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Week 13 Term 2 update

We have come to the end of another fun-filled term here at HFS with too many highlights to list as we learned from the fabulous send off that we had today. We got to celebrate the achievements and learning of the HFS community while having fun showing off our other talents such as music and drama to the parents. This week we spent quite some time rehearsing our Greek play. The children worked really hard on their acting, costumes and musical instruments which certainly paid off as the play went down a treat with the audience.  In maths this week, we  focused  on important concepts in number such as factors, multiples, prime numbers and prime factors. We even had a quick recap of Roman numerals before finishing by putting all our skills to the test to solve an Easter themed crime investigation. We also completed our work on our IPC topic, ‘The Great, the Bold and the Brave’. The children combined their skills and worked together to produce a final project. Check out our work on the display board outside of the classroom. The highlight of the week though has to be our assembly which with its movies, songs and drama was an absolute blast. That’s all more for this term folks. Enjoy the break!





Week 12 Term 2 Update

We had a fun start to this week as our turn to run the assembly had come round again. The children put on some skits to teach the school about confidence. Year 4/5/6 did a marvelous job of it and the school seemed  both entertained and educated. Well done to all for putting in the work to learn their lines.

International poetry day fell this week so we took that as an opportunity to write some spring poems inspired by the beautiful cherry blossoms around Korea at the moment. The children have really come a long way with their use of figurative language; I was very impressed with their use of simile and metaphor. The children created some wonderful imagery in their poems which they later typed up and performed to the class.

In maths, we continued with our work on calculation and problem solving before trying our hand at some mental strategies. The children all proved themselves quite adept at this vital maths skill.

In IPC, we learned about Greek theatre. We have some scripts in production (hush hush) and we had a go at making our own Ancient Greek theatre masks using paper mache. We also turned our attention to Ancient Rome. Our research culminated in the production of a travel brochure for Ancient Roman sights made using Microsoft Publisher. These are on display outside of the classroom, please come and have a look!

That’s all for now folks! Have a great weekend!


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Week 11 Term 2 update

We are at the end of another busy week here at HFS as the weather starts to be positively springlike.

This week in year 4/5/6, we continued our work on the Ancient Greeks. We learned about the differences between the Athenians and

Spartans before writing a letter of application to join one of the city states. We also compared their governance systems recording our

work using flowcharts created using Google Drawing.




In maths, we spent the start of the week focusing on the skill of rounding. We honed our rounding skills with activities and games before applying it to real world scenarios in which children had to decide whether to round up or down. We then moved on to missing number questions before finishing the week with some challenging find the number style questions. The children all enjoyed the challenge and the reward they felt when they found the number. It’s definitely something we will be returning to.


In English, we continued our unit on fantasy stories by looking at the next chapter in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The children completed some reading comprehension activities on the chapter before we launched into writing our own narrative poems inspired by the misadventures of Ron and Harry in the flying Ford Anglia. The children produced some excellent work and we enjoyed hearing some dramatic readings of the poems.



We also had a refresher on the use of apostrophes. In music, we put the finishing touches on our musical instruments before thinking about how we could use them in our end of term performance.

We were also kept busy this week with our prep for our class assembly.



That’s all for now folks! Have a great weekend!


Week 10 Term 2 update

We had an exciting start this week as we welcomed some visitors to the school. None other than the…police! They told us about some of the work they do before giving the children

a short spin in their patrol car which, as you can imagine, the children loved. In IPC this week, we started an exciting new topic called ‘The Great, the Bold and the Brave’. In this unit, we will learn about the Ancient Greek and Roman civilisations. As our entry point, we constructed architectural models of some famous Greek and Roman buildings.  The children did a great job at this and they were able to call on some of their maths skills: namely the construction of nets. In maths, we have moved on to our number and problem solving unit. We began by revising the written calculation methods before trying out some word problems. The children did very well and everyone is completing long division questions with increased proficiency. In English, we have started our unit on fantasy stories. We have been reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets which has proven popular with the children.We ended the week with our pajama day. We had a blast at this event while raising money for the We Hope orphanage foundation.

Finally, can I remind you about the survey that the school has created.

From the newsletter:

We value your opinions and feedback at HFS and we have designed this short survey to assess our strengths and weaknesses so that we may provide the best schooling based on your needs and expectations. Please take a moment to complete the 5 questions, your input is truly appreciated and the data is 100% anonymous. You can access the survey by clicking here.

That’s all for now folks. Have a great weekend!






Week 9 Term 2 Update

Hello all! We’ve been busy at HFS this week with plenty of learning and fun and an important event.

In maths this week, we came to the end of our unit on statistics. To wrap things up, we learned how to draw pie charts as well as how to

calculate the mean (find the average). The children had fun finding out things like the average height of our class and the average temperature for the week.





In English this week, we finished up our topic of newspaper report writing by creating our own articles about last week’s International food share event. We then delivered them, ‘newspaper boy style’, to the Y7/8/9 class for their reading pleasure.

