1 Dec 2017

Year 3 Update Wk 15

  • Thursday 7th December – Year 3 Pitch
  • Monday 11th December – Year 3 Christmas Party
  • Thursday 14th December – Christmas Concert (7:00pm – 8:30pm)
  • Friday 15th December – End of Term (finish at 12:00pm)



Please could each child bring a small box to school. This will  be used to take the clay houses safely home in before the Christmas holidays.


Please remember to make sure that your child is wearing removable outer-layers in this changeable weather. Some of our children are wearing full length thermal under-layers under their clothes.  Although it is colder in the mornings it was 27 degrees during one PE lesson this week and so our children with multiple thermal layers on were having to remove them. It is much easier for the children to remove jackets and jumpers above their uniform and means that they do not miss any of their lessons. 


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 this Friday.  If you are interested please click here.

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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 Y3 have again enjoyed their time at the pitch. The children participated in bucket ball, relay races and an active bingo. They all tried a different activity to last week but still worked hard on improving their fitness. These routines all connect to our new unit. 
In class the children looked at developing their knowledge of how the circulatory, respiratory and nervous system work. As well as continuing their work with Ms Jeves on the digestive system in the Info Lit lessons.  

In Maths the children continued their problem solving through a sequence of lessons recommended by Professor Peter Sullivan. We have also been looking at what fractions are and how to find out what a fraction is.

In English and Information Literacy the students have been working with Ms Jeves to determine what is important within a text. We continued to look into the features of an explanation text. They will begin to build a class explanation text on the Digestive System with Ms Jeves in Information Literacy. 

The children have been looking at this units comprehension strategy, determining importance, during their reading lessons. 

The children enjoyed dressing up in 60s costume on Thursday.

The interaction between body systems helps us to keep healthy and survive.

  1. How the body systems work (function)
  2. Interdependence and independence between the body systems (connection)
  3. Impact of lifestyle choices on the body systems (responsibility)

Next week we will be continuing looking at the three body systems we have been focussing on in class, the respiratory, circularity and nervous systems. The children will look at:

What does each system do?

How does the system do its job?

What are the different parts of the system?

How do we look after each body system?

How is it linked to the other systems?

Fractions are ways of representing parts of a wholeWe will be inquiring into

  1. Fractions of shapes
  2. Fractions of amounts
  3. Making and comparing simple fractions

Next week  we will be continuing the focus on fractions. The children will continue to use the skills they have developed to work through a series of challenges as well as continuing to develop their understanding of what a fraction is and what it can look like. 

At home, you might want to have pizza one night this week and see what fractions you can see. What is equal to half of the pizza and how many fractions can you eat?

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


Next week … writing assessment, explanation of digestion with Ms Jeves, features of explanations including, present tenses,  passive voice and connectives. 
We will be moving on to our next phonics unit, learning to read and write with ow and ou. Please talk to your child about what they know about when to use ow and ou, as well as learning their spellings.
Next week the children will continue to learn about determining importance. The children are learning to recognise that with reading comes thinking. For every part that they decode, they must also be mindful of what they are thinking. 
Year 3 will read books from Big Universe on a Monday and Friday. They will borrow home readers on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 
3A – Joon Ho Sung
3F – Abigail Sin
3S – Tsz Kiu Chan
Information Literacy- Trevor Tsang
Mandarin- Harry Chan
The children have now had access to this fortnight’s home learning themes for over a week. Please support your child as necessary to complete their projects due on Wednesday. We can’t wait to see them!
 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 the Unit. 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. 
Mandarin – All children are encouraged to take a reading book home on the days when they have Mandarin lessons.
Ms Lynn (Home Learning #9) – Please read the following book in Mandarin Matrix – BL12 运动。
Ms Xu: 熟读学过的课文。练习猜谜语。借书读书。

Please look out for an e-notice explaining about what the children will need to bring for the Christmas party on Monday the 11th. Please make sure that the party food is made at home as this tends to be healthier than processed food and of course reduces the amount of plastics and waste. Also, the Year Threes will also be having a Secret Santa. Please help your child to buy a present (around $80) for a secret friend.