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Week 11 update

Hello everyone! Only 2 weeks until the end of the term and still the fun and learning continue’s in London class. The week started with the Year 7,8,9 hosting the assembly that talked about being a good leader, the assembly also involved a game that helped children focus on showing their leadership skills.

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The students have finished their travel blog or travel guides and I am very impressed with the work they have produced. Here are the links to each of the student’s work below:
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In English, we have moved on to writing biographies and the students have chosen an inspirational person to write their biographies on.

In Maths, we finished our work on area and perimeter and moved onto data handling. We looked at different types of data and different types of graphs. This time we focussed on scattergraphs, histographs and frequency polygons.

In History, we carried our work on women’s Suffrage as the student looked at the key leaders and groups that advocated women’s right to vote in the UK.The students anaylsed sources which is an important historical skill.

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That’s all for this week, I hope you all have a fantastic weekend.

Week 10 update

Hello everyone! We’ve been very busy this week at HFS with plenty of learning and fun topped off with a charity event to end the week. Please, also make sure you take the time the fill in this survey, we welcome all feedback. Survey Thank you!!

In maths, this week we continued our work around perimeter and area. The year 9s started solve questions on total surface area and the year 8s have started to find the area of triangles and trapeziums.

In English, the main focus has been to type up their final written piece on travel. I am really looking for the students to be creative with the layout and make sure they have all the content there so that they have an excellent guide or blog.
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In Science, we conducted an experiment on friction to see which surface creates the least and most amount of friction for a toy car. The children also wrote this experiment up in full in their books including a hypothesis and conclusion.
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In Geography, we continued to look at refugees, we looked at trends as well as creating a case study based on a particular country. The students needed to include a map, graph, as well as find out the following: The location of the country and the cause of its refugees, The problems and barriers being faced by refugees in their chosen country, The actions being taken to overcome the problems, and The ways in which these actions are increasing possibilities for groups of people in the country.
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We ended the week with a pajama day, this event was used as a way to raise for Wehope charity and the PTA. The day ended with a movie and children could also buy popcorn. That’s all for this week, I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.

Week 9 update

Hello everyone! Another eventful week in London class, as we continue our learning journey in term two. Firstly, I would like to welcome Erin Yun back to HFS, after spending some time in a Korean school, she has settled really well and made an excellent start.

In History, we started work on the Suffragists and Suffragettes movements, who fought for the women’s right to vote. We looked at the reasons women wanted the right to vote and ordered these from most to least important, the students also had to justify their reasoning. We also look at the counter-arguments many people at the time believed in. The students then produced a role-play that debated these arguments for and against.

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In science, we began our work around moving objects. The students started by mind mapping why we travel, modes of transportation, where, problems and benefits of faster travel. The students also researched the average speed of different modes of transports before investigating their own speed.

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In maths we continued to work on area and perimeter, the students have been looking at compound and composite shapes this week, meaning that there are multiple steps to solve the problems they looked at.

In English, the students are well into writing their travel guides or blogs, they have finished researching and are now writing a draft. I hope that they soon will be able to create a final piece of writing using their computers.

This week we also celebrated World Book Day, the students were asked to dress up as their favourite character from a book (sadly London class didn’t dress up) they also received a book from the PTA, which I chose, to help encourage reading. During the day, the students also had the opportunity to start reading their new books, I hope they enjoy them and I will be asking for a book review from them soon!

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

Week 8 update

Hello everyone! An eventful week,  which ends with sadness as two students from London class leave us to go to new schools.  They have both been a joy to teach this year and will be missed by all at HFS, I wish them all the best at their new schools and with whatever they do in the future.

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Much of this week was dedicated towards our International Week Projects. The class have spent a lot of time and effort in the weeks leading up to this and have produced some excellent presentations which were shown on Thursday. The International Day was a major success with fantastic foods and amazing presentations by every group. I was particularly impressed with the Year 7,8,9 class as they lead their groups and contributed a lot to the projects in every aspect.
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In English, the children have started a travel writing project and will hopefully finish these next week. They had to chose a type of travel writing: guide, blog or book, they then chose a destination to research a produce a piece of written work.

In maths, this week we have been working on area and perimeter of shapes and using formulas to work these out.

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

Week 7 update

Hello everyone! London class have been very busy, this week has included: a trip to Busan Science Museum, International week project work, as well as all usual exploratory learning in each subject.

We started off the week by finishing our Exit Points from our last unit on Respect. The Students created their own video with a voice-over explaining what their thoughts and feelings on the Unit were and what they have learnt.

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As the week went on we began to start our new Unit on Challenge. In Geography we look at street and working children in Vietnam, we looked at the problems they face and the barriers they prevent them from overcoming these problems. As well as a Project set up to help them overcome these challenges.

