Walnut – All About Me – Term 1 – 2020/21

Walnuts learned around the theme ‘All About Me,’ in which they explored what it means to be human, the world around them, and a part of something bigger than them. Through diverse activities from different subjects, pupils have done great amounts of introspection to develop a positive conception of themselves. Have a look at all they accomplished this term.

MATHEMATICS

Objectives we achieved this term:

Through multi-sensory activities and various mathematical tools, we have developed our skills in place value, addition and subtraction.

Place value

We have learned to:

  • count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100; find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number.
  • recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones).
  • read and write numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words.
  • solve both number problems and practical problems involving these ideas.
  • count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000.
  • recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number (ones, tens, hundreds and thousands).

Addition and Subtraction

We have learned to:

  • add and subtract numbers mentally, including: a three-digit number and ones.
  • solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place values and more complex additions/subtractions.
  • add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of column addition and subtraction where appropriate.
  • understand the concept of negative numbers.
  • understand Roman numerals.

LITERACY

We learned about ourselves and others by looking at a couple of stories to help us unlock what it means to be ‘me’ and what it means to be ‘somebody else’. Additionally, we worked with narrative structures, creating characters and describing settings. We used The Madagascar Storybook by DreamWorks to better explore settings, characters and sequencing events. As part of a larger project, Walnuts created their own version of The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson in their own words as part of their own story.

Objectives we achieved this term:

We have learned to:

  • recreate a narrative using a model text to create our own story.
  • read and listen to narrative texts which discussed a wide range of topics and structures.
  • discuss through book-talk what is being read for reading comprehension practice.
  • practise reading comprehension from texts with questions attached.
  • draw inferences such of characters’ motivations, thoughts and feelings from their actions within the story.
  • describe a setting in detail with well-selected fronted adverbials.
  • identify nouns, verbs and adjectives.

Walnuts reading their version of ‘The Day You Begin’!

SCIENCE

To link with the theme ‘All About Me,’ we learned about our bodies and the world around us through nature. We focused on the plant kingdom and the human body.

Objectives we achieved this term:

The Plant Kingdom

Thanks to the natural environment of our schools, children had the perfect opportunities to gain a meaningful knowledge about the plant kingdom in a real context. Exploring trees, flowers, native plants, … of our forest, they discovered and manipulating the different parts of plants.

We have learned to:

  • identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers.
  • explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.
  • explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.

The Human Body

We have learned to:

  • appreciate the importance of bones and the skeleton.
  • identify the principal bones of the human body
  • describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system, respiratory system and circulatory system in humans.
  • identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions.
  • describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air).
  • understand diseases and remedies which affect our bodies.

HISTORY

This term Walnuts learned about prehistory in order to answer the question of where humans come from. We’ve learned about the basics of evolution, the domestication of various animals such as the wolf or the wildcat, and how societies looked before the Agricultural Revolution.

Objectives we achieved this term:

We have learned to:

  • see how humans lived on a daily basis within a hunter-gatherer society.
  • understand the physical evolution of humans into what we are today.
  • appreciate the origins of life through a process called evolution.
  • know how wolves and other animals were domesticated into dogs and various farm animals.
  • see how large history is before human history.
  • appreciate how nature plays a large role in humanity’s history.

SPORT – SWIMMING AND DANCING

Walnuts swam and danced for sport this term with specialised instructors trained and experienced in those respective fields. It was both impactful and delightful, a balanced mix of learning new techniques and having some lighthearted fun in the process.

ART / D&T

We related our art theme to what pupils were learning in history and science, namely the artwork that premodern humans would have created and artwork related to the different seasons. Additionally, we created our own class eco-bins to build conscientiousness of recycling and taking care of our environment.

Objectives we achieved this term:

  • to use drawing and painting to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • to use recycled objects and other various materials to creatively design and make products.
  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.

MUSIC – END OF TERM SHOW

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Birch – All About Me – Term 1 – 2020/21

Birches learned around the theme ‘All About Me,’ in which they explored what it means to be human, themselves, and a part of something bigger than them. Have a look at all they accomplished this term.

