Chestnuts and Willows Blog Term 5 2020-2021

Planting

Little Chestnuts and Willows rolled up their sleeves this term and took very good care of their plot in order to harvest some delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs! Our tiny hands planted strawberries, various types of salads, tomatoes, radishes, basil, tarragon as well as parsley and we were able to add them to our lunches at school to the delight of all our FISP friends 😊 Growing our own food helps establish a strong connection between children and nature as well as provides a better understanding of where food comes from and how it gets to our plates all the while developing our gross and fine motor skills in a fun way!

Natural Gifts for Mother’s Day

For our Plants and Flowers term little Chestnuts and Willows created unique natural gifts for Mother’s Day! These gifts are truly special as not only were the children able to make them themselves from elements that they handpicked locally, these flowers contain many beneficial properties. Indeed, using freshly collected flowers from the orchard, the children created a daisy infused macerated oil with naturally lifting and toning properties as well as an anti-inflammatory and nourishing dandelion salve to the delight of their mommies.

Melody Our School Hen

Staying true to our Forest School education, little Chestnuts and Willows have had the pleasure of sharing their days with Melody our school hen 😊 From feeding her and playing catch in the corridors, reading her our favourite stories, singing to her and having her nap with us during the day, Melody has really become an integral part of our daily life here at FISP to the joy of our little ones.

Butterfly

In order to learn more about various plants, flowers and insects, little Chestnuts and Willows spent a morning at the magical Butterfly Farm! Mesmerised at so many butterflies and moths from all over the world flying around and sometimes even landing on us, this was definitely a special educational treat that we will all remember!

Off to the Farm

This term we went on a field trip to the wonderful Ferme de Gally in order to learn about trees, plants, insects and see our favourite animals of course! The children were able to visit horses, cows, bunnies, peacocks, pigs and best of all we were even allowed to come really close and pet sheep as well as baby goats! Strengthening bonds with the natural world is one of our top proprieties here at FISP as we strive to make sure we continuously provide opportunities for children to interact and to come in greater contact with wildlife, crops and animals in general. This helps children develop a sense of responsibility, empathy and compassion from a very early age which contributes to how they will see and interact with their environment for years to come.

Swimming

The children had so much fun swimming this term! Although some of the children were not so comfortable with water at the beginning of the year, I am proud to say they all transformed into little Dolphins who just can’t get enough of jumping and sliding down into the pool 😊 Swimming is such a great to develop our bodies and coordination as well as enhancing our general strength and endurance

Oak Class, Term 5, 2020-2021

We are now officially an Eco-Ecole. We were awarded this status in recognition of our pursuit of ecological practices and for involving our pupils in projects that promote the values of sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Our projects include the E-Baobab plastic sculpture in the playground, built to raise awareness of plastic waste. The children are conscious of the need to conserve energy and have made posters encouraging the saving of water and electricity; they recycle paper whenever possible and use old paper, plastic and other materials in Art and Design Technology projects.

Built our E-Baobab tree,

And have earned “Eco-School” label.

Will hang our flag up high,

It will fly in the wind but we will fix the pole well, will make it quite stable.

Behaved well enough,

And did not get in detention.

Visited Science Museum,

and saw many inventions.

And then went kayaking,

Did put our oars in the water,

There was no need to worry, mums,

We did not lose your daughters.

…boys came back safe as well.

Prepared for the Summer Fête,

And left important messages on the wall.

Summer is here,

Where is my good friend? I am ready to play ball.

In Literacy

This term Oak has been reading the classic novel Stig of the Dump by Clive King, about a young boy who meets a caveman when playing near a dump near the home of his grandparents. Written in 1963, the book is relevant today in its celebration of recycling, with Stig making ingenious use of the items he finds in the dump to furnish his den in the chalk pit, and inspiring Barney to do the same.

We looked at the use of dialogue, and then wrote our own, expanding on scenes in the book.

Oak also worked on general writing development, expanding vocabulary and their range of tenses, and using a wider variety of punctuation, including speech marks when writing dialogue.

In History and Geography

The theme of Young Entrepreneurs led Oak to look back at the development of trade through the ages, with a focus on the ancient Silk Road. The class looked at the great cities that lined the route and the products that were traded, from East to West (silk, tea, dyes) and from West to East (horses, glassware, the grapevine and grapes). They chose cities to research and prepared brief presentations of the key information.

