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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!

Term 2 Week 1 update

Welcome back everyone, I hope we all had a good Christmas and Happy New Year. The year 7,8,9’s jumped straight into our new topics for each subject and there have been lots of fun learning experiences.

Our new IMYC Topic which covers Science, Geography, and History is called Respect with the big ideas being ‘It’s important to honour behaviour and processes that have proven merit.’ As an entry point to this topic, I gave the students the scenario of being stuck on a deserted island and they had to come up with the laws and processes for this.

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In history, the focus will be on The American Revolution, in the first lesson we looked at what motivated people to move to America in the first place. To show what the children have learned I asked the students to create a display.

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In maths, we have gone back to working in on calculation of number and looked at a few different areas such as BIDMAS and Integers. We played a few different games around these concepts.

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In English, the main focus will be non-fiction for this term. We started by writing summaries and then moved on to writing reviews.

In PE, we started a unit on basketball and the main focus for the lesson was dribbling skills. The students practiced dribbling with both hands and having close control of the ball.

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Final week of term 1

Hello everyone,

We have had a very busy final week before we break up for the Christmas holidays. The Winter Show kicked things off and it was a great success, with lots of money being raised for the PTA and the children put on excellent performances for everyone to enjoy.

 

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To wrap things up in Geography and Science we looked at water shortages and how this is also a global problem. The students worked out approximately how much water they use in their household and ways they can save water. They also used any equipment in the science cupboard to try and clean water to see how difficult this process is.

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In English we are yet to finish Noughts and Crosses so the ending will have to wait until after Christmas. As a final activity we did some creative writing from different characters perspectives at the current point in the story. In the Year 9s moved onto 3D shape and the Year 7s moved onto angles to finish off the init on geometry.

As it is the last day of term I would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year. I hope that you all have a wonderful break and do lots of fun and exciting things during your time off school. Take care and I will see all the students back on the 7th January.

 

 

 

Week 15 update

Hello everyone!

The Winter Show is nearly upon us so much of this week has been preparing for this event. I hope all of you can join us for the Winter Show as each class has put a lot of effort into their songs. The drama club has also put a lot of effort in as well I am sure they will put on a wonderful performance as well. The year 7,8,9s will be performing ‘A Whole New World,’ with the year 4,5,6 class. Ms. Esther has made some changes, which has enhanced the performance. The Lip-sync performance is coming along nicely and the students are really getting into it. May I remind students to come in their costumes if they are in the play and if not they will need to dress in red and white. I also hope the children can come in Christmas jumpers for our Lip-sync performance.

Here are my little elves hard at working making stockings to be sold at the Winter Show.
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With the rest of our time, our learning continued as we look to finish each topic off before the end of the term. In our English lessons, we have continued our work around ‘Noughts and Crosses,’ I really hope we can complete the book together in class. The student’s main focus has been the theme of capital punishment, they have researched the arguments for and against this in order for them to have a debate.

In maths, we have moved onto shape and the Year 7s have been looking at 2D shapes and the Year 9s have been looking at polygons. We looked at the facts we knew and how we could use these to solve problems. Later in the week,k the students moved onto 3D shapes the year 7s looking at properties and the year 9s looked at drawing 3D shapes.

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In our geography lessons, we spent our time looking at the charity Water Aid and the work this charity does. The class made presentations and presented these to each other.

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Week 14 update

Hello everyone!

Year 7,8,9 have had a very busy week filled with lots of new learning. We are getting closer to the end of term and some of our time has been dedicated to practicing for the Christmas show. The class will be performing “A whole new world” for the Aladdin play and a Christmas lip sync performance.

In maths, we began a started to look at position and movement. The year 7s worked on reflection, rotational symmetry and rotation, while the year 9s worked on enlargement and combined translations. They really showed their accuracy with their drawings and a number of mathematical skills.

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In English, we continued our work around Noughts and Crosses, we have reached a very exciting part of the story. The students looked at the theme of capital punishment and its the importance to the plot and looked at how events in the story motivated the characters actions.

In geography, the students have been looking at the global issue of access to clean water. The students had to research this problem and look at the countries most affected by this issue and why. They also analysed maps that showed countries access to clean water, discussed patterns and reasons for the pattern.

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Week 13 update

Dear parents,

We have had a very exciting week in Year 7,8,9 class. We have been preparing for our assembly, which will take place next Monday. The main focus for our assembly will be Noughts and Crosses, the novel we have been reading in our English lessons.

Tuesday was a special day globally, as people celebrated and promoted World Children’s Day. I spent some of our lesson time introducing this to the students. We explored the UNICEF website, which set up the day to help improve and promote children’s rights. The students were then able to complete some work around the day. I asked them to create a comic strip that would show a superhero protecting children’s rights.

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In science, we carried out a scientific investigation that explored the rate of photosynthesis. In this experiment, the rate of photosynthesis is measured by counting the number of bubbles rising from the cut end of a piece of Cabomba. The variable we test was light intensity so we counted the amount of bubble released when the light was at different distances from the plant The students had to write up a full investigation making a hypothesis, discussing the variables, recording results, and making a conclusion from these results.

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In English, we continued to explore Noughts and Crosses. We used the novel to develop our writing use the P.E.E.L technique and wrote a paragraph on How does the author use carefully chosen language to express how characters feel in the novel? To help them answer this question, I asked the students to create a graph which showed how a character’s feelings changed throughout the book. They then had to find quotes to support this and later discussed those quotes when answering the question.  The students also got creative and wrote a news report, they then became news presenters and I recorded them. The students are really enjoying this book and we have reached a very exciting part of the story.

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Week 12 update

Hello everyone, I hope you have all had a good week! We have had a very busy week in Year 7,8,9 London class.

In maths, the students continued with their investigation from last week, finishing off their analysis of secondary data. They also were able to gather their results into tables and then had to create graphs from these results.

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In English, we continued our work around Noughts and Crosses and we are beginning to see characters and plot develop. We explored the characters and how they had changed throughout the text. Also, the students created a mind map on how the author was influenced by historical events.
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In science, we started to explore climate change. Firstly, the children sorted different environmental issues that are destroying Earth and ranked them from most important to least. Next, they completed a sheet on global warming. After that, the children analysed graphs, that showed the temperature of Earth and the amount of Carbone Dioxide.

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In history, we continued our timeline on Martin Luther King and looked more closely into his methods and the impact he had.

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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