MATHEMATICS

We built the foundation for visualising abstract concepts often observed in mathematics through concrete manipulatives and an introduction to number sense. Have a look at some of the work we’ve done throughout the term.

Objectives we achieved this term:

Place Value

We have learned to…

  • count to and across 100, forwards.
  • count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in 2s, in 5s, in 10s and in 3s.
  • given a number, identify one more and one less.
  • identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations, including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than, fewer, most, least.
  • read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words.
  • do addition and subtraction bonds to 20.

Addition and Subtraction

We have learned to…

  • read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (–) and equals (=) signs.
  • add and subtract one-digit and two- digit numbers to 20, including zero.
  • solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems.

LITERACY

In Literacy we learned about ourselves and others, focusing on what it means to be ‘me’ and what it means to be ‘somebody else’. We read books such as How to Be A Lion by Ed Vere and The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson. Additionally, we built up our phonics to be able to create all sorts of words with short vowels and regular consonants, and we will build off of that work as the year progresses.

A first attempt at writing the word ‘drip’ with sticks and acorns in order to teach letter line levels.

Objectives we achieved this term:

Phonics

We have learned to:

  • Read accurately words which consist of regular consonants and short vowels.
  • Blend two consonants together which make a singular sound, such as ‘drip’ or ‘lick’.
  • Read basic exception words such as ‘the’, ‘as’ and ‘she’.
  • Segment spoken words into phonemes.
  • Interpret ‘nonsense’ words which follow phonetic rules but are not technically words in English.

Reading and Writing

We have learned to:

  • Comprehend, discuss and interpret the story which we are listening to.
  • Order and sequence events as they happen in the story.
  • Recreate a narrative through pictures, role play and discussion.
  • Predict what might happen next.
  • Clarify the meanings of words by linking new meanings to known vocabulary.

SCIENCE

To link with the theme ‘All About Me,’ we learned about our bodies and the world around us through nature. We focused on plants, animals and healthy living.

Objectives we achieved this term:

Plants

We have learned to:

  • identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees.
  • identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees.

Animals

We have learned to:

  • understand principal features of living things.
  • identify different types of animals.
  • classify animals, depending on their nutrition and reproduction.

Healthy Life

We have learned to:

  • appreciate exercise, eating the right amount of different types of food and our basic needs.
  • understand the advantages of eating healthy food and doing exercise.
  • identify each season of the year, know their features and the cause for these changes.
  • identify seasonal fruits and vegetables.
  • prepare a recipe using the food of each season.

HISTORY / GEOGRAPHY

This term Birches learned about prehistory in order to answer the question of where humans come from. We’ve learned about the basics of evolution, the domestication of various animals such as the wolf or the wildcat, and how societies looked before the Agricultural Revolution.

Objectives we achieved this term:

We have learned to:

  • see how humans lived on a daily basis within a hunter-gatherer society.
  • understand the physical evolution of humans into what we are today.
  • appreciate the origins of life through a process called evolution.
  • know how wolves and other animals were domesticated into dogs and various farm animals.
  • see how large history is before human history.
  • appreciate how nature plays a large role in humanity’s history.

SPORT – SWIMMING AND DANCE

Birches swam and danced for sport this term with specialised instructors trained and experienced in those respective fields. It was both impactful and delightful, a balanced mix of learning new techniques and having some lighthearted fun in the process.

ART / D&T

We related our art theme to what pupils were learning in history and science, namely the artwork that pre-modern humans would have created and artwork related to the different seasons. Additionally, we created our own class eco-bins to build conscientiousness of recycling and taking care of our environment.

Objectives we achieved this term:

  • to use drawing and painting to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • to use recycled objects and other various materials to creatively design and make products.
  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.

MUSIC – END OF TERM PERFORMANCE

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Elm Class Term1, 2020-2021

Community, Identity, Risk and Courage

Collaborative/parachute performance

We are very different,

But we can all work as one.

