Elm Class Blog 4, 2023-2024

English

Engaging our students in the captivating adventure of “Around the World in 80 Days” by Jules Verne has been a truly enriching experience. As they follow the intrepid Phileas Fogg and his faithful companion Passepartout on their whirlwind journey around the globe, students are not just reading a classic novel – they’re embarking on an exhilarating literary voyage that spans continents and cultures.

Through in-depth discussions, thought-provoking activities, and insightful analysis, students are delving deep into the themes and messages hidden throughout the story.

As students traverse the globe alongside Fogg and Passepartout, they’re gaining valuable insights into geography, history, and global interconnectedness. They’re learning about diverse cultures and customs, broadening their perspectives, and developing a deeper appreciation for the rich tapestry of human experience that spans the globe.

French with Joanna

This term we continued our adventures with the characters of Zig & Zag who took us to visit a Parc Zoologique where we learned the names of different wild animals, their characteristics, their natural habitat etc. We found out which animals were mammiferes/reptiles/oiseaux/poissons and their diet (carnivores/végétariens/omnivores). We learned that certain animals were in danger and why (because of climate change/poachers/deforestation etc). We also learned a poem about ‘le printemps’ which the students read out perfectly.

French with Marie

Durant cette quatrième période, les élèves ont étudié et approfondi plusieurs notions:

en grammaire: révisions de la phase simple et la phrase complexe, juxtaposition/coordination/subordination

en conjugaison: relation entre imparfait et passé simple, le subjonctif présent,

en orthographe: accord de l’attribut du sujet et du participe passé. bien ponctuer un texte et 2 dictées préparées et notées.

en vocabulaire: les caractéristiques et le vocabulaire de l’univers médiéval et du registre épique.

en mémorisation: apprentissage de 2 poésies “L’hiver” et une de leur choix.

en littérature: 1 roman a été lu et étudié:

  • Tristan et Yseult texte intégral

3 évaluations ont été effectuées.

French Topic with Joanna

This term we focused on the theme “Gaspillage Alimentaire” (food waste). We watched part of a France TV5 documentary called ‘Gaspillage Alimentaire N’en Jetez Plus’ where the students learned about French startups that are doing amazing innovative work in trying to reduce food waste in various ways. We focused our interest on two French companies in particular: ‘Smartway-Zéro Gâchis’ & ‘Finisterestes29’. One has developed a company that works with big supermarket chains (Carrefour, Auchan, E.Leclerc, Leader Price…) to avoid wasting foods that are arriving at their use-by-date with special ‘food waste’ sections in stores with discounts and another sells crates of fruit & vegetables to customers at low prices because they are rejected by big supermarket chains because of their ‘calibre’ (dimensions, slight defects).

History

Exploring the intricate web of the triangular trade with our Elm students has been an eye-opening and thought-provoking journey. As they dig deep into the historical realities of this complex system of commerce, students are not just studying events of the past – they’re grappling with the lasting impacts and legacies that continue to shape our world today.

Through in-depth discussions, research projects, and immersive learning experiences, Elms are unraveling the layers of the triangular trade, tracing the flow of goods, people, and ideas across continents and oceans. They’re gaining a deeper understanding of the economic, social, and cultural dynamics that drove this triangular exchange, from the demand for labor in the Americas to the desire for luxury goods in Europe and the exploitation of resources in Africa.

Mathematics

Embarking on a journey through the maze of geometry, students ventured into the captivating world of two and three-dimensional shapes, armed with pencils, rulers, compasses, protractors and minds eager for exploration. Students dived into calculations of volume and surface area, unlocking the secrets hidden within each shape’s dimensions. With precision, like experienced architects, Elms traced the paths of perpendicular bisectors and angle bisectors (and yes, we know that we have to show our construction lines), eagerly constructing equilateral, isosceles, and scalene triangles. 

Projects

Food Revolution

So this is what Oak & Elm,
During the Food Revolution ate.
What a week it has been,
But we had so many delightful things on our plate (s). 

We’ve chopped some veg,
And they were delicious.
Yes, they were organic,
So don’t be suspicious.

Some were pretty and some were ugly,
Zero waste we’ve decided.
Need to enjoy them all,
And cherish what mother nature provided.

Yes, we remembered about salad,
Salad is nutritious.
We’ve put our chefs’ heads together,
And it was quite delicious.

Red pepper & chorizo pizza,
& revisited those eggs Benedict.
They were quite tasty,
As one could predict.

