Introduction to Grade 3

Our Mission

Beijing World Youth Academy strives to provide members of our community excellent learning opportunities that incorporate critical investigation, exposure to different cultural perspectives and assessment against objective criteria.

Our mission is to develop principled, open-minded thinkers who are capable of integrating with diverse international communities and who are empowered to shape their environs for the improvement of quality of life for themselves and others.

Our Values

We are committed to excellence and united by our values:


We respect and empathise with the rights, opinions, culture and feelings of others.


We believe that honesty, integrity and reliability in ourselves and others forms the cornerstone of our community.


We value harmony and oneness while recognising the individuality of each person in our community.


We recognise that the development of the student is the shared responsibility between the student, the family and the school.

Principal's Welcome
Aaron Wise

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of our families to the 2020-2021 school year at BWYA. As we start the new school year I would like to invite all families to continue to work with us to make the primary school a fantastic place for all our students to learn and grow. 

A famous person once said “the only real mistake we make is the one from which we learn nothing”. This year the students at BWYA, and in fact all of us whether we like to admit it or not, are all going to make a lot of mistakes. Some of the mistakes the students will make will simply stay mistakes, while the students will learn from others and become better people because of the mistakes they made. 

As parents and educators, one thing we must realise is that how a child responds to a mistake depends on us. How we respond to our children’s mistakes, will teach them, in turn, how they should respond to their mistakes. If we simply identify a child’s mistake by telling them that they have done the wrong thing, then we have not really taught them anything except that they failed. 

This year, as we commit once again to helping all the students at BWYA learn and grow to their full potential, I would ask all parents to join with us in the important task of helping the students learn from their mistakes so that they can improve for the future. Hopefully then, they will also help us to learn from the mistakes that we make as well. 

Head of UPC
Andrew Abbey

Dear Parents, 

My name is Andrew Abbey and I am the Head of Upper Primary. It has been my pleasure to work at BWYA for the last six years and I am looking forward to another tremendous year of learning with our students. 

Last year was one of the most challenging in our school’s history, but I am extremely proud of the efforts of our staff, students and parents in adapting to the challenges given to us as a result of COVID-19. Now we have entered a new and exciting period with the move to our fantastic new campus. It has been fantastic to see the reactions of students to our amazing new facilities and I am very happy they will be able to call this building their home during the educational development. 

Together, teachers and parents need to work closely to give the support and encouragement to students for them to find their passions, overcome challenges and reach their potential. I am very proud to work with such an excellent and committed group of teachers who understand the need to communicate clearly with parents to help them, and their children, with everything they need to be successful. This academic year will be another to successful one for our students and families at BWYA! 

Head of Learning Support Team
David Dee

Dear Parents,

My name is David Dee and I come from Scotland in the U.K. I have been a teacher for nearly twenty years now. This is my third year at BWYA and I have taught at both LPC and UPC. Beijing is an amazing place to live and I am enjoying learning about China.

I am very excited this year to be taking on a new role as the Head of the Learning Support Team. I am looking forward to working with the children, parents and staff at BWYA to make sure that every child has the support they need. We all want every child to reach their full potential.

Grade 3 Teachers

Head of Grade 3, G3Y Homeroom Teacher
Mary Miller

Hello, I’m Ms. Miller, the G3Y homeroom teacher. This is my fifth year at BWYA and I’m excited to have all of our new Upper Primary students! As homeroom teacher I teach Language Arts, Science and Units of Inquiry.

This is my fifth year in Beijing and my eighth year in China. I have also lived and worked in several other countries and try to share my experiences with the students in order to expand their awareness of the world. In addition to this, we also strive to embody the core values of BWYA: Compassion, Trust, Solidarity and Collaboration.

I look forward to meeting all of you and having frequent conversations with you throughout the year. In this manner, together we can enable the students achieve their potential!

G3B Homeroom Teacher
Michael Grandone

Hello everyone.  My name is Michael Grandone. I am from New York in the United States of America. I have a Bachelors Degree in English and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. This is my first year teaching at Beijing World Youth Academy and my eighth year teaching in China.  I have previously taught at schools in Suzhou, Guangzhou and Yiwu. Before coming to China I taught in Daegu, South Korea and in America. I have taught children of many different backgrounds. 

I like to be outdoors and do activities like bicycle riding, fishing, hiking and observing wildlife. I often spend a lot of time reading, focusing on classic literature, religion and philosophy. One of my greatest loves is the world of classical music and I am an amateur violinist. 

Being here at BWYA has been such a new and exciting experience. I hope to have a truly wonderful time here and enjoy every moment of guiding students to become independent and life-long students. 

G3R Homeroom Teacher
Megan Collier

My name is Megan Collier and I am the Grade 3 Red class homeroom teacher.  I am from Ireland but now think of Beijing as my home. For the last two years I have been working in Beijing as a teacher and helping to create the Haidian Public Primary School curriculum for spoken English. I have also taught mental arithmetic and critical thinking. 