In Geography, Oak researched the extreme landscape of the route. They used atlases to locate the great mountain ranges and deserts that traders had to cross and plotted them onto maps.  

“Young entrepreneurs”

We have learnt:

  • how to create a product or service which serves people’s needs and wants
  • how to persuade investors to finance calculated start-up costs
  • how to cooperate as a team in planning, production and sales
  • how to create advertisements
  • how to sell our products

The Business Process:

  • We got our idea
  • We turned it into a plan
  • We finalised our details and got a plan ready for the bank
  • We showed the plan to the bank hoping that they would like it and invest in our business
  • We made our products using the loan money the bank gave us

Calculated my expenses,

and then my profit.

Did a lot of work to sell my product,

Now I am a young entrepreneur, young businessman boffin.

What are my expenses?

And what is my interest rate?

Worked closely with my friend,

He is my business mate.

Polaroid pictures and hand-made flowers,

Mint tea and beautiful jewellery,

And waterless carwash,

Oh yes, we have the business superpower.

Sock puppets entertaining games,

And school logo caps,

Those tunes played on the piano,

I am ready to run laps.

Business card and beautifully made leaflet,

And then Excel spreadsheet.

I am proud of my business,

It is not a secret.

I‘ve learnt new things,

Know what worked well,

And what I would do differently,

Next time I will open my business, I will do it skilfully.

ICT

This term we focused on the different software and programmes that can be used to run our own businesses, in other words, on being authentic entrepreneurs.

Unfortunately, we are living through difficult times caused by a virus, in which people who are running enterprises have had to come up with new ideas and strategies to avoid BANKRUPTCY.

At FISP we want to provide real learning experiences that can be applied and used in the real world. For this reason, our pupils gained experience in what it is to be an entrepreneur in this complex context.

First, they familiarised themselves with Excel by making arrays, tables, charts, lists and graphs. Then they applied their knowledge of Excel software to solve some daily business problems (income, expenses, profits).

Finally, Oak class undertook a creative project called “My trip to the Olympics”, which involved selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, analysing data and presenting their findings.

After thinking about the business that they wanted to run, they designed a logo using their computer skills. Below are some examples: 

Furthermore, they designed a business card, where they added their name, title, email, website, address and phone number.

Oak class took care of every single detail of their business card, because this is the first exposure and overall image given of their business!

Finally, they used their understanding of Excel to identify, gather, input and edit data into a spreadsheet.

Spanish

Oak class has been building on their language skills by doing presentations, playing games, listening and writing, including exercises to improve their Spanish grammar.

We introduced a new section to our learning called Spanish survival, where students had to deal with daily situations in Spanish: for example, going to a restaurant, asking the price of items and ordering food in a restaurant.

Furthermore, we used a range of different teaching approaches. As seen below,

Oaks , are doing a short Spanish lesson focused on the verb To be (Verbo Ser o Estar).

Our pupils loved playing, as well as using new technologies; for this reason Kahoot is the perfect tool for learning by playing with computers.

We used kahoot to assess students’ vocabulary in Spanish, such as food, sports, parts of the house, classroom objects, family members, and so on.

Promenade in Vétheuil

Went kayaking in Vétheuil,

And it was all quite pretty,

We were so happy to escape,

from the noise of the big city.

We saw waterlilies,

And free flying birds.

if only you were there to hear that music,

And nature’s beautiful words.

Claude Monet was here once,

And painted 200 paintings.

It is rather beautiful here,

And Oaks and Elms do concur , it is quite amazing(s).

Sports Day

… summer

I then received my certificate,

Because I’ve achieved so much this year.

I have definitely matured,

I have learnt from my mistakes, it is quite clear.

I am ready for summer,

See you soon friends.

We’ll enjoy our holiday,

And will meet again in September, just as our summer ends.

To those of you now leaving us,

It’s sad for me to say goodbye.

For those who’ll jump from Oak to Elm,

I’m sure you’ll all climb very high.

So thanks Roger and Veronika,

Thanks Lois, Storm and Josefine.

Thank you for a lovely year,

And, oh my, what a year it’s been.

