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Week 11 update

Hello everyone. Back to normality this week, with no trips, events, tests or assembly to prepare for so our week has returned to hard work and fun in the classroom.

In English, we have continued our work around Noughts and Crosses. We have examed different themes of the text and written a creative piece in the style of Malorie Blackman.

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In maths, we have started data handling. To start this unit, I have asked students to carry out their own investigation. They have chosen a question they wish to investigate,  written a hypothesis, created a survey to collect data, and researched secondary data to back up or their hypothesis.

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In History we have looked at two different leaders, firstly we examined Hitler, how he came to power, how he used propaganda and how he used terror to keep and maintain control in Nazi Germany. We then moved onto Martin Luther King, we spent a lesson looking at the background to the Civil Rights Movement and used online software to create a timeline about him.

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Dress up day fun and week 10 update

Greetings from Mr. Dunn! We’ve come to the end of another busy week in Year 7/8/9 London class.

We kicked the week off with our assembly, where the students shared some of their learning with the rest of the school. The assembly was a great success, the rest of the school were really engaged in the activities the students had prepared and I think they had a lot of fun!

As an entry point into our new topic Leadership, I got the students to create their own Nation State as part of an interactive game. The students had come up with the name, motto, currency, classification, and chose a flag. Next, they had to answer a few political questions, which affected the economy, political and personal freedom. Once this was completed they had to issues and as the leader, they had to decide on how best to deal with this issue, which would then affect their Nation State.

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In English this week we have begun studying our class text Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. I am definitely excited to see where this book will take us and looking forward to seeing future work the students produce based on it.

On Wednesday, it was the HFS dress up day and I think the entire school had a lot of fun. I kept the morning as normal as possible and the students helped me set up our escape room activity in the afternoon. I think the students really enjoyed planning and making the activity for the rest of the school and I think the other classes enjoyed taking part in it.

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To end the week, we had our Year 4 – Year 9 educational visit to Yangdong Village where the students really had a great experience and learned a lot. The highlight of the trip was sweet potato picking!

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Week 9 update

Hello everyone! An incredibly hectic week for the Year 7,8,9, which included: assembly prep, GL assessments, UNIST trip and dress up day prep, this has meant that our normal schedule had to change to fit everything in.

Our trip to UNIST was a success, it really opened the student’s eyes to university life. The tour took us around the facilities of the campus showing the students the labs where research is carried out, the library, the Student Union building, and the dormitories. The guide gave great detail about university life for UNIST students and they were able to ask additional questions. I hope this has inspired the class to start thinking about their future and have high aspirations for themselves. I also hope to follow this trip up with potentially visiting again and being able to use their labs, but this will depend on the university.

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The Year 7,8,9 class will have an assembly next Monday, they will show some of the work they have done throughout our Topic of discovery. To show the rest of the school some of the learning, the students have produced an interactive game based on early American settlement and the problems the settlers faced. They will also show them an experiment they carried out on paper planes and allow the children from other classes to carry out the same experiment with their guidance.

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Throughout this week the students had tests to allow me to see if there are any gaps in their previous learning and help me with my future planning. The students had three tests one for English, maths, and science and I am sure they have done very well.

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Yangdong Village trip permission form

As part of our IMYC topic Discovery, the children have been learning about settlements. Due to this, we have organised an educational visit to Yangdong Village for the November 2nd as it is one of the earliest settlements in South Korea. Yangdong Village is a UNESCO heritage site and will allow the children to gain knowledge across geography and history. The children will discover the reasoning behind settlement location and learn about a previous way of life. In addition, the children will also have an opportunity to pick sweet potatoes and make a kite as part of the Yandong Village experience. As part of this trip we kindly ask that parents make a contribution of 10,000 won and fill out the permission form below.

Click here to submit permission for the trip.

Week 8 update

 

Hello everyone!  This week has been a very busy week with lots of different learning and discovery throughout.

In science, the students conducted an experiment to see, which object in school, carries the most bacteria. I ordered a science kit, which included Petri dishes with agar (agar allows the bacteria to be cultured) and a set of sterile cotton swabs. Each student was able to take a two cotton swabs, they dipped it in water first and then swab the object they were testing. They then came back to the classroom and applied the contents onto the surface of the agar. We then observed the bacteria growth over the rest of the week.

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The kitchen sink clearly had the most amount of bacteria growth.
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In maths, we spent some of this week this working on our algebra games and I am sure these will be finished next week. The children have put a lot of effort into the games with a variety of questions, challenges, and penalties to make algebra engaging. The rest of our time was spent,  simplifying expressions and we will move onto distributive law next week.

In English, the students have been writing their own narrative poem. I showed the students three animation shorts that they could base their poem on. They planned their poem using a mind map, which helped them think about different features of a narrative poem and come up with ideas.

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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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