Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W15

The marathon autumn term has reached Week 15 and Christmas is just around the corner, but the hard work and great learning continues in Year 4/5. Keep going everyone!

This Week we had a great time

  • Continuing to work on numbers and the number system in maths. We worked on Place Value and Multiplying and Dividing by 10, 100 and 1,000.
  • Learning about the Korean war in IPC. We are really trying to understand as much as we can about a very complicated historical event. We were asking Who, Where, What and Why questions about the Korean War. Every answer leads to a new question!
  • Reading some more of our class novel. We made an excellent shared document showing information about all the different characters
  • Perfecting our rapping skill for the Winter Show and working in our groups to get a performance ready.
  • Starting to learn how to make and edit videos with Mr de Klerk in ICT

Winter Show

Just a quick reminder that, unfortunately, we can’t invite parents to the Winter Show this year. We will be filming the performances and will share the result with you.

It would be nice if we could all wear something festive on Friday 18th December (Winter Show and Last day of term). Maybe a Christmas jumper or a nice dress. The students may have an idea of what they want to wear to match a performance they are a part of.

Parent-Teacher Meetings Conferences

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to hold in-person Parent-Teacher conferences this term. We would therefore like to offer parents the option of either:-

  • An online meeting on Thursday 17th December
  • Waiting until after the Winter Break to organise an in-person meeting

If you would like to make an appointment for an online conference on Thursday 17th December, please contact the school office.

Available appointment times can be viewed here

Class Updates and School Newsletters by Email

Starting this week, an email will be sent to all parents when a new class update post is made.

Please contact if you have any issues regarding receiving emails.

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W14

This week we had a great time…

  • Placing numbers on a number line. We were trying to place numbers between 0-10,000 on a blank number line. We wanted to make it fun and interesting so we went out into the corridor used the grids on the floor to help us make giant number lines. Some of our number line reached from the classroom to the school office. It was also interesting to change the length of the number and then try to adjust the scale.
  • Making great progress on the Multiplication Race – Everyone is past level 1 now and some people are as far as level 5!
  • Reading more of our novel, Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse – There are lots of characters to keep track of and some subtle puns to spot. The author has established the scene and the story is now about to start.
  • Researching Important Inventions in IPC – We were thinking about which inventions had changed the world the most. We had to research different inventions, finding out when they happened, who was involved and thinking about how important we thought they were. This is a difficult question as it is hard to compare different inventions and how they have affected mankind. There were some interesting discussions.
  • Singing some Christmas Songs – It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
  • Making some Christmas themed storyboards in Art. Check them out here

COVID-19 Christmas Plans

As you may have read in the School Newsletter, the recent spike in COVID-19 has resulted in some changes to our plans coming up to Christmas.

  • The Winter Show – We will not be able to invite parents to the Winter Show. The performances will be filmed and either live-streamed or made available as a recording. This is obviously very disappointing for everyone involved but we will do our best to ensure that the students are able to perform the things they have been practising and that the parents are able to see the results. The Winter Show will now be held during the school day on Friday 18th December.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences – We will be offering parents the option of either arranging a virtual meeting on Thursday 17th December or waiting until after the Christmas holiday to have an in-person meeting. We will make sure that every parent who wants a meeting is accommodated.
  • Open Day – We will have to postpone this event until further notice

Great Learning Happening

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W13

A short update this week… It has been a very busy week for me!

This week we have been…

  • Calculating the area and perimeter of shapes in Maths
  • Starting a new novel in English – Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
  • Speaking with the visitors from CIS and explaining what it is like to learn at HFS
  • Making timelines of the lives of famous people from history
  • Practising in our various groups for the winter show
  • Perfecting our rapping skills.

Miss Yuli needs some things

We need some bottles!

The students in Ms McCellan and Mr de Klerk’s classes will soon be starting an art project using bottles.  We need to collect as many glass bottles as possible.  Please wash and send us any old bottles that you have at home. Any size is fine.  Remember to pack it carefully in their bag. We need them as soon as possible.

We also need some denim!

The students in Mr Green and Mr Dunn’s class in will be starting an art project involving denim material.  If you have any old denim (jeans) at home can you please send them into school? We will be cutting the jeans up to make Christmas decorations.

Thank you 

Great Learning Happening

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W12

Meet the Year 4/5 Class

This week we had a great time…

  • Taking some new photographs for the Star of the Week display (see above)
  • Making a timetable of our lives using photographs from home – Thank you for sending all the pictures
  • Learning about coordinates in Maths and drawing treasure maps. We also learned about translations
  • Playing basketball with Mr Dunn
  • Starting to practice our performances for the Winter Show – We have some very talented singers and performers in our class.
  • Finishing reading the Railway Children (our historical novel) and writing book reviews.

