Weekly Update – T3W3

Hello and happy Friday to you all! I hope you all had a lovely children’s day yesterday.

We just finished up another great week of learning in Year 1/2.

This week in IPC we have been busy identifying parts of flowers and their functions. At the beginning of the week we began by testing to see if beans germinate in warm or cold temperatures. We put half of our beans in room temperature and several in the refrigerator and we will check to see which ones grow best. Students are waiting patiently to see their beans begin to sprout.
Mrs Leah taught the children all about the parts of plants and flowers and studied their functions. Students produced some lovely diagrams and were able to label the parts and write sentences about them! We also spent time exploring different kinda of fruit and counting their seeds. The students had so much fun using their senses to examine them all.
We finished off today by taking a look at the life cycle of a sunflower. We read the book ‘Tiny Seed’ by Eric Carle and began making our very own diagrams.

In English this week we looked at prefixes and suffixes. We learned about using the prefix un- to write the opposite meaning of a word and how to use the comparative and superlative -er and -est. This week’s homework is to describe a character from the book we have been reading “The Invisible”. I would love to see the children use what they have learned this week in their writing. For example, “She was the kindest person but she was very unwell. People were very unkind to her in the story”.

Student Club

Max wanted to start his very own club so Mr Green allowed him to hold one today at break time. He really enjoyed sharing his love of Star Wars with his friends. They coloured in some nice pictures.

In PSHE we looked at the emotion sadness and discussed how this emotion makes us feel. We know that it is okay to feel sad at times and that everyone does so. We looked at how people might look or feel when they are sad. The children were great detectives and together discovered that people who are sad may cry, have hunched shoulders, they may have a sore tummy and they may lose their appetite. We know that if we ever see somebody crying or looking sad we should to talk to them or let the teacher know. It is very important that students recognize their emotions so that they can manage them better.

PE this week we continued with our unit in  “My body, my health” and discussed some of the healthy foods that we should try to eat. We played a game with several flashcards that had healthy fruits on them. Students had to run to corners of the gymnasium when they had a fruit being called. They really loved it when each team then had to change places. They realized that their hearts were beating very very fast after this game!!

Gyeonju Bird Park Field Trip

If you have not yet filled in the permission form and would like your child to come on the field trip on Tuesday 17th May please do so as soon as possible. This allows us to book tickets in advance. Thank you very much.

Hotter Weather

It is getting hotter outside. The sun has been shining all day. If you wish your child to wear sun cream you can put some in their bags or apply some before coming to school.

Next Friday will be Sports Day and the children are really excited about it. There will be more information coming soon in the Newsletter. I hope to see you all there!

Have a great weekend and I will see you all on Monday!

Mrs Sim xoxo

Weekly Update – T3W2

Good afternoon!

Field Trip

As part of our IPC unit we will be taking a trip to Gyeongju Botanical Gardens and Bird Park to reinforce the students’ learning. This will take place on Tuesday 17th May and will be during school hours. Mr Dunn’s class will be joining us however, we will be separating on arrival and doing different activities at different times. The students will get the opportunity to do some art and craft work at the botanical gardens also. I am sure they are going to have lots of fun. Please fill in the Permission Form by next Friday 6th May.

This week in IPC we have had a lot of fun experimenting doing activities from the science part of our unit. The students learned about hypotheses and tested to see if plants need water and light. We first created two pots, one which had the seeds covered in darkness and the other was put next to the window with lots of light. Then to test to see if seeds need water to grow, we created another tray which had pots with no watera little water and lots of water. We are going to be checking these daily and recording our results. I also brought in some herbs and let the children examine them. These included mint, sage, basil, coriander and parsley. The children were told that these were ‘mystery plants’ and they had to guess, using their senses what they were. We enjoyed recording what we could see, hear, feel and smell.


On Thursday, we wanted to find out where the water goes after we put it in a vase of flowers. We decided to do an experiment using cabbage leaves, food coloring and large cups. We are already seeing results and the students are really excited to check on these each day.

In English, we read a lovely story named “The Invisible” by Tom Percival. We tried to empathize with the character in the story and made our very own murals with special messages to go along with them. This week, the homework is related to the story. Please feel free to watch the read aloud on YouTube to support your child whilst completing the homework.  The students had a great lesson with Mrs Leah writing book reports about our two most recent stories. They expressed why they liked them and learned about rating books by giving them stars.

