Learning Update


This Friday is field day. It is from 12:55 to 2:45, on the sports field. Parents are welcome to come and watch.


This week, readers will develop their understanding of text structures. So far, they have learned about ‘boxes and bullets’ and ‘comparing and contrasting’. They will now learn about the ’cause and effect’ and ‘problem and solution’ text structures. The attached PDF gives an overview of these different text structures. If you wish to support with this work at home, you could ask your child what structures their home reading books use.

AnchorCharts PDF


We are a little behind with our maths work due to practising for our assembly during the maths time last week. That means we are on the same lessons as last week. Today, we completed lesson 1 from topic A of module 6, found here: EngageNY Maths, Topic A, Module 6, Lesson 1

Tomorrow, we will work on lesson 2 and so on throughout the week.

For an overview of this unit, please read this PDF: Maths Newsletter PDF

Social Studies

This week, students will study how to make a disaster plan that would be enacted due to a natural disaster. After learning the key elements of a disaster plan (meeting locations both inside and outside the community, lists of necessary resources, etc.), students will make their own disaster plan. They will get to choose whether the plan will be for use at school or at home and they will also choose the type of disaster that it should be used for (perhaps one plan could be used for different types of disasters?) If you wish to support this work at home, the following video will give you more information about what should be included on the disaster plan: Prepare a Family Emergency Plan | Disasters

Learning Update


3C class assembly this Friday, in the SPAH, from 8.15am onwards.

After the assembly, there is our field trip to Sihai Park. Students should be wearing an SIS t-shirt and be bringing a packed lunch. Please re-read the trip letter for more information.


This week, readers will develop their fluency and the use of their “teacher’s voice”, which is what they will use when reading to each other. If you wish to support with this at home, please ask your child about the attached PDF, which shows how they can use their voice for different effects.

Narrators of Non-Fiction PDF


For an overview of this unit, please read this PDF: Maths Newsletter PDF

This week, students will complete lessons 1 and 2 from topic A of module 6, found here: EngageNY Maths, Topic A, Module 6, Lesson 1

Social Studies

This week, students will be following ‘Line of Inquiry 2’, which is ‘How do (natural events, earthquake, volcanic eruption) affect the environment?’ Students will study different types of natural disasters, why they occur and the affects that they have. After this, they will compare and contrast different natural disasters. On Friday, students will visit Sihai Park for a field trip, in preparation for studying ‘Line of Enquiry 3’, which is related to communities. In Sihai Park, they will observe their local community, how people interact with each other and how their community functions.

April 2018 Calendar

Any questions about the specialist subjects or activities should be sent to:

PE: pbarwicki@sis.org.cn (Mr. Barwicki)

Art: khobbs@sis.org.cn (Ms. Hobbs)

Music: ksheppard@sis.org.cn (Ms. Sheppard)

Chinese: dking@sis.org.cn (Ms. King)

If you have any general school questions, please ask them to the school secretary: szheng@sis.org.cn (Ms. Zheng) and any questions about 3C can be sent to me: amusker@sis.org.cn (Mr. Musker).

Thank you.

Learning Update


The February calendar has been uploaded to the relevant tab.


This week, readers will be continuing with reading fairy tales, focusing on the  traits of characters. They will learn that characters have internal traits and external features/characteristics. Readers will learn to use these traits by applying them to the heroes and villains in their own fairy tales. If you are supporting your child with this work at home, then this anchor chart contains the type of vocabulary that we will be using:


This week, writers will plan and draft their own fractured fairy tales. Students will revise as they draft. We will focus on the usage of dialogue, descriptive language (verbs and adjectives), and language structures in compound and complex sentences.


In this next topic with fractions, students practice comparing unit fractions with fraction strips, specifying the whole and labeling fractions in relation to the number of equal parts in that whole.

Unit of Inquiry

This week, scientists will transition from thinking about how life cycles are diverse to learning that living things share traits with their parents.  We will launch a mini inquiry into traits shared with our parents as we continue to learn about how organisms adopt to their environment.

Learning Update

Readers are beginning a new unit, studying fairy tales. This week, readers will immerse themselves in fairy tale reading, noticing features of fairy tales, and gain a better understanding of how fairy tale characters tend to be different from characters of other genres. Here is a document that may help you with fairy tale character reading at home: Narrative Readers Meet Characters PDF


Writers will use their knowledge and understanding about fairy tales to write adapted versions. This week, they will explore many fairy tales and inquire into the specific writing elements of fairy tales. We encourage you to share with your child your knowledge about fairy tales from your own culture.


Maths module 5 starts with students actively partitioning different models of wholes into equal parts (e.g., concrete models, fraction strips, and drawn pictorial area models on paper).  They identify and count equal parts as 1 half, 1 fourth, 1 third, 1 sixth, and 1 eighth in unit form before an introduction to the unit fraction 1/b. This link: https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-3-mathematics-module-5-topic-lesson-1 will take you to the first lesson of this week. Please click the links to lessons 2-4 for the other lessons we’ll be studying this week.


As scientists, we will begin our new unit of inquiry, “Organisms adapt to their environment to sustain life.”  To start the unit off, we will have a provocation and explore our different lines of inquiry. Students will also deepen their understanding of key vocabulary for the unit. Then we will dive into life cycles and inquire how life cycles are diverse.