Good afternoon, we were back to a full week of school at HFS and there has been so much going on in London class. We have just one more week to go before the half-term break, this term is just flying by.
This week, the students have been working on explanation texts in English. The students have looked at different examples of explanations texts to help them identify the structure and features, they have also practice writing introductions and conclusions. Today, the students start to plan their own explanation texts, to do this they designed their own inventions so they can explain how it works.
In history, this week the children looked at slave abolition. In the first lesson, the students looked at arguments for and against the abolition of slavery and then created an anti-slavery poster. In the second lesson, the students looked at key abolitionists and the impact they had.
To end the week the students had a Spelling Bee competition, this was a practice for an actual competition that will take place on November 13th at HFS.
For the competition, the students need to orally spell words with no mistakes, they could ask for a definition of the word and for the word to be used in a sentence if they were unsure.
Another short week at HFS as Hanguel day was celebrated on Wednesday, the rest of the week was filled with lots of learning and fun experiences. There are only two weeks left until half term and there is still so much to fit in.
In Science, this week the students conducted their first experiment of the year. As a class, we dropped parachutes out of the cafeteria window and timed how long it took to reach the ground, to see which parachute was the best. This was a lot of fun and we even need to call Mr. Choi to help us as some parachutes got stuck. After that, the students came back to the classroom to write up their investigation.
We have started a new unit in PE, the students are now working on net games so we have now started playing badminton. To start this unit students worked on their own at first to see how many times they could keep the shuttlecock in the air. Next, the student moved into pairs to see if they could get a rally going.
In English, the students have finished writing their stories and we will move onto nonfiction writing next week. The students will be writing explanation texts, they will need to understand the structure and features of this type of text so they can write it successfully.
That’s all for this week, have a great weekend.
A slightly shorter week as the school closed for Korean Foundation Day on Thursday, but we still managed to fit so much in. On Friday, we were lucky enough to be visited by Jinmyeong a former student of HFS, she joined us for the day as her school was closed for the day.
We continued our work on Forces in Science, this week we spent time making parachutes ready to conduct an experiment on air resistance next week. The students were split into groups and made three parachutes of varying sizes, each group also made the parachutes in different shapes so we can see which type of parachute is the best.
In Geography, each group presented their presentations on a particular climate zone. It was great to see the students speak in front of their peers and present the research they had carried out.
We had our last lesson in PE on tag football, the students were able to play a full game of tag football to wrap the unit up. Next week we will hopefully move on to net games.
Have a great weekend!
We are now into week five of this first term and the students are working hard in all subjects as we get deeper into our learning and understanding for each unit of work. This week ended with a trip to see a Claude Monet exhibition at the Hyundai Arts Centre, this was a great cultural experience for the class and I hope they all took something from this event. I am also pleased to announce that Winter Uniform Order sheets going home today, please get your order forms back to us as soon as possible with 20 000 won fee.
This week in English the students spent most of the time writing their stories. However, some of the students were finding it hard to write a setting description so I took them out to the reservoir so they could describe a place that they had been too and experienced. They then came back to the classroom and made posters with a variety of descriptive sentences so that they could use these in their writing and would have lots of ideas to use.
Since the start of term the students have been looking at calculation they started with addition and subtraction and we have recently moved on to multiplication. This week we spent a few days looking at square and cube numbers, I asked the students to use multilink cubes so they could make square and cube numbers so they could visualize this aspect of maths.
In Geography, the students were put into pairs and have been working on a project on different climate zones, which they will present to the class. Some pairs are ready to present today and others will present next week.
In History, the students looked in the life of a slave on plantations, they looked at historical sources and answered questions about them.
That’s all for this week, have a good weekend!
Another busy week in London class has flown by, this week has been filled with lots of great learning experiences. As mentioned last week we had a special guest join us for the week. Max was only here for a short time but made some good friends and had a great impact on the class. It is sad to lose him, but I wish him all the best for the future and good luck at your next school, wherever that may be.
Our work on forces in science continued this week as we looked at balanced and unbalanced forces. To do this I took the class to the hall and the students demonstrated balanced and unbalanced forces by doing a tug of war. After that, we returned to the class to draw a diagram of what we just did and write an explanation about balanced and unbalanced forces.
In geography, the class worked in groups to create a presentation that explained what causes different climates around the world. They had a cause to research and create a slide for so everyone contributed well.
We had an wonderful end to the week with our Year 3 -9 trip to Ulsan Promenade Festival, this was a great cultural experience and the children got to watch two fantastic performances. The children had a great time I think they’d all agree that the second performance was the best, we were entertained by a circus drawing group that made everyone laugh. If the weather stays nice this weekend the festival would be well worth a visit.
Have a great weekend everyone!
A very short week with so much packed in! We started the week with a wonderful Chuseok celebration as a school and the class did an amazing job showing off their traditional Korean fan dance. After the performances, there was more fun playing traditional Korean games and finally enjoying some seongpyong.
Since the start of the term in PE, we have been playing American football and working on the skills to play this game successfully. The children are now working on passing to each other and moving the ball towards scoring a touchdown.
In science we have started work on forces: push, pull and twist and I asked the students to take pictures of these forces in action so they could then describe them in their books.
We also have a trip coming up on Friday 20th September, please take the time to sign the persmission form. Please click the link below.
Don’t forget about our curriculum evening on Monday at 5:30 and school photos on Wednesday.
Another super busy week in the year 5-9 class as we begin to delve deeper into our learning and discovery for each subject. We have spent some time this week practicing our performance for the Chuseok celebration, which will take place on Monday. For this performance, the students have been working together to create a traditional Korean fan dance for the school to enjoy. We hope you can join us on Monday for the Chuseok celebration.
We started our Collaboration Unit from the IMYC this allows to have good coverage of history, geography, and science for each week. In Geography we began to look at the difference between climate and weather. The students used atlases to discovery the hottest, coldest, wettest, etc places on earth and lable these on a map.
In history, the students have started work around the Civil Rights Movement, as an introductory lesson to this we looked at Africa and what it was like in 1600 when Europe began to make an impact on the continent. The students, looked at different sources and answered questions, deciding whether the Europeans were right to call Africa uncivilised.
Since last week in English, the students have been working on writing stories, which includes a portal to a new world. They have recently looked at figurative language, direct speech and fronted adverbials.
Have a good weekend everyone, I hope to see you all on Monday!
What a fantastic start to the new school year, this first week has flown by. Firstly, I would like to welcome two new students that have joined our class, welcome to Dayeon and Hannah. They have settled in well, worked hard and made some new friends. I would like to thank the rest of my class for being so welcoming and helpful to both of them, well-done everyone!
Much of this week has been about me getting to know my new class and the students getting to know each other, we played some games and designed an all about me phone. We also spent some time doing some assessments so I could see what each students strengths and weaknesses are in order to help them progress over the year.
This week, we have also started our new topic for IMYC called Collaboration. To start this, I gave them the scenario of being stuck on a small Island, the students worked in small groups and decided which items would be most useful for their survival and then they created shelters together.
We also started our Brain Wave unit, which is about how students learn. The students started a presentation about how the brain works, we were also lucky enough to have a skype talk with a friend of Mr. Kearney. He showed us a project he is working on to help students learn, which involves AR (augmented reality), the students learnt a lot and hopefully, we can use AR in the classroom.
That’s all for this week, I hope you all have a great weekend!