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Welcome to

Year 3 2019-20

Transition Booklet

Our Core Values zz zz zz zz zz zz

We respect the needs and rights of each member of our community. We show care, kindness and compassion to others. We are supportive of each other. We embrace diversity and celebrate individuality. We are responsible and honest in our actions. We value personal identity and a global mindset.

Our Mission We provide an outstanding holistic international education to students in an inclusive and nurturing learning environment. We seek to inspire and empower students to succeed in fulfilling their individual potential as global citizens in a rapidly changing world.

Our Aims zz zz zz

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To promote a culture of excellence in teaching and learning. To provide a broad and balanced curriculum that reflects the international nature of the DBIS student community. To encourage internationalism, providing students with the skills, dispositions, and knowledge to participate in an increasingly inter-connected world. To ensure a supportive, happy and secure environment for learning. To develop leadership skills and a sense of service to others through a range of extra-curricular opportunities locally and internationally. To encourage the physical and emotional wellbeing of each individual. To use innovative pedagogy and technology to enrich learning. To work in partnership with parents, alumni and the local and wider community in the ongoing development of the school. To foster a learning community where every student, teacher, staff member, parent and DBIS alumni has an ongoing passion for learning. - The DBIS Community.

Stepping Up To Year 3 Welcome to Year 3 In Year 3, the children will follow our bespoke DBIS Primary curriculum which is based on the National Curriculum of England, and enhanced by our unique international context. The children will experience quality learning opportunities throughout the year, including an overnight camp, trip to the science museum and trip to the theatre. A highlight of the year will be our Year 3 production at the beginning of Term 2. Reading, Writing and Mathematics are key subjects that the children will continue to learn. Through a conceptual learning approach, the children will develop skills, knowledge and understanding in Science, Geography, History, Art and Design Technology during our Discovery Units. Additionally, the children will receive specialist lessons for Mandarin, Learning Technology, Music and PE. The children will also continue to build their skills during the many opportunities provided for learning outside the classroom including forest school taster sessions. Throughout the year, students will be involved in a variety of activities designed to explore their creativity, resilience and perseverance, and challenge them in new and dynamic ways such as the Creative Arts mornings, Discovery Weeks and Internationalism. Students will be encouraged to work on their self management and organisational skills and become more independent learners.

Year 3 children - we can’t wait to meet you. Please make sure you come to school with a growth mindset and a kind heart. Look out for new faces in the year group and make them feel at home. We are a team and we need to look after each other. We hope you have had a wonderful summer holiday and we look forward to starting the new school year with you in August.

Kind regards

Mrs Harris, Mr Haines, Mrs White and Mrs Ko The Year Three Teaching Team

Year 3 Teachers

Courtney Harris

Year Group Leader and Year 3 Teacher, Y3CH

Jonny Haines

Year 3 Teacher, Y3JH

Elle White

Year 3 Teacher, Y3EW

Charlie Ko

Year 3 Teacher, Y3CK

Anita Menon

Year 3 Educational Assistant

Poonam Malhotra

Year 3 Educational Assistant

Learning in Year 3 MATHEMATICS IN YEAR 3 During Year 3, the focus of mathematics is on the mastery of the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) so that children can carry out calculations mentally, and using written methods. In Year 3 your child is likely to be introduced to the standard written column methods of addition and subtraction.

