parent/Teacher Consultation...more information to follow

Hot Weather – bring a hat every day! Also, can the girls please ensure their hair is tied back so it stays off their back, neck, and face – it’s just so much cooler and comfy for them. Thanks.

Learning Centre – Please help us to make sure the children are ready for borrowing by sending in their red library folder on their allocated Learning Centre day.  Thank you.
4A – Tuesday
4F – Thursday
4J – Tuesday
Correspondence with Your Class Teacher – if you have messages or important information to pass on to your class teacher it is advisable to write them a quick email rather than send a message in the Home-School Diary.  We can access this a lot easier, it’s more reliable and you should usually get a confirmation or a response that day.  Can you please refrain from calling the school office and requesting that we call you back? Due to planning and preparation commitments, duties and after school clubs we may not be able to make that phone call until many hours later.  Thank you so much for your consideration here.
PE –  just a kind reminder for the children to wear their full PE kit on their specific PE days.  This includes blue PE kit, white socks, white trainers, full water bottle (with water!), hair tied back and school hat.  PE days are as follows…
4A – Monday and Thursday
4F – Monday and Wednesday
4J – Wednesday and Friday

Student Council

Well done to all children who prepared a speech or presentation for Student Council, you were all amazing! The following 3 students have been chosen by their classmates to represent their class at Student Council meetings. 

 4A – Hill Liu

4F – Amartya Agarwal

4J – Yik Wa Ho


We continued to work with Ms Jeves and had a go at ‘releasing our imagination’ when writing our own poems. The children analysed poetry and word choices poets make in order to create strong imagery. They will continue to focus on good word choices and create word walls of some words they have found in different poems. 



This week Mr Thompson worked with Y4 to talk about Growth Mindset in Maths. As a class the children worked in small groups and pairs to problem solve a task called Four 4’s. They loved trying something new and taking on a challenge to find different ways of making numbers up to 20 using Four 4’s.  


The children have been looking at understanding what it is to have a Growth Mindset and joined in on some class discussions around what that means to them.  They will be taking part in some activities that help them to show perseverance. 

Transdipinary Theme: Who We Are

Central Idea: Experiences and beliefs shape a person’s actions.

Lines of Inquiry:

An inquiry into…

  • how our actions affect our lives (Causation)
  • people’ many and varied beliefs  (Perspective)
  • the interconnectedness of beliefs, experiences and actions  (Connection)

This is our very first unit of Year 4 but this year it is a two-part UOI.  The first half we will work on for this first four weeks of school and we will come back to it at the end of the year.  We will be spending lots of time thinking about our own values and beliefs and things that are important to us and our family.  It would be great if you could follow up these discussions with your child at home. What do you value as a family?

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is maths1.jpg

Central Idea : Base 10 place value system can be extended to represent size.

Lines of Inquiry :

An inquiry into…

  • the patterns of 5 digit numbers and how they are represented
  • representing number patterns using words, symbols, numbers and tables

We will be exploring the answers to these types of questions throughout this Place Value unit…

  1. How is place value a pattern?
  2. How can 5 digit numbers be partitioned?
  3. How can 5 digit numbers be renamed?
  4. What are the different ways 5 digit numbers can be represented?
  5. How can 5 digit numbers be ordered?
  6. How are 5 digit numbers rounded to the nearest 10, 100, 1000?
  7. When are 5 digit numbers rounded to the nearest 10, 100, 1000?

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is ENGLISH1.jpg

Writing – during this UOI we will be focussing on using fabulous vocabulary choices in our personal writing!  We would love to see the children using fantastic words and interesting and creative sentence structures.  

Throughout this UOI we are very lucky to have Ms Jeves, our Teaching and Learning Coach, continuing to come into work with us on improving our writing through extending our vocabulary.

Reading – we will be focussing on the comprehension strategy of Visualising throughout this UOI.  Good readers construct mental images as they read a text. By using prior knowledge and background experiences, readers connect the author’s writing with a personal picture. Through guided visualisation, students learn how to create mental pictures as they read. 

Throughout the year we will focus on all of the comprehension strategies to help with our understanding, fluency and comprehension.


Azeen Asif


Amartya Agarwal 


Shawn Lee


Kinson Lee


Melvin Leong 


All class home learning activities will start up slowly in the next couple of weeks.  In the meantime can you please start your children on their nightly reading routines by not only listening to them read a book from home but have them listen to you read a story to them!  At this age, reading to your child is still such an important strategy to help your child with their own reading comprehension.