And just like that, we are at the end of another term and this academic year. It is a time when we can look back and reflect on everything we have learnt and experienced. I would like to congratulate everyone on their hard work throughout the term and year and wish them a very relaxing summer holiday.
We started this week with the school trip to Gyeongju World, where everyone had a great time experiencing the thrills and spills of all the rides.
The rest of the week was spent completing some work, building mechanical hands and getting our desks and lockers cleaned out and packed up before the end of the year.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents for your hard work in helping your children in their schooling.
It is with a bit of sadness that we are saying goodbyes to Teodor who has reached the end of his HFS road and is moving on to high school, we wish him all the best for this new chapter in his life and hope that he will think back fondly of his time here at HFS.
In English, we watched the movie adaptation of the set work book Skellig we did throughout the term, the students got the opportunity to compare the book and the movie. They also had to compare their version of a character in the book with the movie depiction of the same character.
In Math, we learnt some practical maths skills related to constructions and drawing parallel and perpendicular lines making use of set squares and a compass. We also did a practical application of position-time graphs where students had to create a 10-meter track and circumvent it three times at different speeds taking their time for each lap and drawing their own position-time graphs of the results.
During our IMYC lessons, we did various exit point activities, in Science the students researched and made posters of human activities that have led to a change in the ecosystem. During History, students looked at some well-known historical figures and how the common viewpoint regarding these figures is not always a well-rounded and balanced viewpoint.
Due to predicted inclement weather, the class trip to Gyeongju World that was planned for Wednesday has been moved to Monday 20 June. The students will return home on the second bus.
Students should wear school uniforms and bring either a packed lunch or money to buy food there. It is also advised that students bring sunscreen as it promises to be a long hot day out and about in the sun.
As we are getting to the end of the term it is still full steam ahead with learning.
In English, we are doing a lot of reading in class to make sure we get to the end of Skellig before the end of term, the learners had the opportunity to think a bit more about the characters in the book be doing some hot seat questions as a specific character from the book.
During Math, we looked at compound measures and manipulating formulas to calculate different values, the learners also looked at distance versus time graphs and used these to calculate speed, distance and time.
In IMYC, Science the learners investigated and produced fact sheets about natural phenomena that can disrupt ecosystems and biodiversity. During Geography, we continued our study of maps and looked at how height and elevation are indicated on maps, learning when hills are gradual and when it is steep.
This has been a short but busy week full of learning and improving skills.
In Math, we worked with probability and especially how it applies to games and making predictions in games. The learners looked at the difference between theoretical probability and experimental outcome and also looked at some reasons why it could be different. They also learnt how to be more successful at playing rock paper scissors so be careful not to challenge them to multiple rounds.
In English, we looked at using quotes from texts to answer questions and how to use quotes to write P(point)E(example)E(explanation) paragraphs. The learners then also looked at quotes from our setwork book to support the idea that Skellig is an angel.
In IMYC, we looked at scales and distances when working with maps. We explored the different ways that scales are indicated and used these scales to calculate the actual distances between places on maps. In Science, we looked at different reasons why animals become extinct with the Sumatran rhino as an example. We then looked at different strategies that could be used to prevent these animals from becoming extinct. For ICT, the students finished off their recordings for their radio advertisements. The students then assessed each other’s advertisements to our previously established success criteria.
Undoubtedly the highlight of this week was the class trip to the SEALIFE aquarium in Busan, where the learners had a great time exploring the different sea creatures on display and learning more about them. The learners also did a great job in navigating the metro line that got us there and back. While there we would have been remiss if we did not go for a walk on the famous Hyundai beach and putting our toes in the water.
But it was not all fun and games this week, some serious academic work was also done in the class. In Math, we looked at percentage increase and decrease and used this in a real life scenario in working out the cheapest summer holiday for a family of four. We also looked ar dividing amounts into ratios.
In English, we looked at subtle references in Skellig , especially referring to angles and flight, furthermore we looked at plot connection within Skellig. We did this by focusing on “The Tyger” by William Blake and in doing so learning a little more about the life and times of Blake.
In IMYC, during Science we learnt more about the different kingdoms in the living world and the characteristics of these kingdoms. In History, learners had the opportunity to give feedback on the media’s portrayal of a historical figure, Saladin, and then had the opportunity to look at different authors views of the same historical figure. For Geography, we practiced using 4-figure grid references on maps and in the process encountered map symbols as used on ordinance survey maps. For ICT, we looked at what makes an effective radio advertisement and developed success criteria for evaluating our peers radio adverts.
That is all for this busy week. I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend.
We also had the opportunity showcase our core value of responsibility by interacting and learning from Ms M’s class.
It was another busy week with lots happening inside and outside the classroom. The students wrote the Cambridge progression tests, and also had the opportunity to act as mentors to our youngest learners.
In IMYC – Science, we looked at different ecological relationships and identified these relationships in a marine setting. In History, we looked at historical figures and how they acquired a particular reputation and how different media portray this reputation. In Geography, we started looking at maps and particular how we use grid references to describe a place on a map.
In English, we continued our setwork book Skellig and looked at how to use the text to write PEE paragraphs and how to build tension in our writing.
In Math, we studied visual represented data and how to draw conclusions from visual data, also how to intrepid data and make valid conclusions.
On Friday we had sports day, everyone had a good time and was very helpful and kind towards the younger members in their mixed teams.
