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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!

Week 15 update

Hello everyone! What a fantastic week it has been, a lot of this week has been dedicated to rehearsals and getting ready for the Winter Show and it certainly paid off. Every performance was amazing and I’d like to congratulate all the students for putting on such a wonderful show, they all put in a lot of time and effort did a brilliant job! It was also so nice to see so many of you there and I hope you all enjoyed the show as much as I did, thank you for coming.

Rehearsals

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From the night

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This week, the students have also been working a project around ‘The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe’ they will present these projects at the final assembly. For the project, they are making a poster filled with information about the book and they must also make a 3D element.

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

Week 14 update

Hello everyone!

We now have just two weeks to go until the end of the term. Firstly, just to make you all aware that on Wednesday 11 December we will have our termly parent-teacher conferences during the day the sign-up sheet will be at the HFS admin office for you to complete. The Winter Show is next Thursday and doors will open at 17:45 and I hope to see you all there. As part of the Winter Show HFS will be raising funds for the PTA to do this the students have been making Christmas crafts, they have painted Christmas scenes and started making snow globes.

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The students have also been practicing their song which is part of the Grinch performance, this means that all students will be involved, our class will perform sing a song by The Carpenters. The Year 5-9 class will also be performing a Christmas Lip Sync, which will be a lot of fun.

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There is still so much learning to do before the end of the term. In English, we looked at Edmund’s character in particular and how he changed over the course of the book. We are close to finishing our study of The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe and to end this we will bring all our learning together in a project.

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In Geography, we are doing some follow up work to our trip and we spent time looking at constructive and destructive waves and how they are different.

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

Week 13 update

Hello everyone. As the end of term draws nearer so does the Winter Show a key event in the HFS calendar and this means that this week has been very busy. As well as all the learning that goes on for each subject, we as a class need to find time to practice our performances. We have also started making crafts to be sold at the Winter Show to help raise funds for the PTA.

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This week was also extra busy as we had our first trip as a class to Padosori Coastal Path, this was a great learning experience and really tied in well to what we have been learning in geography. Leading up to our trip we looked at a variety of coasts and describe these then answered the question are all coasts the same. With this trip, the children were able to visit a unique coastal area, which has columnar joints and find out how these were formed. The students also spent time listing the physical and human features as well as taking photos and sketching what they could see.

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When we weren’t doing something related to the Winter Show, lessons went on as normal. In maths, the children have been working on fractions, decimals, and percentages and being able to convert from one to the other.

In History, the students are now working on the Civil Rights Movement and we did a quick introduction as to why this started and we will move onto the key figures, groups, and events in the final weeks.

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

Week 12 update

Hello everyone. There are now only four weeks left of the first term, we are now at the point when activities and events will be coming in thick and fast. A reminder that the London class will be on the trip to Padosori Coastal Path on Wednesday 20th, please make sure you sign the permission form, a link to this can be found under class information. I would also like to add that the students have been asked to bring in a bottle (plastic or glass doesn’t matter) to art class so that these can be decorated as part of a lesson. The winter show is nearly upon us, London class will be performing a Christmas Lip Sync as part of the show as well as performing a song in the Grinch production.

In Geography, this week we went outside and used our weather station to measure the weather, the children were able to record temperature, wind direction, wind strength, rainfall, and make any other comments. Next Tuesday we will do some pre-visit learning on coasts before our trip on Wednesday.

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In English, we have continued our study of The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, the students have been analyzing characters and doing descriptive pieces of writing. At the start of the week, the children worked in pairs and created their own mythical creature to write about. Then Oon Friday, I also go the students to do a task where they took on the role of one of the Pevensie children and answered questions in the mind of the character, we did this in a talk show form.

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Wednesday was the first-ever HFS Spelling BEE competition, it was great to have four members of London class so enthusiastic to do this. Each participant clearly put a lot of time and effort into learning the word, Dave was the eventual winner. Well done to all those who participated!

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

Padosori Coastal Path Trip Permission Form

On Wednesday 20th November the Year 5-9 class will be going on an educational visit to Padosori Coastal Path. In order to reinforce their learning, they will be able to explore different coastal landscapes, find our how they were formed as well being able to find out about coastal management. Along the path is an observatory where the children will be able to discover more about this unique area of the coast. Please make sure your child is wearing appropriate footwear and clothing for this trip and school hoodies must be worn. Also, please take the time to fill out the permission form no later than Monday 18th. Permission Form.

Week 10 update

Hello everyone!

I hope you all able to make the most of the week off and did lots of fun and exciting things. This week started off our class led assembly and the students had the Topic of environmental awareness. To show how the school could show this value we took the whole school outside and did a cleanup of the futsal area, this was great as it allowed us to actively look after the school environment.

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We are coming to the end of our unit on weather and climate and to bring this to a close the students looked at weather measuring equipment. To do this they were also able to build a small weather station, we will take this outside and measure the changes in the weather over the next week. Next in Geography, we will be moving onto coastal landforms and changes.

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This week we have also started a new unit in PE, striking games so we have taken up cricket, to start with the students worked on bowling and batting in pairs. Then we also looked at some fielding skills.

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Have a great weekend everyone!

Week 9 update

Greetings from Mr. Dunn!

We have reached the halfway point of this term and as ever the week has been incredibly busy. Most of this week London class have been very creative working on a number of big projects.

The first project that we started this week was in history on the underground railroad a secret organisation set up to helps slaves escape to freedom. The project had to include: What the underground railroad is, key people, how it worked, codes and there must be a 3D element as well. The students are close to finishing and I hope they will be able to show these off to the rest of the school in the first assembly back after the week break.

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Our other creative project was to get ready for the Scary Dress Up Day, the students had to make an escape room with lots of puzzles to solve, task to complete and help decorate the classroom.

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Scray Dress Up Day was a lot of fun, all the children and staff dressed up in wonderfully scary costumes. In the afternoon we had some scary themed activities, an escape room, chose your own adventure games and scary games played in the hall.

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Please find attached the spelling bee words for the competition that will take place after the holiday, the students will need to learn the words from the first three columns. The first competition will be a class competition and the winners from this will go into a Spelling Bee evening competition that will take place on the 13th November.
Enjoy your break and see you all soon! Study List Level 3

Week 8 Update

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.

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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.

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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.

Week 7 update

Hello everyone!

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.

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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.

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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.