The overall aims of the English language learning and teaching are:
– to provide every student with further opportunities for extending their knowledge and experience of the cultures of other people as well as opportunities for personal and intellectual development in the English medium; and
– to enable every student to prepare for the changing socio-economic demands resulting from advances in information technology; these demands include the interpretation, use and production of materials for pleasure and study in the English medium.
It is our aim to offer every student the opportunity to attain the maximum degree of bilingual competence of which he/ she is capable, with account being taken of the various constrains inherent in the situation. We believe all students coming to our school can be a diligent, cooperative, active and happy learner through effective learning and teaching.
We especially focus on the following four generic skills.
– Critical thinking skills
– Problem-solving skills
ICAS Assessments is an annual online competition that is designed for recognizing and rewarding academic excellence for high potential students. Students are assessed on their ability to apply classroom learning to new contexts using higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. To ensure an engaging and beneficial experience for all students, new ICAS assessments are developed annually for each subject in every year level.
Over the past 40 years, more than 20 countries and regions (including Hong Kong and Macau) and 9 million students have participated in ICAS to understand the strengths and weaknesses in their subjects. Nearly 400 schools in Hong Kong and Macau actively participate in ICAS Assessments.
In June, 11 students from our school performed very well in the ICAS (English Subject). Our students’ hard work has paid off. Congratulations!
6D WANG JASON ALEXANDER
5C YEUNG SHEUNG YIN YALE 5C WONG MAN CHUN 5C TONG WING HEI RACHEL
5C LAO HOI CHING 5C LEE YIK HUNG 5C TAI TAK SUM
6C KWOK CHI KIT 6C WONG MEI KA MIKA CHAU YUK HANG
On Wednesday mornings, students and teachers hold an English assembly. With book sharings, facts, news, stories, riddles and quizzes, the assemblies are interactive and all students are often invited to participate with singing or answering questions. It’s a great opportunity for students to practice their English speaking and listening skills outside of the classroom.
English Games (Recess Game Stalls and English Corner)
When circumstances allow, we frequently organize game booths for students to play during recess. These games vary each time and aim to test student’s English in different ways. From simple word-matching games to riddles and tongue twisters, there’s always something new and exciting to try. With prizes given to all who join in, the game booths are always a big hit!
Campus TV (English Channel)
Students produce impressive English-based videos each year, covering topics from engineering challenges to audience etiquette.
These videos showcase creativity and knowledge while providing an opportunity for students to improve their language skills. Attention to detail, clear communication, and multimedia elements enhance the quality of the videos, making them both informative and entertaining.
Book Character Day
Book Character Day is a fun and educational event that encourages students to engage with their favorite literary characters. On this day, students are invited to dress up as characters from their favorite books and participate in a range of activities that celebrate reading and storytelling.
Book Character Day is a great way to promote literacy and encourage children to explore different genres and stories. By dressing up as their favorite characters, children can develop their creativity and imagination while also connecting with the characters on a deeper level.
During Book Character Day, students may participate in activities such as book readings, character parades, and trivia contests. These activities provide an opportunity for students to share their love of reading with others and learn more about the characters that they admire.
Book Character Day is a fantastic way to foster a love of reading and inspire children to explore new worlds and ideas through literature. It’s a fun and engaging event that can have a positive impact on children’s academic and personal growth.
P.6 Interview Workshop
This year’s secondary school interview training took place online due to Covid-19. Small groups of P.6 students did a brief online interview with Mr. John. They learned how to bring out the best in themselves and speak with more confidence. They were then given guidance on how to improve individually. Finally, they got to practice in a more authentic setting, with a more formal one-on-one interview bringing everything they had learned together. Our students made the most of the opportunity and were well prepared for their actual secondary interviews.
Our Day at Disneyland
In June, P.5 and P.6 students with exceptional English grades were invited to join a trip to Disneyland as a reward for their hard work. They used English to learn about the different elements of synergy. They learned interactively, participating in group activities, playing games and watching shows and performances. After, they had lunch and then went to play on the most exciting rides they could find and do some souvenir shopping!
Despite the cancellation of this year’s choral speaking competition, the Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival Solo Speaking event proceeded as planned, with approximately 50 of our students from all age levels participating. They selected and memorized their chosen poem, and the dev n worked diligently to bring it to life through expressive tone, pitch, and intonation.
