Week 8 Update, spelling words and Kidzania Trip Permission form

Year 2 Spelling: go good new write our array sharing outlaw moral jobs

Year 3 Spelling: actual actually address answer appear array sharing outlaw moral jobs

Dear Parents and Children,

How refreshing to have a full week of fun teaching and learning. The year 2/3 students have been busy little bees this week. They started off the week with a fantastic assembly showing off their rapping and singing skills and delivering a wonderful assembly about “Our World”.

They were equally productive in class. In English we learned about the legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood and looked at the morals from popular fables. In Maths we learned how to multiply and divide using arrays and we practiced our multiplication tables. In P.E. the students had fun practicing throwing different objects at targets for accuracy. IN ICT the students enjoyed researching animals in different habitats and learning about different myths and Legends. In IPC we consolidated our learning about habitats by planning and creating our own “shoe-box” habitats of the Savannah, arctic, jungle or ocean.

The most exciting news is still the planned upcoming trip to Kidzania in Busan in line with our IPC unit about “A day in the life”. We hope to attend Kidzania on either Tuesday 6 November or Thursday 8th November. It will be a full day trip and we will try our best to get the most out of the theme-park experience. Since it is a slightly longer trip it may affect the club activities on the day but we will find the best way to utilize the school bus while maximizing the time at the theme park and also disrupt the after school activities as little as possible. Please ensure that you complete the online permission form by clicking here  by Monday 22nd November. Take note that it will require a 10 000 Won contribution, also, all parents must agree in order for us to make up a body of 15 students to secure the group discount. I look forward to a uniquely rewarding learning experience.

That is all for this week. Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm as it is getting chilly.

Mr. Kearney



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Kidzania trip permission and agreement form

Dear Parents,

Kidzania city

As part of our IPC learning unit on “A Day in the life” we will be looking at different jobs and occupations. Kidzania theme park in Busan offers a unique learning opportunity for children to experience what it is like to work in different jobs. HFS would like to organize a trip to Kidzania for the year 1/2/3 children on Tuesday 6th November.

You can view the Kidzania website by clicking here.

The price of admission is 23 000 Won. HFS will cover most of the cost but parents will have to contribute 10 000 Won towards the entrance fee. Note: This reduced entrance fee only applies to a group of 15 students or more so all parents must agree in order to make the trip viable.

Parents are asked to complete the online permission form by clicking here by no later than Monday 22nd October.

Best regards,

Mr. Kearney

Week 7 Update and Spelling words

Week 7

Year 2 Spelling: get through back much before inverse recycle operation fable legend

Year 3 Spelling: accident century experiment interest particular inverse recycle operation fable legend

Dear Parents and Children,

What a busy week we’ve had. We were lucky to have a day off but we accomplished a lot in the year 2/3 class this week. We celebrated Cortney’s Birthday on Thursday and we practiced and rehearsed our Greek God rap and our “Boom-De-A-Da” song for our assembly on Monday. Join us for an entertaining and informative display of what we’ve been learning this term. In math we learned how to add in columns with borrowing and the year 3’s learned how to add up to three decimal points. The students had fun learning how to play cricket in P.E. and practiced their throwing and catching skills with Frisbees. The highlight was undoubtedly IPC when we went on a habitat exploration around the reservoir and were lucky enough to see turtles, birds and many, many spiders.

The students learned about recycling and that it is important to reduce our use of water, electricity and plastic and reuse items such as old clothes and books as well as what different materials can be recycled. They consolidated their understanding by creating wonderful recycled trees using plastic, fabric and paper.  We will be making shoe-box habitats next week since a few students are still to bring their box. If you have not done so, please send a shoe-box or any other similar-sized box next week so that we can complete the activity on Tuesday.

Homework was sent with your child today so please check their bags and ensure that they complete it and return it by Wednesday.

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

Best regards,

Mr. Kearney.

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Recycled Materials and Shoebox for IPC projects

Dear Parents and Children,

As part of our IPC unit about “Our World” we will be looking at recycling. We will be creating our own trees out of recycled materials this week and we request that you look around your houses to find any plastic, wood and paper objects that can be used for the project.  Items such as bottle tops, magazine pages, small pieces of cardboard etc will be ideal. The school will provide the materials seen in the picture but any additional items that you can find will add to the splendor of the creations.


Also, please don’t forget to send a regular shoe-box or similar box for our habitat creations for Friday.


Thank you for your continued support for what promises to be a fun learning project.

Best regards,

Mr Kearney.

