4 Mar 2019

Year 4 Update – Week 24

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Tuesday 19th – Friday 22nd March – C.I.S. Evaluation visit to B.H.S.

Friday 22nd March – Deadline for entries for the 5 ways to wellbeing logo competition (see below)

Monday 25th – Friday 29th March – BHS Green Book Week (see below)

Friday 29th March – BHS P.T.A. International Food Fair 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedules to support your child learning. It was great to see such a full turn-out and we hope you enjoyed this experience with your child.

Please return portfolios to school next week.

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Five ways to Well-being Logo Competition

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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!

BHS Green Book Week

This exciting annual event will be here soon so start thinking of your book character costume ideas! This year we are combining our love of reading with our love for protecting the environment so expect lots of fun activities with a joint reading and environmental theme! More details will follow soon.

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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 continued our work with fractions this week and the children have undertaken some problem-solving activities based on the ideas we learned from our work with Peter Sullivan last year. The children have tackled open-ended challenges such as the best ways to share 6 fruit roll-ups fairly between 8 children. There have been lots of different possible solutions shared and this has also prepared us nicely for our upcoming work on equivalent fractions.

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This week, our sessions with Mr. Lowe have continued and all of the groups are making great progress with their games for the International Food Fair on 29th March. Most groups have now finished the base of their game and are focused on adding the details. We are continuing to refer to the Design Thinking process and most groups are prototyping (prototype) and generating new ideas (ideate) at the moment.

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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)

Over the coming week, the students will be putting the finishing touches to the first version of their games before beginning the process of testing and adapting it, before final decorations are added.

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Central Idea:

Fractions and decimals are ways of representing whole part relationships

Lines of Inquiry:

An inquiry into…

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

Over the coming week, the students will be spending time completing challenges to further their understanding of equivalent 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
Over the coming week, the students will be doing further work on their narrative text to accompany “The Clocktower” and beginning to think about how authors develop character.

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 connections, text to text connections and text to world connections.

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4A – Nicole Koo

4F – Trevor Tsang

4W – Cactus Chan

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.