Number and Place Value zz

Count in multiples of 50 and 100


Recall and use the multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables


Recognise the place value of digits in three-digit numbers (using 100, 10s and 1s)


Read and write numbers up to 1,000


Compare and order numbers up to 1,000

Calculations zz

Add and subtract numbers mentally, including adding either 100s, 10s or 1s to a 3-digit number


Use the formal column method for addition and subtraction for two and three digit numbers


Estimate the answers to calculations, and use inverse calculations to check the answers


Learn the 3, 4 and 8 times tables and the related division facts, e.g. knowing that 56 รท 8 = 7


Solve 1 step word problems involving multiplication and division

Fractions zz

Count in tenths, and understand a tenth as part of a whole divided into 10 equal parts


Recognise and show equivalent fractions with small denominators


Add and subtract simple fractions worth less than one, for example 5/7 + 1/7 = 6/7


Compare and order a sequence of simple fractions into size order

Measurements zz

Solve simple problems involving adding and subtracting measurements including simple problems of scale


Measure the perimeter of simple shapes


Add and subtract amounts of money, including giving change


Tell the time to the nearest minute using an analogue clock

Shape and Position zz

Draw familiar 2D shapes and make simple 3D shape models


Recognise right angles, and know that these are a quarter turn, with four making a whole turn


Identify whether an angle is greater than, less than or equal to a right angle


Identify horizontal and vertical lines, and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines

Graphs and Data zz

Present data in charts and graphs

ENGLISH IN YEAR 3 In Year 3, children will build on their work from Year 2 to become more independent in both their reading and their writing. Most children will be confident at decoding most words – or will have extra support to help them to do so – and so now they will be able to use their reading to support their learning about other subjects.

Speaking and Listening The Spoken Language objectives are set out for the whole of primary school, and teachers will cover many of them every year as

children’s spoken language skills develop. In Year 3, some focuses may include: zz

Make and respond to contributions in a variety of group s ituations e.g. whol e cl ass di scus s i ons, performa nces, presentations and debates


Development of understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring new ideas


Speaking audibly and fluently with a good command of Standard English


Listen attentively and discuss a range of fiction, poetry, plays and non-fiction texts confidently

Reading skills zz

Extend skills of decoding to tackle more complex words (RWI Red Words), including with unusual spelling patterns and choose the most appropriate pronunciation


Select and read a wide range of books and texts for a range of purposes


Recognise some different forms of poetry


Use dictionaries to find the meanings of words


Become familiar with a range of traditional and fairy tales from around the world, including telling some orally


Use intonation, tone and volume when reading aloud


Take account of punctuation when reading aloud


Identify words which have been chosen to interest the reader


As k q uest ions abou t what they ha v e rea d to de epe n understanding


Draw simple inferences about events in a story, such as how a character might be feeling


Prepare for research by identifying prior knowledge and key questions


Retrieve and record information from non-fiction texts


Justify responses to a text using evidence (point and evidence)

Writing skills zz

Write with joined handwriting, making appropriate join choices


Spell words that include prefixes and suffixes, such as anticlockwise


Spell some commonly misspelt words correctly, as well as most of the words from the Standard 3 list


Use a dictionary to check spellings


Use possessive apostrophes correctly in regular plurals, such as children’s


Use interesting and ambitious vocabulary for description


Discuss given texts in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar (Talk for Writing)


Use paragraphs to organise and extend ideas logically in sequenced sentences


Use description and extra detail to develop characters and settings in story-writing


Adapt the form and style of writing for different purposes, e.g. clear difference between formal and informal voice


In non-fiction writing, use features such as sub-headings and bullet points


Review their own work to make improvements, including editing for spelling errors and read others’ writing and suggest possible improvements


Develop a sense of pace in writing to make it lively and exciting


Extend sentences using a wider range of conjunctions, including subordinating conjunctions


Use the present perfect verb tense


Use nouns and pronouns with care to avoid repetition


Use conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to add detail about time or cause


Clearly link and relate events including past, present and future


Use generalising words for style e.g. sometimes, always, generally, could happen


Use inverted commas to punctuate direct speech


Use correct grammatical structures in sentences where nouns and verbs agree


Understand and know how to use words like adverb, preposition, conjunction, word family, prefix, clause, subordinate clause, direct speech, consonant, vowel and inverted commas (speech marks) when talking about writing

Read Write Inc (RWI) RWI is the synthetic phonics programme that all children follow to support their learning of reading and writing. Some children will continue with RWI as they move into Year 3, until they complete the programme.

