Year 6 Update Week 3

 

 

upcomingdates

 

                                                          September 2- House Captains Announced at Assembly

9th September – CPD Day – School Closed

13th September – Diversity House Day & Mid Autumn Festival

18th September – Camp Information Evening

23rd-27th September – ISA Assessment Week

26th September – Parent Consultation Evening

30th September – CPD Day – Students not to attend school

1st October – National Day Bank Holiday – No School

2nd October – Swimming Commences, continues every Wednesday in October.

4th October – Half Term Holiday – 3pm Finish

14th October – Term Starts again

18th October – Parent Teacher Bowling Evening

25th October – CPD Day – Students not to attend school

28th – 30th October – School Photos

4th – 8th November – Camp

29th November – Wellbeing Day

6th December – Y4-6 Disco

13th December – Term Ends – 12pm Finish

 

 
Celebrating the Mid Autumn festival at BHS

This year, the Mandarin department is working collaboratively with Mr Lowe and the PTA to provide our students with new and exciting opportunities for language acquisition as well as developing understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture.

The students in Year Six kicked off the celebrations with lantern-making this Thursday during double Mandarin sessions. Students were given choices to work with paper, wood or paint brush. Many of them thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to carrying on with their work next week.

One of the activities planned for the following two weeks will be making and tasting delicious mooncakes. Students with food allergies will be instructed NOT to participate in the tasting activity to avoid any potential health issues unless parental permission is given in writing in the home school diary.

The ingredients of the mooncakes are listed below for your information.

Flour, syrup, olive oil, salt, baking soda, red bean paste, green bean paste, lotus seed paste

Thank you for your support!

The Mandarin department

Equipment and stationery

Most children have made a great start to the year and have brought the correct equipment. However, some students have not and it is essential that they bring all of the items listed on the letter that they received at the end of Year 5. If your child has lost the letter, they need to ask their class teacher for another copy.

If you have not already done so, please purchase a cheap pair of in-ear earphones for your children to keep in school at all times. We use the Chromebooks to enhance many areas of the curriculum, in order to get the most out of the programs we use, earphones as a must. They are available from Japanese Home Centre (JHC) for 50HKD.

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We know the first few weeks back at school are tiring, so please make sure you are all getting enough sleep. If your child is not getting at least 10 hours of sleep a night then they will not be able to reach their potential the next day. Please get plenty of rest.
 
Other Important Dates:
 
PE Days
6D – Monday & Friday
6C – Thursday & Friday
6P – Wednesday & Friday
 
Learning Centre Days
6C- Friday
6D- Friday
6P- Thursday
 
We were lucky to have Mrs Cook join us for a drama session this week. She led the class and did some activities and games that allowed her to get to know the names and faces of year 6! We also got to learn a bit more about her. Thanks Mrs. Cook!
 
 
House Captain speeches were shared and voted on in homerooms to kick off the week! The finalists from each house colour presented to their Year 5 and 6 houses respectively. School Administrators and teachers alike were impressed by how the Year 6s presented themselves to their peers and teachers. In addition, the student audience were keen listeners and questioned the candidates before they voted. Public speaking is never easy so this week was fantastic practice for all students in the process. House Captain winners will be announced on Monday at Golden Book Assembly. Best of luck to all contenders! Here are all the 6P students posing in their house colour groups before they presented in class earlier in the week (which is why some might look a little nervous!) 
 
 
 
 
      Unit of Inquiry

As a year group we are inquiring into the How the World Works through the Central Idea ‘Scientific investigations can help people to make sense of the world.’ We started the week with applied science workshops that were held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, with students rotating through each Year 6 class, each with unique experiments. Students were able to demonstrate Maths skills by utilising measurement tools in the process of scientific inquiry. Students used a variety of skills such as: learning how to conduct the experiment in groups, recording data, changing variables, sharing ideas about what a fair experiment is and sharing all of their conclusions from their findings. 6P students enjoyed their first workshop, which was creating and testing catapults, measuring distance they could shoot the teachers’ lunch boxes (there are loads of them in the staffroom), recording results related to mass and distance as well as making changes to the experiment (change a variable) to test new ideas.

 

In addition to science workshops, students visited the Hong Kong Science Museum to explore the science topics that interest them for their own upcoming independent inquiry to end the unit. Students watched demonstrations and exploring the interactive and educational displays in a broad range of topics. Massive thank you to all parent volunteers for your assistance – you helped make the outing a success! We look forward to building these relationships throughout the year as having parents in as guest speakers and volunteers adds value to what we teach.

               
 
 
 
 

Central Idea

Scientific investigations can help people to make sense of the world.

Lines of Inquiry

  1. What scientific inquiry is (Form)
  2. How the scientific process is used (Function) 
  3. How scientific investigations have impacted the world around us  (Connection)

 

During this unit, the aim will be to develop the children’s understanding of the scientific process, changing variables and the effect of science around the world. 

Number Maths

Place Value

Central Idea: We use the same rules for the computation of decimal fractions as for whole numbers

By the end of Year 6 children should be able to: 

Apply place value to partition and rename numbers to thousandths 

Recognise, and order integers (including negative integers) 

Recognise, model and order decimal fractions to thousandths or beyond. 

Round decimal fractions to the nearest tenth or whole number

 

Central Idea: Writers use carefully crafted language to educate and inspire

This unit will involve us using inspiring and educational language to inform people about the effects of scientific investigation around the world. 

 

 
Number Maths 

Please continue with Mathletics /Prodigy at home.

Reading

Students should have brought home their reading journals this week and they should be reading on a daily basis, on Fridays we update our Reading Diaries with a quality recount entry. Please can we ask parents to sign next to the comment. Students should be reading every day.

Spelling

Each week I would like students to do the following:

  • Choose at least 2 of spelling activities from their grid and have a grown-up initial next to the activity completed. 
  • Write their spelling words out 3 times in columns. Look, cover, write and check.
  • Complete 2 spelling tests at home
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*If you have any questions, please email your child’s teacher: Mr. Douglas, Mrs. Craig or Mrs. Palmer for further clarification. Have a great week!