Author Archives: Mr. Dunn

Week 13 Update

Hello, everyone!

The end of term is in sight, Christmas is almost here, we still have so much learning to do and lots of festive treats to look forward to. Don’t forget next week is our class trip to Onggi Village, please make sure the children are wearing their uniform and that they have a snack and packed lunch.

This week in English the students carried on their work around Haiku, we also had some fun and got creative with our poetry writing, using ‘Blackout Poetry’ and ‘Paint Chip’ techniques.

In maths, this week’s main focus has been fractions, the students worked on finding equivalent fractions, comparing, and ordering fractions. We will continue our work on fractions next week as we start to look at adding and subtracting fractions.

For IPC, the students have come to the end of the science aspect of our ‘Making New Materials Unit’. This week they conducted experiments to see if all metals are magnetic and separating mixtures using different processes. For the rest of the term, the students will focus more on history and technology to finish this unit off.

That’s all for this week have a great weekend!

Week 12 Update

Hello everyone!

Firstly, some exciting news! I and Mr De Klerk have organized a trip to Onggi Village on Tuesday 30, this fits in nicely with our unit ‘Making New Materials,’ as the students will be able to look at pottery and its history. I kindly request that you fill out the permission form linked below.

Form

This week the students have continued their work around properties of materials by looking at insulators and conductors. They tested different materials to see which were the best at transferring the least amount of heat by placing ice in different cups and seeing how long it took to melt. They also experimented with a circuit to see which materials transfer electricity.

In maths, with have been looking at angles. The students, looked at different types of angles, drawing angles, measuring angles, as well as calculating missing angles on a point and a line. We went to the hall and made different angles with our bodies and introduced angles on a point and a line using the benches.

That’s all for this week, have a great weekend!

Global Citizenship Week

Hello everyone

I hope you all had a nice long weekend! Last week, was a short week, where we spent our time doing lots of different activities around Global Citizenship. I decided to focus on a particular global issue, climate change, and look deeper into this. In the week, leading up to Global Citizenship Week, I showed the students the news to introduce this topic and show why it was currently in the headlines.

The students did a number of different activities across the week. Firstly, we looked at what is climate change, defined some of the key vocabularies, wrote a definition, and looked at the causes and effects. Also, the class did some work on Greta Thunberg, completing a reading comprehension to find out more about her. Over each day the students also worked on a large project, researched a country to find out: How the country is being affected by climate change, What the leaders are saying about this issue, and what they are planning to do about it. Another project was art-based, the students designed a poster showing the impact of climate change and came up with a slogan to persuade people to protect the earth. Finally, the children looked at what they could do and how they could change their daily lives to help tackle climate change.

Week 10 Update

Firstly I would like to welcome Ester, who joined our class today and settled in really well, the class did a wonderful job of looking after her and helping her out around the classroom and school. Secondly, don’t forget next week is Global Citizenship week, this will mean that we are off timetable and the class will be doing lots of different work around climate change. It is also a short week, there is no school on Thursday and Friday.

This week, the children have continued their work around different materials and their properties. In pairs, the students experiment with different solids and mixed them with liquids to see if they were soluble or insoluble. They also explored reversible and irreversible changes by cooking muffins and mixing bicarbonate of soda with vinegar to see the chemical reaction take place.

In English, the children wrote their own Haiku this week and also got to grips with some SPAG (spelling, punctuation, and grammar) by identifying different word types and looking at noun phrases.

In maths, the children spent the week solving problems around multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, and 1000.

Week 9 Update

Hello everyone.

What a fantastic way to way to end the week with our Halloween party and all the children had a great time. There was lots of candy eaten, many games played and everyone looked very spooky or cute in their costumes. Thank you to all the parents that volunteered and helped create an amazing event!

In English the children have started a poetry unit, we are looking at a Haiku and we are using Studio Ghibli animation movies to help inspire our writing. The children looked at images and clips of Howl’s Moving Castle and create various descriptive phrases and sentences around these.

For IPC, I have decided to switch our units slightly, we are now doing a unit called ‘Making New Materials’, we will pick up ‘Going with the Flow’ later this year. To start this unit the students explored ice and tested the properties of different materials. Next week, they will begin to look at the different states of matter and we will be looking at the changes of states.

