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week 2 News and Farewell to Selim

Spelling Year 1: book     food      feet        sheep          light        sight        but   what     all        were      when

Spelling Year 2: Olympics,  food,   keep,   children,   feet,   land,    repeated,   curling,    monitor,   Journal

Dear Parents and Children,

The cold spell has ended and the sunny weather is here for your fun weekend. We bid farewell to Selim and his family as they leave us this week. We wish them all the best luck and happiness in the future. Students kept warm this week by working hard. We have introduced some new procedures for our students to express their creativity. They have been given a reading-review book to keep track of the books they read in their leisure time, which is not compulsory but purely for their pleasure. (They will get a star sticker for every book-review they write.)

In English, we continued rehearsing poems to present in a future assembly. In Maths, we continued multiplication for Year 2 and repeated addition for Year 1. In IPC, we are having fun investigating the Winter Olympics. Please talk about this topic with your children (i.e. Sports your country will participate in, watch the news for any Olympic related events, etc.)

We look forward to starting club activities next week.

Have a great weekend (Be sure to protect yourself if the air quality is poor.)

Mr. Kearney and Ms You

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Term 2, Week 1 News & Homework

Spelling Year 1:  called, where, just, know, most    rain, pain, nail, tail, sail

Spelling Year 2: continents, ocean, southern, memory, wondering, important, until, money, form, school

Dear Parents and Children,  

Welcome back! We were thrilled to see all the children return happy and rested from the Winter vacation. We were lucky to have a bit of wonderful snow that led to a lot of fun and excitement. Enjoy the pictures. We got straight back into work from Day 1. We have learned classic nursery rhymes and poems in English and skip counting and word problems in Maths. In IPC, we have started our inquiry into the Olympics, which will carry on the following 6 weeks.

The whole school has decided that every student should have a journal for free writing to develop their writing skills. These will go home periodically for you to view what your child has written and also to write at home.

Year 1 students have also started to use the Weekly Spelling book to record and monitor their weekly spelling progress.

We look forward to having a successful and productive second Term!

Please enjoy the photos of week 1 in Year 1 and 2.

From Mr. Kearney and Ms You

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End of Term 1 photos and something fun for holiday

Dear Parents and Children,

1 day of our precious holiday has gone! I hope you all have started enjoying your holiday! Please enjoy looking at your final photos taken in the final week of Term 1 at your leisure. These are final week learning shots, marvelous marble finishers and party shots.

For the children who are looking for some fun, exciting learning activities to enhance your learning, here are a few websites you can have fun with. Diary Writing (or book review with 2-3 sentences for Year 1) is also recommended for developing your writing skills. If you do, please bring your diary/book review to school along with some photos when you come back, which then can become a great resource for holiday talk and discussions.

Have a wonderful holiday everyone and we will see you on 8th January 2018. Thank you!

Ms. You and Mr. Kearney

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Literacy: Fun online learning~!

  • For Year 1: I Can Read Game: Click on the word ‘Listen’ on the down left of the screen board, read a sentence and answer each question.        

http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/magazines/edition1/swfs/icanread/index.htm

  •  For Year 1 and 2, Jungle Jumble to increase your vocabulary and word reading skill

http://pbskids.org/electriccompany/games/junglejumble

  • PBS Kids has many games and stories that our children can enjoy and learn while they are at home or away. http://pbskids.org/games/

Numeracy: Revise your mathematics skills through using ‘Mathletics’ and ‘Starfalls’.

 

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IPC Unit: The Magic Toymaker

Dear Children and Parents of Year One and Two,                           toy

Over the next 4 weeks starting from Tuesday 14th of November, Year One and Two children will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on ‘Toys and games’.

For the entry point activity, please send to school children’s toys of any type, e.g. self-moving toy, LEGO, domino, games or teddy, etc. We also need a series of collage and junk materials. e.g. small and medium boxes, straws, cardboard rolls, card, sequins, beads, ribbons, fabric, glitter, polystyrene balls and cubes, and so on to make our own toys at a later stage. E.g.

The learning goals of this unit of work are set out very clearly what children will learn in three different area: 1. the learning goals for each of the subjects are appropriately challenging to suit the different learning levels of our children. 2. the characteristics of Personal development will help children become more responsible, independent learners. 3. International understanding will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.

During this unit we will be focusing on History, Science, Technology and International.

In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About toys and games from the past
  • How to decide if a toy is new or old
  • How to create our own toy museum
  • How we can learn about the past in different ways

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to sort toys based on what they are made out of
  • Which materials can be bent, squashed, twisted or stretched
  • What materials are best for making a bath toy, and
  • About pushes and pulls, and how things move

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • About ‘magic’ toys that fool our eyes
  • How to design and make our own puppets

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About a popular game from another country and teaching others to play it

All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.