Students have continued to work well in literacy rotations. Over the next few weeks, I will be carrying out progress tests to ensure each child is in the correct group and learning at a level which is just right for them.

In PE this week we had a lot of fun learning how to create our very own obstacle courses. The students were given a variety of equipment and were asked to create their own journey. They explored lots of different ways to move around and complete the course.

That’s all for this week. Have a great weekend.

Weekly Update – T3W1

Hello!

It has been such a great week back in Year 1/2. We were all very happy to be back in school and I was so happy to be reunited with the students 🙂

In IPC, we have started a new unit “Green Fingers” and are having a ball exploring the area and looking at all the flowers and plants around the school. We began the unit by making our very own ‘herb heads’. We used grass seeds and we are hoping they are going to grow lots of ‘hair’ through their sock heads.  

We went for a lovely walk on Tuesday to look at the beautiful flowers around the school. We used an application to take pictures of the flowers that we didn’t know the names of. We made sketches of them and really enjoyed exploring. We discussed the colours and leaves. Our favourite was the Japanese Blossom tree.

We then began our Knowledge Harvest part of the unit where we wrote down everything we knew about plants. We cut out large leaves and put all our knowledge on them. We then used them to make a beautiful display and we will continue adding to it. 

Today we looked at evergreen and deciduous trees and the difference between them. We also completed a sorting activity, looking at the different shapes of leaves there are. The students have really enjoyed the first week of our IPC unit and I can’t wait for lots more fun learning to come.

In English, we started our unit on Stories from well known authors and have been reading the book “The Night Gardener”. We took a look at the animal topiary in the story and chose an animal to write about. We explained why we liked it, what the animal is like and what they can do. The students produced some great work and used lots of great adjectives in their writing. Just fantastic! We also completed some comprehension questions after reading the story with Mrs Leah.

In PSHE, we started our unit on Emotions and looked at the various emotions we can experience and how to manage them. This is a really nice unit that will help the students to find ways to deal with situations that may be difficult due to how they feel. 

In PE, we started our unit on ‘My Body, My Health’. We discussed how our bodies need lots of nutritional food and exercise to stay healthy. We then tried to check our hearts rates and see how they changed before, during and after exercise. We did moderate and intense exercises and found that our little heart beats went super duper fast after a lot of intense exercise! We were all very tired after Tuesday’s P.E. lesson.

We finished off this week with some games this afternoon and what fun we all had!

HAPPY Birthday to Nayra!
Thank you for the gifts! We all loved them!
Waiting for their gift bags. hehe!

Enjoy the lovely weather and have a great weekend! See you all on Monday!

Mrs Sim 🙂

T2W11 – Weekly Update

Good Afternoon,

We have had a great last week of term 2. I can’t believe how fast time has flied so far. It has been a pleasure teaching the students this term and I hope they have had as much fun as I have had.

This week we have been very lucky to have a new Trainee Teacher in our class – Mrs Leah. She will be joining us in term 3 and she is already loved by all the students. We have been having great fun getting to know her.

In IPC this week, we finished up our unit on “Buildings”. It was a long but really fun unit which the children have all really enjoyed. We completed the international activities of the unit where we looked at where we all call home. As the students are from so many different countries it was interesting to discover, that despite the countries and homes being very different, they all had one thing in common – they were all ‘home’ to us. We did an activity where the students had to describe their home to a partner, using detailed adjectives and instructions. The partner had to draw what their partner described and then compare the pictures to see if they really did look like their own homes. I drew Mrs Leah’s house and then we looked at her home on Google maps. The children were so surprised to see how alike I had managed to draw it. (Yay teacher teamwork!)

We also looked at various 3D shapes and explored which ones would be the best for making structures. We looked at various boxes and tried to make our very own. The students worked hard to test which shape would be the best to making a building. They used A5 card and balanced it on top of their shape. We then used dice to pile on top of the card. The students counted how many dice the shape could hold before it collapsed. They got a little competitive but worked so well in their teams. We discovered that cuboids and cubes were really good 3D shapes to make structures with!