Red berries smoothies,
& chicken tikka masala with rice.
It was a bit spicy,
But was very nice.

Banana bread,
and scrumptious avocado chocolate cake.
You should try it one day,
what Oak and Elm can make.

Tomato+ garlic bruschetta, green salad,
and Mexican fajitas wrap.
Filip’s hands were busy,
But if he could, he would clap.

Roasted veg & chicken nugget,
What an experience it has been!
So many stories to tell,
But where do I begin?

Creative Writing Workshop

Engaging students in a creative writing workshop centered around the mischievous antics of ‘King Kong’, the harmonious melodies of a ‘Monkey symphony’, and the hilarious escapades of a ‘Cheeky monkey stealing a camera’ has been an adventure in itself. As they let their imaginations run wild, students are not only developing their writing skills but also unleashing their creativity in ways that are both imaginative and entertaining.

In our writing workshop, students have been tasked with imagining themselves in the shoes (or giant paws) of these playful primates, crafting diaries and stories that transport readers to worlds filled with adventure, humor, and heart. From the towering heights of the Empire State Building to the bustling streets of the jungle, their stories are a testament to the boundless possibilities of imagination.

Through guided writing prompts, brainstorming sessions, and peer feedback, students are not only exploring the storytelling but also developing important literary skills such as character development, plot structure, and descriptive language. They’re learning to craft narratives that engage the reader’s imagination and evoke emotions, while also developing their ability to express themselves creatively.

ICT

This term, Elm class had a productive and enlightening term in which they learned how to write various programs in Micro:bit with the goal of creating games. In this process, they utilized a pedometer, accelerometer, timer, conditional statements, variables, lists, among other tools. They showcased their creative side by incorporating music as well. The projects they engaged in were:

*Sensitive Step Counter

*Rock Paper Scissors

*Hot Potato

*Coin Flipper

*Tug of War

*Head Guess

*7 Seconds

3D Design and Technology

At the beginning of the term, Elm class completed their Art project, which included their own interpretation of Banksy’s mocking of Claude Monet in a painting. Next, pupils designed castles from the 11th to 16th century, incorporating elements such as a tower, an enclosed courtyard, rooms (chapel, kitchen, living quarters), as well as secret passages, escape routes, and gatehouses. These designs were detailed and reflected the amount of work and hours they put into their projects. By the end of the term, students designed a solution for a specific real-life problem, demonstrating their consideration for their client and their needs. Well done, Elm!

Coding Project

This term, Elm class continued to focus on Circuits on Tinkercad. Students completed a variety of projects, including how to blink an LED using Arduino’s digital output, composing a simple program to light up the LEDs in a pattern, and composing a simple program to change the color of the LED. By the end of the term, they accomplished reading a potentiometer and used a serial monitor for the first time. 

Spanish

This term, Elm class had a hard-working term during which we focused on names and members of the family, possessive adjectives, physical characteristics of people, parts of the body, parts of the house, and names of related objects. They described their families, learned adjectives related to people’s personalities and physical characteristics, both about them and other students in school. They could easily relate to these concepts and talk and write about them. Elm class is showing that they want to keep developing their Spanish skills and are doing well.

Forest Challenges and Team building activities

Participating in forest challenges and team-building activities has been an interesting and rewarding experience for our students. Not only have they had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature, but they’ve also developed essential life skills that will serve them well beyond the classroom. Throughout these adventures, students have learned the importance of communication, cooperation, and most importantly trust in themselves and in their peers. Whether navigating through obstacle courses or working together to solve riddles, they’ve discovered the power of teamwork in overcoming challenges. Moreover, the forest challenges have provided a platform for personal growth and self-discovery. Students have pushed themselves outside of their comfort zones and embraced new experiences. As a result, they’ve emerged more confident, resilient, and adaptable individuals.

Oak Class Blog, Term 4, 2023-2024

English

Engaging our students in the delightful world of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl has been an absolute joy. As they immerse themselves in the whimsical adventures of Charlie Bucket and the eccentric Willy Wonka, they’re not just reading a book—they’re embarking on a journey of imagination, discovery, and critical analysis.

Through discussions, activities, and reflections, Oak student are delving deep into the themes and messages woven throughout the story. From exploring the consequences of greed to celebrating the power of kindness and resilience, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” offers rich fodder for thought and discussion. It’s truly inspiring to see students make connections between the fictional world of Wonka’s factory and their own lives, drawing parallels and gaining insights that will stay with them long after they’ve closed the book.

