9 Nov 2018

Year 4 Update – Week 11

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Monday 12th November – Mandarin Parent Consultations

Monday 12th November – FINAL Pitch session for Year 4

Wednesday 14th November – Mandarin Parent Consultations

Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd November – Year 4 Camp

Wednesday 21st November – Mandarin Parent Consultations

Friday 23rd November –  Mandarin Parent Consultations

Friday 23rd November –  DEADLINE for Scholastic book orders online

Wednesday 12th December – BHS Christmas Concert

Friday 14th December – 12pm END OF TERM

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Ukelele e-Notice

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A request from Mr Gibson to please complete the e-Notice on the Gateway that he has sent you, if you have not already done so. This e-Notice relates to ukulele loans as the students will begin learning to play these instruments in Music lessons soon.

Student Council

Image result for impact hk logoOur Student Council have been inspired by a teacher’s visit to Impact HK who are a local NGO who support people who are less fortunate than us. Impact HK believes that kindness is very important so it looks to help people in poverty through finding people jobs and affordable housing, sports groups and language lessons.  The Student Council will be presenting to the school at Golden Book on Monday 12th November. They will be asking the students if you have any towels, water bottles, tinned or dry food and adult clothing that you no longer need. If you do, there will be a collection box in the foyer. We thank you in advance for your support.

Our latest Scholastic Book Club is still running! Go to http://world-schools.scholastic.co.uk/beacon-hill-1 to browse the latest books and order online. For every $1 you spend in BHS’ Book Club, our school will earn 20c in Scholastic Rewards.

Please place your order online by November 23rd, 2018.

Many thanks,

BHS English team

If you would like to know a bit more about the strategies that we use in school then please click on the links below…

Column method (the traditional one!)

Compensation strategy

Image result for relative clause posterWe continued to learn about complex sentences this week. We used relative conjunctions (where, who, whose, whom, that, which) to add relative clauses to expand our sentences. 4F even had a go at writing funny “relative clause” secret stories, where we added a complex sentence, folded the paper and passed it on to the next person… There were some very silly results!


We all thoroughly enjoyed watching a fabulous Diwali assembly on Wednesday, with a highlight being the appearance of a very special dance troupe that many of us recognised! (Well done to all the BHS staff for rehearsing and performing such a great routine)

Ms. Chainrai, one of our much-loved, regular supply teachers, came into school and helped some classes create beautiful rangoli patterns on the playground.

We also loved seeing everyone in their bright, colourful outfits – what a lovely day!

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Central Idea

 Interdependence of living things can affect their survival.

Lines of Inquiry

An inquiry into…

  • Different types of livings things (Form)
  • What living things need to survive (Connection)
  • Human responsibility to the survival of living things (Responsibility)

Next week, the children will continue their research that is being driven by the questions they have created. they will continue to familiarise themselves with Google Sites and begin to think more carefully about the design and layout that will work best for their information. We look forward to seeing the finished websites about the wide range of animals that the students have chosen.

Central Idea:
The operations of addition and subtraction are related to each other and used to process information to solve problems.

An inquiry into:

  1. The different ways to model/show addition and subtraction
  2. Mental strategies that can be used to solve addition and subtraction
  3. Written strategies that can be used to solve addition and subtraction

Next week, the students will continue to apply the addition strategies that they have been revising to a range of problem-solving and open-ended challenges. They will also review their knowledge of subtraction strategies and begin applying these to mathematical challenges.

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Writing focus: Writing to inform
We will continue to really thoroughly investigate the contents of sentences. Next week, we will continue looking at clauses and compound sentences. The students will also begin to plan their information reports about the animal they have chosen.
Comprehension Strategies
Determining Importance
We continue our work on our reading comprehension strategy of determining importance by undertaking research into an animal of our choice and making decisions about which information is IMPORTANT and which information is just INTERESTING.

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As the whole school photo was being taken, there was no Golden Book assembly this week.
The students have 8 spellings each week that they will need to practise at home. They will have 3 spelling tests each week to make sure they know how to spell their words correctly on a consistent basis.
Students should read everyday and talk to an adult about the text they have selected. This can be a chance for them to practise their comprehension strategies
  • Mon, Weds, Fri – borrow a BHS home reading book
  • Tues, Thurs – read a book online from Big Universe

All children should aim to spend 30 minutes per week completing their assigned Mathletics tasks and/or practising their times tables.


All children are encouraged to take a reading book home on the days when they have Mandarin lessons.