End of term 2 and Holiday Homework

Dear Parents and Children,

We have reached the end of term 2 in great style. This week we rounded up our learning with a number of fun activities.

We started out the week with a fake test to celebrate April fool’s Day – I am happy that not everyone was duped by my cunning ruse.



In English we practiced reciting our poem for the assembly and in Maths we played some board games to practice our adding and subtraction skills. We rounded of our IPC unit on “Super Humans” by learning about how to keep our body healthy and the nasty virus of malaria. The students showed what they learned by making full-size skeletons and organs with descriptions of what they do in our body for display. They look amazing.


Their performance in the final assembly was fantastic. They said their lines well and everyone was entertained and impressed. In class we gave out awards for the top ClassDojo scorers and our reading race. Well done to Chris for receiving the commendation and to Lois for receiving the School Citizenship award. They are well deserved.


For homework during the break students should look at this website by clicking here and do research about different organs of the human body and bring a display of what they discovered similar to the ones we have done in class. They should also do book reviews and complete a tally, bar chart and Carroll diagram as we have learned in class.  They can use these sheets to guide them with their work. There are also some graph and chart worksheets to complete.

Book Review

Body Outline


Bar Chart

Carroll Diagram

Graphs and Charts Homework

I hope everyone has a fantastic Spring Break and I look forward to seeing you on Monday April 22.

Mr. Kearney More…

Week 12 Update, Reports sent home and Parent-Teacher conferences.

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Spelling year 3: compare criteria pattern healthy confidence remember sentence special straight strength

Dear Parents,

Next week is the final week of term 2. We have still covered a large amount of learning in the year 2-3 Johannesburg class this week. Reports went home today. Be sure to check your child’s’ school bag and ensure that you have received it. Please review it and complete the parents comments section in preparation for the parent teacher conferences on Wednesday 3 April. Also, be sure to reserve an interview slot by filling in the form at the admin office should you wish to discuss your child’s’ learning progress. I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

In English we continued to look at elements of poetry. The students crafted wonderful poems about Spring using rhyme, alliteration similes and adjectives. They then typed up their poems in ICT class. We also celebrated International Poetry Day by practicing reciting poems with confidence – tying neatly into our “Star of the Week” theme. Well done to the students for bravely performing sound poems with expression, intonation and alternating volume and pace.


In Math we finished off our unit on data handling by looking at Carroll diagrams. The students understand that different criteria is needed and we can sort things according to the criteria and then analyse the data. They had fun creating their own criteria and surveys to ask their school mates and analyse the facts of the data.


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In IPC we continued learning about the human body, this week focusing on the names of the bones of the skeleton and how it works in conjunction with different muscles to allow us to move. We also looked at how the eye works.

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In P.E. we continued to play cooperative team games with the students competing against each other in teams having to solve different challenges by working together.



All in all another fun week of learning as term 2 draws to a close. That is all for this week. Have a wonderful weekend. More…

Week 11 News and Spelling

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Spelling Year 3: skeleton organ alliteration sort diagram possible position quite quickly recent

Dear Parents and Children,

Another full week of learning has flown by in the year 2-3 Johannesburg class and we started a number of new things.


Firstly, in English we have learned about features of poems, namely alliteration, as we explored a variety of poems of different topics. The students had fun creating alliteration sentences using their own names. We looked at shape poems and the poems “Friends” and “The Fisherman” by Abbie Farwell Brown and “Bed in Summer” by Robert Louis Stevenson as well as a fun poem called “Spring Showers”. I look forward to them starting to write their own poems next week.



In Math we continued our topic of data handling by learning about Venn Diagrams. The students made actual Venn Diagrams with hula hoops in class.

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IPC was the most interesting as we began our new unit, “Super Humans” about the human body. We learned about the most important organs and what the skeleton is for. We rounded off the week by making moving skeletons.


In P.E. we continued learning cooperative games and the children had a great time working together to solve challenges while competing against another team.


It has been a great week of learning and discovery and I look forward to the next one.

Have a great weekend.

Mr. Kearney More…

Week 10 Update

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Spelling Year 3: magnetic tally survey rhyme homonym occasion often opposite ordinary peculiar

Dear Parents and Children

Only 3 weeks until the end of term and still the fun and learning continues at HFS in the Year 2-3 Johannesburg class.

This week we had fun dressing up in our craziest pajamas to raise funds for the WeHope Orphanage Fund and the PTA. Thank you to the for providing snacks and refreshments for our pajama-movie party. At the beginning of the week the students enjoyed the visit from Mr Song from the Ulsan Dongbu Police Department. Riding in the police car was an amazing and unique experience.



