Week 7 in 4B

PE- From the  Pe teachers

“Grade 4 will begin their skateboarding unit on October 1st. This unit will run until November 1st.

All students must wear sport shoes. If a student wears sandals, crocs, or other inappropriate footwear, they will not be able to participate in the skateboarding activities.

Students are allowed to bring their own skateboards, helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads for this unit.


  • This week our focus  has been on looking at the the concept of “Expanded Notation” –

– use place value to partition numbers of up to five digits and recognise this as ‘expanded notation’, eg 67 012 is 60 000 + 7000 + 10 + 2

Buddies with 1B

In Buddies we wrote some amazing Peace  Poems


We have been working hard in our Guided Reading Groups this week with a focus on improving fluency.

UOI: Science- Experiments involving Erosion, Chemical Weather and Plate Tectonics

Math Tips:

War (Variants)


  • Monday 30 September – ES Learning Conversations (No School or ASAs for ES)
  • October 5 – 13th – Autumn Break NO SCHOOL

Week 6 in 4B

Week 6 in 4B

This week we have completed some amazing science experiments about weathering as part of our current UOI.


Whole Numbers 

Over the next few weeks we will be looking at the area of Whole Numbers in Mathematics.


  • uses appropriate terminology to describe, and symbols to represent, mathematical ideas
  • checks the accuracy of a statement and explains the reasoning used
  • applies place value to order, read and represent numbers of up to five digits


Recognise, represent and order numbers to at least tens of thousands (ACMNA072)

  • apply an understanding of place value to read and write numbers of up to five digits
  • arrange numbers of up to five digits in ascending and descending order
  • state the place value of digits in numbers of up to five digits
  • pose and answer questions that extend understanding of numbers, eg ‘What happens if I rearrange the digits in the number 12 345?’, ‘How can I rearrange the digits to make the largest number?’ (Communicating, Reasoning)
  • use place value to partition numbers of up to five digits and recognise this as ‘expanded notation’, eg 67 012 is 60 000 + 7000 + 10 + 2
  • partition numbers of up to five digits in non-standard forms, eg 67 000 as 50 000 + 17 000
  • round numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, thousand or ten thousand

Background Information

The convention for writing numbers of more than four digits requires that numerals have a space (and not a comma) to the left of each group of three digits when counting from the units column, eg 16 234. No space is used in a four-digit number, eg 6234.


Students should be able to communicate using the following language: largest number, smallest number, ascending order, descending order, digit, ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, place value, expanded notation, round to.


Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences

Dear Elementary Families,

You are warmly invited to attend our first Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences of the year, being held on Monday 30th September, 2019, from 10.00 – 18.00.  

The structure this year, is different to previous years, as we bring the most important voices into the Learning Conversations – the students. Please make sure you bring your child to the conference. 

 Please note that there will be no regular classes on this day for your children as teachers will be conducting individual student-parent-teacher conferences all day.  They will return home with you after the conference.  

 Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences (Learning Conversations) are a time for:

  • Sharing information regarding how your child has settled into the new school year
  • Finding out about the goals your child and his/her teacher(s) have set for their learning. 
  • Sharing your hopes for the year ahead (please think about these ahead of time)

As we know, the importance of a strong home-school relationship is a strong factor in students’ academic success. Our intention is to establish a strong partnership with all families and for us to better understand the unique gifts, talents, and needs of each of our students. Please make it your priority to attend with your child

 Appointments with Homeroom and Learning Support teachers will be 15 minutes in duration. Appointments with specialist teachers (PE, Art, Music, World Languages etc) will be 5 minutes in duration (due to the high numbers of students that they teach).

If your child is receiving support from a Counselor and/or EAL teacher, you may be contacted by those teachers for additional appointments.

 Appointment scheduling will be done through Veracross, our student information management system. The bookings will open on Monday 23rd September at 08:00 and will close on Friday 27th September at 17.00.

 Instructions on how to schedule appointments have been attached to this email. Link to sign up: https://portals.veracross.com/unishanoi

We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Learning Conversations.


Megan Brazil

Week 5 in 4B

Week 5 in pictures and videos

Moon Festival


During our Unit of  Inquiry work into How The World Works we looked at the different types of rocks and how each is formed. We watched a great documentary which helped the students understand Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary rocks.

It is worth watching if you have time : Click here

RAZ-This week the students have continued to use the Reading program called RAZ. Children have been matched  to an appropriate independent reading level. Please see below for information about this excellent program


Username: dlogue6

Students should know their simple RAZ password

  • 400+ eBooks and open-book eQuizzes, with new books added every month
  • Students can listen to books for modeled fluency, read books for practice, and then record themselves reading so teachers can monitor progress
  • Every leveled eBook has an accompanying eQuiz to test reading comprehension
  • The motivational “Raz Rocket” gets students excited about reading and strengthens the school-to-home connection
  • On top of being accessible 24/7 via the Web, Raz-Kids also delivers reading access through its free apps, meaning your students can read and take quizzes on their iPad, Android, and Kindle Fire tablets.
  • All student activity in the app is captured and reported to teachers at Raz-Kids.com, thus helping teachers monitor student progress and determine the instruction needed for each student.

Next Week:

UOI: Science- Experiments involving Erosion and Weathering

Maths- Each and every one of us is a Mathematician

Writing –To Instruct: Scientific Procedure (write) Signs, manuals, recipes, experiments, directions, timetables, instructions, poster


  • Saturday 14th September – Parent and Staff Sparkly Social
  • Friday 30 September – ES Parent, Student and  Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)


Thank you to the parents who have sent in headphones. If not, could you please can you send  in a pair of headphones that they can keep at school please.  They need to have a built in microphone like the image below. They should be named and left at school in their individual baskets. Some weeks the students will need them multiple times so it is important that they be available in the classroom at all times.


Week 4 in 4B

Week 4 in 4B

Unit of Inquiry

On Wednesday the students were involved in 3 provocations to help them to “Tune Into” our new Unit of Inquiry.

In the first activity they used the Virtual Reality Goggles and the VR App Earth to explore the surface of some famous places around the world-Mt Everest, The Grand Canyon and Uluru.

In the second activity they completed the Visible Thinking routine of See, Think and Wonder to investigate a number of images about the Earths Surface.

In the third activity they were provided with a plastic tray, soil , rocks, and sticks and asked to create a landscape.


Here are the details of our new Unit of Inquiry

Central Idea:

Earth’s surface changes over time.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Characteristics of the Earth’s surface
  • Factors that change Earth’s surface 
  • Impact of Earth’s changes 

Key Concepts:

Form, Change, Causation


Back to School Presentation

Back to School Presentation

Important Dates

  • September 12 Moon Festival- Students and teachers wear Ao Dai. These can be purchased downtown.
  • Professional Development Day – No Classes or Activities