Although the Speech Festival’s choral speaking competition, they performed a poem about a teddy bear in unison, using pitch, tempo, tone, voice projection, and small actions to convey the poem’s meaning and make it an enjoyable experience for the audience. The show was a tremendous success, and we look forward to achieving additional top-three finishes when the official choral speaking competition resumes.
Congratulations to our student, 2A Leung Cheuk Yan Brittany, on receiving the third place award in the Speech Festival.
Fifteen students from P.3-P.6 participated in the International Drama Competition, working hard to learn their lines, intonation, and actions for their performance of “The Elves and the Shoemaker.” The story centers around a poor shoemaker who discovers that elves secretly make shoes for him and his son, but they start to take the elves for granted until the elves ultimately leave. However, the shoemaker’s family reconciles with the elves, making the elves return and leading to a happy ending. The students’ dedication paid off as they earned the “Award for Outstanding Performer,” which few Hong Kong schools achieved this year.
In addition to their performance at the drama competition, the drama team also presented another full production this year. The students who earned the “Award for Outstanding Performer” include Chan Alfie, Leung Yat Long, You Tsz Wing, Lao Hoi Ching, and Yuen Sze Kiu.
The Hop Yat STREAM event was a great success! Students explored how science, technology, engineering, art, and math intersect with food science through a variety of activities. The sink or float experiment allowed students to apply their understanding of buoyancy and density to real-world food examples. Making ice cream using a STREAM approach helped students understand the chemistry of food and encouraged problem-solving skills. Building a density tower using different food items encouraged critical thinking and knowledge of density and buoyancy. Overall, the event was a fun and interactive way for students to engage with STREAM concepts and food science, inspiring a love for learning and future STREAM-related careers.
The Native English Teacher (NET)
Hello every one! My name’s Mr. John and I’ve been Hop Yat Church School’s Native English teacher since 2015. I’m originally from England, but I’ve lived and taught in Hong Kong for around 10 years, and I love it here!
When I’m not teaching I spend my time reading books, playing with my dog or riding my bike on Tai Mo Shan, but the one thing I like doing most is talking to my students! I’m a very talkative and friendly person; so whether you want help with English work or you just want to talk or play a game during break time, feel free to find me. I’m always happy to meet students, especially those I don’t get to teach every week.
I look forward to seeing you all in the near future, and hope to build some more great memories with you and the Hop Yat family!
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Hello everyone, and welcome to this year’s English newsletter! With life getting back to normal after Covid-19, we’ve made the most of the extra freedom. With many activities making a return to our schedule, there are lots to report! Read on to find out more about our busy year full of English activities and events.
A Day at Disneyland
Each year, a large group of students from P.5 and P.6, who have performed well in their English subject, are rewarded with a trip to Disneyland. This year saw a new schedule for students. They spent the morning free to enjoy the park, with the more adventurous souls seeking out the scariest things they could to ride and others doing a bit of souvenir shopping. After a quick lunch, it was time to put their English skills to the test with a STEM workshop before heading back to the school bus after a long day. Disneyland is always a great day for all, but one of our students earns!
P.5 Stem Workshop
P.5 students had a blast this March, participating in a STEM workshop for the entire afternoon. Students used their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to tackle a variety of hands-on challenges. They designed marshmallow catapults, navigated the Gravity Maze, competed in making balloon rockets and worked together to protect an egg in the Egg Drop Lander Challenge. Students loved all the exercises designed to inspire them to explore the world of STEM further. We look forward to future workshops being just as successful!
Book Character Day
Our English day for this year was a book character day. Students were encouraged to come to school dressed as their favourite book characters, and we had a huge turnout of different costumes! The whole school got to take part in countless creative activities based on the Toy Story and Monsters Inc. stories. From laughing at Mr. John dressed as Woody, to making crafts such as monster staff cards and slinky dogs, students and teachers alike loved this day!
On the Daily
Off to Space Town
All classes in P.1-P.3 follow the Space Town program with Mr John. Space Town teaches the English fundamentals of phonics, listening, speaking, reading and writing, but in a fun and interactive way. Students engage in the content of each unit in a variety of ways, from writing postcards to baking cakes and making biscuits. They sing, dance, craft and cook their way to better English. Once students get to P.3, they even learn how to code stories on iPads. Needless to say, our students love Space Town and have a great time each lesson.
