Willow and Chestnuts classes, term 2, 2021

Our theme of the term has been “Houses and homes”, which is a topic that has allowed our children to express and talk more about their families and homes both here in France and/or the one of our origin. Due to us learning in an international environment, this has offered us a learning opportunity to understand that our classmates have different backgrounds. We have talked about houses and homes all over the world, and about the fact that all living beings, people but also animals, have a home. We have discussed the importance of homes but also materials that houses and homes are made out of. This term has also been special also because it has involved waiting for Christmas, which is a special time of the year for both children and adults. We have been taking part in stories and sing songs about Christmas and their characters and practising for a Christmas play that engages all children to take part in by singing and dancing. Not only that, children have also been involved in making the prompts for the show!

Our houses, our homes

The theme this term is ”houses and homes”. The children have been reading the story about the three little pigs, and along with that they have been discussing different houses across the world. The children have been reflecting over their own home (is it large/tall/short? Is it an apartment building or a house?). We have been looking at pictures of different types of houses in the world. There are still people elsewhere in the world who live in houses that are made out of sticks or straw whereas us here at Forest are lucky enough to live in houses that are strong, just as the house out of bricks, which even the wolf could not blow down with all huffing and puffing in the world! The children have been discussing the importance of homes and taking part of the discussion with Maple class. It keeps us safe from the cold and the rain, and it gives us a place to spend time and hang out!

Here, little Chestnuts are painting their own homes out of chosen house samples using finger paints. Below is also the little ones making the three little houses for the story “Three little pigs”.

The children got to take part in play dough activity of Maple class, while reviewing the parts of the faces with the story three little pigs!

FOREST EXPLORATION

Story based imaginary forest play

The children listened to the story “Three little pigs” and participated in reconstructing the story by trying to find and build houses for the pigs out of straw, sticks and “bricks”. This was a good opportunity to build on our imaginative play skills linked to nature while learning new vocabulary and seeking to sequence the story. The children also helped build a large house out of “bricks” together with Maple class, a house that is so strong that the strongest wind wouldn´t take it down. The children kept building the tree house over a longer period of time, evaluating It´s strength and observing how long it would sustain! The children were also exciting exploring the other wood houses built in the forest by the older classes over the past months. The children also utilised the forest tree houses while playing out the story “Hansel and Gretel”!

Forest play, forest play!

This term we did lots of games in the forest. The children practiced throwing, catching and kicking a ball. They did different obstacle course activities, running and jumping, tug of war… They also kept practicing their climbing and balancing skills!

Caring for the horse

The children did a little trip through the orchard to go visit a beautiful, gentle, white horse named Gringo. They got to roll up their sleeves helping to care for him! They would help shovel up after the horse, pull and push the trolley and take turns petting the horse.

DIWALI festival of lights clay activity

The children got to take part in making clay candle holders together with Maple class this term. They got a piece of clay to model with at first for play purposes, and then they shaped the piece into a candle holder. They decorated it with beautiful beads!

CHRISTMAS PREPARATIONS

Christmas play and rehearsals

Children all participated by dancing and singing in the Christmas play held on 4.12.2021. Our little chestnuts and willows got to be little sheep and participate in the songs “Hey ewe” and “Something´s going on”.

Gingerbread houses

The children have made several 2D houses this term, out of shapes, with paints and using different textures. This time they got to make tiny 3D gingerbread houses and take them home for Christmas! They participated in the process by squeezing and manipulating the dough to make it softer for rolling. Like playdough! Then they got to use their strength to roll it flat with a rolling pin. Finally, children helped make the shapes of the house by using cookie cutters. Eating the cookies that did not meet the requirements was great, too. 😉 Teachers helped to glue the house pieces together (this, to avoid from the kids getting burns from melted sugar!), and the children got to decorate their houses as they pleased as well as participate in wrapping them up, eg. lacing. Great fun it was!

Christmas preparations, arts and crafts

Children made nice little Christmas cards to go along with the ginger bread house gifts. They made Christmas ornaments eg. miniature Christmas trees to hang in the real tree at home. They painted the sticks, then assembled them into a shape of triangles and decorated with beautiful gems. They got to participate in decorating the canteen Christmas tree and to take part in listening to the stories of the Gingerbread man and the Snowman. They also practiced the song “Snowflake” and listened to the song “Walking in the air”. Great way to get into the Christmas spirit!

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas everyone!!