French with Joanna

This term we continued our adventures with the characters of Zig & Zag who took us to visit a Parc Zoologique where we learned the names of different wild animals, their characteristics, their natural habitat etc. We found out which animals were mammiferes/reptiles/oiseaux/poissons and their diet (carnivores/végétariens/omnivores). We learned that certain animals were in danger and why (because of climate change/poachers/deforestation etc). We also learned a poem about ‘le printemps’ which the students read out perfectly.

French with Marie

Durant cette quatrième période, les élèves ont étudié plusieurs notions:

en grammaire: révisions des adjectifs qualificatifs épithète et attribut, complément du nom, complément d’objet et adverbes de temps, lieu et manière

en orthographe: accords dans le Groupe Nominal (genre et nombre).

en conjugaison: le futur des verbes fréquents du 3ème groupe.

en vocabulaire: lectures silencieuses.

en mémorisation: apprentissage de la poésie “Le Printemps”

en littérature: 1 livre a été lu et étudié:

  • La sorcière de la rue Moufetard de Pierre Gripari

French with Joanna

3 évaluations ont été faites cette période.

French Topic with Marie

Cette période nous a permis de découvrir le chocolat et la fabrication de cet incroyable aliment:

  1. La Récolte des Fèves de Cacao : Dans les pays lointains, des fermiers récoltent les fèves de cacao des arbres. Ces fèves sont alors nettoyées et séchées sous le soleil.
  2. Le Voyage des Fèves : Les fèves de cacao voyagent à travers les océans jusqu’à une fabrique spéciale. Là-bas, elles sont prêtes à devenir du chocolat !
  3. Le Mélange : Les fèves de cacao sont chauffées et écrasées pour en faire une pâte épaisse appelée “pâte de cacao”. Ensuite, cette pâte est mélangée avec du sucre et parfois du lait pour créer le chocolat !
  4. La Transformation : Le chocolat liquide est versé dans de grandes moules en forme de barres ou de bonbons. Puis, il est refroidi dans de grands réfrigérateurs.
  5. La possibilité de décorer : Une fois refroidi, le chocolat est prêt à être décoré. On peut parfois y ajouter des noix, des fruits.
  6. La Dégustation : Enfin, le chocolat est prêt à être dégusté ! Beaucoup de monde se régalent de cette délicieuse gourmandise.

Les enfants ont regardé ces deux vidéos expliquant la fabrication du chocolat:

Après avoir goûté différentes sortes de chocolat, ils ont fait quelques activités afin de comprendre toutes les diverses étapes de la production.

Puis les enfants ont effectué un grand panneau récapitulant tout ce qu’ils ont intégré:

Enfin, ils ont cuisiné et dégusté une mousse au chocolat

History

Exploring the rich and fascinating history of chocolate with our Oak students has been an absolute delight (not only because we studied the chocolate). As they discover the origins, cultivation, and transformation of this beloved treat, they’re not just uncovering the story of a sweet indulgence—they’re delving into the complexities of culture, economics, and global exchange.

Through engaging discussions, hands-on activities, and immersive experiences, students are tracing the journey of chocolate back to civilizations such as the Maya and Aztec, where it was revered as a sacred beverage enjoyed by royalty and warriors alike.

Projects

Food Revolution

In our ‘Annual Food Revolution’, we merged creativity with practical skills that allowed Oak and Elm students to embark on a flavourful journey of gastronomic delight. Armed with aprons and different kitchen tools, Oaks and Elms took charge of their kitchen, crafting a menu that excited their taste buds and sparked culinary imaginations for the whole week. With sharp knives in hand, Oaks and Elms sliced, diced, and chopped kilograms of ‘ beautiful and ugly’ vegetables, transforming these raw ingredients into a colourful palette of flavours and textures. We cooked and we baked and then served our culinary masterpieces, presenting each dish as a work of art to be savoured and enjoyed.

Yes, we have been busy but our culinary adventure didn’t end with the last bite. With a spirit of cooperation, students joined forces to tidy up their kitchen, washing dishes and wiping counters. In the process, they learned not only the art of cooking but also the importance of teamwork and responsibility in creating a memorable dining experience. Students also reflected on their journey from menu design to table service; announced favourite dishes and shared moments of creativity and collaboration.

So this is what Oak & Elm,
During the Food Revolution ate.
What a week it has been,
But we had so many delightful things on my plate. 

