1 Apr 2019

Year 3 Update Week 28

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  • Friday 12th April (12pm) – Break for Easter 
  • Monday 29th April – First day back
  • Wednesday 1st May – Labour Day (school closed)
  • Wednesday 9th May – Trip to Coastal Fitness (more details to follow via eNotice)
  • Monday – Tuesday 13-14th May – Day following Buddha’s birthday and CPD (school closed)
  • Friday 24th May – 3G class assembly

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BHS is working with other ESF school to participate in the Serve-a-thon with HandsOn HK. The Year 3 children have been assigned to donate toothbrushes and toothpastes to contribute Kennedy School’s Family Volunteer Day. Please refer to the newsletter for more information. We are aiming to assemble 150 care packages that will be delivered out to Hong Kong’s homeless community via Kindness Walks to ImpactHK.

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


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 in Unit of Inquiry, the children continued to learn about body systems, specifically the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems and are beginning to have a better understanding of the interconnectedness between the systems. They also continued to develop their technology skills with Mr Lowe with Makey Makey and making string puppets. We have also been investigating active ways to develop our muscular endurance and flexibility in PE.

We wrapped up our measurement unit and have started inquiring into fractions. The children learnt about the relevant vocabulary and had a go at identifying fractions using pattern blocks.

English has been embedded into our Unity of Inquiry for this unit and the children have been working on tracking their thinking by asking questions when they read about body systems. They also attempted to write an explanation of a body system using features of an explanation text with the help of flowcharts.

Here are some photos of the week!

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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)

Over the next few weeks, the children will dive deeper into a body system that they are most interested in. They will gather more information on this body system and begin to think about how they can apply the technology skills they have learnt from Mr Lowe to create a model of the body system.

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 continue to explore fractions of shapes and begin to make comparisons.

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Explanation: Writers Structure Text to Convey Meaning Effectively

Next week the children will continue to structure what they have learnt about various body systems into cause and effect sentences and begin to write explanation texts.


Comprehension Strategy:  Asking questions

Next week the children will practise the skill of asking questions as they read in order to understand what they are reading or to extend their learning.

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

3G – Yuto Balenieri

3W – Cheryl Tsui

3M – Alex Wong

Mandarin – Rhys Pickering

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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 10th April 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