27 Oct 2017

Year 5 Update Wk 10

5F have been very busy this week organising themselves for their assembly- and what an assembly it was! A huge well done to 5F for all their effort and hard work, we all thoroughly enjoyed it.


Some of the Year 5 boys and girls were involved in the football tournament run by Discovery Bay International School this week. The girls did particularly well getting to the final of the cup. Huge congratulation to all those children involved.



Central Idea:

Human migration is a response to challenges, risks and opportunities.

Lines of Inquiry:

  1. The reasons why people migrate
  2. The challenges, risks and opportunities of migration 
  3. The impact of migration on individuals and communities 
Perspective Causation Change
Students will understand that groups of people have different views and opinions about migration Students will understand that there are causes and consequences of migration for people and society Students will understand that with change there will be challenges, risks and opportunities.
 This week in UOI we have been learning to take notes by extracting relevant information from texts and organising them into a graphic organiser using Lucid chart. This skill has been taught to help the children as they begin their own personal inquiry into migration. Students have started planning their own inquiries, considering how they are going to present their findings and some students have started their research. This will be continued into next week.
Number MathsImage result for addition and subtraction
Central Idea – Strategies for whole number computation can apply to fractional and decimal computation.
An inquiry into…
  • efficient mental strategies that can be used to solve addition and subtraction of decimal fractions
  • efficient written strategies that can be used to solve addition and subtraction decimal fractions

In number maths, children enjoyed the opportunity to plan their own bedroom design using products from the Ikea catalogue. Students had a budget to complete the plan and they were encouraged to keep a tight grip on their spending. Carefully consideration went into all the things they would need before adding extras. Some children even managed to use the measurements to place the items they had bought in appropriate places on their floor plan.

Strand Maths
Image result for measurement
Central Idea – Accuracy of measurements depends on the situation and the precision of the tool.
An inquiry into….
  • How tools and procedures can be used to measure accurately
  • How tools and procedures can be used to solve measurement problems
  • The connection between measurements and other units of maths (conversion)

Connect 12 and 24 hour time to timetables

Investigate and solve problems on bus and flight schedules (Departures listed in 24 hour times).

Solve problems involving difference in time.

Solve duration of time problems e.g. (I began lunch at 12:10 and finished 25 minutes later. At what time did I finish lunch?)

In strand maths we have moved onto time. Students have been asked open ended questions and had the opportunity to discuss and share their thinking with peers. A focus has been placed on showing and using more than one strategy to complete a question. When given a word problem related to time differences, students were asked to extract what they know, show rough working before showing their clean answer. These are steps we will continue to encourage the children to go through when answering word problems. Extracting what they know helps the children to identify what the question is actually asking and the strategies they might be able to use.

In reading we have been learning how to combine evidence from text and our background knowledge to make inferences. We have used text and pictures to encourage children to think about and discuss the inferences they can make. We will continue to focus on this in the coming weeks.

In writing we have continued to encourage and develop the children’s ability to use ‘show rather than tell’, to engage the reader in their writing. Consideration has been given to the beginning, middle and end of stories and picture prompts to encourage students to plan their story. Time has been spent discussing the ingredients of a good story and students have been reflecting on their own writing by assessing their pieces against the agreed criteria and identifying next steps.

No Golden Book this week due to the school photographs.


  • Read the Weekly Update
  • Mathletics – continue with the set tasks
  • Reading – keep up with their reading every night.  Don’t forget to get Reading Journals signed every night and children should be reading every night.
  • Spelling – each Monday the children are sent home their 10 personal words that they need to learn for the week.  Please, can a parent (or responsible adult) support the children by...testing them (written or oral), getting them to put their words into interesting sentences (written or oral), discussing the meanings of the words, thinking about synonyms and antonyms of that word, discussing words with a similar meaning etc.
  • Camp – On Wednesday we will have a year group question and answer session with Mr Pheasant. Please start writing down any questions you would like to ask. Parents please can you complete the new e-notice which you should have received regarding a change in the arrangements on the first day.
  • UOI
    • Migrations of Interest (last week) – please can you take some time to write/record/put in a table/google drawing (it’s up to you!) some migrations from history (modern times or historical) that interest you. You will use this as the basis for your upcoming personal inquiry into migration.
    • Gather notes on your chosen area of migration for your personal inquiry. Please remember to use your own words when writing notes.

Mandarin Home Learning  (All children are encouraged to take a reading book home on the days when they have Mandarin lessons.)

Ms Lynn (作业#6) –  Please check your Google Classroom for details.

Ms Yu  熟读“团圆”

Ms Xu – Try to practise singing the clothes song learned in Mandarin.


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 Design

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 colour, pastel, photography or digital.   Please send the original artwork to Ms Yu by 13, 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=shar


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

Professor Peter Sullivan

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.

Big Business Crafts soon enough our Big Business UOI will be upon us and in preparation for this Miss Fearn will be running some lunchtime activities on Big Business crafts. This year we are having a push for the children to make and sell handmade items at their stall or provide a service….rather than just buying bit and pieces from Shan Shui Po and re-selling these on the day.  Children can volunteer to join Miss Fearn at some lunchtimes throughout the weeks to learn to make some items that they then might make and sell on their stall.  If you have a simple craft idea and would like to come into school and teach a small group (15 children) how to do it please contact your class teacher and we will arrange for you to take a group.

Below are some CAMP TIPS to help you get your child ready for our upcoming week away on camp and please let your helper/guardian know these too so they can let them try out these things…..

  • please make sure they can make their own bed – including putting their own sheets on…it’s one of the first things they’ll be doing when we arrive at the campsite
  • ensure they can pack and unpack their own bag – this should be practiced each day when preparing for school
  • let them choose their own clothes to wear – get them to assess the weather and dress appropriately
  • make sure they know how to hang up their towel so that is dry for the next shower
  • make sure they can fill their own water bottle – especially if you decide to go for the Camelback type of water system with the hose…they need to have the dexterity and fine motor skills to be able to unseal and seal up the water bag themselves

Start of School Arrangements – Please note that students should not arrive at school before 8.30am. Teachers are on duty from 8.30am. Any child who arrives early cannot be supervised.

Healthy Living at BHS – We promote healthy living at BHS and therefore children should only bring water to school. Please do not send milk drinks, sugary drinks or any other kind of drink. We have water fountains and taps where students can refill their (BHS) water bottles throughout the day.

Some other points for your info:

  • Please avoid giving out sweets or lollies to students for rewards etc. If some are sent in for birthday treats, the children should put them away in their bags and take them home. We want to avoid students running around or going on buses home whilst eating lollies etc. I will remind the bus mums of this too.
  • The outside stairs can be slippery when wet. Please remind the children who use this staircase to take extra care.
  • We need one more volunteer to be on the PTA this year. Please let me know if you are interested. The first meeting is this Thursday at 3.30pm.

School Book Bags – Your child needs a named book bag in school to carry their reading books to and from school for both home readers and library books. This means that the younger children will need to remember their book bag every day.  It should contain their reading book, reading journal and on library days, library books.  The reading journal is an important part of the communication between you and your child’s teacher, therefore, please remember to add a positive comment when you have read with your child.