Fantastic work, Oaks and Elms,

Work truly well done.

We can watch,

We can follow.

And good ideas,

We’ll borrow.

We can listen,

And we can dance.

We perform well together,

Together we prance.

Mathematics

 During this unit, we worked on finding percentages of amounts and fractions of numbers. We revised rounding whole numbers and decimals and converted percentages, fractions and decimals.  We practiced finding the equivalent fractions by multiplying/dividing the numerator and denominator by the same number and then converted mixed numbers and improper fractions. The children can confidently carry out four basic operations with fractions and know how to find the LCD (lowest common denominator) or when they need to simplify their fraction. We also worked on solving various problems with % increase and decrease.

Mixed number,

And improper fraction.

Are two best mates,

You can switch them around at 1 : 1 rates.

Banana bread,

 and Pavlova cake.

You need to know fractions,

If you are ready to bake.

Adding and subtracting fractions,

With the same denominator.

Surely it ain’t difficult,

So don’t use calculator.

When adding fractions,

With denominator that ain’t the same.

Find your lowest common denominator,

Divide, multiply then add,

And you are on the fraction wall of fame.

Based on gained knowledge we constructed and interpreted various data tables, charts and diagrams, including frequency tables and pie charts.  We solved different statistics problems involving percentages, amounts and degrees and then practiced   constructing appropriate pie charts.

Different numbers,

 and different shapes.

Compare those fractions,

And put them in their place.

Percentage increase,

What is that all about?

It’s not complicated,

Keep calm and don’t shout.

Just take your original price,

Calculate your percent.

Add them together,

 and you will have your new price instead.

Just check that your number,

 is bigger than you had before.

In real life you won’t be happy,

Because you’ll pay more.

And that’s your percentage,

Percentage increase.

Just check one more time,

Be cool, eat your cheese.

Science

 We built on our prior knowledge and understanding of electrical circuits and explored the relationships between current, voltage and resistance, considering how these concepts are applied to everyday life. We constructed different electric circuits, practiced measuring and calculating resistance, voltage and current according to Ohm’s law. We learnt about “Lighting Africa” project and “The boy who harnessed the wind” story that clearly demonstrate that we need to put our ‘thinking caps’ on and help to solve some energy issues around the world. We compared different ways how electricity is provided to rural communities, discussed their sustainability and effectiveness. We then built our own inventions that maybe one day will change the world.

Remember those days,

When you were hot in your mask.

No one can deny,

What a demanding task.

But look what we have made,

We call it ‘invention’.

Will blow some fresh air,

And you will get some attention.

Electric circuits,

With those two spinning propellers.

Life is like a game of chess,

While you guys playing checkers.

Art

This term, we learnt about Andy Warhol, Banksy, JR and Dana Ellyn and then closely looked into their artwork that evidently raise different political, cultural, commercial and human rights issues. We discussed what we liked, disliked about their work and tried to explain what it reminded us of or what links we have made with the other artists.  We looked further into their work to find a deeper meaning and then expressed our own artistic style with the clear message. 

‘Educating our kids about freedom of expression through art helps them learn and talk about ongoing issues, and it gives them a voice in telling our governments that it is never too late to improve.’ Banksy says.

‘Banksy demonstrated how law enforcement is more occupied with keeping the walls clean from his art than dealing with the real issues that concern the safety and well-being of real people.’

The main lesson to take from Banksy’s artwork is to always take advantage of an opportunity, take risks, and explore your creativity.

Art/Spanish Class with Mariana Gonzalez

Dans l’atelier d’espagnol par les arts du mois de septembre, les enfants ont fait la connaissance d’une artiste peintre mexicaine: Frida Kahlo.

Dans l’atelier créatif les enfants ont d’abord réalisé plusieurs exercices autour du portrait et de l’autoportrait et ils ont compris le contexte dans lequel Frida Kahlo a réalisé son oeuvre picturale.  Ensuite, dans les cours de langue espagnole, les enfants ont appris le vocabulaire qui a entouré la vie de Frida.

