Scary Dress-Up Day, Media Center trip Permission form and Spelling Bee words

Dear Parents and Children,


What an eventful and productive week it has been. We all thoroughly enjoyed the treats and activities for our annual scary-dress-up day event. Congratulations to the winners of the costume competition, Anna your spider costume really gave us a fright! The students hard work in creating their interactive scary choose your own adventure stories really paid off. Everyone enjoyed playing them.




In other learning this week we completed our English unit on poetry by planning a poem about chocolate and answering comprehension questions about an eye-opening poem from India. In Math we reviewed the features of polygons and regular and irregular shapes and triangles then moved on to calculating area and perimeter.



We were busy in IPC this week as we completed our unit on Chocolate by understanding the chocolate trade and what fair trade means. The students enjoyed the chocolate making activity and it was a treat for the whole school to taste the chocolate that we had made. In P.E. we had fun playing cricket as part of our unit on striking and fielding games.






Spelling Bee: I am pleased that a number of students have volunteered for the class Spelling Bee. We will do the class competition in the week that we return on 4 November. Any students who want to take part must use the break to study the list of words. You can find the list of words by clicking here.

Ulsan Media Center Trip Permission Form: On Friday 8 November we will have a trip to Ulsan Media Center as part of our new English unit on News Reports. The students will see how a news report is created from script to different media and the trip will take place during school hours. Please click here to complete the online permission form if you would like your child to attend. The form must be completed by Tuesday 5 November.

That is all for this week. Do have an enjoyable Autumn break. We will see you on Monday 4 November.  Be safe if you are traveling and we wish peace, joy and happiness to all those celebrating Diwali over this period.

Mr. Kearney. More…

Week 8 Update, Spelling and Winter Uniforms

Spelling Year 3: culture energy health horizontal vertical kindly safely rudely secretly

Spelling Year 4: culture energy health horizontal vertical confusion decision explosion decision invasion

Dear Parents and Children,

We have had a full week of learning and discovery in the year 3 – 4 Johannesburg class and the students have much to show for it.


In English the year 3’s learned new words with the “ly” suffix and the year 4’s learned “sion” words.  They also continued to develop their scary adventure story games in PowerPoint in preparation for the Scary Dress-up day next Friday and I am very excited to see the rest of the school enjoy playing the games on which they worked so hard. I am pleased that we have integrated our ICT lessons into our English learning and the students now know how to insert music into their presentations. We also looked at chocolate poems from different cultures, first understanding that cultures are different and will therefore have different perspectives on things. We tied in with our IPC Unit on Chocolate and learned about the unfortunate nature of the slave trade in making chocolate.



In Science this week we investigated the different rates at which various types of chocolate melt and looked at how chocolate affects our health. The students created wonderful bar graphs to show how energy from chocolate is burned-off at different rates by doing different things and how this affects our health.



In Math we concluded our unit on multiplication and division by learning the written method for short division. We applied this to solving word problems in a fun group activity. We then moved on to our Geometry unit with a review of symmetry and symmetrical patterns and the properties of regular and irregular 2-D shapes.


In P.E. this week we were indoors, utilizing our gymnasium due to the weather but the students had fun applying their throwing, fielding and kicking skills to the game of kick-baseball. They are really understanding the finer points of the strategy of the game and I look forward to them improving as we play it next week.



Finally, you will notice that the HFS Winter Uniform orders have been delivered and went home with your child today. Please check that you have received the correct uniform, label it on the inside with your child’s name in permanent marker and feel free to start using them from Monday as the weather begins to chill.

That is all for this week. Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr. Kearney. More…

Week 7 Spelling and Update

Spelling Year 3: interactive flowchart ancient descriptive trade hear here heel heal knot

Spelling Year 4: interactive flowchart ancient descriptive trade meddle medal missed mist scene

Dear Parents and Children,

A short but productive week has passed us by in the year 3-4 Johannesburg class. We were all thankful for the mid-week break but the students have still been busy.



In English we continued developing our interactive choose your own adventure stories by typing them in PowerPoint to tie in with our ICT lesson. I am excited at how creative their stories are and have no doubt that the rest of the school will have fun playing them when they are finished. We also reviewed homophones, playing a fun game where the students had to create clues about the meanings of the words.

In Math we continued learning about written methods for multiplication looking at column multiplication and starting on using a number line and “chunking” for division. I am constantly impressed at the student’s calculation abilities.

In IPC this week we learned about the history of chocolate, from its earliest known use by the ancient Olmec tribe in Meso-America to the turbulent history of the Mayans and Aztecs until it was eventually brought across to Europe by Columbus and the Spanish explorers.  In groups, the students created timelines of what they had learned. Next week we will delve into the science of chocolate.




IN P.E, we started a new unit on Striking and fielding games since the students have developed their throwing and striking at targets in the previous unit. In this unit the students will understand that the basics of games such as Baseball, Cricket and softball are striking – hitting a ball, Fielding – catching a ball and pitching or bowling – throwing a ball to get points. We will develop these skills over the next few weeks. We practiced our fielding skills with a fun new game called “Chuck the Chicken”. Ask your child how to play it.



That is all for this week. Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr. Kearney More…

Farewell to Cortney and Nikolay and Week 6 Spelling and News

Spelling Year 3: climate weather halving doubling choose early learn heard rehearse search

Spelling Year 4: climate weather halving doubling choose illegal illogical illiterate illegible illicit

Dear Parents and Children,

A short but eventful week it has been in the year 3-4 Johannesburg class. Firstly, we had to bid a sad farewell to Cortney and Nikolay as they depart Korea with their families. It has been a pleasure having them in my class for the past few years and we wish them luck and happiness for their next adventure.


The students performed their assembly brilliantly, creating a wonderful play about confidence and showcasing their IPC project for the Brainwave using Augmented reality. The school had a great time scanning the cards to see what would pop up.



In class this week the students were very busy. In English the year 3 students learned “ear” words and the year 4’s learned that the “ill” prefix can also mean “not”. In grammar we learned about adverbs and the students had a great time linking our IPC lesson to our English by deconstructing a “Choose your own adventure” game to see how they can plan their own. They came up with wonderfully creative ideas today in their plans.



In Math we continued with multiplication and division learning that we can divide by 4 by halving and halving again and multiply by 4 by doubling twice. We consolidated that learning by doing some problem solving and applied it to multiplication and division word problems.

In IPC we continued our exploration of chocolate by learning about where cacao trees like to grow and why they grow there. The students had fun trying to find countries on the globe and had to think about what the regions had in common. We also learned about the difference between weather and climate. Next week we will start to look at the history of chocolate and we will link to our English poetry unit in an interesting way.





In P.E. we completed our unit on target games by practicing striking a ball for accuracy toward a target and the students had to work in groups to create their own games about throwing and striking toward a target. All in all, a short but busy and fun week. I look forward to the next one.



Have a great weekend,

Mr. Kearney More…