We’ve chopped some veg,
And they were delicious.
Yes, they were organic,
So don’t be suspicious.

Some were pretty and some were ugly,
Zero waste we’ve decided.
Need to enjoy them all,
And cherish what mother nature provided.

Yes, we remembered about salad,
Salad is nutritious.
We’ve put our chefs’ heads together,
And it was quite delicious.

Red pepper & chorizo pizza,
& revisited those eggs Benedict.
They were quite tasty,
As one could predict.

Red berries smoothies,
& chicken tikka masala with rice.
It was a bit spicy,
But was very nice.

Banana bread,
and scrumptious avocado chocolate cake.
You should try it one day,
what Oak and Elm can make.

Tomato+ garlic bruschetta, green salad,
and Mexican fajitas wrap.
Filip’s hands were busy,
But if he could, he would clap.

Roasted veg & chicken nugget,
What an experience it has been!
So many stories to tell,
But where do I begin?

D&T (Collaborative project with Birch and Walnut Classes)

In a world filled with screens and gadgets, there’s something truly magical about the timeless art of puppetry. And what better way to experience this enchanting craft than by creating your own wooden puppet from scratch? And why not call him FRED? At our Design and Technology lessons, students dived into the fascinating world of woodworking, cutting, screwing, and bringing to life their very own wooden puppet, FRED.

Students carefully selected their recycled materials and chose the perfect dry wooden branches to bring their puppet to life. Armed with saws and drills, they set to work, carving and shaping the wood with precision and care.

With screws and fasteners, students assembled the pieces, bringing their puppet to life with articulated limbs and movable joints. It was a labor of love, with each screw tightened and each piece secured, the puppet aka FRED began to dance and move with a life of his own, evidently dressed in our school uniform.

Mathematics

This term, Oak students worked on converting fractions to decimals and vice versa. We then practiced adding and subtracting decimals and fractions where denominators were the same or different, and know how to bring fractions to the common denominator. Oaks then dived into the world of percentages and through problem-solving exercises, discovered the practical significance of percentages in contexts of everyday life (e.g. Discounts and sales).

Science

In a curious exploration of microbiology and food preservation, students embarked on a fascinating experiment involving bread enclosed in plastic bags. Armed with scientific curiosity and an appetite for discovery, they observed the transformation of bread over time, as microbial communities flourished within the plastic bags. As days passed, students meticulously documented the changes occurring within each bag, noting the appearances of fuzzy patches and discoloration indicative of mold growth. With keen observation skills and attention to detail, they studied the characteristics of the mold, noting variations in colour, texture, distribution and even calculated the percentage of the mold covering each slice of bread.

Creative Writing Workshops

Engaging students in a creative writing workshop centered around the mischievous antics of ‘King Kong’, the harmonious melodies of a ‘Monkey symphony’, and the hilarious escapades of a ‘Cheeky monkey stealing a camera’ has been an adventure in itself. As they let their imaginations run wild, students are not only developing their writing skills but also unleashing their creativity in ways that are both imaginative and entertaining.

In our writing workshop, students have been tasked with imagining themselves in the shoes (or giant paws) of these playful primates, crafting diaries and stories that transport readers to worlds filled with adventure, humor, and heart. From the towering heights of the Empire State Building to the bustling streets of the jungle and their stories speak for themselves.

Through guided writing prompts, brainstorming sessions, and peer feedback, students are not only exploring the storytelling but also developing important literary skills such as character development, plot structure, and descriptive language. They’re learning to craft narratives that engage the reader’s imagination and evoke emotions, while also developing their ability to express themselves creatively. Oak and Elms

ICT

This term, Oak class developed their understanding of how digital images can be changed and edited, and how they can be resaved and reused. They learned how to use features such as rotate, crop, clone, select, copy, and paste. They chose from a selection of images, opened them, edited them, and saved them to create their own projects. By the end of the term, we recorded a podcast using the Audacity app in which they talked about an animal they chose after conducting research on the National Geographic website. Overall, this term was full of creativity and out-of-the-box thinking.

Coding Project

This term, Oak class focused mainly on two different projects: a football and a basketball game. The students revisited how to use code to respond to key presses, utilized sensing blocks to detect when sprites touch each other, and employed broadcast blocks to communicate between sprites. They learned how to animate a simple basketball game by utilizing commonly used blocks, such as the ones from the motion and looks categories. The key to this game was coordination and timing. Well done, Oaks!