In English, we finished out unit on Explanation Texts. We looked at how to build a dolls house and used diagrams to help us write information about each step. They really did very well with this unit and are confident making sequences and using time connectives now. Yesterday we learned about the lifecycle of a caterpillar and the students made their own explanation texts. I was really impressed with the work that they produced. Well done!!

Penpals in Spain

We opened our second letters from our penpals in Marbella, Spain. Oh the excitement! 🙂 Even more so, as when they opened their letters they realized they had received a chocolate all the way from Spain. Some got ‘Euro note’ chocolates and others got coin chocolates! They enjoyed them with their lunch yesterday. We had fun with Mrs Leah opening them and reading them together. As part of our digital literacy class we are going to be focusing on writing emails so that we can learn to send emails to our friends in Spain too. It is such a lovely project that brings so much happiness to the children. Not only do they love opening their letters but they are practicing their reading and writing skills at the same time 🙂

Watching Mr Dunn’s students making their presentations.

RAT Tests

Tests were sent home with the students today but I am really sorry that I didn’t manage to give them to Alex, Rachael, Ana and Louis as things were a little hectic at the end of the school day. (They were on the first bus and I forgot about putting them in their bags- so sorry!). The school will be open over the holidays so if you wish to, you are welcome to drop by for the tests before school starts back on the 18th April 2022. My apologies.

I wish you all a very happy Easter Break and hope that you all have fun with your family. Stay safe!

Weekly Update – T2W10

Hello and happy Friday to you all!

We have just finished off another week of great learning with some netball. I played this sport at university and loved teaching them some of my skills today. 

In English, we continued on with our unit on Explanations, exploring how to use a chewing gum machine. We looked at the steps to using one and broke it down into five sections using a flowchart. The children then had to create their own explanations ensuring they used a title, time connectives, capital letters, full stops/question marks and pictures. We then tried to make our own sandwiches so that children could think about the steps of making something. As we made it, we used the language we had learned e.g. “First, we get a bread roll”. “Next, cut the roll.”  The children said this was the BEST lesson ever. They not only enjoyed the making (and eating) but they produced some great explanations! 

Enjoyinh their sandwiches

In IPC, we have had a busy week of crafting and building. At the beginning of the week we completed our own town of wooden houses and buildings. Mr de klerk’s students came to mentor and help us make them and we were very thankful. Great teamwork and cooperation. We also put together our apartments that we worked on last week. We made blocks using card and lollipop sticks to look like a block of an apartment building. We spoke about shapes that work best to support buildings. After putting it together we added it to our display of wooden houses. It looks fantastic! 

We then moved onto our science section of the unit and looked at creating bridges using only 1 sheet of A4 paper. The students were allowed to change the shape of the paper but weren’t allowed to use any tape. We had a little competition to see whose bridge could hold the most coins. We managed to get up to 74! It was a really fun activity. Today, we spoke about what we could use instead of tape to make buildings. We decided that glue would be a great idea! So we tried to make our own homemade glue and compare how strong it was compared to glue stick glue and PVA glue. The children made predictions as to which one would be the strongest. We stuck buttons onto a paper plate using each of the glues and afterwards, turned it upside down to see which one would fall off. They all stuck well so we decided to check how easy they were to pick off. Our homemade glue came off straight away! The children enjoyed making the glue and it was great to see what they all predicted.

In PE, we continued with our gymnastics unit on shapes. The students made lots of new shapes using their bodies and we tried to see how quickly we could form the shapes when I said the name of it.

To end the week we had a lovely new student join our class and we were all so excited! Welcome Ana! We are so happy to have you here with us! One of the students wrote her a letter and it was so lovely I had to attach it here.

We are trying to be good leaders in class!

Have a lovely weekend! See you all on Monday!

Weekly Update – T2W9

Hello to you all on this very rainy Friday!

I hope the weather gets better so that we can enjoy the beautiful spring cherry blossoms soon! 

We have had a very, very busy week packed with great learning.

It was so great to be back in the classroom with my precious students. I really missed them. They also made my birthday very special with all their kinds words and cards.

This week we welcomed a new friend into our class – Vedanshi. She has had a great first week and everyone was very kind to her and helped her learn about our daily routines and classes. 

