27 Oct 2017

Year 3 Update Wk 10

  • Tuesday 31st October – Y6 Bake Sale
  • Friday 10th November – Year 3 Sharing 
  • Thursday 16th – Friday 17th November – Year 3 Camp
  • Wednesday 22nd November – Professor Peter Sullivan (6.30pm)


I am very pleased to announce, thanks to your generosity and the hard work of our students, we raised $150000.  This is a tremendous sum and I think it shows what a special community we belong to.  We can now start to purchase the food so on 8th December our students can work with Sunshine Action at school to make the food parcels for the different charities.  

To help our students with the food parcels we need parent volunteers, approximately 30.  These parents will be working with groups of students to help them make the food parcels.  If you are interested please click here.

ESF Christmas Card Competition

Christmas is fast approaching!  ESF wish to prepare an e-card for Christmas and are inviting ESF students to come up with a design.  The Christmas artwork could be a painting or drawing on A4 or A3 paper with any media such as water color, pastel, photography or digital.   Please send the original artwork to Ms Yu by 13th, November if you would like to enter this exciting competition.   Please refer to this link if you wish to see the cards in previous years: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1e1HGWSZqL0clF3MlF2aWk3OEE?usp=sharing

Professor Peter Sullivan Parents Workshop

Wednesday 22nd November  – 6:30p.m. in the school hall

Peter Sullivan is Professor of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, at Monash University in Australia. He is the immediate past President of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and was the lead writer of the Australian Mathematics curriculum.

Professor Sullivan is one of the world’s leading authorities in Mathematics, and will be making his a visit to Beacon Hill School this November. During his visit, Professor Sullivan will work alongside the teachers to challenge all our students to reach their full potential in Mathematics through the use of open-ended, rich learning tasks and problems.

We are thrilled to announce that Professor Sullivan will  run a  workshop for parents in order to enhance your understanding of how you may help your children in the development of Mathematical thinking. This is for parents only, there is no need for children to attend.

An e-notice will be sent to all parents, please let us know if you are attending.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop.

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Mother Tongue Story Telling
Last year a group of parents told stories to our students in their mother tongue during lunchtimes.  As you can imagine this was very popular with our students and a great way to share the range of languages we speak within our community.  If you are interested please click here to add your details.  Any time you can give and to any year group is really appreciated.  For those interested we can meet to discuss logistics in more details.  If you have any questions please email me at andy.thompson@bhs.edu.hk.

This week the last few children have continued to care for their ‘Flour Baby’ and record their adventures in their baby book. In class they have been reflecting on how responsible they were and what they could do to be even better at caring for their baby. They have enjoyed sharing and reading about each others adventures. 

In Maths we have begun to look at subtraction strategies, we learnt about using the jump strategy and split strategy to help us subtract. Ask your child some of the new strategies they have used when practising their subtraction. 

The children have continued to focus on the reading comprehension strategy: Inferring. We have been looking at a characters actions and what they say to make inferences.  We continued to write the problem for our narrative and used ‘Show not Tell’ to describe a character’s feelings. 

People worldwide have access to rights and opportunities that can look different.

  1. Difference between needs and wants (Perspective)
  2. Children’s rights and responsibilities (Responsibility)
  3. How children rights are protected (Reflection)

Next week we will be reflecting on our flour babies and whether we met our flour babies needs. We will continue to prepare ours songs, clay artwork and our dance for sharing day. The are looking forward to sharing all their learning with you soon. 

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Next week we will continue to focus on the different mental subtraction strategies and how we can use them with word problems. 


Mathletics passwords are in your child’s diary. Please make sure that an adult supports your child when working through the activities. 

Next week the children will be focusing on how to solve the problem (resolution) and ending to their stories. They will be looking at adding interesting detail by describing feelings and using good adjectives and verbs. They will begin to brainstorm writing a narrative with their flour baby as the main character. 
During our reading lessons we are focusing on inferring. Inferring is to be able to ‘read between the lines’, when the author implies something but doesn’t exactly state it in the text.
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Year 3 will read books from Big Universe on a Monday and Friday. They will borrow home readers on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 
 There was no golden book assembly this week due to the whole school photo.
 Please make sure that they spend time at the weekend learning their five individualised words. In the back of their Spelling Journal is a list of words for Unit 2. Students can learn these if they wish to challenge themselves. You could also use these words to discuss their meaning and put them into sentences together. 
All children are encouraged to take a reading book home on the days when they have Mandarin lessons.
Ms Lynn (Home learning #6) – Please read 这是我的家人,我有一个大家庭 in Mandarin Matrix.
Ms Xu – 练习学过的绕口令,继续读中文书,练习用普通话讲故事。