Spanish

This term, Oak class had a dynamic term in which we focused on classroom items, indefinite articles ‘una, un’, and the verbs ‘tener’, ‘ser’, ‘llamarse’ in the first and second person singular forms, as well as members of the family. They described their families and enjoyed discussing them, described the objects in their pencil cases, and practiced verbs. They could easily relate to these concepts, talk about them, and write about them. Oak class is progressing quickly in Spanish.

Forest Challenges and Team building activities

Participating in forest challenges and team-building activities has been an interesting and rewarding experience for our students. Not only have they had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature, but they’ve also developed essential life skills that will serve them well beyond the classroom. Throughout these adventures, students have learned the importance of communication, cooperation, and most importantly trust in themselves and in their peers. Whether navigating through obstacle courses or working together to solve riddles, they’ve discovered the power of teamwork in overcoming challenges. Moreover, the forest challenges have provided a platform for personal growth and self-discovery. Students have pushed themselves outside of their comfort zones and embraced new experiences. As a result, they’ve emerged more confident, resilient, and adaptable individuals.

Birch Class, Term 4, 2023-2024

Through an active, rich and diverse curriculum, we continued to make excellent progress in our learning during this term.

Maths

In Birch Class, our mathematical journey this term has been both exciting and educational. We’ve delved into the world of multiplication, learning about repeated addition and exploring how groups of objects can be combined to find a total. Through hands-on activities and visual aids, we’ve gained a solid understanding of the concept of multiplication.

Additionally, we’ve introduced the concept of fractions, focusing on simple fractions such as halves and quarters. Through practical activities and group discussions, we’ve learned to recognize and understand fractions as equal parts of a whole.

We had an exciting celebration of Pi Day this term! We engaged in various activities to explore the fascinating number pi and its significance in mathematics. Through fun and interactive tasks, we learned about the concept of pi and its relationship to circles and geometry.

Literacy

This term the students learned all about the importance of ‘describing words’: adjectives. We read Percy the Park Ranger books and the students were able to find words to describe the characters of ‘One Springy Day’ and make a poster to show off their amazing adjectives!

We also worked on counting out how many syllables there are in words by clapping out each sound. We continued working on our super spelling skills with daily mini spelling tests using our whiteboards and learning new sound combinations including the magic e, the shy i and repeating our “when two vowels go walking the first does the talking” to help us remember how to pronounce words properly. We also got dressed up as our favourite characters & celebrated International Book Day with the whole school.

International Book Day:

French with Marie

Cette quatrième période a été bien chargée en apprentissage puisque plusieurs notions de grammaire et de conjugaison ont été abordées en plus des nouveaux sons et des fiches de lecture et de compréhension. Nous avons abordé différents thèmes tels que le printemps, les poissons d’avril, la fête de Pâques…

Les livres lus durant ce terme ont été les suivants:

De ces albums, ont découlé différentes activités qui ont permis l’exploitation de ces histoires. Nous avons donné du sens à l’apprentissage des voyelles et des consonnes.

A chaque début de semaine, vos enfants ont appris et chanté une nouvelle chanson:

Le ciel est parcouru d’frissons, Gouttes gouttelettes de pluie, Concerto du printemps nouveau, Ding Dang Dong chanson de Pâques, Chanson de la gamme de do, Je prendrai soin de toi.

Les objectifs de cette période ont été:

– d’approfondir la langue française

– de s’exprimer de manière plus fluide

– de renforcer la syntaxe en s’exprimant oralement

– de connaître et d’acquérir les sons et les consonnes ( AN/EN, J, ON/OM, B, OI, G/GU ) ainsi que le principe du code alphabétique

– d’ associer le nom de la consonne et de connaître le son qu’elle produit

– d’approfondir le geste graphique en s’exerçant à écrire en attaché (écriture cursive)

– se familiariser avec la dictée

– de lire et de comprendre les histoires lues, de livres (collection Sami et Julie): Sami à Paris et La chasse aux oeufs

– de réciter une poésie “Le Printemps” d’Anne Marie Chapouton

– de chanter collectivement une chanson

Science

This term in Science, Birch class explored the theme of ‘Healthy Living and Where Food Comes From.’ Students identified the reasons we need food in our lives and learned about which foods come from animals and plants. Next, they classified food into the five different food groups and learned what they need to eat to maintain a healthy diet. Then, pupils examined the differences between fruits and vegetables. We explored the concepts of ‘raw’ and ‘cooked’ foods and gained an understanding of the role taste buds play in our experience of eating. By the end, we recognized the differences between natural and processed foods and looked at the process of how chocolate is made. At the end of the term, they discussed the main dishes in their home country and why exercise is important to support a healthy brain and body.