In IPC, we carried out an investigation into natural selection using spaghetti ‘worms’. The children carried out the investigation with due concern for scientific protocol and they were able to evaluate the results while suggesting improvements they could make if they were to repeat it.





In music, we have been designing our own musical instruments. The children have now started constructing their creative designs.


This week also saw us celebrate World Book Day. The children got to enjoy dressing up and they were delighted to receive the excellent books that the PTA kindly provided. Hurrah!





That’s all for now folks! Enjoy the weekend!




Term 2 Week 8 update

This week was International Week at HFS and though it was a short one, we were kept busy and entertained as the children got their presentations together. Thursday was a real treat as we got to see the fruits of all their hard work and we had a chance to feast on all the delicious international food that our school community had prepared. Thank you all again for the delicious food!

Earlier in the week, we set up an investigation comparing a cactus and a pot plant to learn more about adaptation. The children were able to set up the investigation using fair test principles without prompting. I was really impressed to see them thinking in a scientific way.

In maths, we continued our work on statistics by looking at data presented on tables, in timetables and using pie charts. The children brushed off their knowledge of percentages and applied it to this practical application.

In English, we learned more about report writing. The children looked at the punctuation rules for using direct speech in their writing and we created some  interview questions so we can gather information for our next report which will cover Thursday’s events.

That’s all for now folks!

Enjoy the long weekend!













Term 2 Week 7

We’re at the end of another busy week of learning and discovery here at HFS. We had a blast this week at the Busan Science Museum. The children had a great time while deepening their understanding of some of the scientific topics we have looked at this year. In English this week, we took the role of reporters as we interviewed and role played characters from The Highwayman. The children learned to take notes effectively before writing their newspaper articles which included quotations and captions. They typed up their articles and learned more about the editing options of Google Docs.

In maths, we continued our work on statistics as we looked at line graphs and frequency tables. The children carried out further surveys throughout the school before presenting their findings in tables and graphs. These skills should come in handy in future science lessons.

In IPC, we learned how humans can control the evolution of species by selecting for desirable traits. The children also learned the difference between inherited and acquired traits.

The children are nearing the end of their work on their International Week projects and they are indeed shaping up well.

That’s all for now folks. Have a great weekend!












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Term 2 Week 6

Another busy week of fun and learning has flown by here in HFS. This week we started our new IPC topic, ‘Extreme survivors’. We will learn about the adaptations animals have to allow them to

live in extreme environments. We learned how living things have changed over time. As part of this, we studied the process of fossilisation before having a go at making our own fossils.

We also started a new topic in maths; we have started studying data handling. The children began by carrying out a survey in Y7/8/9. They then created graphs based on the data they collected. later in the week, we moved on from using bar charts to using pictographs and histograms. In English, we learned about report writing and open and closed questioning. We did some reporter work by compiling a list of questions to ask the main characters in ‘The Highwayman’. We will act out these interviews next week before writing our newspaper reports on the event. In P.E, we are now on our net games unit with our current focus being on the challenging sport of volleyball.









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That’s all for now folks! Have a great weekend!


Term 2 Week 5

Hi everyone. I hope you all enjoyed the Seollal holiday. A short update today for a short week.

In maths, this week we looked at factors and multiples as well as exploring prime numbers and prime factors. The children quickly got to grips with the

concepts and then went on to create factor trees.

In English, we put the finishing touches on our closing statements for the trial of the Highwayman. We then had a lot of fun acting out the trial in class.

Year 7/8/9 kindly volunteered to come along and act as the jury.



In P.E, we practiced our dribbling skills. The children have really come a long way with their abilities in basketball.

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To finish the week off, we had an excellent trip to the Hyundai Arts Centre to see the exhibit, ‘The Great Graffiti’.

The children were very impressed by the art work on display and they enjoyed learning more about the medium of graffiti.

After the trip, the children had a go at creating their own pieces using stenciling. They will do more work inspired by the trip in next week’s art lesson.





That’s all for this week folks. Please remember to sign your child up to our upcoming trip to the Busan Science Museum where we will reinforce what we have been learning about Space this term.

Here is a link to the sign up form which was also included in this week’s newsletter.

Enjoy the weekend!

Term 2 Week 4 update

Hello everyone!

We’re at the end of an eventful week here at HFS with both our class assembly and Seollal assembly taking place this week.

We began the week with our class assembly. The children did a great job sharing what they have learned about responsibility and caring for our planet.

They also had a chance to show off their writing skills as they performed their collectively written poem, ‘Coming Home’.




In maths this week, we continued our work with decimals before finishing with some problem solving.

In English, we did some debating based on The Highwayman, this lead to some persuasive writing which will help with the court scene we will act out next week.



In IPC, we continued our work on space by looking at what causes the seasons and the phases of the moon.



On Wednesday, we had our Seollal celebration which was an absolute blast, the children did a great job with their presentations and they had a great time flying their kites which

they customised in art.





That’s all for now folks! Enjoy the break!