16 Nov 2018

Year 4 Update – Week 12

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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

Tuesday 27th November – Mandarin Parent Consultations

Thursday 6th December – Y1- 6 PTA Disco

Friday 7th December – BHS Well-Being Day (details to follow soon)

Wednesday 12th December – BHS Christmas Concert

Friday 14th December – 12pm END OF TERM

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

Our 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



The students have investigated clauses and compound sentences. They have used this knowledge to help them write sentences for their Google Site. The students can’t wait to share their finished Google Sites with you.



The students enjoyed their 4 week pitch rotations where they got to partake in several different athletic activities. Some of the activities included: hurdles, sprint starts and relay techniques, standing long jump, throwing skills and javelin.

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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 students will be finalising their Google Sites and publishing them ready to share the information they have gathered with their class. The students have been working hard to get their research completed, checked and typed up on their Google Sites. They have thoroughly enjoyed creating their own Google Sites and have learnt and shared all the new things they have found out.

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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

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

Next week, the students will continue their work on addition and subtraction strategies and how they can apply these strategies to different types of problems.

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Writing focus: Writing to inform
Over the next two weeks, the students will be writing their own unaided information report. They will be taking notes by using the comprehension strategy determining importance. From their notes they will write an information report on an animal.
Comprehension Strategies
Determining Importance
We continue our work on our reading comprehension strategy of determining importance by undertaking research into a new animal and making decisions about which information is IMPORTANT and which information is just INTERESTING.

Well done to all our Golden Book winners this week!
4A – Hugo Cheung
4F – Veda Yeung
4W – Anna Netz
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.