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On Thursday, we had our trip to Busan Science Museum. The trip was fun and the students got to interact with lots of hands-on science activities. The highlights of the trip were the moonwalking experience as well as the observatory.

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That’s all for this week and I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Week 6 update

Hello everyone! Another busy week in the Year 7,8,9 class filled with a variety of learning experiences. The students have worked very hard this week in each subject and we will now be moving on to different units in our Topic and English lessons.

In English, we have completed our leaflets and have started work around travel writing, which should take us up to the end of the term. The students wrote a piece of travel writing to start this unit off and then they will write another at the end of the term so we can see how they have improved.

In Science, we finished off our unit on magnets with the students designing and making their own microbot that moved by magnetism. We looked at how microbots are used in healthcare. Then designed our robots to carry gadgets to help complete medical tasks. The challenge was to make sure it was light enough to move up a then inside of a jar.

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In maths, the students have been working around coordinates and the coordinate plane, they had to work on plotting linear relations. As a challenge for this week, I also sent them on a maths scavenger hunt around the school. They had to complete a variety of puzzles and see who could finish first.

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This is the end of our unit on Respect and as an exit point the children will make a video about the Big Idea and their learning expeirences. As an entry point to our new unit called Challenge, I challenged the students to make oragami butterflies and then write about the challenges they have faced and how they over came them.

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It has been a very enjoyable week and I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.

Week 5 update

Hello everyone! I hope we all had a wonderful Seollal break! This week was very short, but still filled with lots of fun learning activities. On a more serious note: Phones are now banned from the classroom as they are being used at the wrong time. If your child needs to take their phone to school then they must put on my desk each day and they will get back at the end of the day.

In English, we continued non-fiction work with a focus on leaflets. The students looked at persuasive techniques and made a plan ready to create a leaflet next week.
In History, we are coming towards the end of our work around the American Revolution, the children looked at the declaration of independence. The students needed to update the declaration of independence and discuss its impact.

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On Friday afternoon we Years 2-9 had a trip to the HHI Art Gallery, this was a great experience. The students were able to see different artists work on display and a guide was able to explain each particular artist and their style.

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I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Week 4 update

Hello everyone! We have had a very busy week this week with lots of fun projects started across the curriculum. This week was extra busy as we celebrated Seollal as a school. This included the students making new wishes to be hung on a tree, presenting a presentation to the school, flying kits and playing traditional Korean games. It was a fun-filled day and I am sure the whole school had a great day!

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This week in History, the class made a timeline of the significant events of the American Revolution, they then made this a display. Each student was given four events to research and produce a document that explained the event.

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In maths the students have been working on formulas, they had to solve a variety of questions. We also used one lesson to create our own formula based on who is the best basketball shooter in the class. We then went down to the gym and worked out who was the best using the formula we had created.

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In science we made our own compasses from pastic lids, needle and a bowl of water. The students then asnwered questions around this: How do compasses work and how they relate to the Earth itself.

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I hope that everyone has a wonderful Seollal and Happy New Year!

Term 2 Week 3 update

Hello everyone! We have had a very busy week in the Year 7,8,9 class. The week started off with myself being off as I hurt my back, this meant I missed their assembly, which went well apart from a few technical difficulties. This rest of the week I was hobbling around the classroom.

In English, the class finished off their movie reviews and typed them up as homework I was very pleased with the final outcome. We have now moved onto writing newspapers, we have looked at creating headlines, subheading, and captions as well as writing introductions to newspaper articles.

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In maths, the class spent the week working on our mental maths skills. We played some different games including, Pointless, Numbercrunch, and a betting maths game. These were a lot of fun and broke up the lessons so we weren’t just using the textbook.

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In science, the class looked at magnetic fields, the class had to use a magnet and a compass to draw the magnetic fields.

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It has been a very fun week with lots of different learning going on. I hope everyone has a good weekend!

Term 2 Week 2 update

Hello everyone! This week has been filled with a variety of fun-filled learning activities in the Year 7,8,9 class. Firstly, I would like to welcome back Leigh-ah Duggan a former student of HFS, she has settled really well and made and an excellent start.

In English, we have spent the week working on writing movie reviews. The students looked at how to write different parts of movie reviews and how to write those parts this included introducing the movie, discussing character portrayal, summarising the plot, and discussing visuals and action. Finally, the students put all of this together and started writing a full movie review based on the movie they watched and made notes on as homework.

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In History, we continued to look at the American Revolution. The main focus was to look at the events that lead up to the American Revolution and how they caused them. To do this the students went on a scavenger hunt around the school to locate QR codes, they scanned them and this linked them to the relevant information for each event. The students then came back to class and they were asked to write a tweet that summarised one of the events and expressed the colonist’s feelings on it.

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In Geography, we looked at Urban sprawl and the impact this has had on cities, the students created presentations on this.

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