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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Week 2 update

Hello everyone! This week, we have been very busy! In science the students have researched a particular discovery and then created a timeline of the events that led up to it. They then presented this to the rest of the class; focusing on the following key questions: What was happening at the time that prompted scientists and inventors to want to find out? What were they hoping to discover? Did these discoveries make things better or worse? The students made excellent presentations and delivered them with confidence.

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In history, the students again had to carry our research on a chosen explorer. The focus of this task was to analyse the following: What the place they have discovered is like and how it is similar or different to home? What they can exploit or take advantage of? What were the customs and beliefs of the place they have discovered? How they would like to change the place they have discovered? After the research, the students had to write a letter as if they were the explorer reporting back on the questions they had looked in to. I was very impressed with the letters they wrote, they clearly understood the motives and impact these explorers had.

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In Math, the students this week we have focused on fractions and looking at a variety of problems from converting from mixed numbers to improper fraction to multiplying fractions.
In English, we have been working towards writing a Dysnotpian story; we have looked at: setting descriptions, sentence openers and descriptive devices.

It’s been a fantastic week and I hope everyone has a great weekend!!