Week 9 Spelling and news


Year 1: eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty

Year 2: nonsense, transport, capacity, millilitres, litres, sea, against, top, turned, didn’t,

Dear Parents and Children

Another week has passed us by as we enter the final stretch of Term 3. This week we had the pleasure of watching and being part of the Year 1’s fantastic assembly. Well done to all for the hard work they put in to make it a success.

Please check your child’s bags for their reports which went home today, fill in the relevant section and bring it to the parent teacher conferences on Wednesday 20 June.

This week in class there was a lot of practical learning. The year 1’s wrote letters and learned how they get from A to B and the year 2’s had fun learning nonsense poems, tongue twisters and nursery rhymes. In Math we reviewed measuring in standard units of length, weight and capacity while the year 1’s  learned about positional vocabulary. In IPC we explored the history of transport.

Thank you again to the PTA ladies for putting together the wonderful movie and pizza party. Everyone had a great time.

Next week will be the last week of homework and spelling. Enjoy these pictures of your child learning and have a lovely weekend.

Mr. Kearney

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Week 8 News Update and Spelling Words


Year 1: one two three four five six seven eight nine ten

Year 2: finally, surface, pollen, nectar, experience, heard, several, change, answer, room, plural

Dear Parents and Children

There are only a few weeks left until the end of the year but still the fun and learning continues in the year 1/2 classes at HFS.

This was an eventful week with the entertaining and illuminating assembly by the year 1/2 class. Despite some technical difficulties they put in a lot of work and staged an outstanding assembly. We look forward to the year 1 assembly on Monday.

Everyone had a thoroughly good time at the “Go Green Beach clean-up yesterday. We showed our care for the environment and played games on the beach, beating the heat by getting our feet wet in the chilly water and topping it off with some delicious ice-cream courtesy of the ladies of the P.T.A Thank you!

In class this week the students continued with learning and fun. In English we wrote non-fiction recounts of some exciting experiences and learned about singular and plural nouns. We also started typing our fantasy stories in ICT class. In Math we had fun making 3d shapes out of nets and in P.E. we played hand ball. Our plants continue to grow, clearly we have a few horticulturalists in the year 1 /2 class and we learned about how plants and insects help each other in nature. All in all a fun-filled week of learning.

That is all for now, have a great weekend and we hope to see you at the year 1 assembly on Monday.

Mr. Kearney

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Week 7 News and Spelling


Year 1: red pink orange blue yellow green black white brown purple

Year 2: recount, shapes, properties, polygon, non-fiction, sun, ways, thing, hair, example

Dear Parents and Children,

The end of the term approaches as the learning continues in the year 1/2 class at HFS.

This week the year 1/2 class was very busy preparing and practicing for their upcoming assembly on Monday. They learned a song and choreographed their own dance and in pairs took responsibility for conducting a different part of the assembly, even creating slideshows in Google slides. Join us on Monday for an entertaining presentation of the Year 1/2‘s work.

In English this week the students wrote chronological, non-fiction recounts about the rain storm that happened on Wednesday. They also had the chance to meet my niece, Abigail, via Skype. She showed them the letters that she had received from the class and we had a wonderful trans-continental chat as they asked her questions. In Math we explored 2D and 3D shapes and learned how to identify shapes based on descriptions of their properties. In IPC we continued to look at flowers and insects, the students were lucky enough to see some real mini beasts found from around the compound and their flowers continue to grow as they carefully nurture them. In P.E. we had fun in the sun playing a variety of games with Mr. McCrimmon and Mr. Kearney.

Next week will be a short week with the school being closed on Wednesday 6 June for Memorial day. On Thursday 7 June the school will “Go Green” with a morning trip to Ilsan beach to help take care of and appreciate our  beautiful environment. Children are to bring their snacks and water bottles, wear hats, sunscreen, comfortable shoes and summer clothes. We will return to the school for lunch but more details will follow next week.

That is all for this week. Have a wonderfully warm and sunny weekend.

