25 Feb 2019

Year 4 Update – Week 23

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Tuesday 26th March – Year 2 Bake sale

Friday 1st March – BHS Principal Presentations (6pm-8pm)

Tuesday 5th March – Year 4 Bake sale

Friday 8th March – Student-Led Conferences 

Friday 29th March – BHS P.T.A. International Food Fair (please see below for important information)

Thursday 4th April – ESF Primary Choral Concert

Friday 5th April – Public Holiday School Closed

Friday 12th April End of Term 2 (12:00pm)

Student Led Conferences- Friday 8th March
Bookings for the upcoming Student Led Conferences will close on Monday 4th March.  Please go to the Gateway bhs.tg.esf.edu.hk to book your appointment if you haven’t already done so. Details were sent out in our newsletter on the 15th February.  Please note that your child only needs to come to school with you for the hour’s appointment as all the teachers will be involved in running the conferences.   If you have any questions please contact Ms Jeves jevese2@beaconhill.edu.hk.

Next week is Maths Week at BHS. During the week there will be treasure hunts and lunch time activities happening which all students are invited to take part in during break and lunch times. In addition to this, students can enter our Figure Me Out competition. All those wishing to take part in the competition can come and collect a template from outside 401 or alternatively they can design their own template. I have included an image of what this might look like below. Entries should be returned to school no later than Monday 11th March.


Action in the PYP at BHS

It has been great celebrating the talents and achievements of our students through the ’Student Achievement’ section in the newsletter.  We would like to do something similar with Student Action. 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, andy.thompson@bhs.edu.hk and I will share through our newsletter.  

There are different types of Action.  We would like to start with a focus on Participation.  See below for a definition and examples

Type of Action Examples

Being actively involved in their learning and contributing as an individual or a group

Getting involved with community projects

Making appropriate choices and taking responsibility to help people

Taking on different roles e.g. being a leader, completing my chores, working in a group, looking after my pet

Taking part in any decision making process

Joining a new club


We have started our new mathematics unit about fractions this week. The students have completed their pre assessment and have begun to look at fractions of a shape. They are now beginning to move into equivalent fractions.

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Steven Yu 4A
Marcus Chan 4A
Felix Lee

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Central Idea:

People and purposes affect the design and construction of objects and systems.

Lines of Inquiry:

An inquiry into…

  • The skills and knowledge needed to realise designs (CAUSATION)
  • Designers use and reflect on their plans in order to be successful (REFLECTION)
  • The factors that influence the design and construction of objects and systems. (CONNECTION)

Related imageNext week in U.O.I the children will be using the design process to help them design their games for the food fair. In groups that they have chosen they will begin to go through the first few steps of process.

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Central Idea:

Fractions and decimals are ways of representing whole part relationships

Lines of Inquiry:

An inquiry into…

          1. Constructing and representing equal parts of a whole
          1. Identifying, ordering and describing fractions using mathematical language
        1. Understanding the relationship  between fractions and decimals

Next week in Mathematics, the children will complete the pre-assessment for our new unit on fractions. They will be focusing on being able to read, write, compare and order fractions. 

Please continue to help your children to practise their multiplication tables at home. Click the image below to access some online games that might support this….

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Writing Focus: Writing to entertain
We are still in the process of writing sentences using adverbial phrases, verbs and adjectives.We will be learning to describe a narrative opening in the style of Margaret Wild.

Comprehension Strategies: Making Connections

Next week, the children will continue to look at making connections and how readers make links between the text and what they already know. There are three kinds of connections children can make when they read; text to self connection, text to text connection and text to world connection.

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4A – Stephanie Lowe

4F – Nadine Schneider

4W – Takumi Stemp

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.

  • Ms Lynn – Please complete home learning assigned in Mandarin Matrix.