Field Trip Postponement

Because of the forecasted rain for Tuesday, we will be postponing the field trip until Thursday November 15. All other details remain the same. I apologise for the inconvenience.


Marie McClellan

Week 11 Update and science experiment on Tuesday 13 November

Dear Parents and Children,

Since the year 1/2/3 students have been working so hard at rehearsing their assembly for Monday we will not have spelling words for this week. The students had an awesome time at Kidzania and showed of what they learned at the Job-based theme park by creating wonderful explanation texts of the jobs that they learned about.  In English this week we looked at the features of non-fiction, explanation texts and it was good to interlink the English with our IPC learning unit on “a day in the life”. We had discussions about what equality means and talked about whether or not boys and girls can do the same jobs.

We will be concluding this unit by looking at a “day in the life” of a scientist and are fortunate to have Mrs. Lickert conducting an experiment in class on Tuesday 13 November. Students are encouraged to bring small amounts of clear liquids to rest in our experiment.  Household items such as vinegar, lime-juice, oil or similar clear liquids will be ideal.

In Math this week the students showed wonderful creativity as they progressed from recognizing and making symmetrical reflective shapes to designing amazingly colorful reflective patterns. We also started looking at fractions in shapes.

The students have worked hard preparing scripts, organizing games and rehearsing a play for their assembly on Monday. Do try and join us for an entertaining presentation of their learning on Monday at 1;30 pm.

That is all for this week. Enjoy these pictures of our trip to Kidzania.


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Week 11 Update

An exciting and delicious week was had here in Ottawa class. As we continue to explore our senses in our IPC topic “Sensations” we explored our sense of taste. We began by sampling some salt, sugar, a lemon, cilantro, and an orange. There was also a Korean chili pepper on offer but no one took me up on trying that. Everything, including the lemon, was deemed delicious except the cilantro. They didn’t like that one bit. I was very surprised at the children’s love of lemon especially when they all asked for a second piece.

They thought that’s all we were going to do for “taste” so they were in for a wonderful surprise when I brought in my portable oven and all the supplies to make an apple crumble (or apple crunch as it seems to have been named in our class).

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The whole class had a wonderful experience smelling and touching all the ingredients and were very pleased with themselves when they tried the final product. Some of them liked the crumble topping, others liked the apples flavoured with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. I took a lot of photos and they are viewable on my Google Photo Album which you can access at this link. (The album is not publicly viewable, only those with the link can see it.)

Our Math Buddies are working on comparing numbers 1-10. This week we spent a lot of time on more/less/same. More and same are concepts that all the children understand well, while less is a concept that will need some reinforcement as the rest of this unit goes on. As you have noticed, the Math Buddies aren’t bringing any worksheets home this week. I am finding it more accurate for assessment to have them work through the independent work in class.

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In our Writer’s Workshop we have completed our first unit, “Illustrators? Yes!” and celebrated our learning by illustrating our own story books. In our next 20-day unit we will begin trying to write simple sentences to accompany our illustrations.


This week saw a new friend join us in FS1. Aras has been welcomed into the class and the children are very happy to have a new friend.


Developmental play saw a new roleplay emerge this week. “Watching a movie” involves setting up a pretend computer, lining up chairs, and bringing stuffed animals and toy snacks to all sit together and then discuss what movie is playing.


Some of the students prefer to spend their developmental play time drawing or creating. The students really enjoyed using the leftovers from our sound exploration last week so this week Ms. Jiyu and I have been bringing in paper recyclables to create with.


Have a great weekend and we’ll see you next week where we’ll be off to our first field trip!


Marie McClellan


Class Trip Information

On Tuesday November 13th the class will take a trip to the new Daewangam Children’s Park. This ties into our IPC unit on Sensations.

This trip will be longer than a half day but not as long as a full day. We will be returning to school by 1:25 and any half-day students who wish to attend can pick up their child at 1:30 at HFS. All students must pack a lunch.

There are a lot sensory activities at the park that we will be taking part in. There is a clay activity, a sand activity, a ball pit, a life-size lego room, and an outdoor play area that involves trampolines. The students are sure to have a great time exploring their senses.

In the post below this there is a permission form. Please sign and return the permission form by Friday. 

Thanks so much,

Marie McClellan

Kidzania Information and Schedule for Thursday November 8th

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Dear Parents and Children,

The wait is almost over and the day for the Year 1/2/3 trip to Kidzania Busan is almost here.