The Multiplication Race

In maths recently I have been challenging the students to improve their rapid recall of multiplication facts. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday we do the ‘Multiplication Race’ which is a short test of multiplication facts. To pass a level you have to complete the grid in under 5 minutes. We have students on level 1 through to level 4 and everyone is improving. I always tell the students that they are competing against themselves and that all I want to see is a little improvement each week. Extra sheets are always available to take home for practice.

Extra Homework Challenges

One of my favourite things each week is seeing the students trying the extra homework challenges. I love the emails I receive and the talks I have will students about the questions.

Thank you and keep it up.

The Week in Pictures

The Winter Show

If any student want to perform something special in the Winter Show they need to let me know soon. I am already working with a couple of groups to prepare songs. All the students will be involved in the show in some way. We have a class performance and I will need lots of backstage staff.

Star of the Week

This week the Star of the Week was awarded to Nathan for Creativity

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W11

It has been a pleasure being able to teach the children everyday this week!

I hope they had as much fun as I did.

This week we have had great fun…

Starting our new IPC Unit “Time Tunnel”– We got really creative and had lots of fun designing our very own “Time Tunnels”. Things got a little messy and paint was flying but the end results were fantastic.

Continuing with our historical novel “The Railway Children”- We finally found out what happened to dad and the students didn’t want to stop reading. We wrote a diary entry and created some lovely birthday cards for one of the characters.

Measuring to the nearest cm in maths- We measured and compared lots of classroom objects and even measured the size of our classroom! The students enjoyed making a floor plan of the classroom which included all of our desks too.

The most fun though was measuring our feet, hands and arms! 

In PE– This was the last week for  badminton and it has been great to see the students improve so much. Next week we will be moving on to the basketball court and practising our passes!

Next Week…

We are going to be making our own life timelines, so for homework I have asked the class to bring in some pictures of them growing up. If you would prefer to email them to myself or Mr Green then that would also be fine. 

The week in pictures…

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W10

This week we have had great fun…

  • Celebration Halloween – As you can see, we wore some great Halloween costumes and had a fun day. I liked the fact that everyone costume was different and that lots of things had been made ourselves. Mrs Sim’s costume was much better than Mr Green’s!
  • Reading some more of The Railway Children – our historical novel. Year 4/5 are really getting into the story and we are wondering what will happen next.
  • Learning about units of measurement in Maths – It was a bit tricky this week as we had to convert units of measurement. There was lots of multiplying and dividing by 1000 going on. Don’t worry, we are going to look at this again next week.
  • Finishing our IPC unit Feel the Force – We made some cool posters to show everything we had learned in this unit. There have certainly been lots of experiments! – Next week we will start a new unit – The Time Tunnel
  • Celebrating Seongyun’s birthday – We had a good laugh at the funny video of him being a rock star.

Our New IPC Unit – The Time Tunnel

It is time to study some history, geography and art!

Listen to what the unit plan tells us we are going to be learning…

Chronology involves putting things in the right order. This is very important when studying history because it helps us to see ‘the big picture’ – to understand the reasons why things have happened and how the present is influenced by the past.

In History, we’ll be finding out…

  • How historical time can be recorded and measured
  • How we can sort, sequence and order the past
  • How we can interpret events to explore the attitudes of people in the past What happened at different times in different cultures

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the history of a location in the host country
  • How the movements of people affect the physical and human features of a location
  • How we can use maps to find out about the history of a location

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • How artists from different periods have used art to record history How we can use art to record a historical event

Sounds interesting doesn’t it?

Next Week

Mrs Sim will be teaching the Year 4/5 every day next week while Mr Green spends some time working with the Year 2/3 class. Mr Green will be in the Year 4/5 class to teach at least one lesson every day and will be back next week.

I suspect my students like Mrs Sim more than me anyway!


Lots of great learning going on!

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W9

(I changed the week to week 9 because all the other classes were counting this as week 9)

This week we have had great fun…

  • Playing badminton in P.E with Mr Dunn and Mrs Sim. This is our second-week playing badminton in the big gym and our skills are improving. This week the Year 6-9 class joined us and we played together.
  • Designing and making our own marble run games. The kids said this was the most fun thing we did this week. They were challenged to make a marble run course using card, pins and sticky tape. The best designs also used paper cups to make tunnels and sometimes even split into two courses.
  • Reading the Railway Children by Edith Nesbit (adapted). We are studying novels with a historical setting in English and we have chosen to read this classic novel. So far in the story, we have met the children; Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis and seen them move from the city to the country. They also nearly got in trouble for stealing some coal.
  • Multiplied and dividing in Maths. This week we were trying to get quicker at mental multiplication, especially for numbers 1-12. It is really helpful if we know this off-by-heart by year 4 or 5. We also thought about when we need to round-up or round-down after dividing. If we are booking buses for a school trip, we need to round-up; if we are counting complete sets of something, we need to round-down.


