18 Jan 2019

Year 3 Update Week 18

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  • Thursday 24th January – Popcorn Day for Y3 (bring own containers – $20)

  • Monday 28th January – Sarah Brennan author visit

  • Tuesday 29th January – Y3 Pizza lunch (bring own plate and any cutlery needed)

  • Friday 1st February 3pm – Chinese New Year (half-term) break

  • Monday 11th February – First Day Back

In order to support the Year 1’s preparations for Sharing Day, Year 3’s Mandarin lesson on Thursdays will be switched to Fridays from the week of 29th January for six weeks. 

Book Drive

Brody, Ryan and Muchan in Year 6 are organising a Book Drive to help spread our love of reading.  The Sony Corporation will collect books to create mobile libraries in South Africa for schools that do not have enough books for children to read.  If you have books that are:

Please send them to school.  There will be a collection box in the school foyer from Monday 21st January. Any books you can donate will help spread the enjoyment of reading.

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Old Electronics Collection

Mr Lowe and Ms Mak are hoping to collect old electronic or battery operated items and toys that have moving parts that are no longer needed as part of our Makers stock.  If you have anything you can donate please send it to school and put it in the collection box in the foyer labelled Old Electronics.

Related imageLunch forms can now be collected from Ms Anna at reception for new registrants.

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Year 3 Playdate Database

Arranging playdates to help your children develop their social skills were a major discussion points this week at parent consultations. Please find linked below documents to parent/ guardian contacts for children in Year 3, feel free to utilise them to help organise playdates for your child. The documents are free for you to edit so please make sure you read the important information on the top of the page before you add your contacts in. Please be mindful of others and only edit your contacts.




BHS Lunchtime Experiences: A message from our Student Council

At BHS we have lots of great clubs which our students really enjoy so Ms Chung challenged us to create even more!  As the student councillors we interviewed our friends and classmates to find out their favourite clubs. We were wondering if any parents would like to help run these clubs?  Do not panic! You do not need to be an expert or world champion, just enthusiastic and willing to help. This could be as an one off session or more, it is up to you. Please click on this google form to volunteer.  The Student Council will then get in contact with you to organise the club.  We will help with all the logistics such as venue, students and resources.

Thank you for any help you can give us.

Year 3 Teacher Contact Information
Mr Matt Glencross – glencm1@beaconhill.edu.hk
Ms Marie-Claire Mulligan – marie@bhs.edu.hk
Ms Samantha Saxena – saxens7@beaconhill.edu.hk
Ms Jane Wu – wuj2@beaconhill.edu.hk
Year 3 phase leader
Mr Andy Thompson – thompa5@beaconhill.edu.hk
Learning Centre Days
3G – Wednesday
3M – Tuesday
3W – Wednesday
PE Days
3G – Thursday and Friday
3M – Tuesday and Thursday
3W – Tuesday and Friday

In Unit of Inquiry this week, the children continued their inquiry into Hong Kong homes with a trip to Mei Ho House, one of the first resettlement buildings built by the government after the Shek Kip Mei fire in 1953. We also investigated the strength in materials used to build these homes.

In Maths the children worked on some division and also on telling time (half past, five-minute intervals past/ to the hour and quarter past/ to) and made their own clocks to aid with their understanding.

In English the children planned for and wrote an information report on something they were interested in using what they have learned about the features of the text-type.

Check out some photos from the week!


Homes Around the World (and their materials) Powerpoint

  Homes have been influenced by a variety of factors over time.

The children will be inquiring into: 

    • What a home is (form)
  • Why homes have changed over time (causation)
  • How homes in (the local environment) Hong Kong have changed over time (change)

Next week the children will wrap up the unit by learning about more Hong Kong homes and consolidate their understanding of the unit with a summative task.

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Estimation allows us to measure with different levels of accuracy

The children will be learning to:

    • Connect times to events in the day.
    • Read and write the time to the quarter-hour and 5 minute intervals (past, to)
  • Estimate and compare lengths of time: second, minute, hour, day, week, months and years

Next week the children will inquire into am/ pm, the 24-hour clock and elapsed time.

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Unit 3 – Writing to describe using Non-Chronological reports

Big idea for language: Writers can use descriptive language and careful word choice to give detailed information.


Comprehension Strategies:  Summarising and Synthesising

Readers summarise the text and develop new ideas.

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Next week, the children will synthesise the information they have learnt from their Unit of Inquiry to plan for and write a report on Hong Kong homes.

Congratulations to these students for being awarded a Golden Book Certificate this week!

3G – Venus So

3W – Shogo Nishida & Melvin Leong

*No Golden Book was awarded for 3M because they were on their trip to Mei Ho House

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Create a weekly/ daily schedule

Using digital and analog clocks, sequence and describe important events that happen in your day or week.

You may present your work (digitally or on paper) using a timeline. Feel free to choose another form of presentation!

We shared and discussed these slides with the children regarding their home learning routine this year and they are buzzing with excitement! We will also be send home some (suggested) guidelines to help them manage their efforts and time. Assignments will be set up in the Google Classroom if anyone who chooses to create and/or share something digitally. Otherwise, the children can bring their learning in on the due date. Their work will be shared and celebrated in class.
Due date: Wednesday 23rd of January

Spelling Journals
Children should bring their spelling journals home every day to practise their spelling words.

A reminder that on a Monday and Friday, the children will read from Big Universe and borrow home readers on Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday. Big Universe passwords are in your child’s diary.

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Mathletics passwords are in your child’s diary. The children should check their accounts regularly and complete any assigned tasks.

Mandarin – All children are encouraged to take a reading book home on the days when they have Mandarin lesson