Design and Technology

Project: Bird feeders

Linked to our learning on angles, children identified acute, obtuse and right angles and then ‘constructed them in the forest’. The children then identified these angles in different 2D shapes and constructed three different bird feeders.

Project : ”Basket”

D&T (Collaborative project with Oak and Walnut Classes)

In a world filled with screens and gadgets, there’s something truly magical about the timeless art of puppetry. And what better way to experience this enchanting craft than by creating your own wooden puppet from scratch? And why not call him FRED? At our Design and Technology lessons, students dived into the fascinating world of woodworking, cutting, screwing, and bringing to life their very own wooden puppet, FRED.

Students carefully selected their recycled materials and chose the perfect dry wooden branches to bring their puppet to life. Armed with saws and drills, they set to work, carving and shaping the wood with precision and care.

With screws and fasteners, students assembled the pieces, bringing their puppet to life with articulated limbs and movable joints. It was a labor of love, with each screw tightened and each piece secured, the puppet aka FRED began to dance and move with a life of his own, evidently dressed in our school uniform.

Forest and PE

This term in Birch and Walnut Class, we’ve been enjoying our time outdoors with forest exploration and cycling adventures. With the arrival of spring, we’ve been pedalling through the forest trails, soaking up the sights and sounds of nature.

Cycling has been a fun way to stay active and improve our biking skills while exploring the great outdoors. As we ride through the forest, we’ve been observing the plants and animals around us, learning about the environment and appreciating the beauty of nature.

Topic

This term we talked about “Food & health” and how it keeps us strong and healthy. Just like superheroes need their powers, we need food to help us grow, play, and have fun!

Fruits and vegetables are like magic potions. They come in all colours and flavours, and each one does something special for our bodies.

Don’t forget about grains! Bread, rice, and pasta are like the fuel in our tanks, giving us energy to play all day long. And what about dairy? Milk and cheese help our bones grow big and strong, just like the castles of knights!

We need to drink water like plants need rain. It keeps us hydrated and helps our bodies work properly.

Remember, food is not just delicious—it’s our secret weapon for staying healthy and happy. So let’s fill our plates with all the colours of the rainbow and enjoy every bite!

We’ve read these books:

We’ve also played the food bingo

Music

This term, we’ve studied the musical tail “Le Carnaval des animaux” de Camille Saint-Saëns

Art

This term, we’ve studied the painter Matisse.

And they’ve made Easter artistic activity


We also started by sketching our favorite fruits, carefully capturing their shapes and details on paper. Then, we brought our sketches to life by molding them with clay, adding texture and depth to our artwork.

Coding and Programming Workshop

This term, Birch class worked on theme projects in Scratch Jr, such as Saint Patrick’s Day, Easter Egg Hunt, International Book Day, and A Race in the City. They developed their fine motor skills by drawing different characters and dragging code blocks with the computer mouse. In every lesson, all students were engaged, focused, and eager to finish their work, which is amazing. Well done!

Walnut Class, Term 4, 2023-2024

Spring has sprung in Walnut Class! This term, we’ve been out and about, exploring the forest on our bikes and soaking up the sunshine (sometimes). Alongside our outdoor adventures, we’ve been busy learning and growing.

Literacy

International Book Day:

We had an exciting term in Literacy as we unfolded the book ‘My Secret Sky Garden.’ The students were captivated by the beautiful illustrations and its use of language. This book helped the pupils develop and broaden their literacy skills by writing a poem about the visit they made to the orchard. Through discussions, predictions, sequencing, and role-playing, among other activities, they were able to write about Funni and her beautiful garden, visualize themselves in the story, and relate to the main character’s life and emotions. It was a productive term that showcased what they are capable of. Fantastic job, Walnuts!

Mathematics

In Walnut Class, our mathematical journey this term has been both challenging and rewarding. We’ve focused on mastering multiplication, diligently learning and applying the times tables for 2, 5, and 10. Through practice and perseverance, we’ve honed our skills and gained confidence in multiplication.

Additionally, we’ve delved into the fascinating world of fractions, exploring concepts such as halves, quarters, and thirds. Through hands-on activities and interactive lessons, we’ve deepened our understanding of fractions and their practical applications.

