Term 2 Week 8

Hello everyone!

Thank you to parents for your help and understanding during this difficult time. Well done to Year 5-9 for adapting the E-Learning, I am pleased with all the work that you have produced this week, make sure anything that is not completed is done over the next few weeks. It wasn’t easy, but we still learnt so much this week, again well done!

It is sad, that this week Ashleigh will be moving to a new school and we were not able to say goodbye to her in the normal fashion, we did manage to get most of the class together for a conference-style meeting so they could say goodbye and talk about how the week went. The same goes for Aki, who has moved back to Japan, sadly he was unable to join at the end of the week. We wish them all the best in the future and good luck at your new school.

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This week, the students managed to produce excellent newspaper reports on GoogleDocs, I was able to edit these and add comments so that the students could make changes and improvements.

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In maths, the children finished our unit on shapes as they used a compass to practice drawing them. In Science, the children finished topic on Exisiting, Endangered, Extinct by looking at fungi and microorganisms.

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Take everyone, enjoy your Spring break as best you can and take care.

Term 2 Week 7 update

Hello everyone!

Another exciting week here in London Class as the students have a lot of fun exploring the current Topics in each subject. It is with regret that must announce that a planned trip to Busan Aquarium must be canceled due to the sudden spike in Coronavirus cases, the school is also putting in additional measures to keep children safe and details of this can be in the newsletter.

In maths this week the students have looked at properties of 3D shapes, part of this meant using nets to create 3D shapes as well as drawing their own nets and problem-solving.

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In Science, the students spent their time looking at plants, we went over the different parts of plants and flowers, next they created life cycles of flowering and nonflowering plants. The students ended the week by being given a mushroom kit so that they can grow fungi, they will look after them over the next few weeks and observe any changes. Next week the students will look at what fungi are and how they are different from plants and animals.

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Next week the students will begin writing their newspaper reports in English as homework the students will need to finish their plan for Monday’s lesson.

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

Term 2 Week 6 Update

Hello everyone!

Back to a bit of normality after a week of practice exams, we have been able to make a good start on our new topics for each subject. I would also like to welcome Max back, previously he spent a week with us before moving onto different schools around the world and now he is with for this week and next.

In Science, the students have continued their work around the topic of Existing, Endangered Extinct? We looked at the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates. Then we moved on to work around food webs, food chains, and trophic levels as well as looking at different life cycles.

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In PE, we have now moved on to net games and we will be focussing on volleyball, the students have worked at keeping the ball in the air in pairs and in groups and we also worked on getting the ball over the net as well being able to return it.

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On Friday, we also spent some of the day giving presentations on countries that the students are from, this was set as homework and it has been great to learn about each country as well as practicing speaking in front of an audience.

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Finally in English, the students have continued to look at newspaper reports, this week we have looked at reported speech and creating headlines and soon the students will be working on creating their own newspaper report.

Term 2 Week 5 update

Hello everyone!

Firstly, apologies as this was not the most exciting week for Year 5-9 as the students had practice exams for Cambridge Checkpoint. This was very beneficial as they get an idea of what the tests will be like and we also went through the answers together. The students did well, however, they will need to make sure they read questions carefully as some silly mistakes were made. I think it will help them to do this again sometime in March to make sure they are ready for the tests in April. At least we were able to end the week in a fun way, the school raised money for charity by having a pajama day and the students could enjoy a short movie with popcorn.

This week we also started a new Topic called Existing, Endangered, Extinct… as an introduction into this area of Science the students need to recall past learning and knowledge and discuss how animals are classified. Then the students created a poster that shows the five main groups of classifications: mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish. On the poster, they had to write the main characteristic for each group and also draw examples. I am currently planning a trip to either the Ulsan Eco Centre or Busan Aquarium which will be a great learning experience for this Topic.

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This week we also started our non fiction unit in English, the students will be learning to write newspaper reports. In PE the class have started volleyball and they worked on getting the ball to each other over the net.

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

Term 2 Week 4 update

Hello everyone!

I hope everyone their long weekend and made the most of time off together. Despite the slightly shorter week due to Seollal we still managed to fit so much in. We also had a special visited, Jinmyeong a former student of HFS came to visit us on Tuesday, it was great to have her back and she was a great help. Next week, the class will be doing practice exams to help ready the Year 6 and 9 students for the Cambridge Checkpoint exams for English, Maths, and Science.