Week 6 – News and Shoe-box required for Class Activity

Dear Parents and Children

Welcome back from the Chuseok break to what has been a brief and rainy couple of days in the Year 2/3 class. Despite it being a short week the students showed their mettle by working hard in their learning. In English we completed book reviews and wrote about our wonderful holiday break while also practicing our Greek God rap and creating symbols for our play characters. In Math the year 2’s reviewed adding and subtracting on a number line and using calculations to find the missing number while the year 3’s continued to work with decimals. In IPC we started learning about habitats and how different animals live in different places and in Music we explored how different music can make us feel different emotions. The students had fun practicing their throwing and catching with a Frisbee and learning how to play kick-baseball in P.E. All in all, a very short but productive week.


Next week we will be creating our own habitats and parents are kindly asked to send any regular shoe-box, similar to the one pictured, to school with their child for the activity. We will be doing it on Thursday. It should be a fun activity to consolidate our learning about the world around us.


Also, next week we will begin sending homework and spelling and vocabulary lists home as well as invitations to view your child’s progress in the School Class Dojo reward system. That is all for this week.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr. Kearney

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Week 4 – Chuseok Celebration and Song Lyrics Practice over the Holidays

Dear Parents and Children,

We are 4 weeks in to the year and the students have been working and learning well. The class was lucky to have Cherry and Terry, the HFS Turtles in class with them. We showed great responsibility and care in feeding and observing them. In English the students started applying what they have learned about myths and adjectives toward creating their own mythological heroes and settings. They also worked hard learning their Greek God Rap for their upcoming assembly. In Math the year 3’s continued learning about decimals, practicing how to add while the year 2’s practiced their 4 and 5 times tables and partitioning four-digit numbers. In IPC we continued our exploration of “Our World” by reviewing living and non-living things and looking at trees as habitats. They also enjoyed practicing the “I love the whole world” song.  Please have them practice their words to these songs over the break as homework. The lyrics can be found  here:I Love the Whole World  and here: Greek God Rap.

The highlight of the week was undoubtedly today’s Chuseok festivities. The students had a fantastic time celebrating this most significant of Korean Holidays, from making thank you cards to enjoying traditional games and culminating in the spectacular assembly. Well done to the class for performing their roles as MC’s so well and Thank you to all the parents for attending our Chuseok program. Have an enjoyable Chuseok break and I will see you on October 4th.

Best regards,

Mr Kearney.

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Week 3 Update

Dear Parents and Children,

We are now well into our learning in the year 2/3 class at HFS and we have had a busy week. The students had a fantastic time at the UMFF school trip.  I was most impressed with their climbing ability. They are so brave.

In other learning this week we continued to explore Greek Myths, focusing on Greek Gods – Ask your child to practice their Greek God Rap at home. In English we learned how to use adjectives and adverbs to make our writing more interesting. In Math we worked on ordering and partitioning three and four digit numbers. The year 3’s began to understand decimal points and numbers smaller than 1. In IPC we created fantastic patterns in the style of Andy Goldsworthy using objects found in nature. We also practiced our song for the month “I love the whole world” – Ask your child to perform it for you.

Next Friday will be the HFS Chuseok celebration. All parents are welcome to join us from 1:30 pm to be a part of the festivities.

Enjoy these pictures of your children on the field trip and at school. Have a great weekend.

– Mr Kearney

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Week 2 – The fun and learning is underway

Dear Parents and Children

Week two is under our belt and we are moving steadily into our learning. The students also enjoyed participating in the after-school club activities this week. In English we continued our exploration of Greek Myths, creating our own mythological beasts and paying close attention to the story of Icarus. We also practiced using correct punctuation. In Math we continued learning our multiples of 10 and counting on in 10’s from other numbers. We reviewed place value of three and four digit numbers. In P.E. We had fun doing team-building activities. In IPC the students had a lot of fun looking at patterns that exist in our world, most notably spirals. Next week we will use found natural objects to create a pattern artwork similar to Andy Goldsworthy.

Everyone is looking forward to the School trip on Monday. Please ensure that your children are wearing their uniform for easy identification and that they have comfortable shoes, their snack, lunch and water bottle.

That is all for this week. Enjoy these pictures of your children learning and laughing.

Best regards,

Mr. Kearney

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First week – Fun and Learning Begins

Dear Parents and Children,

The first week of the new year at HFS is behind us and what a week it has been in the Year 2/3 class. Firstly, we are happy to welcome Chris and Cherry Blossom to the HFS community. They are already settling in wonderfully into their new class.

This week was largely spent getting to know the new school, new routines and  new classmates. I am happy to have so many familiar faces before me in the class for another year of fun teaching.  In English and Maths this week we started learning about Greek Myths and practiced our multiples of 10’s. In IPC The students looked in wonder at interesting images of “Our World”, things that they would not normally notice since they are too big or small, slow or fast but could appreciate through fantastic time-lapse photography. We have also started using laptops and tablets in ICT, be sure to ask your child’s for their log in cards for Reading Eggs and Mathletics that went home with them today.

That is all for this week. Please keep checking the website for updates of your child’s learning.

Best regards,

Mr. Kearney


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