Elm Class, Term 5, 2020-2021

We are now officially an Eco-Ecole. We were awarded this status in recognition of our pursuit of ecological practices and for involving our pupils in projects that promote the values of sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Our projects include the E-Baobab plastic sculpture in the playground, built to raise awareness of plastic waste. The children are conscious of the need to conserve energy and have made posters encouraging the saving of water and electricity; they recycle paper whenever possible and use old paper, plastic and other materials in Art and Design Technology projects.

Built our E-Baobab tree,

And have earned “Eco-School” label.

Will hang our flag up high,

It will fly in the wind but we will fix the pole well, will make it quite stable.

Behaved well enough ,

And did not get in detention.

Visited Science Museum,

and saw many inventions.

And then went kayaking,

Did put our oars in the water,

There was no need to worry, mums,

We did not lose your daughters.

…boys came back safe as well.

Prepared for the Summer Fête,

And left important messages on the wall.

Summer is here,

Where is my good friend? I am ready to play ball.

Worked on our Pinball machine,

But it wasn’t all easy.

Tried hard, got stuck, put our backs into it,

and now feel quite dizzy.

Did open our business,

And made tons of profit.

Will give half to a charity,

And half for the “Escape Game”, but I will get out of this closed closet.

In English

This term Elm studied War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. The story is told from the point of view of a farm horse purchased by the army to be used by the cavalry.  We learnt a lot about the role of horses in the First World War, and why the cavalry, once so devastating against infantry, became much less effective in trench warfare and against machine guns, fast-firing rifles, artillery and barbed wire.

Elm reflected upon what it must have been like to be a young man at the outbreak of war; they listened to first-hand accounts of the mood at the time, of the recruitment campaign and of reactions to Kitchener’s famous posters and wrote short descriptive passages from this perspective.

We learnt about letter writing, formal and informal, and used our letter writing skills to ask for bank loans for our Young Entrepreneurs businesses.

As part of the war theme, we read letters sent by soldiers from the front and learnt about the conditions they endured in the trenches. Elm then wrote their own letters, imagining themselves in the trenches and writing to friends and family about their harrowing experiences.

ICT

The IMYC Theme this term was “ Young Entrepreneurs”. Elm pupils had a one-of-a-kind life experience; they had to run their own businesses. They had to think about what kind of business to focus on, learn how to calculate benefits and expenses and design a logo. For this reason, they started to familiarise themselves with Excel.

Later, they applied their knowledge of Excel to solve some daily business problems. Pupils identified, gathered, input and edited data into a spreadsheet.

“Did you say challenge?”

Elm class had to present information about a trip to the Olympics Games; a choice of countries – Greece, Spain, South Africa – and their relevant stadiums appeared. The class applied their knowledge of a variety of software , such as Excel, Power Point, Libre Office and Google Earth, and visited a range of websites to undertake their creative project.

The Olympic Games trip allowed the class to put into practice their ICT learning – to identify, gather, input and edit data into a spreadsheet – in this case the information about a city and its stadium. Also, to construct formulae and functions in order to calculate mathematical operations (expenses of the trip; for example, fuel expense depending on the number of kilometres travelled, etc).

To give their company an identity, Elms created an emblem using their technological skills. The software Canva was used as the perfect tool to develop brand recognition.

Also, in order to increase their chances of having a successful business, Elms created business cards to share personal information with their contacts or colleagues.

Spanish

As part of our daily routine, Elms start Spanish lessons by introducing themselves. Each week, we introduce new information about ourselves in self-presentations: favourite sports, food, weather, our month of birth, and so on.

A different way to enrich their vocabulary!

For ten minutes, pupils have to deal with daily situations in Spanish: ordering food in a restaurant, asking someone for help, calling a taxi, asking for and giving directions.

In one lesson, in order to test their knowledge, I placed some cards around the room with daily situations written on them. The pupils had to read and solve them. For example: I’ve just landed at the airport in Madrid and I want to know how to get to my hotel. What can I do? They had to solve this problem in Spanish.

 PLAYING BY LEARNING!

Pupils played ball while practising the use of personal pronouns and adjectives. Each time a player threw the ball they had to say a sentence using a personal pronoun, verb and an adjective; for example: Tú eres alto ( You are tall).

KAHOOT

Pupils were able to put into practice their knowledge of Spanish as well as to review Spanish in different contexts through playing Kahoot. They answered questions related to family, food, parts of the house, classroom objects and family members and at the end of the lesson, they could see the winner of the contest!

