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Term 2 Week 2 News and Spelling

Spelling words year 2: predict electricity second static third such take here why things

Spelling words year 3: predict electricity second static third experience extreme famous favourite February

Dear Parents and Children,

What a full and entertaining week of learning and discovery we have had. The highlight of which was clearly the Silly Hat Day. The students did well in being insanely creative in their hat designs and we all had a great time making silly hats in class to wear on the day.

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In other learning we continued our IPC unit “Bright Sparks” with an exploration of static electricity. The students were positively charged as they completed experiments with balloons and household items to generate static electricity. Next week we will look at the history and development of current electricity and have fun making circuits.

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In English we explored a variation of a traditional tale from another country and compared the differences and similarities of the stories we have been reading.  In grammar we looked at regular and irregular verbs in the past-simple tense. In math we learned about ordinal numbers and how to add by bridging to multiples of 10 and learned a clever way to quickly calculate multiples of 9. Ask your child to show you. Finally, Please ensure that your child practices their spelling words for the weekly test.

We continued to practice our footwork locomotor skills in P.E this week with some fun dribbling games and we learned a new song about electricity for music. The  Scholastic catalogues went home today. Please place your orders by the 10th of February.

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

Mr Kearney

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Welcome Back to Term 2 in the Year 2/3 class

Dear Parents and Children,

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Welcome back after the Winter break. I hope you are refreshed and revitalized. We have plunged straight into work in the Year 2/3 Johannesburg class this week. We began by giving out awards for the Class Dojo Achievers from last term. Well done to all who received a prize. We also started the term off with a new program “Going for Goals” where the students will set and work toward reaching a goal in class each week. I look forward to seeing the “goal getters” working hard each week to reach their target.

The term 2 curriculum overviews are up. Please review and become familiar with the content we have set for this term by clicking here.  We have already started working on it in class this week. In English class, the students eagerly recounted events from their Winter break and we started learning about traditional tales from other cultures exploring the Russian story of Baba Yaga and the German story of Hansel and Gretel. The students had fun trying to predict the ending and create their own original ending for Hansel and Gretel.

In Math we looked at comparing 3-digit numbers and placing them accurately on a number line. We followed this with rounding 3 digit numbers and the year 3 students went a step further by rounding for simplified addition.

The students were very excited to start the new IPC unit “bright Sparks” where we will learn about electricity. After exploring the background to the topic we will do some hands on experimenting with electrical circuits. In PE we started working on movement skill games and had fun practicing our footwork with a “grab the treasure” game.

On Tuesday 15 January we will celebrate National Hat Day by wearing the silliest hats imaginable. Start looking for or making the silliest hat you can think of to wear on the day. Each class will judge the silliest hat in their class and we will have a school parade to show off the wacky designs. it should be loads of fun.

That is all for this week. We will start up spelling words from next week. have a great weekend.

Mr Kearney More…

Happy Holidays from the year 2-3 Class!

And that’s a wrap! What a way to end the term with a fantastic week of fun-filled learning and creating.

The year 2-3’s performed their pieces in the Winter show outstandingly. We rounded off this week by exploring light and shadows and making their own functioning Zoetropes. They also performed their own original scripted plays for everyone in the Assembly. Congratulations to Reyansh for his commendation award, it was well-earned and to Felix for his School Citizenship award. We will miss you!

I look forward to seeing everyone starting refreshed and energized on January 7th. Have a wonderful Winter break, a Fantastic Holiday season and Spectacular New Year!

Mr Kearney

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Week 15 News and Spelling

Year 2 Spelling: scene compare simile like estimate does part even place well

Year 3 Spelling:  scene compare simile like estimate early earth eight enough exercise

Dear Parents and Children

We have reached the final week of term one and the students have been as busy as bees this week.

We were very happy to have so many guests participate in our open day on Monday. Thank you for taking the time to see what we are doing in our lessons at HFS. I hope It was an informative and enriching experience learning to make moving images for our “Zoetrope”.

We have rehearsed our songs and dances for the Winter show and the students are excited to perform for you on Monday. Do join us at 6pm for a magical evening of entertainment and please ensure that your child rehearses their part this weekend for the show. Please remember that the color code is red and white and send a pair of toy sunglasses to school on Monday for our dress rehearsal.

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Progress Reports went home with your students today. Please ask them and check their bags to ensure that you receive their progress report for the term.

In class this week the students learned about similes and used them to start writing sense poems imagining if they had wings.

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In Math this week we continued to learn about measuring, focusing on temperature and introducing the children to negative numbers. The students were happy to get their hands on thermometers to measure hot and cold substances.

