Shirt for tomorrow

Please remember a lightly coloured or white shirt for tomorrow for the screen printing.

Thanks

Reading Books and Class Trips

READING BOOKS

Reading books have gone out today – thank you for your patience.  Students should have a reading book and a yellow book for recording how they read.  I have also included a book mark with example questions that you can use after you have finished reading the book.  These help with discussion and are useful prompts.  When reading it is important to think about decoding (reading the words) and the understanding (what they mean).  Both are important.

If the book is too easy or too difficult, then please let me know via the yellow book.  A good rule to follow is that if the struggle with more than 5 words on a page, the book is too tricky.

As we have a class trip tomorrow, we will change our books on Monday.

CLASS TRIP

Tomorrow we have our class trip.  Please can the students remember the following:

  1.  Packed lunch that does not need to be heated.
  2. A water bottle
  3. Comfortable trainers
  4. Comfortable clothing that they can be active in
  5. Preferably their red HFS shirt (it stands out nicely).

We will leave at 9:10 am and be back by the end of school.

ASSESSMENTS: 

Next week we will be completing GL assessments.  These are new assessments.  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.

Due to the purpose of these tests, i.e. to provide extra information to the teachers about what the students can and cannot do already, the students should not be “cramming” for these tests.  However, it is important that the students are in school for the days that they have the tests.

Please find the timetable for these assessments here.

Thank you for your support.

IPC ‘Active Planet’ Entry Point

Yesterday and today we completed the Entry Point for our new unit of work, “Active Planet”.  We pretended that the river flooded during a typhoon and that we needed to build boats to rescue people.  We then tested the boats and how many ‘people’ (cubes) could fit on them before they sank.  The winning boat, by Arif, Nikki and Lucas managed to fit on 112 ‘people’.

We will move onto our next part of our topic, the “Knowledge Harvest” later on this week.

Here are some photos of the students and their boats.

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Homework

Homework has gone out today for Year 3 and 4.  Each student should have:

  1. Maths homework
  2. Spelling words and linked homework.
  3. Mathletics password (A good idea is write this down somewhere)
  4. A pink or blue plastic homework folder.

Homework is due next week Thursday, when we will also have our spelling test.   Homework is not meant to cause any stress and anxiety at home, if your child is unsure of what to do, they can come and ask me at school and I will help them.

When completing homework, please think about presentation.  While it does not need to be perfect, using rulers and sharp pencils does go a long way.  When copying the spellings, please take care to copy them correctly.

Please take care not to lose the folders.  Despite the cost, there is also the environment to consider.  Plastic does not break down and losing folders is damaging to the environment.

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.

Year 3/4, Year 5/6 and Year 7/8/9 will be taking these tests in Week 5 of this term (25/09/2017 – 29/09/2017).  Due to the purpose of these tests, i.e. to provide extra information to the teachers about what the students can and cannot do already, the students should not be “cramming” for these tests.  However, it is important that the students are in school for the days that they have the tests.  Teachers will be posting onto the class page the exact timetable for these tests closer to the time.

Ulju Mountain Film Festival

Students in Year 3-9 have been invited to attend the Ulju Mountain Film Festival to take part in a number of fun activities on Friday 22nd September 2017. Whilst there, the students will get the chance to experience a Tree Climbing ‘Namunori’ Fun Route, walk along the Relaxation Route, enjoy a Yeongnam Alps Virtual Reality Experience and take part in silkscreen printing. Students will need to bring with them a white or lightly coloured plain t-shirt or canvas bag for them to take part in the silkscreen printing activity. We will leave school at 9:10 am and will be back by the end of the school day. We will be travelling to the festival by coach and the students will need to bring a packed lunch with them that does not need to be heated.

Please complete the permission form if you are happy for your son/daughter to take part. Waist measurements are needed for the harnesses which will be used in the tree climbing activity. Blood type has been requested by the festival organisers as a precaution.

First Week Back

We have all made to the end of a busy week!  Well done to the students for settling into their routines quickly.  We have already started our maths, English and IPC units and the students are starting to produce some lovely work.  Some parents have asked me questions which I will put on the page so that everyone is aware of the changes that happen in the jump from Year 2 to Year 3.

Break and Lunch:

Lunch for Year 3 is at 12:30 and for Year 4 at 13:00.  If Year 4 would like to eat earlier they can use the outside benches to enjoy the sunshine that we are currently having.  Break is at 10:00 – if you know that your daughter or son gets hungry, it is worth packing something extra for snack.  In Year 3 and 4 we do not have a break in the afternoon.

Homework:

Homework will start in the third week of school (week starting Monday 11 September).  This gives the students a chance to adjust to their new routines for Year 3, and get back into the swing of things for Year 4.  It also gives me a chance to assess the students properly so that the homework that is sent out is at the correct level.  I will provide more information on this at the Curriculum Evening on the 12th September and on the class page closer to the time.

ICT:

As a school we have paid to subscribe Reading Eggs and Mathletics.  Both these websites are excellent.  They move at the students pace and allow excellent opportunity to review previously learnt work.  They also provide the students with opportunities to challenge themselves.  Mathletics has a wide range of problem solving questions which allow the students to explore the topics we have covered in different ways.

Today I have sent out the Reading Eggs passwords, next week I will send home the Mathletics passwords.

If you have any questions or anything you would like to share with me, please remember you can email me at kathrynmunden@hyundaiforeignschool.com.