Walnut Term 2 2021/22

Our Topic for this term has been ‘Push and Pull’ The children have learnt about different forces and magnets, looked closely at how forces act upon an object. They have also learnt to compare and group a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet as well as identifying some magnetic materials.

Walnut Class enjoyed observing how different objects move along the same surface as well as conducting fair tests.

Loud in Literacy!

We have been looking closely at how we play games and the instructions that can be given to people that have never played them before.

Once we have explored a range of games we were set a challenge of explaining how it works to a buddy.

From this, as a class, we looked closely at the features of an explanation text and how the structure is different to other texts we have explored before. After this, the class were asked to choose a game and write an explanation of how it works using the features of the genre correctly.

This term, we have also taken our writing one step further by learning the skills to help us to edit and improve our work. We did this by re-reading sentences and selecting the best possible words to ensure our writing was clear and precise. Another skill we have developed this term is to support one another by offering advice and support when reading work aloud to the class.

Magical Maths

This term, we learned about money and multiplication. 

We learned that European money is composed of specific coins and notes which can be combined to make a purchase.  We learned to calculate totals, give change and even determine whether or not we have enough money for a purchase.

We also explored the meaning of multiplication using a variety of concrete materials.  We now understand that multiplication is the same as repeated addition.  We can use arrays, drawings and bar diagrams to help us show our understanding of multiplication.  Our favourite activity was playing BUMP to consolidate our understanding of the two, three, five and ten times tables.

Sensational Scientists

In science, we learned about types of forces, the role of friction, gravity, speed, magnetism as well as the law of action and reaction.  Through lots of hands-on learning and experiments, we built our understanding of forces all around us and their importance.

We particularly enjoyed playing Pucket as we explored pull.

We focused on making hypotheses before an experiment, recording our results and drawing conclusions.  We also tried our best to ensure that our tests were fair.  We believe that that’s what smart scientists do.

It was a blast spotting things that we could push and pull at school.

We explored friction by spinning a spinning top on different surfaces.  We learned that friction slows down motion and can make things stop moving.  Friction is more on rough surfaces compared to smooth ones.

Next, we performed experiments to see how far a marble rolls on slopes of different inclinations.  We learned that steep slopes allow for higher speed.

We were walking in the air when we explored gravity.  We learned that gravity pulls everything to the ground, but air resistance slows it down.  Everything moving through air experiences some air resistance.  Air resistance is more on wider things.  Our small parachute dropped quickly, but our larger one floated for a bit longer. 

After that, we explored magnetism: understanding it to be a non-contact force, finding magnetic and non-magnetic items and noting how the poles of a magnet react to each another – attract and repel. 

Paper aeroplane anyone?  We learned about how the shape of an item can affect how it travels through the air.  Which paper aeroplane floats for the longest?  Which one travels the furthest?  We particularly loved the speedy dart-shaped aeroplane and the whimsical UFO.  We ended our learning by designing and making a kite to take home!

Stick Man with Mr Kralka

Linked to our learning in Science based on ‘Push and Pull’,  we measured, estimated and solved real-life problems. We worked with different materials and carpentry tools to create our own Stick man.  

The children read the story of the stick man and then drew their very own. They all had very different designs and were encouraged to share and discuss their ideas with each other before agreeing on the final version.

We estimated, measured, re-measured, sorted, cut and hammered different materials and now are very proud of our achievement. In order to accomplish our mission, we learnt how to use a variety of carpentry tools safely. We collected and sorted different natural materials to make each part of our stick man.

The finished result was a stick man with a range of moving parts for all to play with when on the school playground.

Crazy about Christmas!

The children continued to develop their carpentry skills by applying them to creating and building their very own Christmas tree. Both Walnut and Birch classes were challenged to work as a team to create this Christmas masterpiece.

Walnut class supported Birch class by taking the lead and ensuring that clear instructions were given throughout the task. Walnut children were asked to conduct a risk assessment as well as apply their knowledge and understanding of how these tools work.

Once we had finished building our Christmas trees, they were proudly displayed at the entrance of the school for all to see.

Christmas Spectacular!

As part of the build-up to Christmas, the children of FISP took part in a Christmas show spectacular. Over several weeks all children took part in rehearsals, song practises, set designing and costume creating.

The whole school worked very hard to develop an outstanding piece of theatre. They all enjoyed performing in front of their parents and friends.

Fabulous French!

