Year 3 Newsletter, Term 1 Week 6

Welcome to our first Year 3 Dhanara newsletter for 2019. We hope you find the new format informative and interesting. If you have any suggestions please speak to your child’s homeroom teacher. The Year 3 teachers will continue to deliver fortnightly updates through Dhanara on even weeks. After you finish reading this update, please spend a bit of time looking through Dhanara, it has a world of information about AISHK.

Week 5 and 6 Curriculum Overview

English

We have been looking more closely at what is the ‘meaning’ implied in The Lorax and the values Dr Seuss highlights through the characters within the story. We have linked those values to the School ‘Values Star’. In future weeks we will also be discussing how some language devices are used to enhance meaning and shape the reader’s reaction, including the pictures and the colours used and rhythm in poetry. Ask your child about the difference between the values displayed by The Lorax and The Once-ler.

After reading a wide variety of Dr Seuss books we have started to learn about various forms of poetry. During the remainder of the term, students will be learning about couplets, cinquains, limericks, haikus, sense poems and many more. Students have even started writing some poetry of their own. Ask your child if they can remember some of the poetry they have written.

Mathematics

Students have started an investigation with Mass that involves them finding 12 objects that weigh as close to 1kg as possible. For this investigation, the students use various scales to compare the weight of objects. They will then need to add, subtract and multiply grams. Ask your child what objects they have they been weighing. Now might be a great opportunity for you and your child to weigh and measure various objects in your house. Maybe even use these skills to bake something and bring it in to share with the class. 😊

History

This week the students have been learning about the difference between a celebration and a commemoration. We have been brainstorming the meanings and finding examples of each. This research ties in nicely with our library lessons where students have had to research a Hong Kong event such as The Spring Lantern Festival, The Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinese New Year, Buddha’s Birthday and others. Ask your child which event they researched and what have they learnt about it.

Over the next few weeks, students will be consolidating the research skills they’ve learnt and applying it to an individual project where they will be investigating the origins and significance of some international celebrations or commemorations.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Week 6 and 7 –Parent Teacher Interviews
  • Week 9 –25th – 29th March, School Photos
  • Week 10 –Monday 1st April, Primary Athletics Day
  • Week 10 – Thursday 4th April,  Last Day of Term, 12:00pm dismissal, (mufti-day)

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need information or with any concerns.

3F     Aaron Flugge                    aaron_flugge@aishk.edu.hk

3H     Jennifer Harbottle             jennifer_harbottle@aishk.edu.hk

3B     Andrew Bennett                andrew_bennett@aishk.edu.hk

3M     Abbie Mullan                    abbie_mullan@aishk.edu.hk