In maths, the students have looked at factors and multiples and next week will be moving on to multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, and 1000.

Week 8 Update

We are now halfway through the first term of this academic year, with so much learning done and so much still to do, time is flying by. Don’t forget, next Friday is our school Halloween party, there will be lots of games, candy, and spooky movies. I hope your costumes are ready!

To the end of our IPC unit ‘Temples Tombs, and Treasures,’ as an Exit Point students have been making an Ancient Egyptian diorama. Each student’s diorama has been designed and made by themselves and shows a different aspect of our learning this term. These will be finished off next week, with a short explanation, explaining what the children have learnt. The children, also, got to check out their mummified tomatoes and see how they turned out.

Also, we are coming to the end of our nonfiction unit on non-chronological reports, today the children wrote up their own report independently and on Monday they will edit and improve their work, before starting a poetry unit.

In maths, the children showed a lot of Growth Mindset as we tackled short division all week, they found it hard at times, but didn’t give up. Today I allowed the students to be the teacher to see if they could help each other and ended it with a division card game.

That’s all for this week, have a great weekend!

Week 7 Update

Hello everyone!

Firstly, a request from me to aid our Exit Points for our Temples, Tombs, and Treasures Unit, I kindly ask if each child could bring in a shoebox or cardboard box similar to that size for arts and crafts project that would be very helpful. The children are already aware of this and I will also bring in extra just in case, thank you!

Mr. Morgan put together two excellent lessons around Ancient Sumeria, exploring a Sumerian Tomb and using a variety of sources to find out more this allowed the children to compare and contrast this with Ancient Egyptians. We are now coming to the end of our Temples, Tombs, and Treasures Unit and will be working on our Exit Point for most of next week before moving on to a new Unit.

In maths, the children have been working on different written methods to solve multiplication problems and they will move on to division next week.

For our English lessons, the children continued their work around non-chronological reports they have used the Superheroes that they created to start writing their own reports this will continue into next week.

Week 6 Update

Hello everyone!

Another busy week in Mr. Dunn and Mr. Morgan’s class with lots of fun learning and exploring doing on.

In English, this week we continued our nonfiction workaround Hawkboy, we looked at different conjunctions and using brackets in our writing. The students had great fun creating their own superheroes, they made a mask and choose their own powers and weaknesses, ready to write about next week.

For IPC, Mr. Morgan put together a wonderful lesson exploring Ancient Egyptian mummification the students looked at the process as well as mummifying a tomato. This week they have also looked journey to the afterlife and finished off research on different Pharaohs.

In maths, we have continued our work on calculation, looking at subtraction and multi-step addition and subtraction word problems. Next week, we will be moving on to solving multiplication problems.

Week 5 Update

Hello everyone!

Welcome back and I hope everyone had an enjoyable Chuseok break! Now the students are back at the hard work and new challenges.

In maths, this week the students have started work on calculation, looking at column addition and subtraction, we used counters to help show regrouping.

For English, we have started looking at nonfiction, we are learning a new text with actions that will help us throughout the unit. So far, we have also come up with the actions, created a glossary, identified features, and wrote a script for a role play.

During IPC, this week the students had great fun with Mr. Morgan looking at how the pyramids were made before making their own. They also have researched different Pharaohs, looking at their achievements, how they changed Ancient Egypt and what they were like as a ruler.

That’s all for this week, have a great weekend everyone!

Week 4 Update

Hello everyone!

Happy Chuseok, all the children looked amazing in their hanboks today as we spent the afternoon celebrating the Chuseok holiday. There is no school next week and I hope that everyone has an enjoyable week off.

In maths, this week, we moved on to shapes, the children looked at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, drew 2D and made 3D shapes using nets.

We have come to the end of our fiction unit and the children spent most of the week planning, writing and editing their suspense stories. I have been very impressed with their creative writing have they have done their best to include a variety of literary devices.

During our IPC lessons, the children started a project around Ancient Egyptian Daily Life, they researched various aspects of how they lived and are adding information and pictures to a large poster. We also looked at hieroglyphics, how this worked and made their own messages.

That’s all for this week, see you after Chuseok break.