Term 3 Week 6 Update

It’s half way through the term and we’re busy as ever.

In Literacy we started a new unit on simple recounts and we call our writing time Writer’s Workshop. The students have begun writing recounts of experiences they’ve had in their lives.

In Phonics we looked at Long E spellings such as EE, E_E, IE, and Y. We also looked at L-blends and the letters P, Q, R, S.

In Maths we are revisiting data handling and graphs. We practiced tally marks and bar graphs this week.

By far the most exciting thing we did this week was prepare our Transportation Museum as our Exit Point for this IPC unit. The students made signs for the museum, made posters advertising it, and on the big day they showed the school around the museum and proudly discussed their work.

That’s it for this week. We’re onto a new and exciting IPC unit next week and a lot of great learning! Have a great weekend. Stay dry. We’ll see you on Monday!

Term 3 Week 4 & 5 Update

As many of you probably heard from your children, I had a few days absent these last couple of weeks. I’ve encountered some health problems but I have found good doctors and have good care.

And just because I was absent some days doesn’t mean lots of learning didn’t happen! The students were well taken care of by the rest of the staff and some great learning happened.

In Maths we looked at addition of 2-digits and 1-digit numbers as well as number bonds to 20.

In Phonics we looked at sounds of Long I with IE, I_E, IGH. We also looked at mixed Magic E words, and the letters M, N, and O.

In IPC we continued with our unit From A to B about transportation. We made our own vehicles. We did some art representing transportation. We made musical soundscapes of transportation sounds.

And of course, we had Sports Day today. It was a wonderful time.

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you next week!

Term 3 Week 3 Update

Our schedule was a little all over the place this week with the Year 1 students doing their InCas testing. It was a lot of assessment but I’m really proud of all of them for sticking with it and doing their best. Any students who were absent and didn’t complete their testing will get the opportunity to finish up when they return to school.

While the students were off with Ms Luna working on their testing the rest of the class worked on independent learning packets covering literacy and maths.

In Phonics we looked at the letters I-L, the long vowels O and U using Magic E, and the long vowel sound A using spellings AI, AY, A_E, and EIGH.
In Literacy we began reading the Roald Dahl book The Minpins. The students have been excited to find out what happens next.

In Maths we continued looking at place value to the tens place and began doing 2-digits and 1-digit addition with manipulatives to help. We will be continuing on this skill next week.

In IPC we focussed on the history of transportation looking at photos of Korea in the early 1900s. We then did independent research to see what transportation was like in people’s home countries 100 years ago. We then looked at the evolution of certain types of transportation and imagined what future vehicles might be like. We drew these to put in our Transportation Museum which we are building towards making over the next few weeks. Additionally, we thought about wind resistance as it comes to vehicles and tested it out making paper helicopters.

We spent some time in the Hall this week for PE working on games that improved our hand-eye coordination and balance. The children really enjoyed this change of pace.

We’ll be back to a much more normal schedule next week as our assessments are complete. I look forward to a fun and exciting week of learning!

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!

Term 3 Week 2 Update

Things have been lively and active in FS1-Y1 this week.

In Phonics we looked at the letters E-H, the long vowels A and I using Magic E, and the dipthongs OI and OY.
In literacy we continued reading Fantasy stories.

In Maths we studied place value with Tens and Ones. Many of the students were very familiar with this as we’ve been doing it all year long as we count the days of school. Every 10 days we mark that we have “a new 10”. Now that we’ve passed 100 days some of the students are beginning to be comfortable with place value to the Hundreds.

Our IPC unit From A to B saw us learning about maps and transportation. We took a walk around the school neighbourhood and drew maps of our journey. We also learned about ways different children around the world get to school.

That’s all for this week. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you next week!

Term 2 Week 9 Update

Well we’ve rounded the bend and we’re into the home stretch.

The week started out with some great music with Mr. Green. The students have been practising their number for the talent show.

In Phonics we worked on the digraph CH as well as mixed digraphs. We also looked at Long Vowel O using the spellings “oe” and “oa”.

In Literacy we picked up where we left off last term looking a simple rhymes. We’ve been focusing on nursery rhymes.

In Maths we spent time learning about money. We investigated some real coins from around the world before moving into British money. We sorted coins by their value. We had a make-shift store where we bought different fruits and sweets, went to the “bank” to get the money we needed to purchase our item, and finally went to the cash register to buy our items.

In IPC we looked at human growth and families. We did a matching activity trying to guess whose baby picture went with who. Later we did a collage labelling everyone in our families. We got to see how people who were younger and older than us grew and changed and how we’re going to grow and change, too.

In PE we enjoyed the warm weather outside and we also did some yoga inside.

That’s all for this week. Enjoy the final week of term!

Term 2 Week 8 Update

This week we had lots of great learning and very few pictures.

In Phonics we learned about the vowel digraphs AI and AY for Long A as well as the consonant digraphs SH and CH.
In Literacy we finished off our non-fiction unit by writing our own non-fiction books about a topic of our own choosing. The students wrote great little books on a variety of topics such as land animals, sea animals, and space.

In Maths we finished our data handling unit by making our bar graphs based on the previous week’s surveys and doing centres where we moved around the classroom analysing different bar graphs.

In IPC we continued looking at living thing in our Live and Let Live unit. The highlight was looking at different locations around the world to see different habitats. We used Google Earth. Some of the students were really keen to keep exploring Google Earth at home. You can do this by navigating to earth.google.com in a web browser. I’m afraid there’s no Google Earth app that I have found but there is Google Street View which is a user-contributed 3D photo tour of many places around the world.

As we continue on our Live and Let Live unit we’re going to begin looking at human growth and also families. I kindly request that you email me a baby photo of your child and if possible photos of family including brothers, sisters, parents (you), grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. I will be sending an email request for this as well. I would appreciate having the photos by Thursday March 11.

