25 Feb 2019

Year 3 Update Week 23

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  • Thursday 7th March (6pm, hall) – Marie Marchand Parenting Talk: Building Resilience 
  • Friday 8th March – Student-Led Conference (more details to follow)
  • Monday 25th March – LEAP visit
  • Friday 29th March (evening) – International Food Fair
  • Friday 5th April – Ching Ming Festival (school closed)
  • Friday 12th April (12pm) – Break for Easter 

Student Led Conferences- Friday 8th March

Bookings for the upcoming Student Led Conferences will close on Monday 4th March.  Please go to the Gateway bhs.tg.esf.edu.hk to book your appointment if you haven’t already done so. Details were sent out in our newsletter on the 15th February.  Please note that your child only needs to come to school with you for the hour’s appointment as all the teachers will be involved in running the conferences.   If you have any questions please contact Ms Jeves jevese2@beaconhill.edu.hk.

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 completed their exploration of procedural texts and had a go at writing up their own. Year 3 continued with their inquiry into forces  and challenged themselves to use key words from Scientific inquiry when talking about the scientific process of fair-testing, changing variables and making hypotheses. The children also continued to collect key scientific terms for their lab coats and vocabulary booklets.

The year 3 children also had the opportunity to meet all four principal candidates on Friday and clearly impressed with their behaviour and well thought out questions.

The children also had great fun when building and flying their own drones. They learnt all about Newton’s 3rd law. Ask them.

Congratulations to Happiness house for their overall victory on sports and big well done to all the competing students who tried their hardest and showed the true BHS spirit.

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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)

Next week, the children will continue with their investigations related to force and motion and discuss Newton’s laws of motion. They will also continue to build on their scientific vocabulary and record the definitions on their science coats or vocabulary booklets. They will also be conducting a number of experiments to consolidate their physics knowledge.

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Next week is Maths Week at BHS. During the week there will be treasure hunts and lunch time activities happening which all students are invited to take part in during break and lunch times. In addition to this, students can enter our Figure Me Out competition. All those wishing to take part in the competition can come and collect a template from outside 401 or alternatively they can design their own template. I have included an image of what this might look like below. Entries should be returned to school no later than Monday 11th March.

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Data can be collected, organised, displayed and analysed in different ways

The children will be learning to:

    • Collecting information
    • Representing information
    • Analysing and interpreting information

Next week, the children will continue with data handing and the ways in which data can be represented. The children will experience collecting data and filling in a table and representing the findings of the numerous experiments that they have designed and conducted in class as part of their unit of inquiry. 

Unit 4 – Writing to instruct
Structure of procedure text

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Next week, the children will complete writing their procedures and then they will revisit narrative writing with a focus on sentence structure.


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 -Seraphina Chow

3W -Eunice Wong

3M -Nathan Lee

Mandarin – Melvin Leong 3W

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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 of March 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