In our learning this week we completed our English letter by crafting postcards for friends. I will be sure to mail them this weekend. We started our poetry unit by looking at rhyming words. Please practice the words to our song this weekend. The lyrics were included in the homework pack. We also learned about homonyms, building on our learning of homophones from last week. Next week we will look at poems from different countries and work toward writing our own poem.

In math we started our section on data handling by doing different surveys around the school and creating tally charts. We then learned how to use that data to create a bar chart. We rounded off the week by analyzing the data from our bar charts and creating questions for our classmates to answer. The students had a lot of fun experiencing what it is like to be a teacher in that respect.

In IPC we continued our exploration of forces by having fun with magnets. The students had to be scrapyard managers and sort magnetic and non-magnetic materials. We then did an investigation of which is the strongest type of magnet and created tally charts and bar charts, linking to our math studies and creating a new subject called “Scmath”.


We had fun with a new invasion game “Meerkat Moving” that linked to our English story from last week.

Finally, if you have not done so yet, please take a moment to complete our Parent Survey. There are only 5 questions and your responses are anonymous and will help us develop the best school possible for your child’s learning. Please click here to complete the survey. thank you for your support with this initiative.

That is all for week, Have a great weekend.

Mr. Kearney More…

Week 9 Spelling and News

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Spelling Year 3: international thousand forces postcard push pull mention minute natural naughty notice

Dear Parents and Children,

A full week of learning and fun has passed in the year 2/3 Johannesburg class as the end of term 2 edges closer. This week we celebrated International Book Day by dressing up as our favourite literary characters and just sitting and enjoying a good book. Thank you to the PTA whose generous gifts made that possible. The children really showed their creativity in their costume designs.



In English we completed our class book “Meerkat Mail”. We made summaries of the story and consolidated our short writing learning by crafting letters, postcards and emails. I am so proud of the students for writing thank you emails to the PTA during our ITC class. They also learned how to create and attach an image to an email. Well done! In grammar we learned about homophones and words that sound alike.



In Math we continued learning about money, focusing on different currencies. We learned about US Dollars and Korean Won. The students enjoyed playing with imitation versions of the different currencies as they learned to add the different coin amounts and practiced their place values up to 5 digits.



We continued learning about forces in IPC completing an experiment regarding friction and different surfaces. I look forward to completing more experiments next week.



In P.E we continued learning indoor and outdoor invasion games by learning basketball and games associated with football. The children had fun playing “Jail Break” and “Beanbag tag” while getting exercise.



That is all for this week. I look forward to seeing their crazy pajamas outfits next week. Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr. Kearney


International Week post

Dear Parents and Children,

What a fantastic celebration of the International community that makes up HFS this week has been. The students worked hard making their presentations and the feast that the parents prepared was a just reward. It was a successful and enjoyable day, thank you and well done to all.


In other learning, we refined our letter writing skills in English and learned about homophones – words that sound similar but are spelled differently. In Math we continued working with fractions applying our knowledge to money and word problems.



We completed our IPC unit “Freeze It” by making delicious grape and orange jelly and strawberry milk ice-lollies. It was a fun way to end the unit on different states of matter. We also began our new unit on “Forces” with an entertaining display of tug-of-war from Mr. Choi and Mr. Kearney. It was the perfect way to examine push and pull forces. I look forward to exploring these further in the coming weeks.



The International Day festivities were a great success. The students enjoyed sampling the wondrous variety of dishes put out by the parents, thank you again for preparing such a fantastic feast. The students really put everything into their presentations and it showed. Well done to all of them.


I look forward to celebrating International Book Day on Thursday 7th March. The fun and learning never ends at HFS.

That is all for this week. Have a wonderful extended weekend. There is no homework or spelling this week so please enjoy the holiday.

Mr. Kearney More…

Week 7 Spelling and News

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Dear Parents and Children,

This week has seen many milestones and occasions in the Year 2/3 Johannesburg class. We were lucky to have a visit from a familiar face in Mr. Kim – the children were delighted to see him.


In class this week we began looking at informal letters, focusing on the book “Dear Mr. Blueberry”. The students learned the features of an informal letter. We will continue with this next week as they prepare to write letters to an old friend from the year 2 class. In Math we continued looking at fractions and how to make ½, ¼ and 1/3 of amounts of things. We continued with our IPC investigation on the changing states of matter looking at how long it takes for different substances to change from a liquid to a solid.



The highlight of this week was undoubtedly our trip to Busan National Science Museum. The students had a fantastic time exploring scientific principles in hands-on installations. It was a hugely successful trip and the students were able to see and interact with dancing robots, aeronautical exhibits and enjoy playing with devices that demonstrated forces.