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We also made wonderful Christmas tree ornaments  for the arts and craft stall at the winter Show, do purchase one to support the PTA. In IPC we continued to explore sound looking at how sound travels from its source to our ears and brains by playing with wire-cup telephones.

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Please remember to sign up for the parent teacher conferences on Wednesday 12 December. The sign-up sheet is at the admin offices and should be completed by Tuesday 11 December.

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

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Week 14 update, Spelling Words and Winter Show Costumes

Year 2 spelling: heavier lighter longer shorter hear work there word must because

Year 3 spelling: heavier lighter longer shorter hear decide describe different difficult disappear

Dear Parents and Children,

We have completed week 14 of our term and the upcoming Winter Show is almost upon us. We would like to keep the costumes simple yet festive so the students should wear basic warm, red and white clothes – red pants and a white long-sleeve shirt for their class recital. (The image below is a guide and the tie and mustache are  not required). We will provide Santa Hats for everybody but the students should wear a pair of cheap toy sunglasses.  Students who are playing the part of skeletons in the play (Jeremy, Cortney, Rana, Juveria, Nikolay, Seongyun and Cherry Blossom) should wear black long-sleeve shirts, black pants and black socks and change into their red and white clothes during the interval.

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 In class this week the students were very busy.  We practiced our descriptive writing by using adjectives to improve sentences and started looking at play scripts, linking with our IPC unit “Turn it up”  by learning the art of Foley (creating sounds for films and plays) and sound design to create entertaining recordings with sound effects.

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In Math we continued our section on measurement by reviewing units of measurement for length, weight and capacity and the correct terminology associated with each one.

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In P.E the students continued working on their hockey striking and passing and are getting good at cricket.  We were also fortunate to have a visit from the FS1/2/Y1 students showing us the book that they made. It has been a fun week of practical learning.

That is all for now, Have a great weekend and I hope to see you at the HFS Open Day on Monday.

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Week 13 News and Winter Show Song Lyrics

Dear Parents and Children,

It has been a full week of learning and fun in the HFS classroom.  The students commemorated Children’s day and learned about their Universal Children’s Rights. They made fantastic hand posters for our display.

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We have started rehearsing for our upcoming Winter show and the students completed an exciting project about sound for our IPC unit, “Turn it up”. We learned about the art of Foley and making sound effects. The students performed a live dub to an hilarious scene from the “Captain Underpants” movie.  We will post that to our Class  Dojo page soon.

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In English we started looking at poems about our senses, taking advantage of the chilly weather to have a sensory poetry walk around the school grounds to write descriptions of what we saw, heard, felt and smelled.

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In P.E. we continued learning about striking games by practicing hockey in the gymnasium since it was a little chilly. In Math we started our unit on measurement by looking at units of time and how to tell and write the time with the phrases “past” and “to” and “quarter” and “half”. Be sure to let your child practice telling the time at home.

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There are no spelling words this week but rather let the students practice their winter show songs which can be found by clicking here for the year 2 “Aladdin” song and here for the year 3 song. The lyrics to the class song “Arabian Nights” can be found by clicking here.

That is all for this week. Have a great weekend please and stay warm.

– Mr Kearney.

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Updated – Week 12 News and Spelling

Year 2 Spelling: also around another came come tolerant sound light clockwise quarter

Year 3 Spelling: centre century certain circle complete tolerant sound light clockwise quarter

Dear Parents and Children,

What an exciting week it has been in the Year 2/3 class. They conducted their assembly excellently and looked great in their costumes. The school was impressed as they showed off their dictionary and alphabetical order skills and we all learned valuable lessons about tolerance, equality and telling the truth.

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On Tuesday we were fortunate to have had Mrs. Lickert demonstrate an actual science experiment that a laboratory technician would perform. It was a superb way to end off our IPC unit on “A day in the life”. The students learned about different liquids being acids or bases. Thank you again Mrs. Lickert for your patient and informative instruction.

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We started our new IPC unit, “Turn it up” by listening to sounds around us and understanding that sounds make waves and different sounds make different waves. The students had fun using a virtual oscillator to see what the sound of their voice looks like. You can try see what sounds look like by clicking here.

In English we consolidated our learning about instructions by creating sets of instructions for spaces around the school. Look out for their posters about how to use the microwave, library and elevator. In math we learned about direction and movement and the students enjoyed playing a treasure hunt game, navigating a boat around a map to seek for different trinkets as well as following directions accurately to create patterns. In P.E the students demonstrated that they are learning striking and fielding games well by playing cricket and baseball.

We ended off the week by starting to learn and practice our songs for the upcoming Winter show. Click here for the lyrics for the students to practice at home. I have Updated the web page to now allow access to the lyrics.

That is all for this week, stay warm and healthy and have a great weekend.

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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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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.