France Miniature

FISP students on their monumental discovery of France! Have you ever visited 117 French monuments in one day? We did! They were right under our feet. We walked through some of the most beautiful villages, picturesque castles and enormous ports, spotted some zooming trains and even lived through the Fort Boyard experience. La vie est belle.

Musée Promenade/Machine de Marly

We visited the Musée Promenade, where we discovered many interesting facts about Machine de Marly and how King Louis XIV managed to have a large water supply for his fountains at Versailles without electricity. We explored different models of this engineering marvel, discussed the similarities and differences and how it had evolved with time. 

Batteries, switches,

Light bulbs and motors.

Just give us some time,

 and will invent some new rotors.

Producing electricity,

For our greener planet.

Enough of pollution,

We know you can’t stand it.

For Edison, and for Tesla,

And the boy who harnessed the wind.

Let’s do something together,

And let’s reduce our carbon footprint.

Machine de Marly ,

And those fancy fountains in Versaille,

It is good to be curious,

And ask questions like WHY.

Candle making workshop

IMYC Goals- rap

IPC/IMYC personal learning goals-rap/performance

Literacy

We have been reading the novel ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’ by Louis Sachar.

We have enjoyed the story about the insecure bully Bradley Chalkers. While funny in parts, the story is poignant and encourages the reader to question why Bradley behaves the way he does.

Besides analysing Bradley’s behaviour we have looked at the other characters in the book, in particular new boy Jeff Fishkin who becomes Bradley’s only ‘friend’, and school counsellor Carla who sees through Bradley’s aggressive exterior to the lonely boy inside.

We have written diary entries from the point of view of these different characters.

Another theme this term has been ‘Community’. We have discussed what defines a community and have looked at different kinds; geographical, national and cultural, religious and ideological. We have thought about the kinds of communities we might belong to, and written poems about our Elm class community.

We have read ‘There’s A Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’ together in class out loud. This helps with pronunciation, diction and expression.

Spelling tests have been held weekly, reviewing high-frequency words as well as those that we encounter in reading and the pupils’ own written work.

The class acted out short scenes from the book in which different characters meet Carla, the school counsellor. The scenes reveal the individual personalities as they open up to Carla.

In the forest, the children recreated scenarios depicting Bradley being bullied by his ‘friend’ Jeff and the group of girls from the story.

Dance workshop

Let’s dance with emotions…
Chanson – Je Veux Apprendre

Oak Class Term 1, 2020-2021

Community, Identity, Risk and Courage

We are very different,

But we can all work as one.

Fantastic work, Oaks and Elms,

Work truly well done.

We can watch,

We can follow.

And good ideas,

We’ll borrow.

We can listen,

And we can dance.

We perform well together,

Together we prance.

Mathematics

We worked on counting, reading, writing and ordering whole numbers up to 100 000. The children ordered and compared two-digit, three digit numbers and positioned them on the number line. ‘The Crocodile Charlie’, who is really greedy, always eats the largest numbers. He showed the children where to use greater than > and less than < signs. We also counted and converted numbers into Roman numerals and symbols that Ancient Egyptians used in their time. The children refined their written methods for multiplication and division HTU × U, TU × TU, THU ÷ TU and HTU ÷ U. We also solved one-step and two-step multiplication and division word problems involving numbers, money and measures.

Chunking method division

Reading, sketching, understanding,

That’s how you solve that word problem.

Deciding on and doing those operations,

Get’s you to the point, “I have solved them”.

Division is sharing,

So you number will be smaller.

Imagine that you have won that lottery,

And you have to share that one million dollar(s).

Chunking method,

Is quite easy to use.

Take small bites, then add them together,

And so your answer will be produced.

Grid method multiplication

Science

We learnt about how electricity is produced and how it gets to our homes. We discussed advantages and disadvantages of renewable and non-renewable energy and what we can do to make our carbon footprint smaller. We learnt about different electrical components (e.g. bulb, motor, buzzer, switch, battery etc) their role and how they need to be connected to make an electrical circuit.  We also investigated with various materials to find out which ones are conductors and insulators. Building on this gained knowledge we created our own burglar alarm.

