Final Update

Hello everyone, it is good to be back even if it was just for the last week of term.

The end of this academic year has final arrived. The class has worked very hard this entire year and had a great time learning new and exciting things. Although there were many challenges thrown our way this year the students rose to these. It is with a feeling of sadness that I will be leaving the class, but I am looking forward to following their progress both academically and seeing them grow as the wonderful humans they are.

Some of this week has been spent spring cleaning the classroom and the entire school and the students were very helpful. The biggest highlight of the week was our trip to Gyeongju World, everyone had a fantastic time. We did also make some time to learn new things from the Year 6-9’s about local history.

That’s all for this year, have a fantastic summer and see you all for the next school year.

Weekly Update – Week 11

Today was my last day with year 2/3 as Mr de Klerk will be returning to school next week. It has been an absolute pleasure teaching the students and we have had another busy week learning lots.

In English, we have continued on with our poetry unit . We spent time looking at and studying the poem ‘Macavity’. It was quite a tricky one! We looked at the use of adjectives in the poem to help us describe people and things and had fun searching for tricky words around the school to help us learn their meanings. It was great fun! The students have really improved in the way they present poems over the past few weeks and watching them practise was a delight! 🙂 We also wrote some great poems which will be sent home next week.

In Maths, we have been looking at different ways to tell the time. Using both dialogue and digital clocks we practised telling the time in ways such as 7:45am, quarter to 8 and 15 minutes to 8. We calculated time differences, and had fun exploring calendars and calculating the time intervals in weeks and days.

This week in IPC we looked at paintings and sculptures by contemporary artists and the materials and techniques they used to make their work unique. We also looked at different art styles such as Pointillism, Surrealism and Art Nouveau. The students produced some impressive work which will be sent home next week also.

In PSHE, we looked at ‘Friendship’ and ‘Teamwork’ and spent time discussing what a good friend should do. It was lovely to hear the children talk about all the kind things they do for their friends.

Weekly Update – Week 10

What a busy week we have had in year 2/3. We were all a bit sad today saying goodbye to Audrey and will miss her very much. We wish her all the best for her bright future and hope she has enjoyed her time in Mr de Klerk’s class.

In Maths this week, we were busy measuring to the nearest cm, reading scales and telling the time. We made our own daily schedules and looked at time differences between each part of our day. The students found it a little tricky using ‘past’ and ‘to’ to tell the time so I will review this next week again. We also worked on word problems and enjoyed a scavenger hunt around the school!

In English, we have continued on with our unit on poetry. We have looked at several poems this week by Benjamin Zephaniah and I have been so impressed with the student’s enthusiasm and performance skills. They have really improved how they read the poems, focusing on their intonation and expression. We also looked at questions, exclamations, statements and commands. The students did well identifying them and organising them on their charts. We also reviewed when we use commas and made our own sentences to practise. 

In IPC, we have been super designers this week creating costumes for characters in movies and researching traditional costumes from around the world. Today we researched our top five favourite costumes and made a presentation on google slides.

It has been another lovely week and they all worked very hard. Well done to Seoa for getting ‘Star of the Week’. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

See you on Monday 🙂

Mrs Sim

In IPC we have been super designers this week creating costumes for characters in movies and researching traditional costumes from around the world.  

Weekly Update – Week 9

It has been a lovely week covering for Mr de Klerk in year 2/3.  We have had lots of fun learning and have enjoyed getting to know each other more.

In English, we started a new poetry unit and have been looking at Benjamin Zaphaniah’s work. The children have enjoyed translating his poems and looking at the vocabulary and punctuation used. We even had a little performance and they all did so well presenting ‘I de rap guy’. They surprised me with how well they could memorise the words too!

All working hard on their poems!

In Maths, we started the week off using addition and subtraction to work out prices in our home made supermarket. The students had great fun role-playing and calculating how much change they needed to give. We then moved on to measuring in different units and had fun working out the best way to measure various objects and areas. The trundle wheel was their favourite! They used it to measure the length of the hall and our main school corridor.  

Supermarket calculating!
David enjoyed giving his customers the correct change!
All busy buying and calculating 🙂
1,2,3 Go!

IPC was full of creativity and hands-on learning. We continued with our unit on Fashion and had a blast designing our very own fashion and jewellery museum! The children did such a great job creating new pieces of clothes and I was so impressed with their enthusiasm and hard work! Their jewellery pieces turned out fantastic and we made little information cards to go along with them for our museum! On Thursday we had year 4/5 come by to visit and the children proudly presented the pieces they had made. 

Doesn’t it look GREAT?!

HFS Fashion and Jewellery Museum!
David’s work of art!
Leo designing his new improved Spiderman costume!
Seoa’s beautiful T-shirt
Audrey was hard at work sticking her sequins on!
Chloe busy cutting 🙂

That’s all for this week. I look forward to teaching year 2/3 again next week. I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Sim

Weekly Update – Week 8

This was a week full of learning new things and skills.

