Germinating seeds – We did an experiment to see what conditions were needed to make seeds germinate. We were thinking about how we could grow food if we went on a mission to Mars.
Tackling the advanced Egg Drop Challenge – This time the materials we were allowed to use were very limited, so we had to be more creative to solve the problem. We learned from our mistakes last time and made better designs.
Learning to convert between different units of measurement in maths. This can be a little tricky because we need to multiply and divide by 1000, but we are getting confident with it now.
Having our class photograph taken
Starting lots of new clubs
Playing new games in the gym
Learning about Responsibility by looking after a digital pet
Learning about structures that could be used to make a Mars base. We worked in teams to make pyramids from chopsticks and newspaper. It was a bit tricky but we managed to make a giant pyramid made of pyramids, made of pyramids! That is three levels. At home, someone even managed to make a geodesic dome from matchsticks
Designing and building egg drop challenge inventions. We want our inventions to be better than last time. What have we learned?
Writing daily blog entries about different subjects. This week we have written about what we want to be when we grow up and the best thing we have ever eaten
Studying time in Maths – We converted times between 24-hour and 12-hour clocks and calculated time differences in days, months and years.
Playing volleyball in PE
Trying to Beatbox
Some parents may not have had an opportunity to meet with me to discuss their child’s progress. If you would like to arrange a Parent-Teacher Consultation please send me an email. I am always happy to meet any parent at anytime. The best days to meet me are Tuesdays and Thursdays during school time or Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after school.
We are lucky to have Miss Hope volunteering in our class for a couple of weeks. Miss Hope is Mr Kim’s daughter who will be heading off to university some to study art.
Our library day is on Monday and we will be encouraging the students a little more to make sure they are borrowing and reading books from the library.
It is a long time from breakfast to lunch.
As part of Mr Dunn’s class assembly this week he has challenged the students to keep an electronic pet alive and happy for a week. Some students may be bring a tablet home with our (electronic) class pet to look after. We are learning about responsibility, which is one of our school core values.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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?
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!
(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!
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?
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.
In case you missed it, here is the video of the Chuseok presentations and the fun we had afterwards.
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