As part of the day to day life in school, both classes take part in French lessons. This enables the children to become emerged in the language as well as practice speaking with others.

IPC French

The children of Birch and Walnut classes continued the development of their French skills through applying them to Topic work. Completing tasks set completely in French.

Elm Class , Term 2, 2021-2022

Literacy

This term Elm read short stories: The Hitchhiker by Roald Dahl and The Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury. The class read the Hitchhiker closely, in instalments, savouring the unfolding drama and the understated humour of the encounter with a traffic policeman. They became increasingly intrigued by the mysterious passenger, so self-assured and wordly wise compared to the narrator.

Having enjoyed the story, the class thought about their response to the outcome and asked themselves whether they sided with the traffic policeman or the speeding driver and his tricky passenger. Most of us admitted we were happy with the story’s ending but one person stood up for law and order and sided with the policeman! 

The Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury, written in 1951, is a very different story but the class found plenty to talk about in this bleak, futuristic tale of a dystopian city, where crime has been stamped out and a population of three million is policed by one car. We only meet one resident because the rest are at home watching their sinister-sounding ‘viewing screens’. 

Image result for the pedestrian by ray bradbury book cover

Elm also studied poetry this term, focusing on imagery and the different techniques used by writers to ‘paint a picture with words’. We read the beautiful ‘In Memory of My Grandfather’ by Edward Storey and studied his use of imagery, as he compared his beloved grandfather, a rural farming man, to a tree. The class drew pictures of the grandfather as he is depicted in the poem. They then wrote their own poetry, choosing to write about places that had an impact on them rather than people. 

History

This term Elm began to look at the Renaissance and the changes in thinking that led away from the Age of Faith to a renewed interest in the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome. They learnt about the intellectual movement of Humanism and how the new ideas were spread thanks to the printing press.  

They learnt how the wealthy city states now known as Italy were at the heart of the new quest for knowledge that characterised the period and why the region was so economically and culturally important at this time.  

Geography

This term Elm class followed the COP26 meeting, held this year in Glasgow, and learnt about the global climate summits, known as COP or ”Conference of the Parties” that the UN has been hosting for almost thirty years. Afterwards, the class researched renewable energy sources, their pros and cons and uptake around the world and then presented their findings to each other.  

Science

This term Elm Class have been learning about the different forces that are found all around us. They were set the task of developing their scientific understanding of the range of forces that act upon an object at one time.

The children formed hypotheses as well as conducting investigations into a chosen force. First, they investigated as a group, then they applied the same template to individual investigations. This enabled the children to take their learning outside of the classroom as well as to apply their literacy skills in a different subject.

Finally, Elm class were set the challenge of presenting all they had learnt over the term in an educational poster that would be used to support further understanding of the different forces that are found around us.

Mathematics

In Statistics:

Elms constructed and interpreted various data tables, charts, and diagrams, including frequency tables, bar charts, pie charts, pictograms, line graphs, stem and leaf charts and scatter graphs (correlation). Elms can clearly distinguish between positive and negative correlation, identify if it is strong, moderate or weak and understand that all outliers are not taken into consideration while drawing the line of the best fit. We then dived deeper into the construction of pie charts and calculated desirable percentage and number of degrees for the specific group of data.

In Algebra: Expressions /Formulae/ System of equations

We worked on simplifying algebraic expressions, used simple formulae and wrote formulae from the problem to identify how they could be applied in real life. We worked on solving problems while substituting specific values into expressions and formulae and then probed further into algebra while finding solutions for the systems of equations.

Spanish

Students learned the Spanish version of the song “A King is Born” for the Christmas show. They played “Loteria” (similar to Bingo) to learn and practise the numbers from 1 to 30. Descriptions of school life and corresponding vocabulary was one of our focuses this term. During the last class of the term, students were able to practise the Christmas vocabulary on Seesaw (classroom app); some of them recorded their voices saying the words.

ICT

Students learned and practised how to make a poster on Google Drawings by drawing, modifying and combining objects and inserting images, text and other useful tools.

Every student designed a poster for the Christmas show. Cecilia’s poster (Oak Class) was chosen to be displayed around the school and later was used on the invitation sent to parents.

Students discovered what HTML is, used HTML to structure static web pages and learned how to modify tags to improve the appearance of web pages.

French

Christmas Performance ”Hey Ewe!”

Collaborative Background posters

Designing and making our Christmas costumes...

