Year 4/5 Class Update – T3W7

We have had a lovely week in year 4/5 learning lots of new things!

In English, we have been continuing on with our Performance Poetry unit and really focusing on the way we read them. The students’ expression and intonation have improved a lot and they had good fun acting out a version of “Red Riding Hood”. We had a contest to see who could read it best and they all worked hard on this and did well on performance day. Well done everyone.
We have one more week left of this unit before moving on to our final unit of the term the following week, “Stories from different cultures”.

In IPC we discussed and explored oil spills as an introduction activity to our new unit “Black Gold”.
We had great fun creating our own oceans and observing what happens when oil is mixed with water. We attempted to clean up our own oil spills using a variety of materials and the students enjoyed discovering for themselves just how difficult it is. We also did an experiment looking at what happens when we put feathers into oil and then into the water. At the end of the week, we created a large ‘What we know’ poster to gather our knowledge before exploring further next week.

In Maths we did a little review on converting metric units at the beginning of the week. We worked on plotting coordinates with Mr Green – this was a fun one!
We also learned how to first, read and interpret different scales and then compare them! We even made our own scales and got our partners to work out the difference between them.

Overall, it was a successful week with lots of learning going on!

Keep up the great work year 4/5!

Mrs Sim

Year 4/5 Class Update – T3W6

This week we have had lots of fun learning in year 4/5. 

We worked on converting metric units. This was a little tricky for some. Learning metric measurement facts are important for this. 

We went for a walk outside to find objects to measure in centimetres and metres. The students had great fun and were surprised after estimating how big some things actually were!

They all worked well and it was great to see their enthusiasm.

We have been finishing up our ‘Explorers and Adventurers’ unit and have had great fun reviewing all that we have learnt. We made our very own ‘Explorers Factfile’ and a quiz on our favorite explorers.

We will be starting our new unit next week ‘Black Gold’. 


In English we continued on with our Performance Poetry. The students worked in groups to practice reading their poems aloud.  We looked at the importance of intonation, expression pace and hand gestures. The students had so much fun practicing for the final performance. I was really proud of their hard work and effort made. The students peer-assessed one another and I was highly impressed with the feedback given.  

In first place was Seongyun and a very close second place we had Mia. Well done to all! 


Year 4/5 Class Update – T3W1

This Week we Have had Fun…

  • Getting to know each other again after the holiday
  • Learning about angles and shapes in Maths
  • Starting a new English unit on Persuasive Language
  • Doing lots of Cambridge InCas Assessments
  • Practising for our Cambridge Progress Tests in Week 3
  • Starting a new IPC Unit on Explorers and Adventures

Assessment Week

Please remember that Week 3 will be our assessment week. The students will be doing exams in English and Maths.

Curriculum Overview

Here is an overview of what we will be learning in Term 3

IPC – Explorers and Adventurers

Our new IPC Unit is called ‘Explorers and Adventures’. Here is what we will be learning.

In Geography we’ll be finding out:

  • How to use geographical terms
  • How to use different types of world maps
  • How to look for geographical information
  • About places we have explored on holiday

In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About explorers and adventurers in the past
  • How to gather information from maps, pictures and books
  • How to answer simple questions about exploration
  • How explorers told the time and navigated at sea

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the artwork of explorer artists
  • How to draw plants and animals with accuracy
  • How to draw an imaginary plant or animal

In Society, we’ll be finding out:

  • If we think exploration is a good thing
  • About conflict and exploration in the past
  • About female explorers in the past and today

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • About shadows and the sun
  • About magnetism and which metals are magnetic
  • How to make a compass
  • About using sound and echoes

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • How exploration has changed the world
  • Who owns the Moon and planets in space


Year 4/5 Class Update – T2W9

As promised here is this week’s Year 4/5 Class Update!

This week we have had great fun…

  • Looking at some traditional tales, myths and fables in English. We read the story of Theseus and the Minotaur
  • Multiplying and Dividing by 10,100, including decimals.
  • Learning how people have expressed their feeling through Protest Songs.
  • Practising for the Talent Show
  • Looking at Modal Verbs in English. We had fun making silly sentences by mixing-up the modal verb. For example – ‘You shouldn’t do your homework.’

Parent-Teacher Conferences

I will be available on Thursday 18th March between 3:45 pm and 5.30 pm for Parent-Teacher Conferences. If you are unable to attend and am happy to make other arrangements. Just send me an email and we will arrange something.

Please use this form to book an appointment on Thursday 18th March

Amazing Art

Our IPC Unit recently has involved lots of art. We have been thinking about how different artists see the world and how they express themselves. There is a lot of great art on the walls around our classroom.


Year 4/5 Class Updates

Where have all the Class Update Been?

I am very aware that I have not been posting a Class Update regularly. I am sorry. By the time it gets to Friday afternoon and I have a School Newsletter, Homework and a million other things to produce, the Class Update seems to get forgotten.

I promise to do better in the future!

(Look out for a class update tomorrow!)