We had an exciting celebration of Pi Day this term! We engaged in various activities to explore the fascinating number pi and its significance in mathematics. Through fun and interactive tasks, we learned about the concept of pi and its relationship to circles and geometry.

French with Joanna

This term we went ‘Au Marché (to the market) with the characters of Zig Zag and learned all about fruits & vegetables in French. We sorted out les fruits et légumes and made posters. We learned new sounds and also the difference between “les phrases affirmatives et négatives” by quizzing each other on what fruits & vegetables we like or dislike (“j’aime et je n’aime pas”). We learned a song about what can be bought at the market (please find the video hereunder of your children singing away beautifully). We read books related to the new season of Printemps (les poules, les oeufs de Pâques but also a funny story about a ghost in a market) and worked hard on reading comprehension activities linked to these books.

Science

In Science this term, Walnut class explored the theme ‘Healthy habits and ways of avoiding diseases.’ Students understood and identified how the spread of germs occurs and the best way to keep diseases away by conducting an experiment. Then, we discussed nutrition and how important it is to have a balanced diet according to the different food groups. Next, we examined seeds and dissected one to observe its internal structure. We also discussed sleep and various techniques to promote restful sleep. Finally, we explored emotions and techniques to find peace and quiet when our minds feel troubled. 

French Topic with Joanna

This term the topic was related to “la santé” (health) and the students learned all about how to look after their bodies by eating well and getting regular exercise. We studied all about la squelette/les os/les muscles/les articulations and identified them on paper. We learned about ‘les 7 familles d’aliments’ (7 food groups): les boissons/les féculents/les sucres/les graisses/produits laitiers/protéines/végétaux (drinks/carbohydrates/sugars/fats/dairy products/protein/fruits & vegetables). The students had to find these different foods in supermarket catalogues, cut them out and make their own ‘flower petal’ with the 7 groups. We took advantage of the good weather (whenever possible!) to dance & sing our topic song ‘1, 2 ,3 Aerobique’ , all about keeping our bodies moving!

D&T

Collaborative Birch, Walnut and Oak Project

In a world filled with screens and gadgets, there’s something truly magical about the timeless art of puppetry. And what better way to experience this enchanting craft than by creating your own wooden puppet from scratch? And why not call him FRED? At our Design and Technology lessons, students dived into the fascinating world of woodworking, cutting, screwing, and bringing to life their very own wooden puppet, FRED.

Students carefully selected their recycled materials and chose the perfect dry wooden branches to bring their puppet to life. Armed with saws and drills, they set to work, carving and shaping the wood with precision and care.

With screws and fasteners, students assembled the pieces, bringing their puppet to life with articulated limbs and movable joints. It was a labor of love, with each screw tightened and each piece secured, the puppet aka FRED began to dance and move with a life of his own, evidently dressed in our school uniform.

Forest Challenges and Team building activities

Music

Our musical adventures have taken us on a journey of vocal transformation and symbol interpretation. This term, we’ve been honing our singing skills by learning how to modulate our voices to convey different emotions and styles. From soft whispers to powerful crescendos, we’ve explored the full range of our vocal abilities. Additionally, we’ve embarked on a fascinating journey of instrument differentiation, learning to distinguish between various types of instruments

This term, we’ve studied the musical tail “Le Carnaval des animaux” de Camille Saint-Saëns

Art

We studied the painter Matisse

We also started by sketching our favorite fruits, carefully capturing their shapes and details on paper. Then, we brought our sketches to life by molding them with clay, adding texture and depth to our artwork.

Coding and programming workshop

This term, Walnut class worked on theme projects in Scratch Jr, such as Saint Patrick’s Day, Easter Egg Hunt, and a project about Funni (the main character of ‘The Secret Sky Garden’ book) and her colourful garden. They developed their fine motor skills by drawing different characters and dragging code blocks with the computer mouse. In every lesson, all students were engaged, focused, and eager to finish their work, which is amazing. Well done!

FOREST & PE

This term in Walnut and Birch Class, we’ve been enjoying our time outdoors with forest exploration and cycling adventures. With the arrival of spring, we’ve been pedalling through the forest trails, soaking up the sights and sounds of nature.

Cycling has been a fun way to stay active and improve our biking skills while exploring the great outdoors. As we ride through the forest, we’ve been observing the plants and animals around us, learning about the environment and appreciating the beauty of nature.