Batteries, switches,

Light bulbs and motors.

Just give us some time,

 and will invent some new rotors.

Producing electricity,

For our greener planet.

Enough of pollution,

We know you can’t stand it.

For Edison, and for Tesla,

And the boy who harnessed the wind.

Let’s do something together,

And let’s reduce our carbon footprint.

Machine de Marly ,

And those fancy fountains in Versaille,

It is good to be curious,

And ask questions like why.

Literacy

The class enact the opening scene in the book in which Fern learns that her father is about to kill a baby pig, the runt of a litter.

This term we have been reading the novel Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.

We have studied the book in depth. We have enjoyed the unfolding story, reading it out loud together in class. We have examined how the author sets the scene and introduces the different characters. We have looked at farmers’ unsentimental attitude to their livestock and discussed our treatment of animals.

We have observed how the different animals are depicted in terms of temperament and behaviour and the methods the author uses to accomplish this. The switch from the human world to the animal is credible. How is this achieved?

We have also looked at attitudes to spiders and examined our own feelings about these creatures. A school survey undertaken by the class revealed that the arachnophobes outnumber the arachnophiles among us by a wide margin. We have done some spider research and discovered many interesting things about them. We have read poems about spiders and written our own.

In addition, we studied meter in poetry, as well as devices such as simile, onomatopoeia, repetition, personification, etc).

Artwork based on Charlotte’s web

Another theme this term has been Identity. We have looked at our own identity, and how we see ourselves. How do others see us? Do we make assumptions about other people? We have reflected on the meaning behind the sayings, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’, and ‘Walk a mile in my shoes’.

There have been weekly spelling tests focusing on high-frequency words and those that arise in the class’s own writing. We use the Cambridge English grammar book for work on verb tenses, parts of speech and reading comprehension.

Art/Spanish Class with Mariana Gonzalez

Dans l’atelier d’espagnol par les arts du mois de septembre, les enfants ont fait la connaissance d’une artiste peintre mexicaine: Frida Kahlo.

Dans l’atelier créatif les enfants ont d’abord réalisé plusieurs exercices autour du portrait et de l’autoportrait et ils ont compris le contexte dans lequel Frida Kahlo a réalisé son oeuvre picturale.  Ensuite, dans les cours de langue espagnole, les enfants ont appris le vocabulaire qui a entouré la vie de Frida.

France Miniature

FISP students on their monumental discovery of France! Have you ever visited 117 French monuments in one day? We did and they were right under our feet. We walked through some of the most beautiful villages, picturesque castles and enormous ports, spotted some zooming trains and even lived through the Fort Boyard experience.

Musée Promenade/Machine de Marly

We visited the Musée Promenade, where we discovered many interesting facts about Machine de Marly and how King Louis XIV managed to have a large water supply for his fountains at Versailles without electricity. We explored different models of this engineering marvel, discussed the similarities and differences and how it had evolved with time. 

Forest challenges/Forest exploration

Dance workshop

Let’s dance with emotions…
IPC/IMYC personal learning goals-rap/performance
Chanson – Je Veux Apprendre

Maple Class Term 1 2020/21

This term in Maple Class our topic has been ‘All about me’. We first learnt about our bodies and then the world around us. We have had some great learning experiences this term when exploring the forest, collecting natural materials, building our own mini landmarks, singing songs, dancing, biking, swimming, playing by doing all these things we have learnt lots of cool and wonderful new things.

A mini adventure to France Miniature.

At the beginning of the term, we went on a trip to France miniature. We spent the day exploring all the different landmarks found across France and tried to identify them. Some of those landmarks were from Paris. We also were able to recognise some landmarks that we had seen on our holidays.

Marking mini landmarks.

Inspired by what we had seen on our trip to France Miniature, we decided to create our own mini models of famous Paris landmarks using recyclable materials.

