Week 12 Update, Reports sent home and Parent-Teacher conferences.

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Dear Parents,

Next week is the final week of term 2. We have still covered a large amount of learning in the year 2-3 Johannesburg class this week. Reports went home today. Be sure to check your child’s’ school bag and ensure that you have received it. Please review it and complete the parents comments section in preparation for the parent teacher conferences on Wednesday 3 April. Also, be sure to reserve an interview slot by filling in the form at the admin office should you wish to discuss your child’s’ learning progress. I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

In English we continued to look at elements of poetry. The students crafted wonderful poems about Spring using rhyme, alliteration similes and adjectives. They then typed up their poems in ICT class. We also celebrated International Poetry Day by practicing reciting poems with confidence – tying neatly into our “Star of the Week” theme. Well done to the students for bravely performing sound poems with expression, intonation and alternating volume and pace.


In Math we finished off our unit on data handling by looking at Carroll diagrams. The students understand that different criteria is needed and we can sort things according to the criteria and then analyse the data. They had fun creating their own criteria and surveys to ask their school mates and analyse the facts of the data.


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In IPC we continued learning about the human body, this week focusing on the names of the bones of the skeleton and how it works in conjunction with different muscles to allow us to move. We also looked at how the eye works.

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In P.E. we continued to play cooperative team games with the students competing against each other in teams having to solve different challenges by working together.



All in all another fun week of learning as term 2 draws to a close. That is all for this week. Have a wonderful weekend. More…

Week 11 News and Spelling

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Spelling Year 3: skeleton organ alliteration sort diagram possible position quite quickly recent

Dear Parents and Children,

Another full week of learning has flown by in the year 2-3 Johannesburg class and we started a number of new things.


Firstly, in English we have learned about features of poems, namely alliteration, as we explored a variety of poems of different topics. The students had fun creating alliteration sentences using their own names. We looked at shape poems and the poems “Friends” and “The Fisherman” by Abbie Farwell Brown and “Bed in Summer” by Robert Louis Stevenson as well as a fun poem called “Spring Showers”. I look forward to them starting to write their own poems next week.



In Math we continued our topic of data handling by learning about Venn Diagrams. The students made actual Venn Diagrams with hula hoops in class.

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IPC was the most interesting as we began our new unit, “Super Humans” about the human body. We learned about the most important organs and what the skeleton is for. We rounded off the week by making moving skeletons.


In P.E. we continued learning cooperative games and the children had a great time working together to solve challenges while competing against another team.


It has been a great week of learning and discovery and I look forward to the next one.

Have a great weekend.

Mr. Kearney More…

Week 10 Update

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Dear Parents and Children

Only 3 weeks until the end of term and still the fun and learning continues at HFS in the Year 2-3 Johannesburg class.

This week we had fun dressing up in our craziest pajamas to raise funds for the WeHope Orphanage Fund and the PTA. Thank you to the for providing snacks and refreshments for our pajama-movie party. At the beginning of the week the students enjoyed the visit from Mr Song from the Ulsan Dongbu Police Department. Riding in the police car was an amazing and unique experience.



In our learning this week we completed our English letter by crafting postcards for friends. I will be sure to mail them this weekend. We started our poetry unit by looking at rhyming words. Please practice the words to our song this weekend. The lyrics were included in the homework pack. We also learned about homonyms, building on our learning of homophones from last week. Next week we will look at poems from different countries and work toward writing our own poem.

In math we started our section on data handling by doing different surveys around the school and creating tally charts. We then learned how to use that data to create a bar chart. We rounded off the week by analyzing the data from our bar charts and creating questions for our classmates to answer. The students had a lot of fun experiencing what it is like to be a teacher in that respect.

In IPC we continued our exploration of forces by having fun with magnets. The students had to be scrapyard managers and sort magnetic and non-magnetic materials. We then did an investigation of which is the strongest type of magnet and created tally charts and bar charts, linking to our math studies and creating a new subject called “Scmath”.


We had fun with a new invasion game “Meerkat Moving” that linked to our English story from last week.

Finally, if you have not done so yet, please take a moment to complete our Parent Survey. There are only 5 questions and your responses are anonymous and will help us develop the best school possible for your child’s learning. Please click here to complete the survey. thank you for your support with this initiative.

That is all for week, Have a great weekend.

Mr. Kearney More…

Week 9 Spelling and News

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Dear Parents and Children,

A full week of learning and fun has passed in the year 2/3 Johannesburg class as the end of term 2 edges closer. This week we celebrated International Book Day by dressing up as our favourite literary characters and just sitting and enjoying a good book. Thank you to the PTA whose generous gifts made that possible. The children really showed their creativity in their costume designs.



In English we completed our class book “Meerkat Mail”. We made summaries of the story and consolidated our short writing learning by crafting letters, postcards and emails. I am so proud of the students for writing thank you emails to the PTA during our ITC class. They also learned how to create and attach an image to an email. Well done! In grammar we learned about homophones and words that sound alike.



In Math we continued learning about money, focusing on different currencies. We learned about US Dollars and Korean Won. The students enjoyed playing with imitation versions of the different currencies as they learned to add the different coin amounts and practiced their place values up to 5 digits.



We continued learning about forces in IPC completing an experiment regarding friction and different surfaces. I look forward to completing more experiments next week.



In P.E we continued learning indoor and outdoor invasion games by learning basketball and games associated with football. The children had fun playing “Jail Break” and “Beanbag tag” while getting exercise.



That is all for this week. I look forward to seeing their crazy pajamas outfits next week. Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr. Kearney