As you are aware with the recent addition of Mr Kearney to the H.F.S. Team we will be splitting the Year 1 and 2 classes. This will take effect immediately after the Chuseok Holiday break. Ms You will take charge of the Year 1 group and Mr Kearney will take charge of the they Year 1 / 2 group. The complete class lists are displayed on the link below. Feel free to contact either Ms. You or Mr. Kearney should you have any queries.
Sadly we must also bid farewell to Aarav Sharma and Aayan Biswas from the Year 1 / 2 class. We have enjoyed having them at H.F.S and wish both of them and their families the best of luck and success in the future.
2017-2018 Year 1 and Year 1 – 2 Student list
High Frequency Words mat for home use
Year 1 children will take the High Frequency Words mat home today. Place/stick on somewhere your child can see them well and regularly.
The first 300 words make up 75% of all English writing.
Throughout the year we will be learning these words (to read and spell 10 words a week) and consolidating those that we may already know. These words will also become a central part of your child’s weekly homework. (10 words a week starting from 1 of the first 100 words)
Put these words up around home and if you have any spare time ask your child to read and/or spell them to you. (no more than 10 words a week)
Once your child can read and write most of these words, it will make reading and writing easier for them (by the end of Year 2).
However, please do not get stressed if you children cannot read or write many out of these 300 words. Year 1 is learning the first 100 words (reading and spelling) and Year 2 is about 200 depending on their abilities and amount of time they started learning English.
Remember, if your child is pushed and stressed too much about remembering words, they will hate English. Whenever you have time, just have fun in reading/or spelling a few of these words at a time (less than 10 minutes at one time)
Thank you to those 11 families who have taken the time to respond. The form is now closed. Ms. You will have a presentation in her class at 3:45 pm on Thursday 21st September. The meeting is for those parents who have said that they would be interested in their child being the Year 1/2 class. In the meeting Ms. You will be outlining the positives and negatives of the move before asking the parents to make their final decision. If you are not at the meeting or do attend the meeting and then do not get in contact with Ms. You afterwards she will assume that you are happy for your child to be continued to be considered for the Year 1/2 class. However, not all children whose parents have asked to be in the Year 1/2 class will be necessarily placed in the Year 1/2 class as we will be looking to have an equal number of students in the Year 1 class and the Year 1/2 class.
The school is currently undergoing the process of creating the class lists of students who will be in either the Year 1 or the Year 1/2 class after the Chuseok Holiday. To help the school make an informed decision about which students will be in which class we are asking all Year 1 parents to complete this form to tell us if you would like your child to be in either the Year 1 or the Year 1/2 class after the Chuseok Holiday. This information, along with the information provided by Ms You, will be used to inform our decision when drawing up the class lists. Please complete this form before 3:30 pm on Wednesday 20th September 2017. Ms You will then arrange meetings with those parents who are:
- a) interested in their child being in the Year 1/2 class, and
- b) for whom we are considering moving their child,
to outline the positive and negative aspects of the move on Thursday 21st September 2017. Parents will be then asked to go away and make their final decision before letting the school know what they have chosen. The finalised class lists for the Year 1 and Year 1/2 class will then be sent out in Week 5.
The school has recently adopted the Progress Test Series by GL Assessment as the way we measure students progress in the school. It is hoped that the information provided by these assessments will provide a clearer illustration to the parents on how their son/daughter is doing at school. More information about the assessments can be found here.
As part of the school starting to use these tests we need to perform “benchmark” tests with the students. The purpose of these benchmark tests is to get a starting level for the students. This information will be then used to further inform the teachers what the students can and cannot do and help us to plan our lessons accordingly. The score from these assessments will also be used as the score against which we measure the students progress at the end of the school year.
Unlike Years 3-9, all of the Year 2 students and some of the Year 1 students, who are well able to read and understand simple texts by themselves will be taking these tests tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday (14/09/2017 – 15/09/2017) so that we can allocate our students either in Year 1 or Year 1/2 classes according to the school’s criteria. Normally, there is no necessity of Year One students to take this tests, but teacher assessment.
Everyday Book bag, Lunch, am snack, water bottle
Monday Show & tell (Weekends experience)
Tuesday PE day (Sports kit) & Library books (to renew)
Wednesday Reading books & homework into class
Thursday New reading book &homework to take home
Friday PE day (Sports kit)