First, Birch and Walnut Classes came to help us make a large scale Eiffel Tower using lolly sticks. To create the large scale model we looked at pictures of the tower, closely looking at the detail found on it. The older children helped us to layout the different sections of the tower.

Then, we constructed our own Eiffel Towers using lolly sticks and paper. We focused on trying the recreate the patterns seen on the tower.

The creativity continued and we made models of other famous landmarks to do this we used paper rolls and egg cartons to recreate the Arc de Triomphe. We then decorated our models in a range of colours to make our models stand out.

Fabulous Phonics.

This term we have focused on phase two of Jolly Phonics. S, A T, I, P, N. Completing a range of different activities by creating big letters, craft, paintings as well as associating actions with the sound the letters make. As a class, we are working towards sounding and segmenting CVC words as well as beginning to form letters using gross and fine motor skills.

Loud Literacy!

In literacy, we have been reading lots of different stories that focus on a character who faces problems that they have to overcome. The task set was to make comparisons between the characters and ourselves. As a class, we thought of different strategies those characters could use to overcome these problems.

Here are some of the stories we explored.

What a Wonderful World!

First, we read the story ‘What a Wonderful World’. Then we created small worlds to show how we see the world around us. From this, we went out into the forest and listened carefully to the world that surrounds us at school. Inspired by this we then painted what we had seen and heard back at school.

Elmer and the stranger.

We read the story of ‘Elmer and the stranger’ Then talked about what it means to be different and how it can be a good thing. Also talking about how we are all different in our own special way. The task was set of designing our own Elmer’s by using a range of resources. Later, as a class, we drew a huge Elmer on the playground and decorated it to show that we are all made up different things that make us individual and unique.

As apart of this project we were set the challenge of championing peoples differences and to show kindness, understanding and friendship to one another.

The Little Red Hen and Not now Bernard!

We read the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ and talked about what is happening in the story and how the hen is feeling at different stages. We linked this to the story of ‘Not now Bernard!’. Then role-played how Bernard would feel when he is not listened to by his parents.

We then got creative and decorated a large poster of a monster. The result was creating a classroom monster. To create the monster we used a range of different coloured feathers and other resources.

Lets role play!

This term with have used role play to act out stories and create new wonderful worlds using our imaginations.

Friends! and Oliver and Patch.

First, we read the story friends and talked about what is it to be a good friend. We created pictures of our friends and spoke about what we do together. From this, we sequenced the story to show the journey the boy takes to find his friend.

‘Oliver and Patch’ is a story about a young boy that moves to a big city. He is from the countryside and finds it hard to make new friends. However, one day he meets a lost dog and they become great friends. As a class, we read the story and made comparisons to ourselves. The class was then set the challenge of creating their own big city using recycled cardboard.

We love exploring books!

Mathematical Magic!

This term we have been learning about numbers and how they can be represented in many different ways. We painted numbers, collected natural resources, sang songs and sorted objects into groups.

Perfect patterns.

We have been learning about different colours and the patterns that we can make with them. We were set the task of recreating patterns that were given to us. Then we were set the challenge of making our own.

Is there something on my face?

First, we looked at our faces in the mirror and named the different features that we saw. As a class, we talked about how we all have different hair, eye and skin colours. This makes us unique and special.

Using paper plates we created our faces and used a range of materials to make the hair, eyes and other features of the face.

Super swimmers!

During our swimming sessions, we learnt new skills and how to take care of ourselves when we are in the water.

Fun in the Forest!

This term we have done some amazing things in the forest. From Biking and playing to exploring and roasting chestnuts. One thing that we really enjoyed was when we went on an adventure in the forest and took bark rubbings. We then brought them back to school to make our own tree.

Disco Dancers!

Each week we have taken part in dance sessions where we have learnt how to control our bodies and move them in different ways to represent different things. We have taken our dance sessions outside onto the playground and into the forest.

French Fantastic!

In French, we learnt lots of new vocabulary by singing songs and playing games. We made our own musical instruments to use when we were singing.