Discovery Learning In Year 3 Discovery is a bespoke enquiry based curriculum that DBIS has developed to meet the learning needs of our students. It is concept based, which means the learning is not locked in time or place, instead it is transferable. Discovery frames the facts and skills of subject areas - Science, History, Geography, Art and Design Technology. Through identified subject concepts and conceptual understandings, students have opportunities to develop deeper conceptual thinking and understanding. The Discovery units are underpinned by Learning Technologies and Internationalism and will provide a contextual learning experience for the development of English skills.

The Enquiry Learning Skills These underpin learning and skills development in Discovery and transfer to all areas of learning. These are laid out progressively in learning ladders for each standard within the primary school. They provide a focus for the students within Discovery learning engagements and at DBIS our students will aspire to show these skills within other areas of the curriculum.

Research Students can formulate questions and locate and use a wide range of sources and techniques to investigate problems, interests and issues. Students can think critically about the information they gather and they are careful to acknowledge our sources.

Thinking Students can think logically, creatively and reflectively. They think about how we use our thinking and have different strategies for making our thinking visible to others. They remain open minded and know that their thinking changes as they learn.

Collaboration Students can work with each other on shared goals, questions and challenges. They know how to be a constructive part of a team, to use different roles for different tasks and to actively listen to and respect other people’s views. They understand how their behaviour affects others.

Communication Students can communicate ideas confidently in different ways and for different purposes. They listen thoughtfully to what others communicate to them. They can adapt their communication style to different contexts.

Self Management Students can learn independently and can make wise decisions about their learning. They know themselves as learners and can set and work towards personal goals. They know they can continually improve as learners.

Year 3 Unit of Enquiry

Conceptual Lens Concepts (Micro) (Macro)

Learning to Learn


Growth Mindset, Process, Learning, Beliefs, Values, Relationships, Technology, Systems, Balance, Responsibility.

Significant People How did they change the world?


Significance, Society, Beliefs, Values, Time, Choices, Actions, Creativity, Experimentation, Process.

Can we save the world?

Sustainability/ Change

Resources, Environment, Consequences, Communities, Classification, Living Things, Attributes, Survival, Adaptation, Environment, Conservation, Evidence, Repetition, Shape, Pattern, Colour.

The Show - Light & Sound


Production, Components, Experimentation, Light, Sound, Mood, Effect, Reflection, Audience.

How active is our planet?

Change/Cause & Effect

Landforms, Change, Forces of Nature, Processes, Communities, Technological Innovation, Impact, Change, Materials, Shape, Pattern, Tone, Colour.

Learning for Life Learning for Life is the title of our personal, social and health education programme (PSHE). This programme combines learning about the personal goals that include enquiry, respect, communication, thoughtfulness, adaptability, morality, cooperation

and resilience. Learning for Life is a planned programme of learning through which students acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, students develop the qualities and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of their global society.

Personal Goals The personal qualities and dispositions that are incorporated into the Learning For Life programme help our students develop their character through their learning. Students’ efforts towards achieving these goals are reflected in all aspects of school life.

Adaptability Students try new things and explore different strategies that will help their thinking, learning and understanding. Students are able to change their behaviours and ideas to suit different situations within their learning. Being able to accept change and welcome new ideas is always encouraged.

Thoughtfulness Students make themselves aware of the needs and feelings of others and take action to help them. They are encouraged to show concern and compassion to help comfort someone and so make a difference. A simple act of kindness can inspire others to act in a similar way.

Cooperation Students work alongside other people, understanding that everyone has a role to play within the group, as well as respecting each other’s views and ideas.

Morality Students think about choices, making decisions and doing the right thing. They know the difference between right and wrong and show this through their actions.

Resilience Students keep on trying even when they find something difficult. Being faced with a challenge is a good thing and shows they are

encountering new learning. Using a Growth Mindset can help students to keep on going even when they want to give up.