We are coming to the end of our first IPC unit, the final areas we looked at where how to separate mixtures and the students baked cookies and looked at the science involved in this.

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Next week the students will be moving on to a new Topic called Existing, Endangered, Extinct? Where the students will look at identifying and classifying animals as well as food webs and food chains.

We are also coming to the end of our fiction unit on writing suspense stories and next week the student will write a final story independently, after that we will move on to our non-fiction unit.

That’s all for today, have a great weekend everyone.

Term 2 Week 3 update

Hello everyone!

A slightly shorter week at HFS as we finish early for Seollal (Korean New Year), for this as a school we came together to celebrate this holiday on Tuesday. The students had a lot of fun creating a collage, making a wish to hang on the tree, helping with the assembly and playing traditional Korean games.

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The Science experiments continue this week as the students investigate electrical conductors and insulators and we also made bath bombs and tested to see what effect the temperature of the water would have on the bath bombs.

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In maths, this week the class has moved on to angles the students went back over the different types of angels and worked on estimating and measuring angles using a protractor.

In English, the students have started to write their suspense stories and I have been impressed with them so far, they have really used a lot of the language features that we studied this term.

Term 2 Week 2 update

Hello everyone,

Another week has flown as we begin to delve deeper into our Topics for this term. This week the students have spent some of their time preparing for their assembly, which will take place on Monday and also getting ready for the Seollal school celebrations, which will take place on Tuesday. The highlight of this week was, of course, Silly Hat day. I was very happy to see the entire class participate in this and every hat looked amazing, well done to Aki, who was voted the winner of the best hat.

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In science this week, the student looked at the properties of different materials. In pairs, they tested the hardness, flexibility, permeability, whether it is magnetic or not, and whether it was transparent or not. They also looked at reversible and irreversible changes, identified these and explained how the reversible changed can turn back and what the identified the reactant and product of irreversible changes.

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This term in PE the students have started learning basketball, this week they have worked on passing, defensive skills, and dribbling. Later, the students will work on shooting and game situations.

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In English, we have continued our work around suspense, the students have worked on writing short paragraphs that include the features of suspense writing as well as learning about show don’t tell. They have also completed a plan to help them write their own suspense stories that they will start writing next week.

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

Term 2 Week 1 Update

Welcome back everyone, I hope we all had a good Christmas and Happy New Year. The year 5-9 jumped straight into our new topics for each subject and there have been lots of fun learning experiences. Firstly, I would like to welcome two new students to our class, Lina and Kristian Larsen from Norway, they have both made a great started and have settled in really well.

Our new IPC topic is called Making New Materials, which has a Science focus and looks into materials that can be shaped, combined, condensed, frozen, melted and burned. In this unit, we are going to experiment with different kinds of materials and become cooks, chemists, and creators of new materials. To start this off we carried out two investigations this week: the first was an investigation into what would happen when you mix solids with liquids, our second investigation looked into how to keep things cool.

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In English, the class has started to look at suspense writing and how to create this, so far we have looked at varied sentence length, figurative language and varied sentence openers to help us create suspense.

In Maths, the class has started this term by looking at area and perimeter, the students learnt how to find the area and perimeter of rectangles and next week will move onto more complex shapes.

It has been great to be back at HFS and have all students working hard and making a good start to the term. I hope everyone has a great weekend, see you all on Monday.

Final Week update

Hello everyone!

It is the end of the term and what a term it has been! It has been filled with so many wonderful events, learning experiences and so much fun at HFS. This term the Year 5-9 class has done amazing work and I have enjoyed myself with this class so much, they will need to come back after the break ready to work even harder in term two. This week was ended with the final assembly where the Year 5-9 students showed off their work around ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe’. Much of this week was spent finishing this project off and wrapping up other topics so we can start afresh after the break.

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We started the week with a cultural exchange, the students and the Year 3-4 class made a Skype call with a Korean school in Seoul. The students in Seoul taught us about their school and shared their ideas of an ideal school. Our students were able to ask them questions so that they could learn more, we will hopefully be able to share some presentations about our school in January.

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To wrap up our History unit on Slavery and the Civil Rights Movement the children made a presentation on Martin Luther King and Malcolm Xx, the impact they both had, what changes the Civil Rights Movement made and how they achieved this.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, have a safe and happy vacation! I will see you all in 2020 ready to start term two!