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Term 2 Week 7 Update

Another week down as we edge closer to the end of term 2. There is still so much to get through as the Year 6-9 class continue to work very hard.

In English, we have started a new unit about Shakespeare, to start this the students worked on a presentation to understand the context of his works. We also watched the Globe Theatre’s production of Romeo and Juliet to hook the students in.

The students have moved on to work on plotting coordinates this week, we played battleships to help us understand the four quadrants.

We used Lego to help bring History to life, the students created a scene and speeches to understand why the French people were unhappy in the late 18th Century leading to the revolution.

That’s all for this week, enjoy your long weekend and see you on Tuesday.

Term 2 Week 6 Update

A super busy week with our first trip in over a year to the Hyundai Arts Centre to see an Anthony Browne exhibition. The Year 6-9 class was extremely helpful, guiding the FS1-Year 1 students around.

This week, we also started our new IMYC unit ‘Risk’ in History the students went on a scavenger hunt to find out about when different people took risks to create social change.

During the unit, in Science, the students will be learning about energy. In our first lesson, the students explored what different forms of energy comes in and how energy is converted.

In maths, this week the students conducted their own survey asking the entire school to collect their data. They then created bar charts and pie charts to represent their data.

That’s all for this week, have a great weekend!

Term 2 Week 5 Update

A short week as Lunar New Year will be celebrated on Thursday and Friday, but still so much going on in class.

In English, we carried on with our HFS magazine project with each student starting to write their own article. Also, as a class we interviewed Mr. Green to found out his thoughts, feelings and ideas as Principal for one of our articles.

We completed our IMYC unit ‘Discovery’ and as an Entry Point into our new Unit ‘Risk’ we played the board game Risk. The students had to think strategically and try to eliminate each other from the world map by rolling dice to determine the outcome of battles.

As a little Seollal activity, the students made and decorated Paengi (spinning tops) and enjoyed playing with them.

That’s all for this week, Happy New Year and enjoy your long weekend!

Term 2 Week 4 Update

Another week down and another new student joins the Year 6-9 class, up to the dizzy heights of 5 students now! We welcome Iris, who has settled in well!

In maths, we end our work on Scale drawing by looking at maps and finding the real distances between two locations. We then moved onto different types of data, the students created a quick personal profile before deciding whether it was qualitative data or quantitative data.

For English, we continue to look at non-fiction and have now started looking at magazines. The students spent a few lessons looking at the features and later in the week we came together to start a HFS magazine project, first, we worked together to come up with ideas for articles and the name of the magazine.

This week, in Geography the students looked at how the Gold Rush in America lead to new settlements being created around this discovery of gold.

The students also conducted a science experiment, looking at roto-copters and modifications they could make to these.

That’s all for this week, have a great weekend.

Term 2 Week 3 Update

Hello everyone,

A super busy week, with lots of different learning going on. This week has also included our class being responsible for our virtual pet, making sure he is well looked after.

After looking at persuasive techniques in the previous weeks this weeks the students have worked on an advertising campaign. They worked in pairs to advertise a new settlement linking in well with our IMYC topic ‘Discovery’. Each pair has worked on producing a large poster, which will include a persuasive speech to the King, a persuasive leaflet and a persuasive poster.

In Geography, the students looked at the different areas of early American Settlements and chose where their settlement would be located. They carefully considered a wide range of factors and justified their reasons.

In Science, we looked at a timeline of key Scientific Discoveries and analysed each of these. In History, the students looked at the impact exlporers had on the place they discovered and draw the route they took.

That’s all for week, have a great weekend!

Term 2 Week 2 Update

Hello everyone!

It has been such a nice week have all the students back at school. We also welcomed back Margo to the Year 6-9 class, she spent around a year back in Russia and has seamlessly adapted back to life at HFS.

This week in English, the students worked on persuasive writing. We looked at the school’s own leaflet and discussed the features used as well as discussing how persuasive we thought we thought it was. Next, the students created their own leaflet on an area of their choice.

Also this week the students researched the Renaissance to give them some historical context for the Age of Discovery.

I would also like to offer a parent-teacher conference meeting as we weren’t able to meet in person before Christmas. Please respond to my email that will be sent out if you would like to arrange one.

That’s all for this week, have a great weekend.

Term 2 Week 1 Update

Hello everyone!

Welcome back, I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable break. This week, the students have worked well online, but I am looking forward to having them back in class from next Monday. We also welcomed Nathan, to the class as a few children moved classes to aid and benefit them.

The class started new topics for each subject, for IMYC the students will look at a unit called ‘Discovery’. As an entry point for this the I sent home an excavation kit, where they could discover what lay inside.

After the entry point, the students researched a famous explore from the Age of Discoveries in History and created a timeline of scientific discoveries in Science.

In English, we started a Nonfiction unit and the students looked at the features of blog writing before creating their own blog post.

That’s all for this week, see you all on Monday! Have a great weekend!

Final Update for Term 1

Hello everyone!

Firstly I’d like to say well done to the Year 6-9 class for having adapted so well to online learning and their continued hard work. It was a shame we couldn’t spend this last week together, but we still had lots of fun this week.

This week, the students created book covers for the stories they wrote in class as well as making a movie trailer to go as well.

In History, after making castles in class and then at home, the students then learnt about siege warfare and how to attack a castle. The students made a presentation about what siege warfare is and the different tactics used and then made their own catapult.

That’s all for this week. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and have a safe and enjoyable break!

Week 16 Update

Sadly, the term is ending with the School going online for the last week before the winter break. This means that the Winter Show will be postponed. In a bid to try and end the term with some fun, the Christmas party will be done online on Friday!

This week the students learned about different castles during Medieval England, we looked at the strengths and weaknesses of Motte an Bailey castles and Stone castles. After, that the students made their own castles and would write a presuasive presentation to convince Lords to build a their castle.

This term, the students have been playing basketball with myself and Ms. Sim (on Tuesday). This week, we played a full match, with some rule changes so the students could demonstrate the skills they have been practicing.

That’s all for this week, see you online on Monday.

Week 15 Update

Hello everyone!

Only two weeks until the end of the first term and what a busy term it has been. The school is looking very festive now as Christmas trees and decorations are now up!

This week, the students explored the Feudal system in History, we role played what it would be like for each group of people using M&Ms to represent taxes. Hannah was the peasants, Dave the Knights, Jeongwoo the Barons and of course I was the King!

In science, the students looked at Cell division, the leanrt how and this happens, then created a model showing each stage of mitosis.

In English, the students are almost at the end of their creative narratives and in maths, we are looking at converting different units of measure.

That’s all for this week, have a great weekend everyone!