¿LA CUENTA POR FAVOR?

What is the best way to enrich our vocabulary about food?

The class imagined that they were in a restaurant in Spain, specifically in Valencia.

They were provided with a real restaurant menu, and they had to read and understand it to order their food. At the end, they calculated the amount of money that they spent on their meal!

History and Geography

The theme of Young Entrepreneurs led Elm to look back at the development of trade through the ages, with a focus on the ancient Silk Road. The class looked at the great cities that lined the route and the products that were traded, from East to West (silk, tea, dyes) and from West to East (horses, glassware, the grapevine and grapes). They chose cities to research and prepared brief presentations of the key information.

In Geography, Elm researched the extreme landscape of the route. They used atlases to locate the great mountain ranges and deserts that traders had to cross and plotted them onto maps.  

“Young entrepreneurs”

We have learnt:

  • how to create a product or service which serves people’s needs and wants
  • how to persuade investors to finance calculated start-up costs
  • how to cooperate as a team in planning, production and sales
  • how to create advertisements
  • how to sell our products

The Business Process:

  • We got our idea
  • We turned it into a plan
  • We finalised our details and got a plan ready for the bank
  • We showed the plan to the bank hoping that they would like it and invest in our business
  • We made our products using the loan money the bank gave us

Calculated my expenses,

and then my profit.

Did a lot of work to sell my product,

Now I am a young entrepreneur, young businessman boffin.

What are my expenses?

And what is my interest rate?

Worked closely with my friend,

He is my business mate.

Polaroid pictures and hand-made flowers,

Mint tea and beautiful jewellery,

And waterless carwash,

Oh yes, we have the business superpower.

Sock puppets, entertaining games,

And school logo caps,

Those tunes played on the piano,

I am ready to run laps.

Business card and beautifully made leaflet,

And then Excel spreadsheet.

I am proud of my business,

It is not a secret.

I‘ve learnt new things,

Know what worked well,

And what I would do differently,

Next time I will open my business, I will do it skilfully.

Promenade in Vétheuil

Went kayaking in Vétheuil,

And it was all quite pretty,

We were so happy to escape,

from the noise of the big city.

We saw waterlilies,

And free flying birds.

If only you were there to hear that music,

And nature’s beautiful words.

Claude Monet was here once,

And painted 200 paintings.

It is rather beautiful here,

And Oaks and Elms do concur, it is quite amazing(s).

Sports Day

… summer

I then received my certificate,

Because I’ve achieved so much this year.

I have definitely matured,

I have learnt from my mistakes, it is quite clear.

I am ready for summer,

See you soon friends.

We’ll enjoy our holiday,

And will meet again in September, just as our summer ends.

I will always remember:

Joyful Josh and his love for “Go, Go Nature”,

Unbelievable Uttara and her ability to be mini Maths Teacher.

Reliable Robin and her passion for Art,

Quick calculations made by Jean and his efforts to be Super Smart.

Loving Lila and her passion for reading,

Clever books read by Liam on a quest for deep meaning.

Free spirited Frédérique and her eye for the detail.

And let’s not forget Superstar Sofia,

Who went back to Brazil but remembers that we are still here.

All the best ELMS,

You are simply the BEST!

Enjoy your summer,

Have tons of fun and well-deserved rest!

Maple class, term 5

Children starting the term by decorating the walls with flowers made out of dried flower petals!

Tops and bottoms

Children learning about where vegetables and fruits grow: Under the ground, over the ground or up trees.

Gardening

Children learnt about what plants need in order to grow. They learnt the song “the farmer plants the seed” by doing the role play of the song and by sequencing it by drawings. They also made their own watering cans for watering their growing potatoes! This term they also planted flowers.

Bees, butterflies and pollination

The children learnt about the butterfly life cycle and butterfly yoga! The children were excited to learn about how bugs and bees pollinate our nature and help our vegetables and fruits grow. Children also made a bee-house together! They made lots of arts and crafts related to butterflies, beehives and flowers using different techniques and materials such as pasta, dried flower petals, bubble wrap, fork painting, stamping with toilet paper rolls, duplos and more.

Butterfly museum

Children made a field trip to the Butterfly House in La Queue-le-Yvelines! They would observe real butterflies, but they also got to see real caterpillars and cocoons.