In Math we learnt more about position and directions, making use of quarter, half and three quarter turns bot clock wise and anticlockwise. We also looked at the different views of 3D shapes and how to draw the front, side and top view.

In English we looked at how to write statements, questions, exclamations and commands by making use of adverbials. We worked on making our writing more interesting to read by making use of contractures and using descriptive language.

During IPC in our unit focusing on fashion we looked at the fashion of jewelry throughout the ages. We looked at some examples of different jewelry pieces and what their purpose was in society, who made them and what it was made out off.

We then planned designed and made replicas of some of these jewelry pieces that we will use as an museum display.

During our Tuesday PE lesson we put into practice our lesson on teamwork and crossed raging rapids as a team working together.

On Friday we did some fun coordination activities that included balancing on a line and playing increasingly more challenging hot potato throwing and catching games.

That is all for this week, I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend.

See you back on Monday.

Weekly Update – Week 7

This week we had a lot of fun finishing our unit on Island life by doing a hula dance as an exit point for IPC. Making our hula skirts and weaving mats from paper also led nicely into our next unit about Fashion.

In Math we looked at symmetry and reflecting shapes across different mirror lines. The students also looked for 2D and 3D shapes in our everyday life and where we use them.

In English we looked at the structure of non-chronological reports and the correct tenses to use when writing these reports. The students also learnt how to set up the report in multiple columns on a google doc in ICT.

That is all for this week, have a good weekend and see you all on Monday.

Weekly update – Week 6

This week we had lots of fun learning exciting things.

In English we started looking at what Non-chronological reports entail. We looked at the structure the way the language is written and how to plan writing a non-chronological report.

In Math we looked at different properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We used these properties to sort them into different categories in Venn diagrams. We also looked at the nets of different 3D shapes and explored different nets that would make up a cube.

In IPC we are coming to the end of our Island life module, we are wrapping up by listening to each others Desert Island disks (songs we would take along to a deserted island). We also composed our own island songs by making used of found instruments in the class, as well as looking at the song and dance of indigenous people from different islands. As an exit point we are preparing a island dance routine to perform.

In PE we worked a little more on small ball skills and incorporated it into cricket catching and fielding and playing a bit of “French cricket”.

That is all for this week, I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend and come back ready for the new week.

Weekly update – Week 5

Happy Children’s day to all the students!

Despite it being a short week due to the Children’s day public holiday a lot was happening in class.

In Math we learnt about 2D and 3D shapes and what the difference is, we also learnt more about 2D shapes and their names and whether they regular or irregular shapes.

In English we planned to write our own Adventure stories, we also workshopped how to write short stories, looking at what is important and how it is different from longer format tales like books.

During IPC we continued to look at different traditions from different islands around the world. We also completed our “masterpiece” t-shirts that is inspired by island life. The students had a lot of fun and showed a huge amount of creativity designing and painting or printing their t-shirts.

In PE started to learn a little how to play cricket.

But most importantly we put all of our skills we have learnt so far to good use during a very fun sports day.

It is also with heavy hearts that we are saying good bye to Caroline this week. We are very sad to see her leave but is super excited with her for her return to Houston and all the new adventures that await her there. Her sparkling personality and energy will be missed in the class.

Weekly update – Week 4

This week we had a full and busy week of learning and finding out interesting things.

In English we looked at different aspects of punctuation and how it is used in writing English. We covered question marks and question words as well as making use of direct speech. We watched the story of Don Quixote and asked questions about how he will se the world and compared that to his companion Sancho.

In Math we got really hungry talking about the fractions of pizzas and chocolates we “ate”, all the while learning about equivalent fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers.

In IPC we looked at what traditions and culture entails and did some research about the traditions of our host country, Korea, compared to some student’s home countries. The students are currently looking at different traditions from some of the islands that we have “visited” during our lessons on Island life. We also practiced leaf printing in designing and island inspired print that will lead us to make island life inspired t-shirts.

I also got around to take some pictures of the students in art.

That is all for this week, have a good weekend.

Weekly Update – Week 3

Assessment week!!! This week our students completed the Cambridge Progression tests for stage 3. They wrote a test every day alternating between Math and English. Considering this is a very new experience for the students they all put in a lot of effort and gave of their best the whole week.

In Math we continued to look at fractions and learn more about comparing fractions, mixed numbers and improper fractions.

In English we looked more at adventure tales and looked at the difference of a legend and the actual person around who the legend is based by looking at St George and the Dragon.

In IPC we continued to look at islands and especially how they are formed. We also took a look at human habitation of islands considering where good spots would be to inhabit an island with regards to food, water shelter and protection from danger. We then started to look at the arts of island people and how different islands and their locations affect the fabrics that is produced on these islands.

During PE we practiced some traditional games that require different forms of coordination. We did egg and spoon walks as well as sack races. We also started to learn how to play badminton.

That is all for this busy week. We will be trying something different with homework this week by giving a little bit to do every day and not everything in one foul swoop.

Enjoy your weekend and see you all next week.