In IPC this week, we started our Design, Technology and Innovation part of our unit on Buildings. The children learned about the structure of buildings and worked on a very special project that you will be receiving soon. 🙂 They are all very excited to show you their beautiful work. We looked at how we can form shapes to make buildings, practiced cutting some wood and today we began making our very own wooden street. The students were each given a wooden mini house and they were very busy designing the exterior of the building today. I think it is going to be another great masterpiece when we finish it next week. Here’s a sneak peak. 🙂 

So cute!

In English, we have continued working on our unit on ‘Explanation texts”, specifically looking at the features. We spent time identifying time connectives, titles, short sentences and facts in texts named “How is chocolate made?” and “How do sunflowers grow?” The homework this week is related to this and the children should remember to try and use time connectives when completing it. The main ones we looked at this week are; First, Next, Then and Finally.

Rotation Teacher Time with Louis and Carol.

In PSHE, I decided to review friendships and kindness this week to welcome our new friend to the class. I believe that kindness is a very important thing and I love to encourage the students to be kind, respectful students. 

In PE, we started a new unit  “Body Shapes”. The students learned various rolls and shapes they can make with their bodies. They then worked in groups to make a sequence using the various movements they had practised. I was impressed with their flexibility (and also a little bit jealous hehe!).

In Maths this week, we have worked on Venn and Carroll diagrams. The students also worked on their mental maths, times tables and fractions. Today they sat a small mental maths quiz and did their weekly times tables grids. They are making great progress with it and each week they are getting better and better.

We finished off the day in games, learning about the importance of teamwork and spacial awareness. The students are still working on finding those spaces when they want to receive the ball from a teammate. We are going to be working more on this skill next week. 

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. Let’s hope the sun comes out to play. 

Love Mrs Sim xoxo

Weekly Update – T2W8

Dear Parents,

I hope the students have all had a good week of learning online. Mr Green told me that you all had lots of fun.

I will be returning to school on Monday. I can’t wait to see you all again. I have missed you a lot. Please enjoy some pictures from Week 7 where we were working hard researching houses around the world and creating our very own town. The homemade town allowed us to look and think about what we needed to move from one place to another. We created roads and bridges and discussed how difficult it must have been in the past for people to move around without them. The children were very proud of it. I have lots more fun activities planned for next week. See you all then! 🙂 Take care.

Weekly Update – T2W6

I am sat here at my desk with a smile on my face as I write this week’s newsletter. We had a lovely Friday with lots of fun learning. In the morning, we took a walk to the post office to post our second letters to our penpals in Spain. This time we sent them using an express service so they would arrive quicker than last time. We weighed the parcel and predicted the price it would cost (Can’t miss a learning opportunity!). On our way back to school we took a walk around to look at some buildings nearby and spoke about the materials they were made of and when we thought they were built. It was a lovely sunny day for it too!

In English, the students have continued working on our unit “Simple Rhyming Poems”. We looked at various poems and identified the rhyming words in them. The students also tried to make lists of different words that rhymed with those in the poems. The homework for some of the students is to try and write new sentences for lines in a poem. Rhyming words are given at the bottom of the page to help them do this. Please guide your child if they find this a little challenging. The content of the poem is not important, but more so their ability to choose sentences that rhyme. 

In rotations, the students have been working on various spelling, grammar and reading focuses. I am pleased with the students overall progress they have made in their groups and I plan to test the children again at the end of Term 2. This allows me to make sure that each childs’ needs are being met and that they are accessing work appropriate to their level and needs. 

In IPC, we have been busy finishing off the art section and starting the history part of our unit “Buildings”. On Monday we looked at bridges and the work of Monet. We researched, as a class, the most famous bridges around the world. The students were given pictures of Monet’s work and we discussed his style of painting. We then made our own bridges using masking tape. This was a very engaging activity and the students were very creative in the way they shaped their bridges. Around the masking tape they drew the background first with pencil and then we began using paint to create our own Monet Bridges. The students absolutely love creating them and produced some lovely work that I plan to display in the school corridor.

In PE, this week we worked on our team work skills by playing a series of games which also focused on our aiming skills. We played games which required us to demonstrate collaboration and helped the students to understand what fair play is in a team. They particularly enjoyed the skittles game which involved using team members to pass the ball to the opposite side and then aiming for the skittle. 

In games this afternoon we played an amended version of netball and we were all tired out afterwards. I think everyone will sleep well tonight!