As a homeroom teacher in BWYA I will be teaching Language Arts and Units of Inquiry. My aim is for students to find their own passion and become independent and confident learners. I do my best to provide students with an environment where they feel comfortable progressing and learn at their own pace and abilities.  

I am looking forward to sharing in the growth and development of your children as they begin their journey in Upper Primary. 

G3G Homeroom Teacher
Lisa Andrews

Dear Parents, 

I’m Ms. Andrews, the G3G homeroom teacher. It’s my second year at BWYA and my fifth-year teaching in China. I have always maintained a passion for education and prior to teaching in China, pursued this passion through work in publishing and education law. I’m a qualified teacher and admitted attorney and have a Bachelor of Economics (Honours), Bachelor of Laws and PGCE (Intermediate phase). 

I look forward to continuing to foster the acquisition of knowledge in a dynamic learning environment. I firmly believe that education is a powerful tool to foster change, growth and development, both personally for students and on a macro scale. I am committed to my students and their success, and believe that the teaching philosophy and integration of a value-driven, student-centred and constructivist learning and teaching approach is the vessel for the development of curious and confident lifelong learners. I am certain that we will have a wonderful year! 

Chinese Teacher
Zhang Cai Hong

Chinese Teacher
Zhang Ying

Chinese Teacher
Ma Jian Hui

Chinese Teacher
Xin Xin

Chinese Teacher
Dai Yun Yun

Chinese Teacher
Zhang Meng Xi

Chinese Teacher
Yan Xiao Wei

Math Teacher
Ioannes Oliveira

Math Teacher
Fu Yan Yan

Math Teacher
Elie Moussallem

Math Teacher
Zhao Dan

Math Teacher
Zhang Ran

PE Teacher
Andrew Abbey

PE Teacher
Andries Nel

PE Teacher
Martinus Horters

Art Teacher
Du Li Mei

Drama Teacher
Quintus Aslett

What We Teach

Language Arts 

Building and applying literacy skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in English.


Building a deep understanding of a broad scope of scientific areas


Building fundamental numeracy skills.


Developing a student’s confidence and creativity in performing dramas on stage

Unit of Inquiry

In this class, we focus on achieving mainly Humanities and Science learning targets through topical units of inquiry. English literacy and numeracy skills are also built as part of these studies.

Chinese Language Arts

In Chinese class, we focus on building literacy skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in Chinese.

Physical Education & Health

In PE class, we focus on building spatial awareness, coordination, movement and teamwork. We also focus on topics that relate to healthy living and individual well-being.

Visual Arts

In Visual Arts class, we focus on building both knowledge of art history as well as familiarity and proficiency with different media and techniques.


In Music class, we focus on both music appreciation and performance using voice and instruments.

Extended Homeroom

Every Friday morning, we focus on building understanding of different Virtues as part of our character development programme.


Technology tasks will be integrated into Unit of Inquiry and Language Arts activities.

This Year's Units of Inquiry


Wouldn’t it be amazing if chocolate grew on trees? Well, it does! Wouldn’t it be amazing if I said we were going to make some chocolate? Well, we are! And we’re going to discover even more amazing things about chocolate…

Explorers and Adventurers

Do you love discovering new places? Yes? Well you might just be an explorer. Explorers are people who travel to new places in the world and discover new things that they didn’t know existed. So much of what we know today about our world is because we have been explorers in the past. Being an explorer is exciting but scary at the same time. Could you be an explorer? Let’s find out.

  • Weather and Climate (S1)
  • Forces and Motion (S1)
  • Traits (S1)
  • Organisms and Environment (S2)
  • Electrical and Magnetic Forces (S2)

Character Development

At BWYA Primary School, our definition of learning is:

Learning is a continual process of acquiring knowledge and developing skills, positive attitudes and dispositions that lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

At BWYA Primary School, our definition of International Mindedness is:

Opening our eyes and minds to understand and develop our identity within our own culture while being mindful and respectful of others’ ideas, values and beliefs whether we see similarities or differences.


Vickey Zhu

My name is Vickey Zhu. This is my third year with Beijing World Youth Academy as a primary school counselor. I have been a caring counseling professional for 10 years including 4 years’ overseas living and working in the USA. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in school counseling. I also hold a Chinese teacher qualification certificate and an American school counselor licensure. I believe education is about assisting and guiding students in becoming better people, and fostering in them the passion to explore themselves as well as caring about others. 

Programme Administration

Primary School Principal
Aaron Wise
Head of Lower Primary
Betsy Greenway
Head of Upper Primary
Andrew Abbey
Primary School Campus Manager
Ji Fei
IPC Programme Assistant Upper Primary Librarian
Tona Miao
Head of Learning Support Team
David Dee