Flowers and fruits

The children learnt about flowers and fruits that grow all over the world, including in their home countries. They loved learning about flowers while playing the flowers memory game together! They also learnt about the parts of a tree and about trees that bare fruits. The weather and the climate affects where different types of fruits can grow! Children tried to plant their own apple tree on the school back yard 😊

Mother´s day

The children got bring their mothers a special gift this year: dandelion salve and daisy oil. They got to be a part of the process preparing and extracting the flowers making the oils themselves.

Canvas art and pasta painting

The children were experimenting with pasta and colours and made some individual paintings but also a class canvas. Children would also do sensory play with numbers with the remaining spaghetti to work on number recognition (math).

Painting a sensory rain forest

The children were painting a sensory rain forest for their role play with jungle animal figurines.

Mix and “maths”!

This term the children were involved in different math topics. We continued to learn about numbers from 20-30. Children learnt about numbers through outdoor chalk games, making spagetthi numbers and the number chase activity with the big bee.

They also began to learn about measuring and comparing length. They got  introduced to the clock and continued practicing their understanding of the concept of time by discussing daily routines and practicing remembering the months of the year. They learnt to make their own patterns by movement games and by images, in order to support their skills in sequencing.

Children learnt about adding and taking away through summer activities such as counting in sand with marbles and shells. They were practicing these skills also by playing other types of interactive games such as spider math addition game and addition with dominoes. Children learnt their math through pirate games, nature-matching and memory games. Counting in two´s with towers and pictures of two (memory game cards). Lot´s of progress was made in math this term, good work.

Counting in two´s

Learning about subtraction with the pirate: How many coins did the pirate steal from you?

Learning about numbers 20-30

Literacy and phonics

This term, we have been applying all of our knowledge and understanding of Phonics to writing. We began with practicing writing familiar tricky words and started to move onto simple sentences.

These activities enable us to practice our pencil control and letter formation. This also re-enforces the letters and sounds that we have learnt.

We have been learning about the world around use and the animals, insects and habitats that surround us when we are at school. As a class we read a range of different stories relating to animals and their habitats and discussed why they are best for certain animals.

As part of our reading we learnt about a range of animals that we would see or find in the area of the school. We speak about what would make a comfy bed for them and decided to make a bed for a hedgehog.

As part of our learning we read a story about birthdays and a list that the characters make for their friends and family of things that they would like for their birthday. We discussed this as a class them created our own lists.

We read a range of different stories this term and developed our understanding of how a story is made and the order a story follows for it to make sense.

We were given a story in a mixed order and set the challenge of putting it into the correct order. From this, we were asked to retell the story using our sequenced pictures.

Show and tell

Children would take an item or an art work made at school and present it to friends. They got to practice asking and answering questions.

Windmill origami !

Swimming

Oh, how fun it was to begin swimming again! Children were learning about being comfortable in the water and they also learnt about basic water safety and keeping themselves afloat in water by different types of games and exercises.

Science day

The children got to be a part of science day where they would learn about science experiments conducted by the upper classes. They got to present their butterfly life cycle yoga routine and their work, too!

Fieldtrip to the science museum in Paris

French with Christine

French and french IPC with Marie

Have a great summer !!!

Birch Class Term 5 2020/21

This term we have been up to so many amazing things!

We have explored the world around us and learnt about all living things: plants, animals and people and how they all need a home or somewhere to live that we call a ‘habitat’. A habitat can be huge like the ocean or small like a leaf. To survive, living things need to live in places that meet their needs.

LITERACY!

This term, we continued to build on our Literacy skills as well as use and apply those learnt skills to our writing. We wrote information texts, independently checked the use of grammar and improve our spelling.

We have learnt how to use a dictionary. We have been looking for words that are tricky for us to spelling. As a class, we constructed silly sentences using letter blocks as well as word selectors.

We became ‘information hunters’. We did this by exploring a range of different books as well as used the internet to find information about habitats and the animals that live there.

AMAZING READERS!

This term, we have continued to read a range of books that have helped us to improve our pace of reading and vocabulary. This has had a great impact on our writing.

MAGICAL MATHS

This term, Birch class identified halves, quarters and thirds. They showed great interest in learning fractions. (Walnut class borrowed one of our fraction’s games). They had to match the fraction with their pictorial representation.