I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend.

Mrs Sim 🙂

Weekly Update – T2W5

Hello and Happy Friday to you all!

We have had another busy week full of learning in Mrs Sim’s class! I hope you all had a great week too. The weather has been rather chilly!

We started off the week with a lot of love on Valentines Day! The classroom was filled with personalized balloons for each student with something I loved about them written on it. The sentence of the day was written in balloons too!

This week in English, we started our unit “Simple Rhyming Poems” and have had fun reading various poems and identifying rhyming words. We played a game using post-its where different sets of rhyming words were placed on the children’s backs and they had to find their matching word by asking the question “Please tell me a word that rhymes with the word on my back”. They really enjoyed it and did so well that we then wrote our own words and played it again. We also did a lot of rhyming games where we moved around the circle and each child had to think about a word that rhymed with the previous word. Next week, we will try making sentences that will be used to make our own short Rhyming Poem. 

We worked hard in our rotations, focusing on reading fluency, spelling and phonics. 

In IPC, we continued our unit on “Buildings”. This is a long unit that will take us up to the end of Term 2. It has proved to be very popular and the students have been very engaged and are enjoying the learning journey so far!

We began this week with the Art section of the unit. We drew the school building using the sketches we created last week. The students decided that pastels would be best to create the wood effect on the building. They turned out beautifully. We then studied two artists. Van Gogh’s starry night and Yoni Alter’s New York buildings. We spoke about the very different styles of the artists’ work and then incorporated both styles into a masterpiece of famous buildings in Korea. We used Alter’s bright buildings cut out of paper and Gogh’s painting technique for the sky. We then moved on to making our very own houses from clay. We decided to make a street by joining all our houses together. They are just fantastic. We even named our street “Rainbow Road” as we felt it matched the happiness it brought to our faces when we lined them all up in a row.

In PSHE, we continued looking at what jobs people do, with a focus on the people who help us. We looked at firemen, policemen, teachers, dentists and doctors.

In P.E. we began our new unit “Play Based Games” and had fun focusing on aiming skills. We used large cut out snowmen as our target and first used paper balls to try and aim at areas of the body. We soon realised that it was a tricky task and decided to try using tennis balls instead. These worked much better! We also practised our underarm throwing techniques to help us improve our aiming skills further. We finished off our day today in Games playing “Cats and Mice”, “Ball in the hoop” and “Hungry Hippos. They had fun with these 🙂

Phonics Books

I am missing a few phonics books so please do return them if you still have some at home. Thank you. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. See you all on Monday! 

Mrs Sim

Weekly Update – T2W4

Firstly, I would like to say how nice it was to meet many of you this week. Thank you for coming in/meeting online. Please do feel free to contact me anytime if you ever have any questions, concerns or are curious about anything at all. No matter how big or small I am always happy to hear from you. 

We have had a good first week back after the Seollnal Holiday and lots of learning took place. 

In IPC, we started our new unit ‘Buildings’. We began the week with our ‘Entry Point’ where I tried to get the children to think about how things are built and what materials are used to make them. We started off by trying to make our own houses out of playing cards. It was very tricky to do but the children persevered, and with the help of some tape managed to create their own buildings! We realised that the cards were not strong enough and fell over very easily so we used our brains to think of another way. I brought in 1000 chopsticks and we tried to make a masterpiece out of chopsticks, elastic bands and tape. These were much more impressive 🙂 We also researched buildings and homes from around the world. We cut out pictures and created our very own ‘buildings and homes’ posters. This was to check the students prior knowledge of buildings and the materials they are made from. We then finished off the week by going outside and looking at our school building. The students drew sketches of the building and had to write down all the different materials it is made of. Next week we will use these sketches to complete a pastel drawing of the school. 

In English this week we have been learning about the suffixes ‘ed’ and ‘-ing’. The students were already familiar with using the past tense, however, the rules to using ‘ing’ were new and so we spent some time practising using each one. 

We will be starting a new unit on rhymes next week and I am excited to get started with this one. It is always lots of fun!

In PSHE, we reviewed different types of jobs and discussed what we would like to be when we grow up. The students practised using the connective ‘because’ to let everyone know why they wanted to do a particular job. It was great to hear about their dreams. 🙂

We ended the day with some great team building activities in games!