Week 14 Update, Spelling and Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-ups

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Dear Parents and Children,

A dynamic week of fun and learning it has been in the Year 3-4 Johannesburg class.


In English the students are working on their final group project creating a news report. They will write, rehearse and record a video news report and link with their IPC unit “They made a difference” and research a significant person from history to interview.

In Math we learned about percentages and their relationship to fractions as we continued our section on data handling now moving on to pie charts.


In IPC The students worked in groups and selected and researched a person of significance from history for their ICT class to create a fact file towards creating a biography. Next week the students will work individually, choosing a person that they feel is important in history and create a biography of that person.


We continued with our cooperation games unit in P.E. and the students had to work together to create continuous chains to carry a ball using pool noodles They also had to solve the riddle of the farmer crossing the river with a lion, a rabbit and a bag of carrots, acting it out with P.E. material. I am pleased that they could work out the complicated solution in teams.


Other than subject learning, the students enjoyed making colorful snowflake crafts for sale at the Winter show next week and we enjoyed show and tell presentations from Logan who shared his baseball medal winning with the class and an interesting presentation from Reyansh and Jeremy about the universe.




I am so proud at their hard work in rehearsing their songs for the Winter Show next week. The lyrics for the songs wen t home with their homework today so please ensure that they practice over the weekend. The lyrics for “Santa’s stuck up in the Chimney” can be found by clicking here and the words for “I hate Christmas” can be found by clicking here. A gentle reminder that students should wear a combination of red, white and black clothing for the show.


A reminder that the Parent-Teacher conferences will take place on Wednesday 11 December from 10:30 am and throughout the day. the sign-up sheet is in the office so please fill in your desired slot by Friday 6 December. That is all for this week. Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr. Kearney. More…

Week 13 Update: Winter Show Uniform and Song Lyrics

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Dear Parents and Children,

We are thirteen weeks into this term and things are going well in the Year 3-4 Johannesburg class.


Well one to the year 3 -4 class for conducting the assembly on Monday. The school displayed their creativity at the students stations.


This week the students learned more about writing a newspaper report, planning and creating one based on their favourite movies and stories. We also learned about the differences between facts and opinions.

In Math the students made line graphs showing the progress they have made in their weekly multiplication tests and we gathered data onow water changing temperature over time to represent in a time graph next week.



In IPC we learned how to create a timeline and biography showing the important events in the life of a significant person, focusing on Nelson Mandela (A personal hero of mine).


In P.E. we continued with cooperation games. this week using hula hoops and noodles and working together to complete a task.

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The Winter show is fast approaching and the year 3-4 students have been practicing their class song. For the show parents are requested to dress their child in a combination of red and white and black clothing as seen in the picture below. It does not need to be exactly as in the image but rather just a combination of the red, white and black colours of the season.

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We will be learning our song for the Winter Show Play “The Grinch who stole Christmas”next week. Our song is “I hate Christmas and the students can find the lyrics by clicking here and click here to see a video of the song.

That is all for this week. Do have a wonderful weekend.

Mr Kearney


Week 12 update and Spelling

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Dear Parents and Children,

I am pleased to report that we have notched another full week of learning in the Year 3-4 Johannesburg class.

Firstly, congratulations to Jeremy for winning our Spelling bee. He performed exceptionally, spelling some rather tricky words. Well done to our runners up, Juveria and Cherry Blossom and also to our finalist, Reyansh. They all put in a lot of effort into studying the list of words to prepare for the competition.

In Class this week the learning progressed steadily. In English we learned about words with “lly” endings and “ssion” suffixes”. We also learned about coordinating conjunctions using FANBOYS (For, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) and applied them to sentences which we will use for our report writing in the coming weeks. The students were also showed the song they will be performing in the Winter Show. Please click here to get a copy of the lyrics so that they may study at home.

In Math we started our unit on data handling by looking at different kinds of graphs and charts. We proceeded to learn about scaled bar graphs as the students made their own using given data and then moved on to interpreting other scaled bar graphs.


In IPC we continued our exploration of significant people from history looking at people from the past and present as well as placing them on a world history timeline across the gymnasium floor to get an understanding of how much time there is in recorded history.



In P.E. we are working on cooperation games using different equipment; balls, hula hoops and noodles as the students have to work together to overcome challenges.


We have also been hard at work preparing for our assembly on Monday. Join us at 1:35 on Monday for some entertaining activities about being creative.

We ended off the week by wishing Logan a Happy Birthday! We hope that he has an enjoyable day. A fitting end to a fun week.

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

Week 11 Update Media Center Trip and Spelling Bee Finals

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Dear Parents and Children,

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I am pleased to report that another dynamic week of learning and discovery has passed us by in the Year 3-4 Johannesburg class. The students plunged straight into learning after the Autumn break without skipping a beat. We started a number of new earning units this week.

In English the students learned that the ending of words sometimes changes when a suffix is added and we looked at “ly” and “sion” suffixes. We then held our class Spelling Bee quiz. I am so happy that so many participated since the words were challenging. Congratulations to Reyansh, Cherry Blossom, Jeremy and Juveria for making it to the finals which will be held on Wednesday 13 November at 5:30 pm. Please study the word list provided last week.


We also started our non-fiction writing unit on News Reports. The students viewed some examples of other schools making news reports before understanding the structure and features of a basic news report. We had fun turning classic nursery rhymes into news reports in preparation for our trip to Ulsan Media Center today. The students had a fantastic time experiencing a real news studio and you can see their news productions soon.


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In Math we ended off our geometry unit by learning how to calculate the area of compound shapes and triangles and applied this understanding to word problems.  Next week we will look at handling data and problem solving.


In IPC we also started a new unit on “people who made a difference”. We had a quiz about significant people throughout history and talked about important historical figures that we know. I look forward to learning more about people from the past and present who have made a difference.

In P.E. We started our cooperation games unit and the students had fun playing team orientated activities, learning to work together to overcome a challenge.


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

Mr. Kearney More…