1 Dec 2017

Year 4 Update – Wk 15

Thursday 7th December Year 4 trip Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (ALL children will need a packed lunch)

This is a change of date, an enotice has been sent to you

Friday 8th December – 4W Class Assembly at 9am

Thursday 14th December – Year 4 Christmas Party (Letter will be sent out on 4.12.17)

Thursday 14th December – Christmas Concert at 7pm

Friday 15th December – End of Term (12pm)

Monday 8th January 2018 – Start of School

HK Philharmonic Orchestra Trip

We will be taking all the Year 4 children to a schools’ music concert given by the HK Philharmonic Orchestra at Tsuen Wan Town Hall on Thursday, 7th December 2017.
The concert starts at 12 noon and will last approximately one hour. Students will travel to and from the venue by school bus, leaving at 11.15am and returning at approximately 1.45pm.
Students should come to school as usual wearing school uniform and bring a packed lunch. Deli Fresh lunches have been cancelled for this day.
Please confirm your child’s attendance via the e-notice that has been sent to parents.
Please note we have one remaining Pitch session left on Tuesday 5th December 2018
Class P.E. sessions led by the teacher will not take place while the pitch sessions are being held. P.E. with Mr Teahan will continue as normal.


The food bought with your generous donations has now been used to purchase the necessary food items. On Friday 8th December our students will work with Sunshine Action at school to make the food parcels for the different charities.  

Don’t forget that if you would like to be a parent volunteer on this date, please click here.

Y4 Teacher Contact Information
4F – Mrs Fennelly – charlotte.fennelly@bhs.edu.hk 
4L – Miss Fisher – laura.fisher@bhs.edu.hk
4W – Miss Wu – jane.wu@bhs.edu.hk
Year 4 Learning Support Teacher – Ms Mak – haymen.mak@bhs.edu.hk
Vice Principal – Mr Thompson – andy.thompson@bhs.edu.hk
1960’s Dress-Up day!
Thank you for supporting your children with this fun initiative to recognise 50 years of BHS. The children certainly looked very colourful and very groovy!
Here are Jeremy and Evelyn looking particularly splendid…
Continuing explorations in Learning Technology

Mr Lowe continued to encourage the Year 4 students to make inventions using Makeblock kits this week. Every students had a go at creating and coding either a motion-detecting burglar alarm or an automatic torch that lit up when it light levels dropped – very exciting stuff!










We have been learning about famous scientists and their significant discoveries. The children have then had opportunities to conduct scientific experiments of their own related to each scientist’s discovery. Here are a selection of photographs… (more to follow next week)

Alexander Fleming  – Penicillin (Useful microbes i.e. yeast)

Gallileo (Catapults)

Where We Are in Place and Time

Central Idea

Change in our world can happen through exploration and discovery. 

Lines of Inquiry

An inquiry into…

  • Explorations and discoveries that have changed our world (change)
  • The reasons why people choose to explore and discover (causation)
  • The effects of explorations and discoveries on the recording of time (connection)

Next week, we will continue to find out about some famous scientists whose discoveries have changed the world. We will also use our reading comprehension skills to allow us to be “real readers” as we read about Explorers from different historic periods, including Marco Polo, Sacagawea, Edmund Hillary and Roald Amusden. 

Number Maths: Multiplication and Division

Central Idea

The operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are related to each other and are used to solve problems.

Lines of Inquiry

An inquiry into:

  • The different ways to model/show multiplication and division
  • Mental strategies that can be used to solve multiplication and division
  • Written strategies that can be used to solve multiplication and division

Next week the students will continue enjoying maths games to support them in learning their multiplication facts and recognising the relationship between multiplication and division. We will also be solving some word problems involving division, using the “chunking” method.

 Writing to Persuade

Congratulations to the students who were awarded Golden Book certificates!
4F – Davey Lai
4L – Jeremy Chan
4W – Abigail Ng & Joseph Chan
Home Learning – DIY. org

This week we would like every child in Year 4 to sign-up for a free DIY.org account. This site provides children with opportunities to discover new skills, upload evidence, receive peer feedback and earn ‘patches’ in a safe, monitored environment designed especially for children. We would like all children to create an account (there is an app you may wish to install, too) but this requires them to gain parental consent so please assist them with this. They may wish to start earning ‘patches’ by completing projects and developing new skills or they may wish just to explore the website at this stage. Please take the time to do this together as this is a fabulous resource which provides excellent opportunities for developing new skills and making discoveries.

To earn a “patch” the children should complete 3 projects. Therefore, we are giving the children plenty of time to complete this home learning assignment. The children have planned their projects and have until 19th January 2018 to complete them.


The children have a list of words they need to learn. They should practise these at home in preparation for “buddy spelling tests” (the children testing each other) in class next week.
The children have been given their Home Reading Journals and are expected to read for 20 minutes per day at their given comprehension age. Children will record the title of their book in their journal. Please discuss your child’s reading and leave a comment in the journal so that they can change their book.
To support their reading development, please make sure of the following:
  • Home reading should be fun not a chore.
  • Keep the timing short, find a comfy, quiet space and have a chat about what your child is reading. This really helps to develop their comprehension skills.
  • There is information about comprehension at the beginning of the journal, which you can use to help guide your discussion with your child. Please also refer to information your class teacher has sent out to you about how to help your child at home. 

All children should aim to spend 30 minutes per week completing their assigned Mathletics tasks and/or practising their times tables.

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 check your google classroom for details.

Ms Xu – 朗读学过的课文,记得借书读书,写读书报告,完成课堂未完成的功课。