Respect Students care for and respect the needs of other people, living things and the environment. Students act in a way that shows they care about the feelings and well being of others.

Home Learning In Year 3, we want our students to continue to develop their passion for reading. For home learning, students will be asked to read for 15 minutes every day. We encourage parents to read regularly with children in English, or their home language if different. In addition, homework will focus on learning to write and spell high frequency words from the Standard 3 word list, Discovery and Maths, and should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.

Specialist Teaching Year 3 students have Mandarin four times a week and Physical Education twice each week. They also have one Learning Technology lesson and one Music lesson each week. In addition, Learning Technology specialist teachers work with class teachers to develop opportunities in the children’s classrooms.

Snack & lunch time Morning break is from 10:00 - 10:20 am where the children will play outside before returning to the classroom to enjoy their snack with their friends and their teacher and watch the daily DBTV Show. DBTV is our student led news and entertainment channel, which is broadcast for 10 minutes across the school. Helpful Hints zz

Pack a snack separately from lunch and make sure your child knows which is which.


Drinks should be in a spill-proof, child friendly container. No cans please.


Snacks should not be too large as time is limited and students want to play.

Lunch time starts at 12.15pm and lasts for 45 minutes. Students have a supervised 15 minute lunch break at 12:15pm to eat in the classroom or the school cafeteria before they go out to play. There is an option for students to purchase a hot or cold lunch from the Boardwalk Cafeteria. Parents can choose from a daily menu through a pre-payment system. Helpful Hints zz

Hot lunches or lunches which are delivered must be brought on time by 12:00 pm.


If delivering lunches to school, please take them to the cafeteria, not to the children’s classrooms. Please note: the use of mobile phones is not permitted around the school grounds.


An ice pack or insulated lunch box can help keep lunches cool.


We encourage all students to be environmentally friendly and bring a lunch with as little packaging as possible.

School Hours Your child should be at school by 8:15am to organise their school bags into their lockers, have a few minutes to greet their friends or play and be ready to walk confidently into the class when the bell rings at 8:25am. Classrooms will be open from 8:20am should your children wish to settle in with a book or quiet activity before the morning bell. Remember, we are encouraging independence so please allow your child to pack and carry their own bags. In Year 3, students participate in learning activities as soon as the school day begins so it is therefore imperative that they are punctual. If children arrive at school after 8:30am, please ensure that they come to the Primary Office to be registered before joining their class. Please remember that punctuality encourages a positive attitude and really helps our students.

Uniform Details about the correct school uniform requirements are set out on the school website. Please remember to label everything including shoes, socks and water bottles and show your child where the label is. Shoulder length or longer hair should be tied up. Uniform items can be purchased from the school uniform shop which is open during term times on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:15am-11:00am.

School Sunhat and Water A sun hat is compulsory in the playground. No hat - No play. Drinking water is essential, so students should bring a reusable plastic water bottle from home which they can fill from the chilled water fountains in the playground. Please note metal water bottles are not to be brought to school.

Physical Education Uniform Correct uniform must be worn for physical education sessions. Students should come to school wearing their PE kit on the days that they have PE lessons.

Necessary Equipment The School provides students with pencils, crayons, books and stationery. Parents are asked to provide: zz

A named school bag which fits inside their locker


A reading book folder (Large Plastic Zipped Wallet)


A library book folder (Large Plastic Zipped Wallet)

Students should be encouraged to be responsible for their own belongings and to pack their own school bag. They must bring their reading folders to school every day as well as their student diary. School bags should be collected from lockers at home time by the students (not by parents or helpers). Please ensure all personal items are clearly labelled.