Scary dress-up day

Don’t forget that next Friday is scary dress-up day! I am really looking forward to seeing what things get off the bus on Friday!

Goodbye Rana

Unfortunately, this week we had to say goodbye to Rana. Rana was a member of our class for a long time and all the kids will miss her. Good luck Rana!

Times Tables Challenge

I think some of us need a bit of practice with out times tables.

Why not try doing a column of this worksheet everyday?

(click to enlarge and print)

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W7

It’s great to be back!

It is great to be back in class after a nice holiday. Everyone looks refreshed and ready to learn again.

Mr Green a lovely holiday…

  • Riding his bike up and down the coast
  • Visiting his in-laws for Chuseok
  • Playing with our new cat
  • enjoying some peace and quiet
  • and hanging out with his family

This week we have had fun…

  • Doing another science experiment. This time we were looking at how air resistance affects how far a car will roll.
  • Doing yet another science experiment. This time we were trying to make parachutes that would help an object fall slowly.
  • Being to read some Historical Fiction, stories set in the past. We read an extract from Street Child by Berlie Doherty. I was very impressed by how well the students were able to understand a different passage.
  • Doubling two-digit numbers in Maths.
  • Playing some badminton with Mr Dunn in P.E
  • Revising a little on Word Classes – Noun, Verb, adjective etc. I think we have a bit of revision to do here

It has been a great start to the second half of the term and I hope we can keep up the good work all the way to Christmas.

Chuseok Celebrations

In case you missed it, here is the video of the Chuseok presentations and the fun we had afterwards.

Goodbye Juveria

Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Juveria on Thursday as she is heading off to America. Juveria has been a great classmate and friend to everyone for many years and we are very sad to see her go.

Good luck Juveria!


Next week we will be…

  • Reading more historical fiction and beginning to explore the type of language used
  • Bringing our IPC Unit – Feel the Force to a grand conclusion by presenting everything we have learned in a poster and video
  • Practising some more multiplication and division in Maths

Well done everyone!

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W5


What a busy week of learning!

I feel like I need a holiday to recover from all the hard work and great learning that has been going on. Good thing it is a short week next week and we have a holiday or our brains might explode.

This week we have had fun…

  • Doing Science Experiment #1 – Investigating which type of chopstick is easier to use to pick up different objects. We learned a lot about friction and fair testing.
  • Doing Science Experiment #2 – Testing how different blocks of wood slide over different surfaces. We also got pretty good at drawing graphs to show our results.
  • Learning about different types of triangles, 2D and 3D shapes and their different properties.
  • Making lots of different creative things that displayed symmetry.
  • Learning how to summarise a longer report into a shorter presentation.
  • Making 3D shapes from nets
  • Learning a new game in PE

Please Remember

  • Next week in a short week (Monday and Tuesday only)
  • Monday is our Chuseok celebration and students are invited to wear Korean Hanbok or traditional dress from their own country. This is completely optional. No need to go out and buy anything.
  • There are a lot of very interesting extra challenges on the homework this week.

Shared Resources

If the students are able to access their school Google Account at home, I have shared a folder containing many of the resources we use in class. The resources are labelled by week and day so you can easily see what we have been doing and use the resources to revise if you would like to.



I challenged the students to make some Flexagons. Here are some good videos explaining what I mean.

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W4

Another great week in Year 4/5.

This week we have had fun…

  • Talking about the music we like and why we like it
  • Finishing our reports and looking at each other’s reports
  • Trying some difficult multiplication and division
  • Doing the Entry Point and Knowledge Harvest for our new IPC Unit ‘Feel the Force’
  • Mrs Sim made paper spinners and climbing frogs with us to explore friction and forces.
  • Finally getting outside for some P.E

Please remember

  • The students need a good snack to get them through to lunchtime without complaining about being hungry
  • P.E might be outside or inside from now on so please wear appropriate footwear
  • Some bits of the homework are complusary and some are optional

Shared Resources

If the students are able to access their school Google Account at home, I have shared a folder containing many of the resources we use in class. The resources are labeled by week and day so you can easily see what we have been doing and use the resources to revise if you would like to.

I will show the students how to access this folder again next week.

Principal Green

You are probably aware that Mr Green will be taking over as school Principal in November. I just wanted to reassure you that this will not affect my work with my class. My first responsibility and my greatest joy will always be in the classroom with my students.