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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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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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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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Welcome Back and Permission form for School trip to the Botanical Gardens on Monday 30 April for 7 000 Won

Dear Parents and Children

Welcome back to a fresh and Springy Term 3. We hope you have enjoyed the beautiful blossoms in bloom around Ulsan during the Spring break.

We are starting term 3 with a number of exciting events, one of them being a fantastic trip to Ulsan Botanical Gardens on Monday 30 April. This is in line with our IPC unit on Flowers and Insects and will provide your child with an incredible learning experience of plants and living creatures. The school will cover the entrance fee for the Botanical gardens but there is an additional cost of   7 000 Won for the children to participate in a plant growing activity and the children will come away with a memento from the experience. Please complete and submit the permission form here by Monday 23 April and send  the 7 000 Won fee with your child to school.

Thank you for continued support.

Mr. Kearney and Ms. You



School trip to Ulsan Museum and Grand Park departing at 09:10 am

Dear Parents and Children,

Just a reminder that the Year 1 and 2 School trip to Ulsan Museum and Grand Park will happen as scheduled tomorrow.

The bus will depart promptly at 09:10 am. 

Please pack a light carry bag including a morning snack, juice or water bottle as well as a lunch for your children.  Comfortable walking or running shoes are recommended.

It promises to be a beautifully sunny day so light clothing will be ideal.

Thank you for your cooperation

Mr. Kearney and Ms. You

Reports, School trip, Mini-Market activity, week 11 news and Spelling

Spelling Year 1: bake cake late ride time its who now people my

Spelling year 2: explorer postpone route sailed correct study second eyes soon times

Dear Parents and Children,

The end of term approaches rapidly as this rather wet and rainy week passed us by. Luckily the sun came out just in time for the extended weekend. The year 1’s and 2’s have been productive in their learning.

Reports will go home today with the students. Please fill in the parent section and bring it to Parent Conferences on Wednesday 28 March. Also, please enter your name on the booking sheet at the office to arrange a convenient meeting time with your child’s teacher.

In English the year 2s have been consolidating our understanding of nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs by creating funny fill-in stories for our classmates and we will complete our re-vamped typed versions of “Handa’s Surprise” next week. In IPC we learned about Christopher Columbus and why he was an important explorer, thank you to those children who brought in their own examples of famous people from the past for our class display. In Math the students continued to work with money with role-playing shop activities to learn how to calculate small amounts.

We would like to end-off the money unit with a Flea-market activity for the year 1 and 1/2 classes. We want to setup a few table-stalls of items that the students can “purchase” with the play money that we use in class. It will require some donations of items that can be sold at the stalls. We would like to have 6 stalls. Toys, Stationary, Books, Snacks, Clothes and “Odds ‘n Ends or hand-made crafts”. If each parent donates 4 separate items to at least 4 stalls it should provide enough to have a successful mini-market for the students to buy something. The items should be small, old, cheap things that you or your children would not mind donating and they will be priced not more than £2.00 at our market. The more items that are donated, the more fun it will be for the students. Each student will be given the same amount of play money (£5.00) to spend at the stalls. We would like to have the market on Thursday 29 March from 10:30 am until 11:30 am in the Year 1 and 1/2 classes. We thank you for your support with this fun little activity.

Also to remind you that the. School trip to Ulsan Museum and Grand park scheduled for Tuesday 2y March will go ahead as planned. We will monitor the weather on Monday and alert you should there be any changes.

Have a wonderful long-weekend,

Mr. Kearney and Ms. You

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Week 10 News and Spelling

Year 1 Spelling: ear hear near tear fear no make than first been

Year 2 spelling: inventor discover invention speech said night following seen picture being

Dear Parents and Children,

Another week has flown by at HFS and what a way to end. We all had loads of fun getting our groove on at the HFS Dance Party. Well done to the PTA for providing the refreshments and raffles. Kudos to the Student council for organizing and running the event and congratulations to Joy, Juveria, Anna and Alicia for winning the raffles.

Unfortunately, we had to postpone the school trip to Tuesday 27 March but we are all excited to visit Ulsan Museum and Grand Park on that day if the weather cooperates.

In class this week the Year 1’s practiced their “Handa’s surprise” Plays while the year 1/2s continued writing their versions of the story, they have learned how to use adverbs, adjectives and speech marks to give their character’s voice. In Math we continued to work with money. The Year 1/2s got valuable hands-on experience using money while working at the refreshment stands at the school dance. In IPC we learned more about history by looking at important inventors and inventions in our “People of the past” unit. Next week we will look at Christopher Columbus and parents are reminded to talk to their children about famous people from their home country. It would be wonderful if they could bring in a picture and talk about who that person is, why they are famous, where they are from and when they were born.

That’s all for this week. Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr. Kearney and MS. You

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Y1 and 2 School trip Postponed to Tuesday 27 March due to Rain

Dear Parents and Children

Unfortunately due to the weather forecast for rain on Thursday we will postpone the school trip to Ulsan Museum and grand Park to Tuesday 27 March.
Thursday will be a normal school day and the schedule for the school trip on Tuesday 27 March will be to depart promptly at 09:10 am and return by 2:30 pm.
Apologies for the inconvenience but the decision was made to postpone since going to Grand Park as well as the museum will make it a fuller and more enjoyable learning experience.
Best Regards,
Mr. Kearney and Ms. You

Books home overnight and to be returned tomorrow.

Dear Parents and Children

Today the year 1/2 students will bring their Literacy, Numeracy, IPC and Journal books home overnight for your perusal. Please go through their books to see the lovely work they have been doing this term.  Please also ensure that the books are returned tomorrow, Wednesday 14 March in order for them to complete their classwork.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Best regards,

Mr Kearney