Mr Dunn – 2023/24

Mr Dunn’s Class Update T2W7

Dear Parents,

I hope this message finds you well. Here are some of the highlights of this week’s learning.

A special week with the Opening Day Event on Wednesday, and it was so nice to see so many of you in attendance. I must express my pride and admiration for our class’s outstanding drum performance during the official school opening ceremony.

English: In English class, we delved deeper into our unit on newspaper writing. The students actively participated in interviewing each other, honing their skills in using direct and indirect speech. Additionally, we focused on formal writing, explored past tense usage, and practised writing in the third person. These exercises are crucial for developing well-rounded writing skills that will serve them in various contexts.

Mathematics: This week in math, we embarked on an exciting journey into the realm of decimals. The students began by mastering the identification of tenths and then progressed to counting up and down in tenths. They also learned to express tenths as decimals, laying a solid foundation for more complex decimal operations in the future.

IPC (International Primary Curriculum): Our IPC exploration led us to the fascinating world of structural engineering. The highlight of this week was undoubtedly the construction of earthquake-resistant towers. Using the materials provided, the students worked collaboratively to design and build towers capable of withstanding simulated seismic activity. They even had the opportunity to test their creations using shake tables, which they constructed.

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

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Mr Dunn’s Class Update T2W6

Hello everyone!

Firstly, mid-year reports were sent home today with your child. Secondly, I am providing a Google form so you can arrange a parent-teacher conference with me to discuss your child’s report and progress. Please use this link: Parent-Teacher Conference form.

Here’s a glimpse into what your child has been learning this week:

English: This week in English, we embarked on an exciting journey into the world of newspaper reports. To kick things off, we conducted a cold task assessment to gauge our students’ prior knowledge and understanding. Subsequently, we delved into lessons focused on identifying key features inherent in newspaper reports. Our budding journalists then engaged in a creative exercise where they crafted captivating headlines inspired by classic fairy tales. Also, we played a game where we guessed each other’s fairytale based on the headline. Additionally, we dedicated a session to reinforcing the usage of conjunctions through a fun and interactive quiz, enhancing both grammar skills and comprehension.

Maths: In Maths, our exploration of time continued. We delved deeper into the intricacies of converting analogue time to digital format, providing our students with practical skills essential in today’s digital age. Furthermore, we navigated through various time-related problems, tackling challenges related to duration and honing our ability to compare different durations effectively.

IPC (International Primary Curriculum): Within our IPC curriculum, our study delved into the historical perspective of volcanic eruptions, particularly examining the infamous event in Pompeii. Through thorough research, our students unearthed key facts and insights, which served as the foundation for either crafting a compelling newspaper report or creating captivating comic book strips depicting the pivotal events surrounding volcanic eruptions.

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

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Mr Dunn’s Class Weekly Update T2W4

We hope this message finds you well. We said farewell to another student this week as Carolina also moved to Singapore, she will be missed by all at HFS. Here’s a glimpse into what your children have been up to in class this week:

English: This week in English, we concluded our planning phase for the adventure stories your children are working on. Each day was dedicated to writing a paragraph, allowing the students to dive into their narratives step by step. Students actively engaged in the revision process at the beginning of each lesson, making improvements based on the constructive feedback provided. The focus has been refining their storytelling skills and enhancing their written expression.

Maths: In our maths lessons, we embarked on a new unit exploring the concept of time. Students delved into understanding different units of time and honed their skills in converting between them. Using their multiplication table knowledge, they applied these skills to tackle time conversions.

IPC: The children dived into the fascinating world of plate boundaries; they made and painted models representing these boundaries. Following this creative endeavour, they wrote up explanations to accompany their model, contributing to the creation of a comprehensive poster. Additionally, the students delved into the topic of earthquakes, gaining insights into how they are measured and exploring their various effects.

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

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Mr Dunn’s Class Update T2W3

Hello everyone!

We hope this message finds you well. Here’s a brief overview of what we accomplished in class this week:

English: We concluded our captivating journey through the class story, ‘Our Tower’ by Joseph Coelho. The children were deeply engaged and will use this story as inspiration for their upcoming adventure stories. We looked into the use of fronted adverbials to introduce paragraphs, enhancing the student’s ability to structure and organize their writing effectively. Additionally, we completed a reading comprehension exercise, honing our understanding of our class text. To culminate the week, we initiated the planning phase for the students’ own adventure stories, encouraging creativity and imaginative expression.

Mathematics: Our focus in mathematics this week centred on the conclusion of our measurement unit. We transitioned into the exploration of the area, discussing what it encompasses and delving into the methodology of finding the area of rectilinear shapes through square counting. This foundational knowledge will serve as a building block for more complex mathematical concepts in the future.

