2 Sep 2019

Year 6 Update Week 4





9th September – CPD Day – School Closed

Friday 13th September – DIVERSITY House Day.  All children in Diversity House can come to school in their own casual clothes wearing something GREEN. No donation money is needed.

Friday 13th September – Mid Autumn Festival. Maximum $30 please.

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


Student Council Five Ways to Well Being Competion

If you are interested in designing the BHS logos for our 5 Ways to Well Being please hand in your designs by Friday 13th to Mr. Thompson


Diversity House Day

Friday 13th September is Diversity House Day! There will be a special assembly and a lunchtime activity for those in Diversity House. No money is required and children in that house may dress in green clothes. Other children are to wear school uniform. 

We are seeking volunteers for the PTA this year! We value parental involvement very highly here at BHS and are always on the lookout for people to help at our events. If you think you could spare some time – no matter how little! – then please contact Miss Mak at haymen.mak@bhs.edu.hk 
Thank you!
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

This week our BHS House Captains were announced! Thank you to all of those who stepped up to give speeches. There were some excellent candidates this year and the votes were extremely close!

Diversity House – Enoch and Louis

Confidence House – Chloe W and Anson

Inclusivity House – Savina and Aadit

Happiness House – Alice May and Aaron

Unit of Inquiry

This week we have been developing our questions into research aims and hypotheses! We looked online for demonstrations we thought looked interesting and we used SOLO Taxonomy to fine-tune our questions into juicy questions. We then looked at our juicy questions and thought about what specific experiments could be made. It was tricky to single out an independent variable and a dependent variable but we persevered and now we are ready to start tinkering with our exhibits! As a special treat, we had a real-life scientist, Dr. Peng Wang, come in to speak with us about his job, how he uses the scientific process and show us a new waterproof coating that he and his team have been working on. It was great to see the real-life applications of our studies. Many thanks to Dr. Wang, our first parent helper of the year! If you are interested in helping out this year, please do get in touch. 



This week we have been diving into open-ended questions that relate to decimal numbers. We looked at a range of problems and discussed what similar skills we needed to employ in order to come up with answers. It was challenging to think of our maths as a more open and creative subject, where many different strategies could be employed to further explore the deep questions. Here’s an example of one we looked at.



Continuing with our work on writers voice, we had a turn at controlling our own writer voices. We chose a subject that we enjoy – such as gymnastics or dinosaurs – and wrote two letters. In one, we had to convince Mrs Cook to add our special subject to the curriculum. In the other, we had to convince a Year 1 class to join a lunchtime club related to our theme. We studied the different kinds of arguments you need to make for different kind of audiences as well as the different tone and language you would use. It was lots of fun. 


Our Golden Book winners this week are

6D – Christine Chiu 

6C – Chloe Leung 

6P – Alexander Lam


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.


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.


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
*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!