Pajama Day this Friday, May 26!

Dear families, 

On Friday, May 26, the PYP Student Council has organized a Pajama Day. Students from Prep 3-Year 6 are invited to come to school wearing their pajamas. Please ensure your child is wearing safe and school appropriate clothing and shoes.  

Student council members created a promotional video: 

Thank you,

PYP Student Council and Ms. H (

Queridas famílias,

 Na sexta-feira, 26 de maio, o Conselho Estudantil do PYP organizou um Dia do Pajama. Os alunos dos anos 1-6 são convidados a vir para a escola vestindo seus pijamas. Por favor, certifique-se de que seu filho esteja usando roupas e sapatos seguros e escolares.

 Os membros do conselho estudantil criaram um vídeo promocional que foi mostrado às classes Y1-6:


 Conselho Estudantil do PYP e Sra. H ( )

Bidding Instructions | PYP Silent Art Auction

Monday, May 22, is the opening night of the PYP Silent Art Auction from 6-7:30pm in primary room 6A (see poster attached). Students from years 4, 5, and 6 are excited to show off their canvases and the work they have completed this year in visual arts class.

After researching and discussing, students have decided to donate the auction money to Trek for Meds Three secondary students, Nabeeha Ahmed, Molly McCann, and Denise Ngulube, have planned an expedition to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro this summer to raise money to buy malaria medication and to distribute the medication to a public hospital for local children in Luanda. 

Bidding instruction: Beginning on the opening night of the auction, you will be able to bid for the canvas(es) of your choice by filling out a piece of paper indicating your bid amount. You will place the paper into a box with the corresponding canvas’s picture on it.

The canvases will continue to be on display from May 23-26 in room 6A, where you will be able to place your bids until Friday, May 26 at 3pm. 

If you are not able to come to see the canvases in person, please see the images of the canvases which will be posted to this blog on Monday, May 22. Should you wish to place a bid, please email me ( your canvas bid amount in Kwanza, your name, and your child’s name by 3pm on Friday, May 26.

The winner of each canvas will be contacted on Monday, May 29 via email with instructions of how to pay and how to collect the canvas.

Math prove it

Prove it is a math problem, for example on my sheet it said to draw and find out if 4 x 6 is the same as 4 x 2 + 4 x 4. You could draw arrays and grouping, I choose arrays because they are easy to draw. I had a lot of fun doing math prove it.


Tuning in to How We Express Ourselves

This week year 4 students began tuning-in to our third unit, How We Express Ourselves. So far, students discussed and recorded their thoughts about What is music, they have responded to teacher questions, been introduced to the elements of music and have formulated their first set of questions to investigate. In music, they have started using Garage-band to explore the elements of music and have been asked to bring in a musical artifact or music piece from their culture to share.


HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES – Music extends our ability to create, reflect and express ourselves. –  an inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

Key concepts: Form (What is it like?), Perspective (What are the different points of view?) and Reflection (How do we know?)

Related concepts: pattern, sound and interpretation

Lines of inquiry:

  • Elements of music (form and pattern)
  • Different methods of creating music (perspective and sound)
  • Responses to music (reflection and interpretation)

The approaches to learning/skills the students will develop during this unit are:

Thinking skills: analysis – taking knowledge or ideas apart and seeing relationships.

Social skills: respecting others.

Communication skills: listening, non-verbal (visual and kinesthetic communication), presenting.

Learner profile attributes:

  • Communicator
  • Open-minded
  • Reflective


  • Creativity
  • Appreciation
  • Tolerance

Transdisciplinary connections:

The Arts – Music strand

We are working collaboratively with Ms Betsy to ensure that the knowledge, skills and understandings gained in music classes will connect with the learning engagements in other curriculum areas within year 4 classes. Some of the learning outcomes included for music are:

  • Students will explore the elements of music through instrumental, vocal and digital means.
  • Students will explore vocal sounds, rhythms, instruments and timbres to communicate their ideas and feelings.
  • Students will collaboratively create a musical sequence using known musical elements.

Our language links will include students reflecting on and communicating their reactions to music using musical vocabulary and expressions; Students listening to, reading and writing poems and rhymes; Students developing their knowledge of word choice and figurative language to communicate ideas, feelings and opinions.

Our mathematics links will focus on Pattern and Function including understanding that patterns can be found in numbers, understand inverse relationships, represent rules for patterns and describe patterns in numbers in a variety of ways.

Information and communication technology (ICT)
Students will understand that ICT will provide students with:

  • Opportunities to create and innovate using digital platforms (Garage-band).
  • Collaborate by actively participating in creating and sharing knowledge.
  • A range of tools to store, organize and present learning.

If you have, or know of anyone who has some expertise connected to our How We Express Ourselves unit, please let us know! We would love to have more guest speakers to share their knowledge, skills, learning and experiences with our students.

We look forward to hearing about the action your children may take as a result of the learning in this unit.

Maths at home

Dear parents and carers,

Many of you were asking about maths during our Parent Connection Meetings last week so this post is aiming to give you some ideas of what you can do at home to support your child’s learning. All of the Year 4 teachers recently completed an online course ‘How to learn math’ from Stanford University. Some of you may know a little about  Jo Boaler, who is a maths professor at Stanford and has completed many research projects on how students learn best. Please follow this link to see a handout from Jo Boaler about the best ways to support your child with maths at home. As a school we are working hard to ensure your children receive the best possible maths learning and we are already hearing some wonderful quotes about learning and newly positive attitudes towards maths.

Some students in 4.4 reflected: “There are so many ways to solve a math problem, there is never just one way to see it.” All Year 4 students have been working on a week of iMath (Inspirational Math), and there are a few more lessons to go until this is completed. Please see some images below showing some of the learning that has been happening. Please visit this website for more information.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Working together,

Year 4 Team

First week thrills and adventures in 4.4

Year 4 had a fantastic start to the school year.  Sharing holiday experiences, meeting with our old friends and welcoming new friends to our learning community.  Moving through our weeks schedule for the first time we are adjusting to the rhythm of a new year level and the demands of back to school days.  We have enjoyed a week of class and joint year level work activities.  Collaborating to set up class routines, systems and make essential ‘start-up’ connections.  A fabulous start to our year!



Welcome to 4point4

Dear Parents, Carers and Students of Year 4.4,

Welcome back to our returning families and welcome to our new families! My name is Whetu Wilson and I am very excited to start a new academic year with you all. I have taught in New Zealand, London, China, Japan, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Norway and am happily a part of this wonderfully diverse and vibrant LIS school community. I am from Mahia Beach Peninsula on the northern island of New Zealand. I look forward to finding out about the range of places you all call home.

Please be aware that our class blog will be the main source of information this academic year. The purpose of our blog  will be to communicate, share and inform you all of the learning that will be happening in Year 4.4. Either myself or the students will be posting photos and explanations of our learning and we welcome you to comment and engage with our class. We will also share recent articles and items of interest about learning, and some ideas of how best to support your child’s learning at home. Please subscribe to the blog at and you will receive a weekly update every Friday with all the posts from the week.

Our first unit of inquiry will be under the transdisciplinary theme of Who We Are. Further details and information about this will be posted on our blog next week.

A couple of things to share with you as we start our new year. You will receive a hard copy of our single subject timetable today, please support your child in being independent and prepared for his/her various lessons. You can also find a copy of the timetable here. Please sign up for our first Parent Connection Meeting using the boards which can be found outside the PYP office.

Our Year 4 teaching assistants are Ms Vera, Mr David and Ms Constanca. If you have any questions or queries about anything please email me on

I’m looking forward to a fantastic year of learning,

Warmest regards,

Ms Whetu Wilson