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Term 3 Week 9 Update

Hello all!
Another fun filled week in London class as we begin to end each topic we are currently studying in each subject. Early in the week, we had an open day with potential new students and their families coming to visit. To end this week we had the HFS Dance Party where the children could show off their dance moves. The parent-teacher conferences will be taking place next Wednesday, please visit the school to make sure you have a time slot. Reports will also be sent home today as well as the Cambridge Checkpoint exam results, each student has had a fantastic term three.

In English, we started writing our sci-fi stories, they started by coming up with a what if question e.g what if earth was invaded by aliens? Then, they used this to create ideas and then they have started on the opening to their story.

This week in history, we began to wrap up our work on The First World War by looking at Trench Warfare. First, the students had a scavenger hunt to see what they could find out about the trenches, they read a variety of sources and answered questions.

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After this, the students started a project to show what life was like in the trenches. Matthew and Leigh-ah worked on making a model of a trench and Adam and Erin have started a Googleslides presentation to show a variety of information.

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On Friday we had another special guest, as Jack Bray come to visit and spend the day with us. We spent much of Friday decorating the hall for the HFS Dance Party, the class also helped make decorations to transform the hall.

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That’s all for this week, have a good weekend. I look forward to seeing you all next week!

Term 3 week 8 update

Hello everyone! Another super busy week for London class as we enter the final two weeks of this school year. The week started off with our class assembly, the students talked about the residential trip and the HFS values they used throughout the trip. A lot of this week has also been dedicated to the GL assessments, the students had an exam for English, Maths, and Science, the students did really well and the results will be discussed at the final parent-teacher conferences.

The GL assessments took up a chunk of our learning time but we still had a lot of activities were fit in throughout the week. We also spent some time this week working on our projects for the final assembly, the students continued to work on their volcano and tsunami art project.
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In English, we continued our work around Science Fiction writing this week the focus was on building tension and creating suspense, the students used the tv series Falling Skies as a stimulus to help them with their writing.

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That’s all for this week. Next week we have the HFS School Dance on Friday, which I am sure is going to be the highlight of the week. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.

Term 3 week 7 update

Welcome back after our residential trip to Busan! I am sure that all the children had an amazing time filled with unique experiences and I hope they made some wonderful memories. We are now in week seven and as this term draws to an end there is still a lot of learning and school events to fit in.

This week in English we have started our unit around narratives with a focus on Science Fiction writing. All of this week was spent working around setting descriptions and how to engage with the reader; the students used War of the Worlds to aid them with their writing.

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In Science we continued our work around animal relationships, this week the focus was on ecosystems and how changes to these impact on web chains.

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We had a special visitor join us for the day on Friday, Jinmyeong returned to see us all and spend the day in the Year 7,8,9 class.

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For most of Friday, the students started to prepare for the final assembly. They began to create a volcano and a model that will sure a tsunami, this will be a great visual display so they can explain how volcanoes and tsunamis work to the rest of the school.

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

Residential Trip Letter

Dear Parents,

The residential trip is just a few days away and with that in mind, we have put a letter together with important reminders and information. Please click the link below to view the letter. Any additional queries or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact the school.

[HFS] Busan Residential Trip Important Points

Term 3 Week 5

Hi everyone. We are at the halfway point of term 3 and the HFS events continue to come in thick and fast. This week we had the HFS sports day and next week it will be the residential trip.

The learning doesn’t stop in the classroom either, we have now come to the end of our English unit on Pre-20th Century fiction around Frankenstein. Next week the students will move on to writing skills and writing their own narratives, we will also look at narrative structure and character to make sure our stories are engaging and successful.

In Geography we continued our work around Plate Tectonics this time the students focused on how earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes are caused. To show this the students needed to draw a diagram and write an explanation underneath.

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For Science, we finished off our Trophic level pyramids and the students also looked at predator-prey relationships. The students need to create a graph that showed the relationship between predators and preys and then answer questions around it.

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The week ended with the HFS Sports Day which was a lot of fun and a great success. There were class events with individual winners from each class as well as team events and the teams were made up with children across the school. It was great to see a lot of great athleticism, teamwork, leadership by all. I was very impressed with the Year 7,8,9 class in leading their teams in each event. Well done to Yellow Team ( Mr Dunn’s) in winning 3 out of the 4 team events.

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Term 3 Week 4 update

Hello everyone! Firstly, I would like to thank you all for taking the time to fill in the residential permission form and for paying the rest of the fee, it is greatly appreciated. The residential trip is less than two weeks away so we will be sending out packing list to you next week to make sure you have enough time to get everything ready. Secondly, I hope everyone enjoyed the Spring Festival at the weekend it sounded like it was a great success.

In class for Geography, we have continued our work around tectonic plates and have taken a closer look at volcanoes, tsunamis, and earthquakes. Each student chose ones of these to look at and had to conduct research into a particular significant disaster and create a presentation that could then go up on display. 20190516_151754

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In Science, we looked at biomass energy and trophic levels, the students then started to create a trophic level pyramid to represent their learning.

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In History, we reviewed the causes of the first world war and discussed which was the most important cause. The students had to sort causes under each heading and discuss how it led to the war.

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That’s all for this week, I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Term 3 week 3 update

Hello, I hope everyone had a very restful long weekend! Even though this week was a little shorter it has still been a very busy week for London class, with Friday being a particular highlight as most of the day was spent outside for different outdoor learning experiences.

In English, we have continued our around Gothic Horror focusing on Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. We have focussed on analysing extracts from the text and doing work around this that explores Gothic Horror conventions, authors choices, and characters.

In Geography, we continued our work around plate tectonics, the students were able to explore the movement of the plates using icing and crackers. We also used marshmallows and sprinkles to represent volcanoes.

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In science, we have been looking at food webs and food chains so we visited Myeondeok lake, where the students did there best to discover any wildlife they inhabit the lake and the around it. Then students came back and wrote up their observations and also made a food web and food chain based on the animals they found.

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We ended the week with a park clean up at Daewangam Park to observe Earth Day/Green Day. This was a great way for the students to learn about environmental awareness and show responsibility for our planet.

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That’s all for this week!

Term 3 week 2 update

Hello everyone! Another action-packed and busy week for London class as week two comes to an end. Another reminder from myself to sign the permission form for the residential trip, which can also be found on the class page on the class information section.

For PE this term we have started by doing some rugby with the main focus being passing backward, which is an integral part of rugby. I have seen some huge improvements in this area, which now needs to be applied to game situations.

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For Geography, we started our work around natural disasters by first looking at plate tectonics. The students used atlases to mark and label major earthquakes and volcanoes on their own map using the appropriate symbols, they also had to mark the plate boundaries and label these.

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We ended the week with a trip to the HHI Arts Centre to see an exhibition on children’s book illustrators this was an interesting experience with some wonderful artwork on display.

 

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That’s all for this week, I hope everyone has an enjoyable long weekend and see you all on Tuesday!