Mr Green

Year 4/5 Class Update – T2W3

This week we have had great fun…

  • Germinating seeds – We did an experiment to see what conditions were needed to make seeds germinate. We were thinking about how we could grow food if we went on a mission to Mars.
  • Tackling the advanced Egg Drop Challenge – This time the materials we were allowed to use were very limited, so we had to be more creative to solve the problem. We learned from our mistakes last time and made better designs.
  • Learning to convert between different units of measurement in maths. This can be a little tricky because we need to multiply and divide by 1000, but we are getting confident with it now.
  • Having our class photograph taken
  • Starting lots of new clubs
  • Playing new games in the gym
  • Learning about Responsibility by looking after a digital pet

Great Learning Happening

Year 4/5 Class Update – T2W2

This week we have had great fun…

  • Learning about structures that could be used to make a Mars base. We worked in teams to make pyramids from chopsticks and newspaper. It was a bit tricky but we managed to make a giant pyramid made of pyramids, made of pyramids! That is three levels. At home, someone even managed to make a geodesic dome from matchsticks
  • Designing and building egg drop challenge inventions. We want our inventions to be better than last time. What have we learned?
  • Writing daily blog entries about different subjects. This week we have written about what we want to be when we grow up and the best thing we have ever eaten
  • Studying time in Maths – We converted times between 24-hour and 12-hour clocks and calculated time differences in days, months and years.
  • Playing volleyball in PE
  • Trying to Beatbox

Parent-Teacher Consultations

Some parents may not have had an opportunity to meet with me to discuss their child’s progress. If you would like to arrange a Parent-Teacher Consultation please send me an email. I am always happy to meet any parent at anytime. The best days to meet me are Tuesdays and Thursdays during school time or Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after school.

Miss Hope

We are lucky to have Miss Hope volunteering in our class for a couple of weeks. Miss Hope is Mr Kim’s daughter who will be heading off to university some to study art.

Library Books

Our library day is on Monday and we will be encouraging the students a little more to make sure they are borrowing and reading books from the library.


It is a long time from breakfast to lunch.

Responsibility Challenge

As part of Mr Dunn’s class assembly this week he has challenged the students to keep an electronic pet alive and happy for a week. Some students may be bring a tablet home with our (electronic) class pet to look after. We are learning about responsibility, which is one of our school core values.

Great Learning Happening in our Class

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W15

The marathon autumn term has reached Week 15 and Christmas is just around the corner, but the hard work and great learning continues in Year 4/5. Keep going everyone!

This Week we had a great time

  • Continuing to work on numbers and the number system in maths. We worked on Place Value and Multiplying and Dividing by 10, 100 and 1,000.
  • Learning about the Korean war in IPC. We are really trying to understand as much as we can about a very complicated historical event. We were asking Who, Where, What and Why questions about the Korean War. Every answer leads to a new question!
  • Reading some more of our class novel. We made an excellent shared document showing information about all the different characters
  • Perfecting our rapping skill for the Winter Show and working in our groups to get a performance ready.
  • Starting to learn how to make and edit videos with Mr de Klerk in ICT

Winter Show

Just a quick reminder that, unfortunately, we can’t invite parents to the Winter Show this year. We will be filming the performances and will share the result with you.

It would be nice if we could all wear something festive on Friday 18th December (Winter Show and Last day of term). Maybe a Christmas jumper or a nice dress. The students may have an idea of what they want to wear to match a performance they are a part of.

Parent-Teacher Meetings Conferences

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to hold in-person Parent-Teacher conferences this term. We would therefore like to offer parents the option of either:-

  • An online meeting on Thursday 17th December
  • Waiting until after the Winter Break to organise an in-person meeting

If you would like to make an appointment for an online conference on Thursday 17th December, please contact the school office.

Available appointment times can be viewed here

Class Updates and School Newsletters by Email

Starting this week, an email will be sent to all parents when a new class update post is made.

Please contact if you have any issues regarding receiving emails.

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W14

This week we had a great time…

  • Placing numbers on a number line. We were trying to place numbers between 0-10,000 on a blank number line. We wanted to make it fun and interesting so we went out into the corridor used the grids on the floor to help us make giant number lines. Some of our number line reached from the classroom to the school office. It was also interesting to change the length of the number and then try to adjust the scale.
  • Making great progress on the Multiplication Race – Everyone is past level 1 now and some people are as far as level 5!
  • Reading more of our novel, Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse – There are lots of characters to keep track of and some subtle puns to spot. The author has established the scene and the story is now about to start.
  • Researching Important Inventions in IPC – We were thinking about which inventions had changed the world the most. We had to research different inventions, finding out when they happened, who was involved and thinking about how important we thought they were. This is a difficult question as it is hard to compare different inventions and how they have affected mankind. There were some interesting discussions.
  • Singing some Christmas Songs – It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
  • Making some Christmas themed storyboards in Art. Check them out here

COVID-19 Christmas Plans

As you may have read in the School Newsletter, the recent spike in COVID-19 has resulted in some changes to our plans coming up to Christmas.

  • The Winter Show – We will not be able to invite parents to the Winter Show. The performances will be filmed and either live-streamed or made available as a recording. This is obviously very disappointing for everyone involved but we will do our best to ensure that the students are able to perform the things they have been practising and that the parents are able to see the results. The Winter Show will now be held during the school day on Friday 18th December.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences – We will be offering parents the option of either arranging a virtual meeting on Thursday 17th December or waiting until after the Christmas holiday to have an in-person meeting. We will make sure that every parent who wants a meeting is accommodated.
  • Open Day – We will have to postpone this event until further notice

Great Learning Happening

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W13

A short update this week… It has been a very busy week for me!

This week we have been…

  • Calculating the area and perimeter of shapes in Maths
  • Starting a new novel in English – Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
  • Speaking with the visitors from CIS and explaining what it is like to learn at HFS
  • Making timelines of the lives of famous people from history
  • Practising in our various groups for the winter show
  • Perfecting our rapping skills.

Miss Yuli needs some things

We need some bottles!

The students in Ms McCellan and Mr de Klerk’s classes will soon be starting an art project using bottles.  We need to collect as many glass bottles as possible.  Please wash and send us any old bottles that you have at home. Any size is fine.  Remember to pack it carefully in their bag. We need them as soon as possible.

We also need some denim!

The students in Mr Green and Mr Dunn’s class in will be starting an art project involving denim material.  If you have any old denim (jeans) at home can you please send them into school? We will be cutting the jeans up to make Christmas decorations.

Thank you 

Great Learning Happening