Mr. Kearney

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Week 6 News and Spelling


Year 1: practice “ar”, “or” and “sh” words

Year2: because, try, told, young, left, joining, insert, chrysalis, caterpillar, butterfly

Dear Parents and Children

We hope you enjoyed the sunny weather over the break. We are now half way through term 3 and this was a short but productive week of learning in the year 1- 2 classes.

The student’s lettuce plants continue to grow well. The seedlings have sprouted as the students eagerly nurture their plants. They are documenting their plants growth and creating slideshow presentations to display their progress. They are also observing their light experiments with curiosity. In English we have started writing or drafts of our fantasy stories. We will type them next week. The letters that the students wrote traveled across the world and arrived in South Africa, much to my niece Abigail’s’ excitement and surprise. In Math we continued to apply our multiplication and division skills to solving word problems and in P.E. The students had fun inside on a rainy Wednesday practicing our basketball dribbling, passing and shooting.

As part of their homework, please let your child practice the words to the “life cycle song” for the upcoming year 1-2 assembly. That is all for this short week. Enjoy the photos taken by the students of their fun and learning. Have a great weekend.

Mr. Kearney and Ms. You

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Week 5 News and Spelling words

Y1 review of a_e words, wh words and oy words

Y2 others, however, sure, means, knew, minibeast, array, sunlight, experiment, pollen

Dear Parents and Children,

We are approaching the half-way mark of Term 3 as week 5 comes to an end. The students had a productive week completing a number of exciting learning-filled activities.

The students were very excited to plant their own lettuce plants. Some have already sprouted small seedlings which made the students very happy. It will be fun to watch the plants grow as the children tend to them over the coming weeks. We took advantage of the warm sunny weather and worked outside looking for minibeasts around the school grounds. We also started conducting an experiment questioning whether plants need light to grow. The results so far are surprising and we shall see how it develops.

In English the year 1-2’s began planning their fantasy stories in line with the works of John Burningham that we have been reading in class. They produced vivid character and setting descriptions to get ready to write their final drafts next week. The students also wrote letters to my niece, Abigail, in South Africa. She is the same age and will enjoy receiving the letters and writing back in the coming weeks.

In Math we learned different strategies for multiplication and division such as using arrays and a number line and started applying them to word problems. The students finished off their Google slide shows in I.T class and in P.E. the students practiced their football and basketball dribbling and shooting.

Next week will be a short week with no school on Monday or Tuesday. We hope everyone enjoys the long weekend. For Mr. Kearney’s class, If your child reads a book please get them to do a short book review.

Have a great weekend.

Mr. Kearney and Ms. You

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Week 4 News update and Spelling


Year 1: General review of “ou” and “ow” and frequently used words.

Year 2: Parents Column Abdomen Thorax Antennae Better Best Across During Today

Dear Parents and Children,

As week 4 passes us by we are over a third of the way through the final term of the year and learning continues to progress in the year 1-2 classes at HFS. We do hope you were sufficiently and deservedly spoiled on Parent’s day, the children enjoyed making cards and flowers to show their appreciation of you.

In class this week students showed their creativity by writing their own fantasy story development for John Burningham’s “The Shopping Basket”. They also enhanced their grammar knowledge by learning about connectives. In Math we learned column addition and subtraction with carrying and borrowing and in IPC we started looking at insects and mini-beasts and concluded our germ projects by taking our final photos. . Next, we will put the images into Google slide shows in I.T. class. In P.E. the students had fun practicing their basketball dribbling, bouncing and shooting skills and also worked on their football shooting skills.The students enjoyed observing and taking care of “Terry” and “Cherry”, the school turtles, this week. They will be missed.

Next week, in anticipation of our next IPC unit called “From A to B”, the students will write a letter to someone in another country. It will be a fun activity learning about the journey that the letter travels as it goes from its origin to its destination.

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

Mr. Kearney


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Photo time

Enjoy the photos taken during the Year 1 and 2 Trip, Assembly and Sport Afternoon.



Week 3 News and Spelling


Y1: sauce gauze taught caught dawn law yawn saw claw paw

Y2: cycle seedling bud germinate habitat ever paper hard hear sentence

Dear Parents and Children,

An exciting week of learning has passed us by. The children had a fantastic time learning about plants and living creatures on their school trip to the botanical gardens. It was especially fun to see their reactions as they embraced the reptiles.