We also completed different challenges relating to fractions, which solved efficiently by using our whiteboards!

Birch class has also been working on Money: identifying and comparing coins and notes, making different amounts of money and adding and subtracting.

Later, they could apply their academic knowledge in a real-life context: buying products in a market organized by Oak and Elm classes.

They were really proud and motivated. They were capable of putting into practice their Math knowledge!

SUPER SCIENCE!

This term, both classes have been learning about living things and their habitats. We decided to work together. This provided us with the opportunity of sharing our ideas and thoughts, as well as, discuss our different points of view.

They were provided with animals’ pictures, which had to be sorted out according to their criteria.

In conclusion, in our last sessions together we focused on classification. The classes learnt that living things can be classified into five kingdoms. We designed posters to demonstrate our knowledge and understanding of those five kingdoms.

Like all kingdoms, the Five kingdoms of Living Organism, also had to have a badge that represented them. For this reason, Walnut and Birch class chose one and designed a badge, where they represented the characteristics of the chosen kingdom. Afterwards, these were displayed on our science display.

We learnt that living things can be classified into 5 groups: They are called the ‘5 kingdoms’. However, Birch class took their learning further and discovered that the animal kingdoms, could be classified into smaller categories depending on the features of the animals.

We took several toy animals and started classifying them into different groups according various classification criterions.

We ended our learning by exploring the natural environments of organisms: Habitats, such as the desert, the polar regions, the rainforest, the savannah and the deep ocean.

Both classes started a new project together: the design and construction of a habitat. In pairs or groups, we shared knowledge, ideas and artistic skills. Both classes did amazingly well! creating masterpieces!

Creativity, originality, artistic skills and scientific knowledge, were all linked together to complete this task.

When we had finished the model habitats, We presented them to the pupils of Maple, Oak and Elm class in the “Science Fair”. In order to delieve a proper and professional speech, we extracted and collected information from the books of the library. This way, they developed their scientific skills, as well as, linguistic ones.

As part of our ‘Science fair‘, we all came together and shared what we had been learning over the term.

Maples showed the Butterfly Life Cycle, in several creatives ways, from arts and crafts designs to yoga positions!

Oak and Elm classes prepared different stations, where they displayed several principles of science.

We took our learning further and learnt about the food chains. This way, we discovered how different living things depend on each other in order to survive.

Food chains of every habitat: Desert, Rainforest, deep Ocean, Polar Region and Savannah. Finally, our students made booklets to keep all information.

Due to the human impact on our environment, animals are in trouble! We explored some examples of endangered animals. First, we looked at what Global warming means, then, its consequences on the environment by comparing pictures of different places.

Then, we discovered that the animals also suffer from these consequences. We saw several examples of endangered animals, as well as, we located in the map of the world.

SCIENCE MUSEUM!!

The Primary school classes had a fun and exciting adventure to the Science Museum. We were lucky enough to explore all the Museum has to offer!

We explored all the different sections of the Museum from the natural world, human body, water world and the use of multi-media.

Musée du Jouet!

The Primary classes got to take another trip. This time is was organised by the French department. This was a great opportunity for all to practice their French skills.

We went on an adventure to Musee du Jouet. As a group we explored toys from the past and learnt all about what they were made of and how they were used.

We all learnt a lot about how toys have changed over the years.

SUPER SPORTSTARS!!

This term, we continued with our swimming lessons and had the opportunity to further develop our skills and learn more about water safety.

We also joined in games with Oak and Elm class. They taught us new games and techniques of how to play team sports.

As part of our sports day prep, we discussed and designed a podium that could be used during sports day,

We then put all our ideas together to create one design, Once we had done this we then gathered materials that could be used to build a podium.

Before construction, we decorated the podium with a mixture of the teams colours.

SPORTS DAY!!

We had an amazing day at sports day!

We took part in a range of different sports and gained points for our teams.

We learnt about team work and good sportsmanship.

Fantastic French!!

This term in our French class we have built on the vocabulary already learnt and applied this to our writing and speaking.

FRENCH IPC

In French IPC, we took our topic work further by learning about habitats and animals. We did these tasks only speaking and writing French.