IPC (International Primary Curriculum): In IPC, our students showcased their creative prowess as they completed the display boards accompanying their volcano models. These boards reflect a culmination of their learning and artistic skills. Following this, we delved into exploring volcanoes and tourism. To express their understanding, the students utilized canvas to craft informative leaflets.

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

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Mr Dunn’s Class Update T2W2

Hello everyone.

I hope this update finds you well. Here’s a glimpse into the exciting activities and learning experiences your children had this week. We said farewell to two students from our class as Bryan and Sophia moved to Singapore, we wish them luck and success at their new school.

Ulsan Safety Experience Centre Trip:

The week’s highlight was our visit to the Ulsan Safety Experience Centre. The children engaged in interactive sessions to learn about fire safety and earthquake safety. It was an educational and hands-on experience linked to our current IPC unit.

Maths:

In our math sessions, we delved deeper into the unit on measurement. This week, the focus was on perimeter. The children enthusiastically explored measuring perimeter, calculating it, and understanding its significance. Practical activities and real-world examples were incorporated to make the learning experience both meaningful and enjoyable.

English:

Our English journey continued with the exploration of ‘Our Tower’ by Joseph Coelho. The children actively participated in discussions about the main characters, bringing them to life through role-playing activities. Additionally, they honed their writing skills by crafting direct speech based on pictures from the book. The class also delved into figurative language and fronted adverbials, adding layers of creativity to their understanding of adventure stories.

IPC:

In the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), the children showcased their artistic talents by making and painting models of volcanoes. Following this, they embarked on the creation of a display board to complement their volcano models. The board will serve as a comprehensive visual representation of all the knowledge they have gained about volcanoes, integrating various aspects of their learning into a cohesive display.

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

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Mr Dunn’s Class Update – T1W2

Welcome to the new school! The students had a great time exploring and getting used to the new building.

Firstly, a reminder that next Wednesday is our class trip to the Ulsan Safety Experience Centre. Students will still need to bring their lunch, snack and students must wear their school uniform. There are no additional costs for this trip. If there any questions contact the school.  Here are some highlights from the weeks learning.

Mathematics: This week in mathematics, our focus was on the exciting world of measurement. To kick off the new unit, students engaged in hands-on activities where they measured various objects within the classroom. They were encouraged to make estimations first, adding an element of challenge and critical thinking to the exercise.

In addition to exploring measurement, we delved into the realm of unit conversion; the class worked on converting different units of measure. To reinforce their learning, the students applied their knowledge by comparing different lengths, which included measuring each other’s height, and shoe size, and even trying their hand at standing jumps.

English:

In the realm of English, our creative journey took us into the world of adventure stories. Using Joseph Coelho’s book, “Our Tower,” as inspiration. To begin, students made predictions about the unfolding story and engaged in descriptive writing exercises centred around tower blocks.

A deeper exploration into the world of tenses, they looked at past progressive and the present tense. As a special analytical exercise, a version of the story was provided for the children to study, helping them identify and understand key features of storytelling.

IPC:

In the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), our new unit, ‘Active Planet,’ took centre stage this week. The journey began with an engaging Entry Point, where students showcased their creativity by designing and constructing shelters for those affected by natural disasters. This not only sparked their interest but also laid the groundwork for the upcoming lessons.

The week also featured a Knowledge Harvest session, allowing the children to demonstrate their existing knowledge about the ‘Active Planet’ theme. As we ventured deeper into the unit, our focus turned to understanding of volcanoes, with the students researching different questions.

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Mr Dunn’s Weekly Update T1W14

Hello everyone!

I hope this message finds you well. A quick reminder to fill out the permission form for the trip that will take in term two on 17th January. Please use this Link, thank you!

Here’s a summary of the exciting and educational activities that took place in our class this week:

English:

In our English lessons, we wrapped up our poetry unit with a flourish! The students engaged in a comprehensive process that involved planning, writing, editing, and improving a poem centred around their favourite animals. It was truly inspiring to see their creativity blossom, and the results were fantastic. The students have not only honed their poetic skills but have also gained skills in editing and improving their work.

Mathematics:

Our exploration of fractions continued in Mathematics this week. We delved into the intricacies of adding and subtracting fractions, as well as understanding fractions of amounts. To reinforce these concepts in an engaging manner, the students worked on a jigsaw puzzle activity. This interactive exercise required them to match questions and answers, solidifying their understanding of fractions. Additionally, all students are actively using Education City to practice and review their learning, ensuring a strong grasp of mathematical principles.