In English we continued our exploration of fantasy stories looking at setting and creating imaginative locations for our stories to take place in. In Math we reviewed place value up to the thousands and continued to partition numbers into the different values. In IPC we looked at life cycles, beginning with the plant. We showed great care in looking after our plants that we got from the field trip. I hope the plants will continue to be cared for at home.

Well done to the Year 1s for the fantastic and creative assembly about living things and our environment. We enjoyed seeing your germ experiments and had fun creating our life cycle dances.

The sports afternoon was fun and successful. Thank you to the parents who provided the refreshing and healthy snacks. A great time was had by all.

Have a great extended weekend and enjoy the sunny weather.

Mr Kearney,

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Week 2 News and Trip reminder

Phonics and high-frequency words

Year 1: flew, grew, new, few, blew, glue, clue, blue, rescue, value

Year 2: environment, touched, endanger, extinct, fantasy, story, boys, since, white, days

Dear Parents and Children,

What a fantastic week we have had celebrating the joys of reading. Thank you to the parents and all involved in making Book week such an enjoyable experience. The costumes on dress up day were amazing. The reading corner and picnic was a resounding success and was enjoyed by all. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered their time to read to the children, even Mr. Mcleod popped in to the year 1-2 class to read “Oi get off our train!” They enjoyed it thoroughly. We took advantage of the lovely weather and had the senior students read to us outside.

Well done to the year 1-2’s for putting on a spectacular assembly. All their hard work and effort shone through in the memorable performance about germs and hygiene and the stories we created were entertaining and encompassed the spirit of book week.

Thank you to all the parents for the response to the permission form for the School trip to the Botanical Gardens on Monday 30 April. The trip will go ahead as planned and the bus will depart from the school promptly at 09:30 am. If you have not done so, please send the 7 000 Won fee for the plant growing activity with your child on Monday.

In class this week the students delved into fantasy stories by John Burningham while also learning valuable lessons about protecting animals in the story “Oi! Get off our train”. They also created wonderfully imaginative descriptions of where they would go if their bed was magical and could fly. The Year 1-2’s learned the rules of rounding up or down to the nearest 10 and created addition puzzles. In IPC we continued our inquiry into living things and took our germ experiments one step further by adding water, the students are eager to see the results in the coming days.

Next week the school assembly will shift to Thursday and will be conducted by the year 1’s. Please feel free to come and watch as they put on a performance about plants and living things.

Enjoy the pictures from these weeks’ activities and have a wonderful weekend.

Mr. Kearney and Ms. You


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Welcome back and Week 1 News

Dear Parents and Children,

The first week of Term three has whisked by and what a great week it was. Teachers took advantage of the delightful weather and moved the learning out of the classroom to enjoy Spring and all the lovely things nature has to offer. We even had an outdoor Math lesson practicing counting by literally jumping on a number line.

In English we talked about Fantasy Stories and began reading imaginative stories by John Burningham. It being Earth Day we also discussed how we can take care of our environment and what it means to be an endangered or extinct creature. Living things will play a large role in our learning this term as we focus on Flowers and Insects in our IPC unit. The students had an enjoyable time looking for living and non-living things around the school and surroundings. We also began our first scientific inquiry into how germs spread. We will monitor this project in the coming weeks.

The Year 1-2 students have been rehearsing their assembly about “Protecting against germs”. Please feel free to attend on Monday for an entertaining lesson on hygiene.

Next week is Book Week and we look forward to the creative costumes that students will wear on Monday to imitate their favorite book characters. Please take part in the activities that will be held at HFS to celebrate and encourage reading.

On Monday 30 April the Year 1’s and 2’s will go on a School trip to the Botanical gardens to investigate Plants and Insects. The school will cover the entrance fee but there is a small cost of 7 000 Won for participating in a plant growing activity. We will post a detailed breakdown of the trip schedule next week.

Enjoy these pictures of your children learning this week.

Thank you and we hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Mr. Kearney and Ms. You


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