25 Mar 2019

Year 3 Update Week 27

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  • Tuesday 2nd April – Wear blue for Autism Awareness Day
  • 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)

Remember to wear blue on Tuesday to show your support for Autism Awareness Day. All donations will go towards the purchase of a wheelchair accessible school bus for JCSRS.

Minimum donation $20.

A message from Ember – Year 6 exhibition group ‘Barking Buddies’


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 
PE Days
3G – Thursday and Friday
3M – Tuesday and Thursday
3W – Tuesday and Friday

This week, the children had an action packed Green Book Week! The children put lots of effort into their costumes and took part in the various activities organised by the English team and the Eco Squad. The children particularly enjoyed working with illustrator, Liz Million!

The children enjoyed their trip to LEAP and learnt how to take care of their bodies. Ask you child to tell you about their trip!

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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.

Central Idea:

Fractions are ways of representing equal parts of a whole

The children will be learning to:

  •               Fractions of shapes
  •               Fractions of amounts
  • Making and comparing simple fractions

Next week, the children will begin their new unit in Maths. The children will explore fractions of shapes and amounts.

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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 focus on creating cause and effect sentences relating to the 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 – Andrea Ma

3W – Sharon Gurung

3M – Shawn Lee

Mandarin – Shogo Nishida

PE – Hoi Fung Chan

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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