If you can, please talk with your child about the toys and games that you used to play with when you were growing up. If you still have examples of these toys, then show them to your child and talk about how you played with them. Collect and look at old photographs that feature family members playing with toys. Help your child to understand how toys have changed over time.

By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets and had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm.

Thank you in advance for your support in this unit of The Magic Toymaker.

Building a Biscuit House Project Pictures

Dear parents and children of Year One and Two,

We thank you for the support you have given us to complete our learning of the IPC Building Unit. The Project started off with planning/designing and then collecting materials, making a building, assessment, display and finally finished with an exhibition, where we had visitors from other classes and Mr. Mcloud. It was a great exit activity that helped us to both consolidate and celebrate our learning.

Before we introduce the next unit, please enjoy looking and download the photos of our final activity that has successfully finished together with the children, teachers, staff and parents.

Also included here are some learning photos of the week.

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“Making a Biscuit House” Project

Dear Parents and Children,

Be aware that we are reaching the end of the IPC unit on Buildings. It has been an interesting exploration of the nature and purpose of the buildings around us. For the exit activity of the unit, we would like to celebrate our learning by building a biscuit house and demonstrate our understanding of how buildings are constructed.

This will require some preparation of the materials to be used. The school will provide some of the materials needed in the form of the cardboard base, wafer biscuits for the walls, waffle wafers for the roof and yummy melting chocolate for cementing the pieces together.

We require from you: any additional decorations for their house such as extra biscuits, jelly candies, m&m, lolly pops for trees, candy stones and an empty milk carton as a house frame if you wish. Please see the pictures below as a guide to see what the finished product might look like.

Please ensure that “NO NUT products” are sent to the school accidentally!

This project will be carried out during class time in the morning (9.30 am – 12.00 pm) on Wednesday, the 8th of November.

Any  parents are welcome to volunteer to assist the classes with this project. We look forward to it. Thank you.

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Year 1 and 2 IPC building and nature trip info.

Dear parents,

In line with our new topic ‘Buildings’, Year 1/2 classes are having another exciting trip to HHI and Daewangam Park. At each place, we will observe the differences between nature and a building site and buildings for different purposes, e.g. buildings for ship construction, a lighthouse and bridges. See below for the trip information.

 

Where:  HHI & Daewangam Park

When: Thursday, 2nd November 2017

How: By school bus

Who: Ms You and Mr. Kearney (Teachers), Miss Duri & Mr. J. Kim (TA)

You prepare: School uniform, a jacket, comfy shoes, Lunch, snack  a water bottle

Leave school at 9:15am – Return to school by 1:30pm

The Online Permission Slip will be posted shortly on the School web page. Please complete it  by Monday 30th October.  Children not attending the trip should stay at home on the trip day.

Thank you in advance for your continued support.

 

Year One/Two class teachers

Ms. You and Mr. Kearney

2017-2018 Year 1 and Year 1/2 Student list

Dear Parents

As you are aware with the recent addition of Mr Kearney to the H.F.S. Team we will be splitting the Year 1 and 2 classes. This will take effect immediately after the Chuseok Holiday break. Ms You will take charge of the Year 1 group and Mr Kearney will take charge of the Year 1 / 2 group. The complete class lists are displayed on the link below. Feel free to contact either Ms. You or Mr. Kearney should you have any queries.

Sadly we must also bid farewell to Aarav Sharma and Aayan Biswas from the Year 1 / 2 class. We have enjoyed having them at H.F.S and wish both of them and their families the best of luck and success in the future.

2017-2018 Year 1 and Year 1 – 2 Student list

GL Assessment Week

The school has recently adopted the Progress Test Series by GL Assessment as the way we measure students progress in the school.  It is hoped that the information provided by these assessments will provide a clearer illustration to the parents on how their son/daughter is doing at school.  More information about the assessments can be found here.

As part of the school starting to use these tests we need to perform “benchmark” tests with the students.  The purpose of these benchmark tests is to get a starting level for the students.  This information will be then used to further inform the teachers what the students can and cannot do and help us to plan our lessons accordingly. The score from these assessments will also be used as the score against which we measure the students progress at the end of the school year.

Unlike Years 3-9, all of the Year 2 students and some of the Year 1 students, who are well able to read and understand simple texts by themselves will be taking these tests tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday (14/09/2017 – 15/09/2017) so that we can allocate our students either in Year 1 or Year 1/2 classes according to the school’s criteria. Normally, there is no necessity of Year One students to take this tests, but teacher assessment.

Important Days

                             Important Days
Everyday        Book bag, Lunch, am snack, water bottle

Monday          Show & tell (Weekends experience)

Tuesday          PE day (Sports kit) & Library books (to renew)

Wednesday    Reading books & homework into class

Thursday        New reading book &homework to take home

Friday             PE day (Sports kit)