1 Feb 2019

Year 3 Update Week 20

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

  • Monday 11th February – First Day Back

  • Thursday 21st February – Year 3 Sports Day

 As part of our new Unit of Inquiry, we would like the children to bring in an old white shirt, preferably adult size. The children will use the shirts as a ‘lab coat’ as part of their forces unit. Please note, the children will be using the old shirts to write new vocabulary on.

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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

The children were fortunate enough to be visited by world acclaimed children’s authour Sarah Brennan. She brought entertainment and enthusiasm to her presentation which helped to foster a love of reading in the children.

In Unit of Inquiry this week, the children started their new unit of inquiry in which they started the study of  the scientific process and forces. They attended a mini science fair during which they studied a variety experiments that related to our new unit of inquiry.!

In Maths the children continued their investigation into division.

Check out some photos from the week!

A visit from the world acclaimed children’s authour Sarah Brennan.

Our mini science fair.

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Central idea:

Scientists learn about forces and motion through the scientific process


The children will be inquiring into: 

How forces affect the motion of objects (connection)

Types of forces (form)

The scientific process (function)

After Chinese New Year the children will continue to investigate a variety of experiments in order to start thinking about the scientific process. They will begin their study into forces  and how these forces affect their everyday lives.

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Multiplication and Division are related and are used to solve problems

The children will be learning to:

    • The roles of symbols and the language of multiplication  and division
    • Mental and written strategies for multiplication and division
    • The relationship between multiplication and division

After Chinese New Year the children will continue their investigation into division and use open- ended learning engagements to expand their thinking. The will be extending the vocabulary that is related to division and be looking at real world problems to give them perspective in relation to division.

Unit 4 – Writing to instruct
Structure of procedure text

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After Chinese New Year the children will be continuing their investigation into writing to instruct. The children will deconstruct different text in order to explore the features of a procedure and begin to write their own instructions.


Comprehension Strategy:  Visualising

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Next week the children will continue to learn to visualise to aid comprehension when they are reading.

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

3G – Martin Wong

3W – Anaya Balani

3M – Tate Hung

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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 13th February 2019

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