IPC (International Primary Curriculum):

Our IPC journey reached an exciting milestone as we concluded our unit on “Time and Place, Earth and Space.” As the unit came to a close we explored myths that explain scientific processes, allowing students to connect cultural narratives with scientific understanding. To showcase their knowledge and creativity, each student wrote their own myth based on the unit’s learnings. As a culminating activity, we embarked on our exit point, recapping our learning through a video using Canva.

PE:

We had some fun in PE, teaming up with Mrs Sim’s class to play some games together. One game the students had to pass the dance move down the line, in another everyone worked in a team to keep a balloon in the air while moving across the gym.

That’s all for the week, have a great weekend everyone.

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Mr Dunn’s Class Update T1W13

Firstly, I am happy to announce another class trip. This trip will take place on Wednesday 17th January at Ulsan Saftey Experience Centre. This trip is linked to the IPC unit, which will start in Term 2. I would like the permission form completed before the winter break, so please use the link provided – Link.

Here are the highlights of our learning adventures this week.

English: In our English sessions, we delved deeper into the realm of poetry. We engaged in an activity called “I See, I Notice, I Wonder,” centred around captivating images. The children began by crafting simple sentences and then elevated their expressions by incorporating various figurative language elements. Throughout the week, we dedicated our time to the exploration of determiners, drawing inspiration from the insightful poem “Hero Dad” by Grace Nichols.

Mathematics: Our mathematical journey continued with a focus on fractions. The Year 3 students explored fractions on a number line and honed their skills in ordering unit fractions. Meanwhile, the Year 4 students delved into equivalent fractions, improper fractions, and mixed numbers. Both groups extended their understanding by exploring fractions beyond 1.

IPC: In our International Primary Curriculum (IPC) studies, we dedicated time to atlases—learning how to use them effectively and locating different places. To apply our newfound skills, we created and exchanged quizzes, challenging each other’s geographical knowledge.

Class Trip to Taewha River Eco-Centre: The highlight of our week was undoubtedly the class trip to Taewha River Eco-Centre. The children had a fantastic time exploring exhibits, marvelling at the small aquarium, and gaining insights into the intriguing life cycle of salmon. I encourage everyone to ensure their salmon eggs are well cared for and have found a suitable home. I look forward to revisiting the eco-centre with the class in the future.

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

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Mr Dunn’s Class Update T1W12

Hello everyone.

A quick reminder that our class trip will take place on Wednesday, ensure your child is wearing their school uniform, and bring their lunch, water bottle and a snack.

Here is a quick overview of all the learning that has happened this week.

English:

In our English lessons this week, we delved deeper into the world of poetry. We focused on three powerful literary devices: similes, personification, and hyperbole. Exploring these elements added layers of creativity and vivid imagery to our poems We practised incorporating these techniques into our writing. To help the children grapple with hyperbole we watched Michael Rose perform his poem Strict and roleplayed as a strict teacher.

Mathematics:

This week in math, we transitioned our focus to the fascinating realm of fractions. We began by understanding the fundamental concept of fractions, exploring both unit and non-unit fractions. Through engaging activities and discussions, we gained a solid grasp of how to represent fractions visually and numerically. This foundational knowledge will serve as a stepping stone for our future exploration of more complex mathematical concepts.

IPC (International Primary Curriculum):

In our IPC sessions, we accomplished two significant milestones. First, we successfully presented our findings on various climates around the world, showcasing our research and public speaking skills. Building on this, we seamlessly transitioned to exploring the description of geographical features. This newfound knowledge was then applied practically as we considered the geographical characteristics of different countries in the context of hosting a sporting event. This exercise not only honed our geographical understanding but also introduced the importance of selecting an appropriate location for events of global significance.

That’s it for the week, I hope you all had a great weekend.

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Mr Dunn’s Class Update T1W11

Hello everyone!

I hope this message finds you well. A polite reminder to fill out the permission form for the class trip, please use the link provided Link. Here’s a glimpse into what your child has been learning in class this week:

English: In English, we embarked on an exciting journey into the world of poetry. We delved into the beauty of language by exploring expanded noun phrases and similes. As part of our hands-on approach, the students captured close-up photos of ordinary objects, and our outdoor session provided inspiration for their writing. It’s wonderful to see their creativity and observation skills flourish!

Mathematics: This week in math, we dove into the realm of formal written methods for multiplication and division problem-solving. The students are gaining a solid foundation in these essential skills, and I’m impressed with their perseverance and eagerness to tackle mathematical challenges.

IPC (International Primary Curriculum): Our IPC exploration led us to understand the fascinating relationship between the Earth’s orbit around the sun and the changing seasons. Additionally, we delved into the phases of the moon, creating visual representations to reinforce our understanding. It’s a joy to see the students engage with science concepts through hands-on activities.

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

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