The mighty Oaks and Ecstatic Elms had a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate their creative side while making costumes, dancing, singing, creating props and performing on the stage during our Christmas Show.

Thank you and well done to all the Oak and Elm students for their outstanding dedication and hard work during our «Hey Ewe!» performance!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Enjoy your holiday!

 Best wishes,

Mrs. Harrington, Christine, Joanna, Cecilia, Mr. H and Mr. Kralka

Oak Class , Term 2, 2021-2022

Literacy

Oak continued reading the children’s classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. This term they met the great and good lion Aslan and read with shock how he sacrificed his life to save Edmund (the least likeable of all the children), not resisting as the White Witch and her evil followers bound him and dragged him to his death. Aslan’s powers are greater and more mysterious than the Witch realises and Aslan returns to lead the children and all the good creatures of Narnia to triumph at the last battle. The class chose a scene or character from the book to write about; Mr. Tumnus the faun was a popular choice and some chose to imagine his meeting with Lucy from his point of view. Others favoured the battle scene and the rescuing of the creatures whom the Witch had turned to stone.

To end the term in festive form we read Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. We enjoyed reading it out loud and admired the story and the imaginative use of rhyme. This inspired the class to make their own Grinch advent calendar, each day filled with a hand-drawn picture. 

History

Oak studied the Renaissance, from its beginnings in the powerful and wealthy Italian city states to its gradual spread across Western Europe, greatly assisted by the development of the printing press. They learnt of the principal differences in outlook between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance thinkers as they rediscovered classical philosophy, literature and art. 

The class chose prominent individuals from this period to research: great names such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo Galilei as well as some lesser known but remarkable people such as Marguerite de Navarre and the painter Sofonisba Anguissola.  

Geography

This term Oak followed the COP26 meeting, held this year in Glasgow, and learnt about the global climate summits that the UN has been organising for almost thirty years that are known as COP or ‘Conference of the Parties’. The class went on to learn about the Greenhouse Effect, what it is and why it is linked to climate change. They identified the main greenhouse gases and how they are produced and saw that the Industrial Revolution was a pivotal moment in mankind’s impact on the natural environment. 

Science

This term Oak Class has been learning all about the solar system. The class has looked carefully at the different planets found in our system, named them and identified their features. The class has also learnt about the different phases of the moon and pupils are now able to confidently identify the name of each phase of the cycle.

As part of our Science topic the children were set the challenge of finding out more information about an area of interest. They were asked to then create a presentation explaining what they had discovered. With no boundaries the children’s imaginations ran wild with some amazing results!

This process encouraged children to develop their public speaking skills as well as helping to build their confidence in expressing ideas, thoughts and feelings in a different academic setting.

Mathematics

In Statistics:

This term, Oak constructed and interpreted various tables, charts, and diagrams, including frequency tables, bar charts, pie charts, pictograms and line graphs. We practiced solving comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and line graphs. We also sorted different sets of data while using the Venn and Carroll diagrams. In addition, Oak worked on solving different statistics problems where information had to be analysed in order to calculate the required average: range, mode, mean and median.

In Shapes and Measures:

During this unit, we named and accurately measured acute, obtuse and reflex angles and then identified them in different triangles and quadrilaterals. The children learnt how to calculate the sum of the interior angles in simple 2D shapes and now know how to find the unknown angle. Using our knowledge of properties of 2D shapes we calculated the Area and Perimeter of simple 2D shapes. We also learnt how to calculate the area and perimeter of compound shapes where one side is unknown.

Linking our topics in Design &Technology and Mathematics, the children designed and constructed their own Mathematical Christmas tree. We accurately measured the angles in trapezoids and then calculated the distance between the planks of wood. The star was created as a compound shape where 5 parallelograms fitted into one shape. Oak realised the importance of measuring angles and clearly saw that measurements have to be accurate in order for them to fit together correctly. As part of our collaborative project with Elm Class, we worked on designing our ‘Book Swap Box’ that will be constructed next term.

… and then Birch and Walnuts came to help

Spanish

Students learned the Spanish version of the song “A King is Born” for the Christmas show. They played “Loteria” (similar to Bingo) to learn and practise numbers from 1 to 30. They looked at the physical characteristics of people, the months of the year and the basic vocabulary of Christmas and Christmas traditions.

ICT

Students learnt and practised how to make a poster on Google Drawings by drawing, modifying and combining objects and inserting images, text and other useful tools. They also learnt how to: copy/paste, group objects, layer and add a background.

