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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.

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.

Week 10 Spelling and Update

Year 2 Spelling: day same right look think symmetry instruction explain glossary definition

Year 3 Spelling: build busy business calendar caught symmetry instruction explain glossary definition

Dear Parents and Children,

What an exciting, full week we’ve had in the year 2/3 class. The students outdid themselves in creating a scary, haunted classroom for our Scary Dress-up Day event. They also came dressed in amazing costumes to celebrate the holiday. Despite the fun-filled day we still squeezed in some valuable learning by making 3D pumpkin cube nets and continuing with our geometry exploration of shapes. The students had a blast exploring the activities in each of the classrooms as well as the spooky movie and dancing. A great time was enjoyed by all throughout the day.

In other learning this week the year 2’s practiced putting words into alphabetical order and using dictionaries while the year 3’s learned how to use a thesaurus. In Math we started looking at lines of symmetry in shapes and linked this with ICT where we created our own symmetrical pictures with MS Paint. In P.E. we started playing striking games by learning how to play badminton and we will start looking at baseball and cricket in the coming weeks. In IPC the students thought about their dream job and what doing it every day would entail. This is ahead of the much awaited trip to Kidzania on Thursday 8th November. Please check the class page next week for further details ahead of this planned trip.

Finally, we also celebrated Anna’s birthday on Thursday by making a lovely card. Happy Birthday Anna!

What a busy week! Have a great weekend.

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Week 9 Update and spelling words

Year 2 spelling: used me man too any halve double statement command question

Year 3 spelling: arrive believe bicycle breath breathe halve double statement command question

Dear Parents and Children,

Another fun week of learning and discovery is under our belts and we have much to share from the year 2/3 classroom. The students consolidated their learning of fables by planning their own animal fable in English. They also learned about different types of sentences and the correct punctuation for each.

In Math the year 2 students practiced halving and doubling with counters and began their geometry unit by reviewing the properties of 2D shapes and sorting regular and irregular shapes. They also understand that polygon is another word for shapes. They year 3 students tackled division and learned about area and perimeter. They made their own rectangles and squares to calculate. In IPC we continued our exploration of jobs with a discussion of what jobs are important if we want to start our own town and learning our song for the month, “People in my town”. In P.E. we practiced our target sports with “Human Bowling” and “King, Queen and castle” games.

In ICT we started working on our ClassDojo portfolios by taking photos and writing our profiles. The students also documented their habitat creations which they took home today. Make sure to view and comment on their work online if you have a chance.

Thank you to all parents for the delicious candy donations to our Scary dress-up day on Wednesday 31st October. The students are looking forward to dressing up and decorating the class in all kinds of spooky ways. If you have anything that you think will help to make the classroom especially creepy please send it to school next week.

Thursday November 8th will be our class trip to Kidzania. It will be a full day outing and we will return to school by 4:30 pm to make the most out of the theme park. Please send the 10 000 Won payment for the trip to school by Monday 29th October. We are all extremely excited for the trip.

Please send any used items to school such as toys, books, clothes or any other trinkets that can be sold at the “Treasures and Trinkets” stall at the PTA Fall Fun Day on Saturday 10th November. It will be a fun day for a worthy cause

Finally, we would like to wish Seongyun a happy birthday for tomorrow and hope he has a super, terrific, awesome day!

That is all for this week, have a wonderful weekend.

Mr. Kearney

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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,

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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