Week 5 Spelling and News

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Dear Parents and Children,

I am pleased to say that the learning is progressing steadily in the Year 3-4 Johannesburg class, another full week of learning is under our belt.

In English this week we learned about “ai” words and that the “im” prefix also means not, similarly to the “in” prefix. completed our class reader “The Hodgeheg’ and learned that Max finally did find a safe way to cross the street to get to the park. The students worked well in groups creating summaries of the final chapters. We also revised the rules for using inverted commas for direct speech. The students will start planning and writing their own adventure story next week, linking with our ICT unit for an exciting project.

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In Math we revised using the grid method for multiplication calculations and learned strategies to calculate the 6 times table and the 8 times table by doubling the 3 and 4 times table respectively. We also learned that you can calculate the 4 times table by doubling and doubling again – a neat mathematical trick.

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In IPC we continued to learn about chocolate, specifically how it gets from seed to wrapped up in the shop when we buy it. Next week we will be exploring where cacao trees grow and why and looking at the history of chocolate. ICT was very exciting this week as the students learned how to create and insert hyperlinks in their Google slides. We will use this skill in the coming weeks as they create their own “Choose Your Own Adventure” games. In P.E. the students worked on throwing for accuracy in their target games unit. We had fun throwing bean bags and Frisbees, trying to get them into a hoop and understanding the difference of throwing each of these.

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Today we went with the whole school to the HHI Arts Center to view the amazing Monet exhibition. The students have been learning about this in art class and it was a fantastic experience to see the artworks come to life in glorious animation. The students thoroughly enjoyed it.

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The weather is becoming colder and we have developed an HFS winter uniform in the form of a navy blue long-sleeve zip-up hooded jersey. The uniforms are mandatory for all students and today you may notice that the winter uniform order sheets home with your child. They are to be returned completed and with the 20 000 Won fee by no later than Friday 4 October. The uniform should be delivered by 18 October. Thank you for your understanding in this regard.

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

Mr. Kearney

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