Each student designed a poster for the Christmas show. Cecilia’s poster (Oak Class) was chosen to be displayed around the school and was featured on the invitation sent to parents.

French

Christmas Performance ”Hey Ewe”

Collaborative background posters

Designing and making our Christmas costumes...

The mighty Oaks and Ecstatic Elms had a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate their creative side while making costumes, dancing, singing, creating props and performing on the stage during our Christmas Show.

Thank you and well done to all the Oak and Elm students for their outstanding dedication and hard work during our «Hey Ewe!» performance!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Enjoy your holiday!

 Best wishes,

Mrs. Harrington, Christine, Joanna, Cecilia, Mr. H and Mr. Kralka

Chestnuts and Willow classes, term 1, 2021-2022

The topic of this term has been “All about me”. This included us getting to know each other in Chestnuts and Willow classes through different games and activities. We also practiced getting used to common routines and rules to follow in the class. We discussed our own family, what foods we like and dislike, our favourite colours, our body and our feelings.

ARTS AND CRAFTS

This is my first work!

Children were choosing their favourite colours while presenting their painting and cutting skills!

Getting to know each other

Children were getting to know each other by matching pictures of each others faces. Along with learning about the part of the face and presenting themselves, they were working with their very own “My face” puzzle! This was a little bit difficult! Shuffling up the other children´s part of the face was quite funny, too!

Feelings and faces

Children learnt about feelings such as happy, sad, angry and sleepy. We discussed this in class by recognizing whenever and in which situations we have felt those same feelings. Children have been making little faces by choosing suitable expressions; mouths and eyes, to create faces with different feelings.

My family portrait

The children were practicing their fine motor skills by decorating their family photo frames (sticking, gluing) while learning about family vocabulary and presenting the one of their own. The family photos stayed in the class to reassure the children and to remind the children that family is always close. The children were often going to look at their family photos especially at the beginning of the start of preschool!

Canvas art: Experimenting with colours

As we have been learning about favourite colours and reading the book “I feel teel”, we took the opportunity to make a piece of art together mainly using roll brushes. Children were choosing how and what to mix out of the three different primary colours: red, yellow and blue. The goal was to observe what happened on the canvas and the new colours and shades that appeared as they got mixed. We ended up making a beautiful quilt of colours together! The children also got to make their own colour mix on a piece of paper and bring it home.

MUSIC AND SONG BASED ACTIVITIES

We have had music on Wednesdays with our music teacher and together with Maple class. We have been learning french songs and learnt how to move and improvise to music with changing pace and rhythm! Songs that we were practicing this term were amongst others “Il était une bergère” and “alouette”.

We have also been practicing several theme based action songs this term with our class! We have been shaking our maracases to the beats to the songs in the forest and in the orchard. Songs that we have been learning this term have been: One little finger, How many fingers, Head, shoulder, knees and toes, If you´re happy, Ladybug song (Frank Leto), I am a pizza, Big green monster, Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?

Musical based activities help the children to learn new vocabulary, connect brain and body by making actions while singing. We have been combining songs with both actions and art, so the children have been strengthening their coordination, their grammar, story sequencing and fine motor skills while making an artwork around the song, too!

I am a pizza- musical activity

The children were learning to express their food preferences, so we too the opportunity to learn to funny song “I am a pizza”. We learnt the new vocabulary by memorizing what toppings there were. The children were to to sequence the making of a pizza: dough, tomato sauce and the toppings. The children were were practicing their fine motor skills while colouring the tomato sauce and sticking the toppings on with glue. The children loved making the actions to the ong and the process of making a pizza and getting it delivered at home, by music and movement.

Big green monster- song based activity

Children were learning about the vocabulary of the body and the parts of the face as well as putting them in the right place. They were also learning about colours and describing features in the environment. Through this song the children were preparing their way to describe things using proper grammar (big, green face/sharp, white teeth) in a funny way. This activity also prepared us to get into the spirit of Halloween!

Ladybug song

Children were learning about body parts by practicing the ladybug song by Frank Leto. We painted loads of little ladybugs out of forest materials such as pine cones, rocks and nuts in order to learn body parts by listening and landing the ladybugs all around our body.

Brown bear- song

The children began to learn about their senses in their bodies such as smell, touch, sight and hearing. They were learning the song “Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?” to better acquire concepts of how to express what they can see and observe the world around them. They were able to show off their knowledge of colours and animals, but they also learnt a whole lot about grammar learning this song!