BYOD (Bring your own device)
P.4-P.6 students bring their own iPads to school to further aid their learning. During these interactive eLearning lessons, students get to do a variety of English activities that promote better English skills in a fun and exciting manner. Students can read, write, draw, animate, record and even present with their iPads. Our students have been quick to embrace new technology into their learning habits. From Kahoot quizzes to presentations on Oxford iSolution, there’s a wide range of apps to aid our student’s learning, all while still having fun!
Throughout the Year
This year’s drama team consisted of 15 students from P.3-P.6. All those involved worked hard to prepare a performance for the Hong Kong Drama Festival. This year they performed The Shoe Maker and the Elves. The story told the tale of a poor shoemaker and his children, who discovered elves were helping them to make their shoes at night. The family got lazy and let the elves do all the work, so the elves left, teaching the family a tough life-lesson. Our students put in months of hard work, learning lines, practising parts and learning how to visually express themselves. In the end, it was all worth it as they gave a fantastic performance with five of the students each winning an “Award for Outstanding Performer.”
Campus TV and Epic!
Each school year, a combination of students and teachers work together to create a small number of short videos for our English Campus TV. This year, the videos sought to highlight some of the exciting books available for all our students to read on Epic! platform. Epic! is an online reading platform, and has countless books for kids to choose from based on their own interests. From fiction to facts, Epic! has something for everyone, and given our students’ reactions to the videos, we believe it will be a popular and beneficial app for all who give it a chance.
We were happy to have our STREAM Day (Science, Reading, Technology, Engineering, Art and Music) back on campus this year, with all P.3 students being able to take part in person and with their classmates. Students did a variety of activities and experiments, from reading stories to making their own ice cream and density towers. With many hands-on activities, students loved getting involved and embraced the change in learning. With so much done in a single day, STREAM Day was a huge success!
During the first term, P.6 students did some extensive training with Mr John to prepare themselves for their upcoming interviews with prospective secondary schools. Initially, small groups practised basic interview techniques while learning how to promote themselves as the hard-working students we know them to be. After getting the basics down, and building up some confidence, it was time to put their skills to the test. After all the training, students were given a much more realistic experience during one-on-one interviews, with feedback given to each one. It was a lot of work, but all students put in the effort and made big improvements before going off to their real interviews. We wish them the best of luck!
Many of our students joined this year’s Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival Solo Speaking competition. This year, the competition continued in its video-submission format. Our students worked hard to learn their poems and used tone, tempo and expressions to read and record their poems while bringing them to life. Despite the change in format, the competition remained popular and many students joined. 2A’s Brittany Leung even managed to get third place in her respective category!
All Together Now
While the Speech Festivals Choral Speaking competition remained cancelled this year, we didn’t let that stop our choral speaking team! A big group of P.2 and P.3 students mastered Incy Wincy, a poem about a spider taking over a school. Students put in hours and hours of hard work to learn lines, actions and expressions, which all had to be performed in unison. Despite not having a competition to join, they still got to perform live twice on stage for parents and students. They gave two fantastic performances, and we hope to be back competing for wins next year!
P.1-P.3 e-Learning in Space Town: Space Town Go
Space Town Go is the successor to the Reading Town APP, and is easily accessible on any device with an internet connection. It’s a great reading companion to the Space Town program with over 200 story and letter books and games for students to play and practice their phonics learning with. Everything on Space Town Go reinforces the language and phonics sounds our students learn in the Space Town program. Here’s what you can expect from Space Town Go:
Units matching with Space Town
Small reader books and letter books
Each book can be listened to, read or recorded
Students can play games to practice their blending, high frequency word and content word knowledge
Scan the QR code or use the link to try Space Town Go for yourself!
Epic! Reading App
Do you want thousands of books, readers and videos at your fingertips? Then Epic is the app for you! Epic is an online collection of kid’s books, audiobooks, videos and literary quizzes for young children. It’s a fantastic tool for promoting reading and has something for all levels, whether it’s a phonics book for a beginner reader or a complex storybook for an advanced reader. With the app available on phones, tablets and as a web page, you can take your books with you anywhere you go!
Easy and intuitive interface
Thousands of books for all levels and personalized collections of your favourite books
Audiobooks, videos and custom quizzes for a more rounded learning experience
Get Epic now:
URL for Web Browser Student Log In (getepic.com)
URL for Apple Devices: Epic – Kids’ Books & Reading on the App Store (apple.com)
URL for Android Devices: google store