14 Oct 2019

Year 4 Update Week 9

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Monday 21st October – Diwali celebration @BHS….please wear your bright casual clothes (see below)

Tuesday 22nd October – PTA Bake Sale….please bring $10 per cake and a reusable container to buy some baked goodies to support our PTA

Friday 25th October – BHS staff training….school closed

Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th October – School photos

Wednesday 30th October – DEADLINE for Y4 Camp payment, medical forms and snacks

Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th November – Year 4 Camp

Monday 4th November – Mandarin Parent/Teacher Consultations…. please sign up soon via The Gateway

Wednesday 6th November – Mandarin Parent/Teacher Consultations…. please sign up soon via The Gateway

Tuesday 12th November – PTA Bake Sale….please bring in $10 per cake and a reusable container to buy some baked goodies to support our PTA

Wednesday 13th November – Mandarin Parent/Teacher Consultations…. please sign up soon via The Gateway

Wednesday 20th November – Mandarin Parent/Teacher Consultations…. please sign up soon via The Gateway

Friday 22nd November – Mandarin Parent/Teacher Consultations…. please sign up soon via The Gateway

Friday 22nd November – reports go live to parents on The Beacon

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Year 4 Camp – Thank you to everyone who attended our Parent Information evening on Wednesday evening. If you were unable to attend please look at the Camp presentation email that Mr Thompson sent and email your child’s teacher if you have any queries.
N.B. DEADLINE for completing medical forms, eNotice, cheque payment and snacks – Wednesday 30th October.
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Pitch Days – Year 4 will have pitch on Tuesdays for the following 4 Tuesdays. If you could please make sure that your child wears their P.E. kit on Tuesdays.
Tuesday 15th October – completed (see below)
Tuesday 22nd October
Tuesday 12th November
Tuesday 16th November
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PTA – Our PTA is looking for new parent members!  If you are interested please contact Ms. Haymen Mak one of our teacher representatives on haymen.mak@bhs.edu.hk
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Learning Centre – We still have children forgetting their library books and book bags, please help your child to remember their things on the correct day.
4A – Tuesday
4F – Thursday
4J – Fridays
4J’s Learning Centre day will change to Friday while Pitch is going on. 
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P.E. days
4A – Monday 
4F – Monday 
4J – Wednesday 
Maths Madness Club
Miss Fearn will be running a Maths Madness Club each Monday at lunchtime for any children who would like to join.  It’s purely voluntary and is aimed at children who are feeling a little overwhelmed at the thought of completing all their Mathletics tasks.  We will work on Mathletics and I will give them some Prodigy time and maybe even end with a Maths Madness Kahoot!  If you would like your child to join please just send me an email at……..

Animal Sculpture Gallery

This week, the Year 4 students were very proud to see their fantastic animal sculptures on display in the school foyer. People were incredibly impressed with the finished clay sculptures and we all felt very impressed because of the amount of collaboration the children demonstrated as they worked in their groups of five to produce this awesome work. Please enjoy these photographs of the finished work…

4A – tiger, hamster, sea turtle, lion, spider, dolphin

4F – emperor penguin, koala, octopus, amur leopard, porcupine, cheetah

4J – Arctic fox, piranha, komodo dragon, polar bear, python, jaguar

P.E. (Pitch)

We had our first Year 4 trip to the sports pitch at Kowloon Tsai this week and we were fortunate to have beautiful weather! The students really enjoyed being in this environment and made the most of having so much more space to participate in 4 different activities during our session.


This week we have been continuing to use our reading skills to answer the questions we have about the habitats we have chosen to inquire into. The students have had opportunities to work alongside their class teachers, Mr Thompson and Ms Jeves to learn about different researching techniques. We have continued to focus on turning our notes into sentences with a strong emphasis on making great word choices.


This week we have continued with our work on addition and subtraction with a focus on traditional column methods. The children have worked hard and we have been impressed with their understanding of these tricky strategies.

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This week we continued with reading and sharing about different world habitats. We have carried on thinking about how humans impact on the habitats of other living things.

In the Cloud, the students continue to work with Mr Lowe, in groups of three, on their chosen habitat-in-a-box (diorama). The work is coming on really nicely and must incorporate a moving part that demonstrates how humans are impacting on this particular habitat.

The students have chosen an animal that would be found living in their chosen habitat and in the Art room, with Miss Cassie, they began creating this animal from air-drying clay. The children had collected pictures of the animal prior to this session in order to make their small-scale sculpture as realistic as possible. The animals that the children create will eventually live inside the dioramas they are making with Mr Lowe.

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Transdipinary Theme: Sharing the Planet

Central Idea: People’s behaviour impacts on the habitats of other living things.

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)

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The students will be continuing with their habitat research, painting their clay animals, creating their habitats-in-boxes and deciding how best to share their research findings.

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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.

Lines of Inquiry:

An inquiry into…

  • the different ways to model/show addition and subtraction
  • mental strategies that can be used to solve addition and subtraction
  • written strategies that can be used to solve addition and subtraction

Here are some questions we will be exploring throughout this UOI, maybe some of them you could discuss at home whilst you are monitoring your child with their Mathletics or Podigiy Home Learning.

  1. What are the different ways I can model addition and subtraction?
  2. How can trading games help practice addition and subtraction?
  3. What are the different ways to add and subtract on paper?
  4. Where do I use addition and subtraction in my world?
  5. What are the ways I can add and subtract in my head?
  6. Why do I have to add and subtract in my head?
  7. How do I know when I should use a mental or written strategy?
  8. How does place value help me add and subtract?
  9. What is an equivalent number sentence?
  10. How can I use different numbers to get the same answers?
  11. What is regrouping/trading?
  12. How can I demonstrate regrouping?
  13. How does regrouping and renaming help me add and subtract?
  14. How does estimation help me check my answers?
  15. How can rounding help me know if my answers are reasonable?
  16. How can symbols be used to represent numbers in equivalent number sentences?

Next week, we will be giving the students opportunities to apply their learning about adding and subtracting larger numbers through open-ended tasks and problem-solving.

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Writing – we will be continuing our work with Ms Jeves and how we can use interesting language whilst writing non-fiction texts.  The students will also be deciding on the best ways to share their research into the habitat and animals they have chosen.

Infographics are one way the children may choose to do this…

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Reading – we are focussing on the comprehension strategy of Determining Importance for our current UOI. Readers read with a purpose and look for what is important. We have been practising different ways of note-taking and looking for the important words in a text. 

Throughout the year we will focus on all of the comprehension strategies to help with our understanding, fluency, and comprehension.

Monday 14th October

4A – Ava Leung, Aidan McLoughlin, Jake Wong & Megan Wong

4F – Anaya Balani

4J – Nathan Ng

Mandarin – Aidan Kwan 4A


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Maths – please continue to work on the Mathletics tasks that your teacher has set for you. Your child has also ben enrolled in an online Maths programme called Prodigy game that we are also able to monitor, you can also create a parent account

Practicing and reviewing quick recall of your number facts is important!  There is a great online program called Hit the Button which can help you to do this.

Prodigy – all 3 classes can continue their Prodigy maths gaming at home too!

Reading – please continue reading nightly together and signing your child’s diary.  A comment every week would be a nice touch too.  There are also questions in the front of the reading diaries that you could ask your child to help them with their comprehension. Don’t forget the importance of reading TO your child also. 

Spelling –  please continue to learn your personal words at home ready for our buddy test on Friday.

Mandarin – 

We are finding that at school sometimes children are awfully tired and are finding it difficult to learn, here’s a handy chart to help you decide on suitable bedtimes for your child…

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