Since this is a full-day trip students must not bring school bags to school on the day. Only bring Snacks lunch and water bottles. Students must wear long pants and sneakers and a thin jacket. Students are welcome to bring any “Kidzbucks” they may have from previous trips to Kidzania. The trip will be from 09:00 am until 4:30 pm and as a result Drama club will be cancelled for the day.

The schedule and program for the day will be as follows:

09:00 am – School bus arrives at HFS as normal. Y1/2/3  have registration, get tags and go to restroom. No bags only snack, lunch, water bottle.
09:10 am – Bus departs for Busan. Mrs Florovskiy to accompany the group.
10:40 am – Arrive at Centum City Busan. All to disembark bus and proceed to 4th floor. (Jackets can remain on bus).
10:45 am – Snacks to be eaten in waiting area outside Kidzania.
11:00 am – Enter Kidzania and get wristbands. Students put in groups as follows:
Group 1 Mr Kearney
Group 2 Miss Yujin
Group 3 Mrs Florovskiy
Groups enter 5th floor and proceed to center circle where lunch and snack boxes will be left in Lunch area upstairs.
Group 1 will follow the route –  Police (19) – Florist (43) – CSI (21) *Vet (45) is optional extra.
Group 2 will follow the route  – Florist (43) – CSI (21) – Police (19) *Vet (45) is optional extra.
Group 3 will follow the route –  CSI (21)-Police (19) – Florist (43) *Vet (45) is optional extra.
 After that the groups will roam freely around the 5th floor with their supervising adult until meeting back at 12:40 for lunch.
12:40 pm – Meet at the central circle and go for lunch in the lunch area upstairs.
1:00 pm – Groups will explore the 6th floor.
Group 1 will follow the route – Pilot training (50) – Robotics (52) – 3D hologram studio (67).
Group 2 will follow the route –  3D hologram studio (67) –  Pilot training (50) – Robotics (52).
Group 3 will follow the route –  Robotics (52)  -3D hologram studio (67) –  Pilot training (50).
After completing these sections Groups can roam freely around the 6th floor until 2:30.
2:30 pm – Groups Meet at 5th floor Chocolatier (7) to complete chocolate making activity.
3:00 pm – All groups ready to depart Kidzania – Headcount to be done. lunch and snack boxes to be collected.
3:05 pm Depart Kidzania and head to HFS.
4:30 pm Arrive at HFS and disembark bus. Students to hand in tags and meet parents in Multimedia room.
I hope you are as excited for the trip as I am.

Week 10 Update

Well we’ve passed the 40 day mark in school today. Everyone is always excited as we add 1 more day onto our number strip to get to 100.

In Math Buddies we reviewed the numbers 6-10. I opted to only spend 5 days on this unit as we have been working with 1-10 since the beginning of the  year in Calendar Time. Next week we will be comparing numbers 1-10 and will spend the full 10 days on the unit.

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In Writer’s Workshop we are still working on our Illustrators unit but we have begun to focus greatly on making sure there is a lot of detail in our visual stories and also that there are labels on our illustrations. The labels are coming along with some students having more and less success than others but everyone is trying and that’s fantastic.


We’ve begun our new unit of phonics and I did jump ahead of myself in explaining what we’ll be working on in this unit. We are focussing primarily on a more in-depth study of letter sounds focussing on the initial sounds of words. We’ve got Letter Journals that we work on every day and handwriting is becoming more of a priority.

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Our 5 senses IPC exploration focussed mainly on sound this week with the highlights being taking a walk around the Hanmaeum Center and listening to different sounds as well as creating our own sounds from all those found objects that were kindly sent in.

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There is still lots of time for developmental play. Children choose to split their time by role-playing familiar scenarios such as going to the grocery store or restaurant, building with blocks, or playing with cars. Others have chosen to focus on making art and crafts as the creations coming home in their backpacks this week may have indicated.


We look forward to another fun week of learning next week!


Marie McClellan

Homework Week 10

Thanks to everyone who has been doing the Math Buddies homework.

This week’s homework has a Math Buddies sheet and also I sent home some post-it notes. I have explained to the children what to do with them but I will offer further explanation here in case I was not clear.

In Writer’s Workshop we have been working on labelling our drawings. To make this concrete, we began by labelling certain items around the classroom.


We then moved on to doing the best we could to label our drawings.

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For Homework, I would like the students to label various items around the house. Because the students have just learned their letter sounds I don’t expect them to be able to fully label these items, just putting the first letter of the word is sufficient. If your child can sound out more of the word, that’s great, but not expected.

If you would like to take photos of these labelled items and email them to me, I’d love to see them. But that is not necessary.