4 Dec 2015

Year 6 Update WK 15

Tuesday 8th December – Year 1 & 6 Immunisation Day

Friday 11th December – PTA Christmas Disco

Wednesday 16th December – PTA Christmas Concert

Friday 18th December – last day of term, finish at 12pm


Monday 4th January – back to school for the Spring Term 2016

Thursday 21st January – KGV Taster Day…for all the children who are going to KGV next year – more info to follow.

Friday 5th February – last day of school before Chinese New Year break

Monday 15th February – back to school after Chinese New Year break

Secret Santa – Children have been asked to take part in secret Santa, no more than $70 per child. If your child will be absent on the last day of term please let us know so they can opt out.
Winter Uniforms –  Can you please help your child to check the weather before dressing for school each morning?  Some children are coming in to school dressed up for snowy weather but the temperatures are still getting up to mid twenties. Please also note that black shoes, not trainers, are required, as are white trainers only for the P.E. uniform.
Stationery – Most children are equipped with the stationery they need, however some are missing some essentials. Please make sure that your child has all of the stationery that they need and that items such as glue sticks get replenished. A small hole punch would also make things easier in class.
Camp Photos – These are still available in the Google folder which we have shared with the children in all classes, so if you’d like to see more of the footage we took please check in with your child.

Family borrowing – As you will have seen in the school newsletter it is now possible for parents, younger children and other family members to borrow from our library.  By registering for a family borrowing card you can borrow two books from any section of the library, including the new Parent Collection which contains books about healthy living, behaviour management, fun art activities and days out for children in Hong Kong.  The library is open for family borrowing at these times…

Before school After school
Monday 2.45-3.30pm
Tuesday 8.15- 9.00am
Wednesday 2.45-3.30pm
Friday 8.30-9.15am

To register for a family borrowing card please complete the form found on the school website’s communications page.  For any questions please contact Emily Jeves jevese2@beaconhill.edu.hk

Scientific investigation rotations

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With a new unit of inquiry to sink our teeth into we began science rotations. The children are moving around school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to enjoy learning about the different aspects of scientific investigations. From searching for hidden limes to measuring temperature and even building their own vessels, year 6 are really enjoying themselves and it is provoking some excellent thinking that will help with our brand new inquiry.

On the Sports’ Field

Year 6 have been representing the school in yet more sport. The mixed netball team were in action last weekend as well as the girls team. Both teams performed brilliantly, a lot of the players had never thrown a netball before this season so well done to them!

Christmas is coming

Students in year 6 are now delivering cards on a daily basis. Our students are taking the task seriously but having fun at the same time by wearing Santa hats or reindeer antlers, they are such good sports!

Golden Book Awards

6H – Mustafa Kashif – Class certificate

6H – Jodie Chan – Music Certificate

6F – Destiny Wond – Class certificate

6L- Chris Chan – Class certificate

6L – Milly Okuda – Mandarin Certificate

6L – Justin Chan – Mandarin Certificate


Year 6 Unit of Inquiry 3

Transdisciplinary Theme : How the world works

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

Lines of Inquiry  – We will inquire into…

  • what scientific inquiry is
  • how the scientific process is used
  • the application of the scientific process 

Concepts : form, function,

Learner Profile : reflective, inquirer

Attitudes : independence, curiosity

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We finished up with UOI 2 and have dived straight in to UOI 3. After finishing the summative task and reflecting the children in year 6 are tuning in to their new unit and loving every minute of it.IMG_2896                  IMG_2895

Year 6 have unscrambled the central idea, defined and researched key words and gotten involved in many experiments.

Central Idea : Fractions, decimal fractions and percentages are ways of representing whole-part relationships.

Some classes have completed some pre assessments so we can assess the knowledge and move forward in the coming weeks.

Strand Maths – Shape and space

Central Idea : Consolidating what we know of geometric concepts to allow us to make sense of and interact with our world.

Some classes have completed some pre assessments so we can assess the knowledge and move forward in the coming weeks.

NB – A lot of our maths has taken place during science rotations this week, looking at how we can collect, analyse and present data.

Explanation writing will be the focus over the coming weeks. The children have already began deconstructing texts and recapping on what the features are of writing an exciting explanation. With so many awesome science experiments going on in year 6 there will be plenty of opportunity to make some great explanation texts.

Classes are always studying word level work as well as punctuation and grammar. Students in 6H enjoyed presenting about the etymology of words that they have been researching over the last few weeks.


As always, buddy spelling tests are held every Friday so Spelling Journals are an absolute necessity for Fridays. Spelling Journals need to be back in to school everyday to enable students to work on the spelling investigations in the back of the journal throughout the week and also to add personal spelling words to as they arise during the weekdays.

Spelling : Spelling Journal homework – 3 practice spelling tests to be conducted under the supervision of an adult at home, daily spelling practice and any additional journal tasks set by the class teacher.

Reading : Weekly reflections to be completed at least once a week. Children need to ensure they are reading at home each night for at least 20 mins and to write one weekly reflection about their reading in their diaries. Parents are not required to write a comment or to sign the book. However, continued interest and involvement in your child’s reading would be appreciated and will assist in their development.

Number Maths :

  • Miss Fearn – Due to Science Rotations please continue with your Mathletics!  I have set you all new tasks…..enjoy 🙂
  • Miss Fisher – Make sure you are up to date with Mathletics
  • Mr Hoskins – Make sure you are up to date with Mathletics
  • Mrs Davis – Make sure you are up to date with Mathletics

UOI –  Please complete some of the on-line revision games
Primary School science link

If you fancy a challenge, why not try the high school revision section here
High School science link

Thought of the Week

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” Margaret Mead