FIFTH TERM: WALNUT CLASS

MATHS

‘Equivalent fractions’

Last term we started recognising and representing fractions. This term, we decided to go deeper: calculating and identifying equivalent fractions and solving word problems that involve them.

Walnut class used our pizza game to find out different fractions that have an equal value.

Overlapping pieces of pizza, they could see several fractions which the same proportion of the whole.

Time’

Time is an abstract and complex concept. For this reason, Walnut class started learning it by using tangible materials, such as the toy clock! They were learning how to read and write time, as well as, doing some calculations.

Also, pupils compared different kinds of clocks, in order to realise their similarities and differences.

LITERACY

This term, we have developed our writing skills and applied them to a range of different genres of writing. We used a range of books to find topic-focused vocabulary that could be used to support us when writing information texts.

Then, we looked at up-levelling our vocabulary by using a dictionary. This was an activity that we enjoyed doing. We found out the meaning of words and was able to use them in the correct context.

As part of our literacy lesson, we discussed different cultures and religions from around the world. With Walnut and Birch class, we used a large scale puzzle of the world to identify the different countries. As a group, we built on the knowledge and understanding that we already had of other traditions and cultures. Then we used what we had spoken about and wrote a text based on the country of our choice. 

SCIENCE

‘Sorting out

This term Walnut and Birch class were learning the same content: Living things and their habitats. For this reason, we decided to put them together for our daily science lessons. In all, Walnut and Birch had two focused sessions together. This way, they had the opportunity to share their ideas and thoughts, as well as, to see different points of view on the same topic.

Pupils were introduced to the topic by sorting out several kinds of living things (animals, plants, mushrooms, bacterias, …) and by groups, they decided their own classification.

After exploring different classification criteria, they watched a video about five kingdoms. The principal aim was to make them understand why scientists decided to develop this sort of criterion and also, that each kingdom involves a certain type of living thing, which share common features.

‘Going deeper’

In conclusion of the last sessions, Walnut class conducted research about the principal features of each kingdom. They collected ideas, which were represented on a diagram, showing how all kingdoms are related to each other, features and examples.

‘ Do you have your badge?’

Walnut and Birch class, put into practice all their knowledge about kingdoms and designed badges. They synthesised and represented the features of every kingdom in a drawing. Then, displayed them.

‘ Building their own habitats’

Who said that Art and Science are not linked? Pupils made fabulous mock-ups of habitats using their creativity, imagination, artistic skills and scientific knowledge!

Play-doh, plants, sticks from the forest, toys, images,… everything was accepted.

In every single habitat, it can be seen that suitable animals and plants have been placed Our pupils are amazing!

They were so proud of their creations. For this reason, we decided to present them to the rest of the school at the end of Science Week!

We finished the presentations with a round of questions, where pupils were walking around asking their doubts about habitats.

Pupils of Walnut class also attended the scientific presentations of Maple, Oak and Elm class. Every single class presented their projects undertaken in their science lessons.

First, the Maple class showed what they had learnt about the four stages in the metamorphosis of butterflies. And we did Yoga! Ida, Maple’s teacher, represented these four stages as different yoga movements.

Second, Elm and Oak classes decorated their class for the Science Fair. There were different stations, where each pupil presented their scientific experiment.

Arts

On the 1st of July, we celebrate “Sports Day”! All pupils, families and teachers were reunited to celebrate!

As in every sports ceremony, there is a need to have a podium, in order to announce the winners! Walnut and Birch class used their mathematical and artistic knowledge for making a DIY podium

First, they designed their podium with different sizes, shapes and styles! Our pupils are amazing!! In their designs, they had to write which tools and materials they were going to use. 

Then, teachers provided them with some wood and tools to make their podiums come true. 

All pupils worked cooperatively, sharing ideas, knowledge, materials,… 

TIE DYE T-SHIRTS

We spent one art and craft session designing our t-shirts for the big day: The show!

Our pupils brought a white t-shirt and dyed it with beautiful colours! The results were impressive! All t-shirts were different and fabulous!

3-D Workshop

We learnt about the basic 3D shapes and was able to explore and identify those shapes around us. We heard that Maple class were learning about 3D shapes too. So we decided to create a workshop with them to support their learning of this concept.