That’s all for this week!

Term 2 Week 6 & 7 Update

First of all, let me apologise for falling behind in our weekly updates. Time flew by and got the better of me. Here is some highlights of what we’ve done the past couple weeks.

Of course February 17th was the 100th Day of School. We had a lot of great 100-themed activities all day. We dressed as if it was the year 2121. We made crowns counting by 10s to 100 as well as delicious Froot Loop necklaces. Our Literacy that day was writing about what it would be like to be 100 Years Old. The students had a wonderful time.

In Phonics in Week 6 we finished off our Magic E Long Vowels with Long U and in Week 7 we began Vowel Digraphs looking at Long E written as EE and EA. We learned the mnemonic “When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking” to remind us that we say the long vowel sound of the first vowel in the digraph.
In Literacy we’ve been looking at alphabetical order and non-fiction books.

In Maths both weeks we’ve been working on our data handling unit. We looked at tally charts, pictographs, and began working with bar graphs. We even did a survey of the school to see which pizza topping they liked the best.

In IPC we’re still working on our Live and Let Live unit. We learned about the lifecycle of a butterfly. We went for a walk by the reservoir to see if we could spot anywhere that animals might life. We took some photos and made a map of the area we walked. We also began trying to sprout some beans and seeds.

And let’s not forget our trip to the Hyundai Arts Centre to see the Anthony Browne exhibit in Week 6!

Well, I think that covers it! Thanks for your patience while I got this update written. We’re into the homeward stretch of Term 2. Don’t forget to sign up for the Talent Show by Friday via the form Mr. Green sent to your child’s email if you want to participate.

Term 2 Week 5 Update

Well we sure did get a lot done in this short week.

In Phonics we looked at the Long Vowel U with Magic E and the FS2s looked at Short Vowel U and Mixed Short Vowels.

In Literacy we read stories for pleasure.

In Maths we focused more on adding a 1-digit number to a 2 digit number.

In IPC we looked at the differences between a live animal and a stuffed animal. We also thought about having different pets and what they would need to stay alive. We presented our findings in Venn diagrams, chart, and poster form. We worked in groups and did Google searches when necessary.

And of course, today was our low-key Seollal celebration. It was nice to see the children in their Hanbok. We made spinning tops called Paeng-I and spent some time playing them.

Have a great long weekend. Stay safe. Have a very Happy Lunar New Year!!

Term 2 Week 4 Update

Well the week started out with some great singing and dancing during music with Mr. Green.

In Phonics the Year 1s looked at the sound of Long I with Magic E and the F2s looked at Short O and Short E.

In Literacy we tried writing our own traditional tale using a graphic organiser which is a worksheet that guides one through choosing a character, a setting, and a plot (in this case a problem and a solution for the story).

In Maths we worked on reordering equations to learn that the order of the numbers does not affect the total; we added 1-digit numbers to 2-digit numbers by putting the larger number first; and we practised checking subtraction equations with additon.

We began our new IPC unit Live and Let Live about living an non-living things by taking a walk around the reservoir looking for living things, especially bugs. We did not find any bugs because of the time of year but hopefully we’ll find some when it’s time for our exit point. We looked at books about plants an animals. We did a sorting activity to see different ways we could sort living things. We researched an animal to see what they needed to live (such as food, shelter, and where they get water). And finally we went outside to the Hanmaeum Centre grounds to find things that were Alive, Never Alive, Was Alive, and Not Sure. We used those lists to study the difference between Never Alive and Was Alive.

In PE we’re working on some basketball skills. The children are becoming fairly adept at dribbling.

And before I sign off for this week’s update, let me tell you about some activities your child can do at home on the computer.

In Addition to Mathletics, I have signed the class up for a Prodigy account. Prodigy is an RPG Maths Game where to defeat the monsters you meet in the game you have to solve Maths problems. Prodigy can be used on any computer with a web browser and the address is: https://www.prodigygame.com/ You can click “Log In” and use the option to “Log In With Google” using your child’s @hyundaiforeignschool.com account and usual password.

Additionally, there is Brainzy which we used a little bit during the e-Learning period. Your child has an account which can be accessed using an Access Code so I can monitor their progress. There is Typing Practice, Maths, and English games they can play on Brainzy. The address for that is: https://www.education.com/games/play

If you have any trouble logging into either of these accounts please send me an email and I’ll help you out.

That’s all for this week!

Term 2 Week 3 Update

We had a great week of learning this week. In Phonics we began looking at Long Vowels specifically Long A with Magic E. The F2s began looking at CVC words with Short A and Short I. We finished our close read of the Billy Goats Gruff by imagining what happened to the troll after Daddy Billy Goat pushed him off the bridge. There were some really imaginative answers.

In Maths we looked at the equals sign to mean same. We measured out equation with blocks and a scale to see which were equal and which weren’t and we did a scavenger hunt around the classroom to find equations that equalled 8.

We finished off our IPC unit, Freeze It! by making a model of a glacier and seeing what would happen if the glacier melted. We learned that the polar bears would have no place to live and neither would the land animals or the people as there would be water everywhere. Finally we looked at outdoor winter activities and talked about how to stay warm and safe outside in the winter.

As part of the year 5-7 assembly on responsibility we have adopted a virtual class pet called a Pululu. Every day it is someone’s responsibility to make sure our Pululu is fed, watered, and healthy.

As you may have noticed, a reader went home in your child’s homework. These Just Right Readers are based on your child’s reading level and they should be able to read them independently or nearly independently. The readers should come back with the homework folder on Wednesdays. If you or your child needs more time with the reader, just let me know so I know it’s not lost. New readers will not go home until the previous one is returned.

That’s all for now!