A reminder that on Monday we will be going on a field trip to Busan to visit the SEALIFE aquarium, we will be taking the Ulsan to Busan metro. Students are reminded to wear the school shirt or hoodie for the trip and to bring either a packed lunch or money to buy lunch in Busan.
As we come to the end of a short week, I hope everyone enjoyed their children’s day celebrations. I would like to thank everyone for their prompt responses and for sending back the reply slips for the field trip in such a timely manner.
This week we had the opportunity to look at the subway map and plotted our route to get to the aquarium.
In Math, we looked at 2D and 3D shapes. We looked at the criteria for congruency of triangles as well as how to calculate the missing angle in a triangle if necessary. We also looked at plans and perspectives of 3D shapes and how to calculate the volume of any three-dimensional prism.
In English, we started our network book for this term, Skellig, We looked at hooks the author uses to draw the reader in and reading between the lines of what the author is saying and delving deeper into the symbolism of the writing.
In IMYC – Science we looked at food webs and chains, the importance of balance in an ecosystem and how the removal of one species can influence the whole system. in ICT the students presented their “about me” presentations as well as the logos they designed and assessed each other on our previously decided upon success criteria for each of those. In Geography the students looked at balance within a community and what factors affect the balance of a community, the students then looked at a crime map and is comparing the different factors found in an area of high crime vs an area of low crime.
Next week we will be writing our Cambridge progression tests which is a teacher marked assessment of the phases’ work covered. The students will be writing two Math and two English papers.
On Friday of next week will be sports day, please read the school newsletter for more information.
A huge congratulations on our year 6 and 9 students who persevered through their Cambridge Checkpoint assessments this week. By all accounts it went well, we now eagerly await the results.
Next week we are back to business with normal teaching continuing, and just a friendly reminder that Thursday is Children’s Day which is a Korean public holiday, so no school for our students.
This week in Science, we went to the reservoir to try and identify different species in the area and to create a display board that will categorize these species into their different levels. We also learnt more about different biomes and looked at different places where these biomes occur. In Geography, we examined proportions in communities including our school community and how this effect the balance within the community. We then played an interactive game to show how different ecological and socio-political factors are out of balance that can affect people’s lives and livelihood. In ICT we looked at the logos of different brands and identified what makes a good balanced and effective logo. The students then had the opportunity to design their own logo that we will measure against the success criteria that we identified.
In English we started today with a new novel for this term entitled Skellig. We will be using this novel to learn more about fiction.
In Math, we looked at conversions of times and used bus and train timetables to plan itineraries.
Please be advised that the class will be undertaking a class trip on Monday 16 May to SEALIFE aquarium in Busan, We will be making use of our new Math knowledge and going by train, which also fits in with our core value of Environmental awareness. Be on the lookout for a permission slip that will be going out next week.
That is all for this week, have a relaxing weekend.
Please remember to do a home Covid test on Sunday and let us know in the case of a positive test result.
Welcome back to a very busy term 3, this term starts off quickly for some of our learners with them writing Cambridge Checkpoint tests next week. Cambridge Primary Checkpoint is a series of assessments for use in the final year of a phase. It enables us to obtain an international benchmark of learner performance to identify and address learning needs.
So with that in mind as well as the upcoming progression tests that will be written in week 4 of this term we dedicated time during English and Math to look at how test questions are structured, how best to approach them and how to answer them.
In IMYC the students were set a couple of tasks to try and identify the theme of the unit we will be doing this term. After many different activities which included walking with books on their heads, finding the weight of a calculator, getting a chemical equation to balance as well as balancing as many nails as possible on another nail, the learners identified the topic as Balance.
This term we are going to look at the balance in many aspects of the world and how an absence of balance can influence the world we live in.
For Science, we are looking at balance in nature and the balance created by the organisms in the different trophic levels that make up an ecosystem.
For History we looked at the balance of popular opinion and how it could affect other people’s opinions of people., in Geography we looked at the balance between different peoples and professions that make up a community, in ICT we looked at balanced visual presentations and in Technology we are looking at balanced diets and food groups.
As we stand at the end of another busy term we gaze back at the term and all we have accomplished. This week we took the opportunity to do some end of term assessments for the students to gauge their mastery of the different subjects. All the students applied themselves admirably to the task of test writing and took it very seriously, and for the most part, could be happy with their results. But yet again this is not about the results but about the students evaluating if they have mastered the skills required of them during the term.
In IMYC, we finished off our study in Science of inheritance and genes by looking at dominant and recessive alleles and learning how to predict the phenotype of the offspring from the parent’s genotypes. In History, we looked more at sources used in history and especially at photos and the different techniques used to manipulate what is shown in photographs. As a fun activity, the students got a chance to take and manipulate some pictures for themselves.
In Math, we wound the term down by doing some Fibonacci sequences and spirals, as well as using some of the maths we learnt throughout the term to solve the mystery of who poured chilli oil into the Easter egg chocolate mix. Margo was the first to solve the mystery.
Incorporating our core value for the week: “environmental awareness” into our English lesson we did some reading on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and looked at some ideas of how we can help alleviate the problem in our daily lives.
Sadly we are saying goodbyes to two of our class members at the end of this term. Iris is moving back with her family to their home country of Malaysia and Theo is moving schools to Busan. We wish them all the best and great success in their future endeavors and will miss their contributions to the class.