We celebrated Olivia McCarthy’s birthday but it was bittersweet knowing that she would be leaving this week. We wish you adventure and delight every day in your new school, Olivia!


That is all for this week. I look forward to the student’s International Week Presentations on Thursday 28th February.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr. Kearney More…

Week 6 Spelling and News

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Year 3 Spelling: solid liquid matter fraction equivalent increase important interest island knowledge

Dear Parents and Children,

A full week has passed us by in the Year 2/3 Johannesburg class and there is much to talk about.

We began the week by putting on an excellent display of science and the school value of respect, showing off our understanding of static and current electricity in our assembly.



In English we consolidated our learning of traditional tales from other countries by creating our own witch character and starting to type our own witch story. We also reviewed our understanding of direct and indirect speech and how to use speech marks. We celebrated Valentine’s Day by making cards for those for whom we care. I was delighted to receive a few, it is really sweet and touching.

In math we started looking at fractions, learning about equivalent fractions and comparing different fractions. The students made their own fraction walls for our class display. We had fun in P.E. learning different “invasion” and “territory” games, playing mat-ball and “guard the pin”. The weather was chilly so we made use of our fantastic gymnasium.


Our new IPC unit is called “Freeze it” and we are looking at different states of matter. The students had fun enacting the behavior that particles make in solids, liquids and gases. They then made wonderful displays explaining this behavior. We saw first-hand how matter changes by looking at water changing from ice to liquid to gas and we conducted a “cool” experiment with chocolate to see if we could melt it and reverse that state or not. I look forward to performing more experiments next week.


What a full week of fun and learning. I look forward to next week when we will go on our school trip to the Busan National Science museum on Thursday 21 February.

Enjoy the picture below of your children having fun learning and do have a wonderful weekend.

Mr Kearney More…

Week 5 – Art gallery trip, Assembly and trip to Busan National Science museum

Dear Parents and Children,

Since this was a short and special week there will be no spelling and the only homework will be to study and practice the words to our “Electricity Song” for our assembly on Monday. Click here for a printout of the lyrics. Please join us for an illuminating and interactive display of what the students have been learning about in IPC.

The students enjoyed a short but busy week where they practiced their hopping, jumping and balancing locomotor skills in P.E. We also prepared to conduct our assembly on Monday and we hope to see you there. The students always enjoy putting their work on display for their parents so if you would like to attend be at the hall by 1: 30 pm for an entertaining presentation



We completed our IPC unit on Electricity by making actual functioning “buzzer” games. The students worked diligently and meticulously piecing all the parts of the circuit together. Well Done to all of them.


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The trip to the art gallery was informative and the students enjoyed seeing different styles of graffiti art on display. We are so fortunate to have such a valuable resource that we can take advantage of so close by. Stay tuned for updates on how the students will apply what they have learned from the experience to making a similar art work.


Our next class trip will be to the Busan National Science Museum on Thursday 21st February. It will be a full-day trip but we will return to the school by 3:30 pm so after-school club activities will not be affected on the day. It will be great for the students to learn about forces and states of matter for their upcoming IPC units and if you have not completed the online permission form please do so by clicking here and submitting your response by Friday February 15th.

That is all for this week. Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr. Kearney


Week 4 News, Spelling and Seollal Break

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Spelling Year 3: battery inventor magnet speech multiple heard heart height history imagine

Dear Parents and Children,

I can’t believe that we are almost half way through term two and what a fantastic week we have had in the Year 2/3 Johannesburg class.

The highlight was unquestionably the Seollal festivities on Wednesday. It was a smart decision to celebrate early due to the sudden sprinkling of snow that brought a chill on Thursday and Friday. The students looked dazzling as always in their Hanboks and traditional outfits as they performed Gatchi-Gatchi Seollarun in the assembly. They made such nice wishes for our “wishing tree” and enjoyed playing games and flying their kites from art class. It is an important and rewarding experience to celebrate such significant cultural traditions.




In other learning, we concocted our own delightfully disgusting witches’ recipes in English and reviewed using speech marks for direct speech in grammar. In math we learned strategies for adding and subtracting pairs of 2-digit numbers and applied that to word problems using the RUCSAC method. We helped out the F1-Y1 students with their counting  and in IPC we continued exploring current electricity, learning about conducting a fair test as we constructed series circuits. The students also researched significant figures in the history of electricity and constructed a timeline to show it.



Next week we will make our electrical game projects so please send a shoe box as in the picture below or similar with your child to class in order for them to complete the project.



On Friday 8 February we will be going to the HHI art gallery to view the graffiti exhibition. The trip will be short, taking place from 1:30 to 3:00 pm but please complete the online permission form by clicking here to allow your child to attend.

That is all for this week. Have a wonderful Seollal break.

Mr. Kearney