We Invite You

We Invite You

Dear Parents,

We are just past the half way mark with our swimming sessions for G1,2,3, and 4.

Our intention at this stage is that your child is becoming more aware of their

–       Strengths and weaknesses within the water

–       Progress thus far within the 3 strokes and survival skills

–       Specific areas that they need to improve in within the 3 strokes

We encourage you to have a conversation with them by asking open ended inquiry questions – Some examples of questions to engage in conversation are –

–       What did the coach tell you that you were doing well in – BACKSTROKE/BREASTSTROKE/FREESTYLE? (just choose one)

–       Which swimming technique/style do you use when swimming under water?

–       What is your favorite stroke in swimming – why?

–       What do the arms do in – BACKSTROKE/BREASTSTROKE/FREESTYLE? (just choose one)

–       What do the legs do in – BACKSTROKE/BREASTSTROKE/FREESTYLE? (just choose one)

Don’t forget that next week is our open swim week. We invite all parents to come along and see what we do in swimming. All visitors must remain on the viewing deck and no photos are allowed to be taken.

Regards – Kit and Karen


Grade 4s emerge as contemporary artists!

Grade 4s emerge as contemporary artists!


Grade 4 artists have been investigating ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’ while we wait for the postal service to deliver the USA Artist Trading Cards, and the results are already very promising.

Our young artists have been photographers, land art artists and video artists recently as they researched contemporary art by creating each of these art forms. There is no better way to understand the joys and difficulties of an art form than hands-on challenges!

Our central idea is – Technology creates new possibilities – and the students are seeing this first hand as they capture their land art through photographs and stop motion films before the wind whisks it away.

They have also just begun to work on developing a mood when creating a video artwork through use of visual filters, careful filming choices and select audio music and/or sound effects. I can’t wait until students create their own sounds and come up with even more original footage.

We will work on increasing the students knowledge and skills in each of these contemporary art forms over the remaining weeks so that they enter Grade 5 with a range of technical artistic skills that will benefit them in the PYP Exhibition and for years to come.

For now, enjoy the samples of their initial contemporary art explorations, and feel free to share any art action you notice at home. My email is kendalreilly@mail.ssis-suzhou.net

Measurement Tuning In Activity

Measurement Tuning In Activity

This afternoon, the grade 4 students were introduced to our new measurement unit through a tuning-in provocation. A variety of items were placed throughout the classrooms and students were given the following simple tasks:

  1. Estimate the measurements
  2. Calculate the exact measurements

It was then left to the students to apply their thinking and communication skills to determine how to both estimate and calculate each measurement, as well as identify and accurately use a range of measurement tools.

Observations made by the grade 4 teachers during this activity will help guide the learning needs of individual strengths for this upcoming unit.

Weekly Overview: April 22nd – April 26

Weekly Overview: April 22nd – April 26

Dear Parents,

Below is an update of what we have been doing over the last few weeks.

Writing (Living Museum) 

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend our Grade 4 Living Museum. Over the last few weeks students have been researching and writing a biography on a person who has created positive change. Students presented their information by becoming a museum exhibit and shared all of their new knowledge to their visitors. Students showed great confidence when speaking as well as answering questions in a range of languages.



In math we have been revising our number skills in multiplication. We have been using a range of strategies to figure out answers to 2 digit x 1 digit multiplication and 3 digit x 1 digit multiplication. Students have learnt best by learning from each other and teaching each other, which has strengthened our bank of strategies. It is important to expose ourselves to a range of strategies to ensure greater accuracy of our answers. Please check your child’s blog to learn about the strategy they like best.

Each student in 4JH had the confidence to teach multiplication to a partner from 3LR. It was great to hear that the Grade 3s were learning brand new strategies that they had never learnt before. 

Examples of some strategies


In reading we have been focusing on fluency – accuracy, rate, expression, and punctuation. We have been using tongue twisters, poems, and plays to help us improve our fluency. At home, students can use the record function on Raz-Kids to listen to their reading fluency. Listening to ourselves read has helped us set new goals for future improvements.




Grade 4 teachers provided the students with some questions to help you assess their comprehension when reading English texts at home.

You can ask them the questions in your native language and the students can answer you in their native language.

An example of how to use the questions cards

  1.  Listen to your child read in English (its ok if you don’t understand what they are reading)
  2.  Ask your child one of the questions in your native language
  3.  Your child can answer you in their native language- This allows you to determin if the child has understood what they’ve read.



What if you want to ask the questions in a different lanauge? That’s great! Maybe your child can help you to make your own set of question cards.

We would love to hear how you used translanguaging at home. Leave a comment about your experience.

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