Week 7 update

Hello everyone! Another short week at school, which has been filled with fun, learning, and exploration.

In maths this week, we have continued our work on algebra and spent some time simplifying algebraic expressions. As this felt like it was becoming repetitive, I decided that the children should create a game. The Years 7s teamed up together to make a game for the Year 9s and vice versa. We will have two very different games, the Year 7s have decided to make a board game, whereas the Year 9s have gone with a card game. I can’t wait for these to be finished so we can try them out!

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In English this week we have started to explore The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes (a narrative poem). To start with we created a glossary of unknown words, identified features of a narrative poem; analysed literary and linguistic features and finally analysed the characters. We have really been delving deep into Alfred Noyes and I hope to get the students to create their own narrative poem.

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In science, we carried out an experiment to see which paper plane would fly the furthest. The students discussed possible variables to test and then chose one of those to go and explore. The Year 7s looked at different shapes and the Year 9s looked at adding flaps. We then went to the gymnasium and carried out our experiment, testing each plane three times. For the rest of the week, the children have been writing up their experiment and making conclusions from their results. 20181010_140958 20181010_141006 20181010_141013 20181010_141002 20181010_150856 20181010_151105 20181010_152329 20181010_152201 20181010_151501

UNIST trip permission form

I am pleased to announce that myself and Mr. Kim have arranged a visit to Ulsan Insitute of Science and Technology. This trip will be for just the morning of the 23rd October and will include, a tour of the university and a talk with some current students. If this trip is successful, I would like to arrange similar trips to allow children to discover more about universities and think about their future.

Click here to submit permission form for the trip.

 

Welcome back!!

Welcome back everyone, I hope you all had a fantastic Chuseok break! Even though this was a very short week the learning hasn’t stopped.
In English, the focus has been to type up our stories that the students finished before Chuseok, while doing this the children also had to think about improvements they could make. Once the stories are complete we will be moving on to poetry.

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In maths we have moved on to algebra, we made posters for particular mathematical vocabulary and looked at how to write algebraic expressions.
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In Geography we researched some of the key settlements of early America and added this to a map. They focused on the following questions: Do you notice any similarities or differences between where the older settlements, studied in the research activity, are? Are they all near the coast, all by a river? What was the reason for the settlement? What did people discover that made the settlement viable? Why was this particular area chosen to be settled ahead of another area? What did people gain from the site and what were the drawbacks? Where are the older settlements compared with newer ones?

Update week 4

Hello everyone! As we come to the end of our first half-term together – with the Chuseok break about to start – we have had another exciting week!

I wanted to have some fun with the students in Maths and take our learning outside, this week we investigated how quick we are compared to Usain Bolt. We measured 50m (couldn’t find a large enough area for 100m) we timed each student and then took this back to the classroom to make our comparison. First, the children had to calculate their speed and then convert it to the same measurement I provided so they could compare it with Usain Bolt.

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All of this week in English has been dedicated to writing our dystopian stories, they planned their stories first and after that, they’ve been writing their drafts. It has been hard for the students, as I have really pushed for writing at length, but I have been very impressed with the quality of writing. I also hope after the Chuseok break, to get the students to type these up and post them on here for you to read.

Much of our work in the afternoon has been around creating a personal time capsule, this links well with our Topic of discovery and also gave me another opportunity to get to know each student more.

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The final day of the week was dedicated to Chuseok and the day was packed with fun activities, learning around Chuseok and parents coming in and enjoying the day with the school. I have to say, I had an excellent day and really enjoyed it and I am sure the students did as well.’
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I hope each and everyone of you has a wonderful Chuseok break!

Ulju Mountain Festival Trip and Week 3 update.

What a week we have had! Things kicked off, on Monday, with an excellent trip to Ulju Mountain Film Festival. Whilst there, the students watched an animation movie and after that, they got to experience tree climbing and enjoy a Yeongnam Alps Virtual Reality. The tree climbing was definitely the highlight of the trip, as children showed great resilience and athleticism to reach the top (some found it easier than others).
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On Tuesday we had our class pictures taken, which was a lot of fun (see the evidence below).
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Through this week the children have been delving deeper into out topic of Discovery. In History, the children went back and looked at the impact their explorer had, positive and negative. In Geography, they researched different types of settlements and how they are defined. In Science, we looked at linear and nonlinear discoveries and how to create a fair test. Below, is the history work they completed; they had to annotate a map of the explorer’s voyage.

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Week 2 update

Hello everyone! This week, we have been very busy! In science the students have researched a particular discovery and then created a timeline of the events that led up to it. They then presented this to the rest of the class; focusing on the following key questions: What was happening at the time that prompted scientists and inventors to want to find out? What were they hoping to discover? Did these discoveries make things better or worse? The students made excellent presentations and delivered them with confidence.

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In history, the students again had to carry our research on a chosen explorer. The focus of this task was to analyse the following: What the place they have discovered is like and how it is similar or different to home? What they can exploit or take advantage of? What were the customs and beliefs of the place they have discovered? How they would like to change the place they have discovered? After the research, the students had to write a letter as if they were the explorer reporting back on the questions they had looked in to. I was very impressed with the letters they wrote, they clearly understood the motives and impact these explorers had.

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In Math, the students this week we have focused on fractions and looking at a variety of problems from converting from mixed numbers to improper fraction to multiplying fractions.
In English, we have been working towards writing a Dysnotpian story; we have looked at: setting descriptions, sentence openers and descriptive devices.

It’s been a fantastic week and I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Week 1 update

Hello everyone! Much of this week has been spent getting each other; I really wanted to find out as much I could about each child so the children made posters about their family, interests, hobbies and likes and dislikes. I really enjoyed this as it also gave me time to speak to them and engage with them as well. The children have also shown me what they are like in the classroom: they have worked hard, participated well, and shown great enthusiasm for each subject! We also had to prepare for the assembly for next Monday and were given the theme of Fire Safetey. As a class we came up with ideas, wrote a script and practiced throughout the week to make sure we are ready!

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This week, the students also started their new IMYC unit on Discovery in which they will think about the following statement; “Finding out new things is a human driver and affects things for better or worse.” For our Entry Point into the new unit the students were archaeologists, they were given an excavation kit and had to discover what lay inside. Before, we started with our excavation kit we discussed the word discovery; what it meant to each of them and how it might link to Science, History and Geography. We also made predictions about what we might find in the excavation kits, which lead to interesting an conversation about archaeology. I look forward to seeing where this Topic will take us as a class and what the children will discover for themselves.

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Have a good weekend everyone.

Greetings from Mr Dunn

Hello!
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am Mr Dunn the new Year 7,8 and 9 class teacher at HFS. I hope to have a lot of interesting and exciting things in store for this year.
A few things about myself, I am from West Sussex, UK, very close to London. I have been teaching for 7 years; most recently in Bradford, UK. Before that, I was ESL teacher in South Korea, Ulsan; teaching at before public schools and hagwons. My undergraduate degree is in History and Politics from Liverpool Hope University and I completed my PGCE at Sheffield Hallam University. I have a family, my wife is from Ulsan and we have two children a 6-month old girl, called Ayla and 3-year-old boy, called Noah, who will be attending HFS.
In my free time I love sports, both playing and watching, in particular rugby and football(soccer) and I am very excited to be starting a rugby club this term. I also enjoy traveling, I have visited many different parts of the world and enjoy learning about different cultures, trying new foods and visiting famous places.
I am very happy to be here at HFS and I am looking forward to meeting all the you and your children. I am always available if you have any concerns so please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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