There are two classes in Year 4. Please see below for our expectations for the year ahead and information about our curriculum. Click on the + icons below to find out more
UNIT OF INQUIRY
In keeping with the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), Social Studies and Science will be taught within Units of Inquiry. These Units will run for approximately six weeks and will incorporate as many subjects as appropriate. The Organizing Themes with Central Ideas for Year 4 are:
The classroom will become a centre for inquiry where students can inquire and practice skills and build new knowledge. The assessment of student learning will be focused on the quality of the student’s research and the breadth and depth of their responses to a set of questions that have driven the inquiry the unit.
PERSONAL SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION (PSHE)
In addition to the school curriculum, teachers will be addressing issues of PSHE as and when appropriate.
Students will develop the range and consistency of their skills in the games to be covered which are played in form of small invasion games. Students are expected to play to the game rules and tactics, using a variety of formations. In swimming, students are expected to progress in the ranges between stage one (1) and three (3).
The PE Department would like the Year 4 students to come dressed in the recommended PE kit for PE lessons. As the season is getting hotter, they are also reminded to bringing an extra water supply to school on P.E. days. Furthermore, it is mandatory for everyone to acquire the accepted ISL. swimming costume unless otherwise stated.
Year 4 students will be are given specific skills in selecting appropriate resources for finding out information. Strategies to help locate information for research tasks will be reviewed. The reference section of the library will be analysed and lessons on how to use each part of it will be introduced. Finding specific information using traditional and digital resources such as the Destiny, Web Path Express and citing works will be developed. They are allowed to borrow 2 books for a period of 1 week. Parents are welcome to borrow up to 5 books for 2 weeks.
Students are expected to grow in their ability to select art materials which are best suited for creatively communicating their ideas. We will be looking at manipulating elements and forms to convey or express thoughts, feelings, messages or ideas through the arts. Participating in these art activities will help children to gain the tools necessary for understanding human experience, adapting to and respecting others' ways of working and thinking, developing creative problem-solving skills and communicating thoughts and ideas in a variety of ways. We have 1 lesson of art per week.
Year 4 will learn percussion instruments, pulse, musical terms, graphic composition, pitch and musical elements. Throughout the year, the students will be encouraged to sing and take part in listening activities.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
Year 4 will have their own usernames and passwords to access the school network. They will consolidate their knowledge of how to save work in their folders on the network in the various applications they are already familiar with. They will are also be introduced to Google Apps and learn more about email and other electronic communication tools.
FRENCH and SPANISH
Year Four 4 will be encouraged to develop oral skills using a variety of methods for example, games, songs, videos and sketches. We shall also introduce more sophisticated skills such as listening, reading and writing.
Zambian Studies has been introduced this academic year to celebrate the culture and heritage of the host country Zambia. Students will be encouraged to develop communication skills in Chinyanja using different strategies. These will be integrated within the organising theme at each year level.
Students should be reading every evening for approximately 20 minutes and spend no more than 20 minutes on their homework assignment. Homework may not always be about putting pen on paper. It could be that they are asked to play a game or make one up. It could be dramatic, musical and/or creative. We encourage you to support your child in school activities and give him or her lots of praise and encouragement. Set aside a time and place for homework and promote short periods of study every day.
We look forward to working together with you this year and wish everybody a most enjoyable and fruitful year.