First, we watched a video that gave us information about 3D shapes and their properties. We then explored the classroom looking for 3D shapes. Naming the shapes we had found and discussing their properties. From this, we drew some 3D shapes then we got to use clay and molded the shapes carefully using our fingers.

TRIPS

Cité des sciences et de l’industrie’

We went to an amazing place to broaden our scientific knowledge; I am talking about the ‘Cité des sciences et de Industrie. This space provides people with scientific and technological knowledge. According to their ages, our pupils went to “La Cité des enfants”, where they could put into practice all their knowledge of electricity, hydraulic energy, saving water, design and technology! Also, practiced some writing, as can be seen in the picture below.

‘Musée du Jouet’

Pupils went to the ‘Musée du Jouet’ in Poissy, where they had the opportunity to discover another era through old toys, dates between 1850 and 1950. For instance, porcelain dolls, dinettes, boats, stuffed animals and puppets. Also, this museum is installed in the gatehouse (fourteen century) of the former abbey of Poissy, so children could discover the magnificent architecture of that era! At the same time, they were improving their French by increasing their vocabulary. Marie, our French teacher, came with us in order to provide children with interesting facts and information related to those toys, as well as, their history.

SWIMMING

Pupils had the opportunity to improve their swimming skills in our swimming pool. They practised how to dive headfirst, take hidden objects from the bottom of the pool, swim front crawl…

FOREST EXPLORATION

As always the forest is a good opportunity to explore, run, climb and play! They improved their fine and gross motor skills, as well as, bonds with their classmates. Pupils used their imagination of being in amazing places, in the rainforest, desert,… playing different roles explorers, hunters,… by using objects found in the forest they developed their imagination and creativity.

SPORTS DAY

On Thursday, 1st July we celebrated the sports day in the forest! Birch and Walnut classes were split into groups and they competed at different stations, already prepared for them by the teachers ( high jump, long jump and 100 metres).

There was a teacher in each station in order to record the points to announce the winner at the end.

Parents and teachers took part in the celebration, too!

FRENCH AND IPC FRENCH

Please, find attached the French section, where you can find some of the activities and objectives achieved by the Walnut class. I hope that you enjoy the document made by Marie, our french teacher.

THE FOURTH TERM ” IT IS SHOCKING!”

SCIENCE

This term we focused on “Electricity”. Pupils explored the different components of a simple circuit and constructed simple series circuits as well as drew the circuit as a pictorial presentation.

Bellow, it can be seen the electric display of our classroom. Through this display, we demonstrated one of the principal focus on science teaching:

“To enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them”.

They used it to explore, discuss, discover new knowledge, display their observations and thanks to that, they could develop their own ideas and conclusion about the topic.  

To support that idea, I also created an “Electrical corner” . In this zone, as it can bee seen in the picture attached, pupils had the opportunity to try different electronic components, for example, bulbs, buzzers and motors, and including switches, and used them to create simple circuits; to make relation between contents and to apply the theory into practice.

This zone allowed pupils to work scientifically: testing their ideas; for example, “bulbs only can work, If the circuit is closed”, verifying their hypothesis, such us “which materials can be used to connect across a gap in a circuit”. 

<<Stay Safe: Safety commandments>>

One of the most important parts of the curriculum, is “how can be safe using electronic devices?”. Pupils were taught about precautions for working safely with electricity. They represented their conclusions in a beautiful poster called “Safety commandments”, which is part of our science display to remind us every moment of the importance of respect the rules when it comes to manipulating electricity.

<<Learning by playing! With our quiz called : 5 BULBS >>

Walnut class attended a contest about electricity, where they had to cope with several questions. Their answers were written on their whiteboards, in this way it was easier for them to compare their answers.

Drawing an electric diagram.

Once they have created a simple circuit, they knew which kind of components can be found in it and therefore it was easier to draw an electrical diagram.

Walnut class start discovering the specific symbols to draw a circuit diagram; then, they had to cope with several challenges and finally, they ended up identifying and recognising the different electric components of an egg incubator.

<< Visiting an extraordinary museum>>

Our next goal was to create electric devices by using recycled materials. For this reason, Walnut class visited a mock museum, placed in our own school. This museum harboured a wide range of electronic devices, such as a vacuum, burglar alarm, lighthouse and even, cleaning and painting robots!

Walnut class applied their knowledge about electricity to identify the different components of a circuit and also, to figure out how that device worked.