This activity allowed us to further practise our cutting and pasting skills. We have also been reviewing animal sounds and doing animal bingo, so this song also supported these great listening and attention skills 😊

OTHER PROJECTS/SCIENCE

Making playdough

On a rainy day we came together with Maple class to make playdough. Everyone took turns doing something such as measuring, pouring and stirring. All children got a small amount of playdough for personal play!

Sensory exploration

The children began to touch the subject of five senses in order to prepare them to describe their environment. They went on a discovery in the forest to find and compare different textures, but were also to listen to different forest sounds and smell forest smells! They would also get to touch different textures such as rough, smooth, soft and squishy and make their own sensory boards. They got to feel balloons with different textures, eg. sand, beans and water, and try to guess what was inside!

Halloween activities

This year we prepared for Halloween by doing a Halloween object hunt in the forest together with Maple class. This was good in order to help children memorize names of the different characters, practice their matching skills but most of all, make them run from tree to tree ticking off their findings. The children were very excited! We were also practicing our role playing skills by making charades with the characters in the forest. Others had to guess what character you were based on your acting. Kids were really good at it, too! Last but not least, we read a story about Winnie the Witch and made a witches broom out of sticks….

We painted a large pumpkin together that we later carved and emptied together. Children made little pumpkin trick-or-treat bags and painted little Halloween pictures. They made ghosts by cutting, gluing, tearing and scrunching! This awesome Halloween-week ended with role play dress up, where children were allowed to dress up as whatever they wanted. Such a great way to end the first term!

FOREST ACTIVITIES/EXPLORATION

Painting in the forest

The children have been learning about feelings. Reading the story “I feel teal”, we have been discussing about how different colours make us feel and what happens when you mix them. What colours make green, purple or orange when mixed together? How about how to create colours such as “teel”, “magenta”? Is grey a “sad” or a “happy” colour? How about yellow, or red? Children were painting in the forest, experimenting with colours. They did this while running from pot, moving around, sharing the same colours.

Climbing and balancing

This term the children were practicing climbing and balancing on and in trees in order to improve their strenght and coordination. They were also doing jumping obstacle course with logs that they helped carry. Trees are great resources for children to develop their gross motor skills!

Colour race

They were also doing different games and activities in the forest such as colour race, shapes hunt and parachute games. Children were learning about colours by movement games. They loved sorting the balls in the right boxes by team work in only… seconds!

Parachute fun!

The children have been learning about taking turns expressing themselves and their favourite colours. They have also been learning to get to know each other. Parachute games teach children a lot about teamwork, eg. shaking and bringing the parachute on the same level and intensity. Copying others movements and waiting for our turn to run under the parachute one by one has also been important to learn!

Forest stick men

We were learning about emotions and parts of our face and body this term. These were practiced through musical and art activities. We were also practising making forest faces and bodies in the forest!

Forest objects patterning and memory games

Children were beginning to learn vocabulary around the forest including different trees, leaves and nuts, which was a good way to also practice patterning with forest objects! Ground, stick, leaf, ground, stick, leaf, ground, stick, leaf… As this is still tricky for us little ones, luckily Maple class children were here to help us out and show us how to get started! Children were also looking for small forest objects in two´s and we then made a little memory game with them, that was fun!

Swimming

Swimming has been exciting and new for many children! During this time we have been focusing on feeling comfortable in the water. Jumping in, floating like a star and blow bubbles under water has also been part of our water exposure. So much fun!

Carousel activities

Last but not least, children have been doing lots of free play, improving their vocabulary, playskills and hand-eye coordination exploring different activities and games in the class. Giving a go making new activities that we did not particularly like in order to practice new skills to choosing activities that we prefer, have both been in focus.

Walnut Term 1 2021/22

This term we have been learning about ourselves and famous people from the past. As a class, we have made new friends and built new relationships. We have learnt that we are all different and that being different from one another is a good thing.

Information Inpectors!

This term, we have been learning about different genres of writing. First, we learnt about information texts and the features that are used to create an information text.

We started by exploring a range of information texts looking for clues on how they are written and the style in which they are presented.

After learning about the features used to write an information text we then chose a famous person from the past and conducted research. As a class, we decided that we wanted to find out more information about Marie Curie.

We recorded our findings using a spider diagram. From this, we carefully planned our information texts. Once this process was complete we wrote up our information texts using our plans to support our writing.