18 Mar 2019

Year 3 Update Week 27

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  • Tuesday 26th March – Book character dress up day
  • Wednesday 27th 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 
  • Monday 29th April – First day back
  • Wednesday 1st May – Labour Day (school closed)

International Food Fair Poster Competition 

Create a poster using the computer, crayons or felt tips, advertising our International Food Fair.

There will be a prize for the winning poster and it will be printed and displayed in ESF schools and other venues!

Please write your name and class on the back of the poster and hand it to Mrs Mulligan  (Rm 301) by  20th March 2018.

Your Poster MUST include the following information:

Beacon Hill School PTA International Food Fair

Address: 23, Ede Road, Kowloon Tong

Date: Friday 29th  March 2018

Time: 5 – 8pm

Free Entry

Live Entertainment

Children’s games with prizes

Nail and  transfer Tattoo Bar

Bouncy Castle

The Grand Raffle Draw’

Enjoy food from around the world!

This year we will be trying to be more eco friendly and minimise waste

Bowls and cutlery hire – $10 deposit 

Starting on the 25th March the children at BHS will be able to share their love of reading and caring for the planet even more during our Green Book Week. Here are some of the ways your child can be involved:
Dress up Day
On Tuesday 26th March the children and staff will dress up as book characters for the day.  There can be a green, environmental link to the costume, it can be made of recycled materials or it can simply be your child’s favourite book character.  Prizes will be given in each class for the most creative costumes.  
Get Caught Reading in Nature Competition
The children can enter this competition by sending a photo of themselves reading in the great outdoors.  There will be prizes for creative and fun ideas.  All entries are to be sent to Ms Jeves at emily.jeves@bhs.edu.hk All entries need to be emailed by 1st April.  Please include the child’s name and class in the email subject header. 
Art competition
Mr Hoskins and the Eco Squad have launched an exciting competition that all children can get involved in to draw or paint native Hong Kong wildlife.  All entries are due in 29th March.  The top two entries will be displayed in the school’s butterfly garden. 
More details about other events are available in this week’s newsletter. 

Message from BHS student Council

Five ways to wellbeing logo competition

This week we have launched our Student Council logo competition for the 5 Ways to Well Being.  You are challenged to design a logo for one of the 5 ways. Click here to see our google slides that have all the information.  Please have all your designs given to Mr. Thompson by Friday 22nd March.  Have fun!

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Starting next week, Year 3 Mandarin lesson will switch back from Thursdays to Fridays.

Our annual Book Week and Green Week will take place the week of 25th March. Book character dress-up day will take place on Tuesday 26th March.

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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.

Action in the PYP at BHS

Thank you for all the great examples of Action that you are taking.  Action in the PYP is when students are inspired through their learning and their experiences to make a difference to their lives or the community connected to real life issues and opportunities.  We would like to celebrate our students taking action outside of school

Please could you email examples to me, tsuik4@beaconhill.edu.hk,  and I will share through our newsletter.  

There are different types of Action.  Last time I gave a description of how ‘participation’ is a form of action, below is an description of how advocacy is a form of action.

Type of Action Examples

Promoting an idea that you feel passionately about e.g. social, environmental or political

Making people aware of an issue you feel passionately about


Sharing ideas with friends, classmates or family

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.




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 ( Please Note: That 3W Learning centre day will change to Friday March 29th due to the LEAP trip)
PE Days
3G – Thursday and Friday
3M – Tuesday and Thursday
3W – Tuesday and Friday

This week, the children jumped into their new unit of inquiry, showing great enthusiasm and maturity as we began to learn about body systems. They started by looking at various systems (solar, transport etc) and explored the concept of what constitutes a system. They then applied this to the systems of the body as they began to explore, primarily, the digestive system.

In English, they began to work out how to determine importance of nonfiction texts, be active readers and take effective notes as they read. We also began to look at the composition of explanation texts and how these differ from procedural texts, in both the way that they are constructed and the vocabulary used.

In Maths, the children completed their investigation into length, having a go at using both standard and  non-standard units of measurement. They then began their investigation into mass and the interconnection of both mass and length as it relates to the metric scale.

The children also began their work with our ICT specialist, Mr Lowe, and began to write code that could control of simple machines (LED boards, lights, fans). They clearly enjoyed this and impressed us all with their ICT abilities. 

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Central Idea:

The Interaction Between Body Systems Help us Keep Healthy and Survive


The children will be inquiring into: 

How body systems work (function)

Interdependence and independence between body systems (connection)

The impact of lifestyle choices on the body systems (responsibility)

Next week, the children will continue their investigations into body systems as they learn more about the different body systems (respiratory, cardiovascular, muscle-skeletal etc). As mentioned last week this unit will have a maker focus, so Mr Lowe will be spending more time with the children, developing the skills and knowledge needed for making and representing a body system of their choice.

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Central Idea:

Estimation Allows us to Measure with Different Levels of Accuracy

The children will be learning to:

    • Identify standard unit used to measure length/ mass/ capacity
    • How we measure objects with accuracy
    • How we solve problems involving measurement

Next week, the children will continue to learn about mass, how to measure using standard units and the conversion between these units. They will also be completing a variety of open-ended tasks to reinforce these ideas.

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Explanation: Writers Structure Text to Convey Meaning Effectively

Next week the children will continue to investigate a variety of explanation texts in order to identify key features of this text type. They will also be using information reports and explanation texts to inquire into various body systems.


Comprehension Strategy:  Determining Importance

Next week the children will continue to learn to identify key pieces of information in texts and thinking about questions that comes to mind.

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

3G – Serene Fung

3W – Yi Kai Tan

3M – Nga King Wan & Hai Fung Chan

Mandarin – Sean Sham

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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 27th 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