Communication Clear communication between home and school is essential. Our communication system utilises the functionality of 3 platforms to communicate with our parent community. They are as follows:

The Parent Hub The Parent Hub is our main platform for communication between school and home. All communication to parents regarding upcoming events and information will be found on the Parent Hub. Any calendared event will have a parent bulletin 2 weeks prior to the event taking place. All bulletins are sent to parents in a consolidated email each Sunday so parents can organise the forthcoming 2 weeks. The Parent Hub also contains the current DBIS school calendar which contains term dates as well as the dates of all upcoming school events.

iSAMS Parent Portal and App Parents can access all student specific information via the iSAMS Parent Portal and App. This platform is used to communicate confidential information about your children such as School Reports and attendance data. The App can be downloaded free from the App Store and Google Play Store. The school code is DBIS and you will need your personal iSAMS username and password to log on.

CHQ Activities and Trips Platform All information about your child’s Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs), fixtures, camps and trips can be found via the CHQ platform. You will need personal iSAMS username and password to log on. Once you are logged on you will be able to see all of the activities your child is involved with.

Contacting Teachers If you wish to communicate with the teacher, please do so by writing in the student diary. Alternatively, you may put a letter in the reading folder or hand it to a staff member in your child’s class. You may also email the school office at and the email will be forwarded to the teacher directly. Please note - the Year 3 Transition Booklet should be read together with the Parent Handbook which can be found via the Parent Hub.

Parent Teacher Conferences We have an open door policy at DBIS. Therefore, parents are encouraged to make appointments with the teachers to discuss any concerns as they arise. In addition to the ongoing contact with class teachers that we encourage, we have a number of formalised times for parents and teachers to discuss progress and set targets. There are three reporting points throughout the year in November, April and June. Reports will be released to parents through the Parent Portal. Parent Teacher Conferences occur three times a year. In addition two open mornings and a Celebration of Learning are held for the students to share their progress with parents. These opportunities enable students to develop their communication skills by articulating their learning journey throughout the year.

Wet Playtimes Light rain: students go outside but stay under cover. Extreme conditions: students are required to stay inside with staff supervision.

Toys Toys must not be brought to school - unless requested specifically for a topic by the class teacher. The teacher will then keep the toy safe in the classroom. Please note that fidget toys are toys and therefore not to be brought into school.

Library Promoting a love of reading is a mindset we are dedicated to promoting at DBIS and our library plays an essential role in this. Students will visit the library weekly with their teacher to take out books and develop their library skills. The library is open from 8.15am until 3.45pm daily. Students can visit the library with parents before or after school.

Assemblies A Primary School celebration assembly is held once a week for all primary students and their teachers on Friday afternoons. Students will also take part in monthly Learning for Life assemblies.

Clubs and Activities A range of extra curricular clubs (ECAs) are available to all children at DBIS. You can sign up for the ECAs via the CHQ Activities Manager. From time to time extra curricular clubs and activities need to be cancelled. The most common cause of this is inclement weather. In the event of a cancellation a bulletin will be posted on the Parent Hub.

Adverse Weather Warnings As you will be aware, Hong Kong is subject to extreme weather conditions from time to time. The Education Bureau of the Hong Kong Government stipulate that when certain rain warnings and typhoon signals are in place we are to follow their directives: zz

Typhoon Signal number 1: DBIS Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary Schools will operate as normal.


Typhoon Signal number 3 or above: DBIS Kindergarten will be closed. DBIS Primary and Secondary Schools will operate as normal.


Typhoon Signal number 8 or Above: DBIS Primary and Secondary Schools will be closed.


Amber Rainstorm Warning: DBIS Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary Schools will operate as normal.


Red or Black Rainstorm Warning: If a Red or Black Rainstorm Warning is issued before the start of the day, DBIS Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary Schools will be closed for children. In the event of a Red or Black Rainstorm Warning being issued during the day, the school will continue until the end of normal hours and children will be retained until conditions are safe for them to return home.

End of School Day Students will be dismissed by their teachers at the classroom door. The school day ends for Primary students at 3:10pm. All students in Year 1 to 3 are to be collected by an adult.

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