Maple class term 3, 2021

This term our topic has been “A day in a life”. We learnt about the people who help us in the community. This term was full of exciting artwork and role play. Children were very excited about getting into character and imagining what they want to be when they grow up!

The children got to practice taking on a role of being classroom helpers themselves. The helpers role has been to set a good example to others on how to follow classroom rules, tidy up after working and to be helpful with friends and teachers. Children got to earn rewards (animal pictures) for good tidying, listening and table manners this term.

Role play and artwork

We have lots of future doctors, nurses, ambulance workers and firemen in this class! Children were playing doctors, nurses and patients and they made doctor packs. They sang the song “Ms. Polly had a dolly” and they learnt about what doctors do and where to call if there were to be an emergency. They also enjoyed reading the book “Zog and the flying doctors” by Julia Donaldson.

Children practiced being firefighters having to fight fire and saving animals from a burning house that we painted together. Fire hoses were made and fire was put out immediately! We read books related to firefighters and had discussions about basic fire safety.

The children learnt about buildings and services in the local areas and how to get there. Children participated in making a recycle city by painting buildings, roads and vehicles in the city. They also began learning about orientation. They would direct each other to get from a to b in recycle city: “Go straight, turn right, turn left to get to….the post office/hospital/school”. They also drew their own road maps! Children were beginning to practice knowing their home addresses and the city or village where they live in. They got to send a letter to a friend through the secret mail man service to tell them what they want to be when they grow up!

Children were practicing to understand and explain what their parents are doing each day. “My mother/father is a….” Some children made their mothers/fathers face in felt.

Children made pizzas to be sold at the restaurant where they would practice taking turns on the roles of being waiters and customers.

Mathematics

This term in mathematics the children were exploring the concept quantity by both adding and taking away. The children began their exploration by putting objects on a scale: adding and taking away in order to see the shift in quantity but also weight.

Phonics fun

This term the children have continued with their phonic learning and have begun to apply these skills to early reading. As part of our learning we have been taking picture books home and created a story around them.

As part of our learning have took part in craft activities and workshops. The children used a range of materials and resources to create models or representations of the letters we had been learning.

The children have also continued to develop their fine motor skills and practiced sitting at the table and holding a pen. The children have worked on extending the their vocabulary by writing as well as segmenting and blending longer words.

Literacy and story time

This term we read books relating to a range of different jobs. We read the captivating story of “The smartest giant in town”. The children had some puppet play and an activity related to the story. The range of books related to firemen or teachers, eg.”Don´t eat the teacher!” and “When I grow up”. We also began practicing making our own story using picture prompt of different nouns, adjectives and verbs using story dice! The kids made up quite funny stories!

Forest and Winter fun

This winter we got real snow! Since then we have been discussing seasons and weather. This gave us a great opportunity to discuss the weather change. The children were excited to learn about how and why ice forms and melts. We then started collecting pieces of ice and watched them melt as they were taken inside! When there was lots of snow in the forest we painted in the snow together with Chestnuts class. Below there are also pictures of us doing parachute activities in the forest.

Understanding the world

We learnt about four seasons and observed the weather changes while exploring outside: water forming into ice and leaves falling on the ground. In class we sang songs about four seasons, and will keep working on our classroom seasons tree throughout the year as the seasons change.

The children enjoyed playing a weather card game in which they would also practice their math skills (take away X, how many cards do you have left?) We kept practicing to understand the concept of time by discussing the change from day to night, today, yesterday and tomorrow and discussed the days of the week. As the children took turns being the teacher helper each day of the week, it also helped them to understand the concept of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The children would keep track of who and how many helpers there have been during the week and how many helpers there were to come.

These little scientists began to mix primary colours while painting this term. They learnt that orange and yellow becomes orange and the mix of all of these makes a fierce fire! Blue and yellow becomes green: Children painting the grass or the earth for our miniature recycle city.

Making playdough

This term we made our own playdough! Due to current regulations the children got to participate in the making of it and were given their own individual bags to be kept in individual trays. Children loved to make animals and shapes and to form letter and numbers with it!

Music and movement

What animal are you? Children loved dancing with Laura on Wednesday mornings! In class we began exploring the concept of loud and quiet as well as indoor and outdoor voice. We sang songs related to the monthly topic and understanding the world but also mathematics: Hello- song, Put on your shoes, Ants go marching, Firefighter song, Ms Polly had a dolly, Twinkle twinkle traffic light, I am a pizza, How´s the weather and What´s your favourite season. Children enjoyed dancing and doing actions while singing.

French

Happy holidays everyone and see you term 4!

Birch Class Term 3

This term our topic has been ‘The Circus is Coming To Town’. We are excited to share with you all the amazing and exciting things we have learnt about!

Living it up in Literacy!

In literacy, we read the story of ‘The Man who walked between the Towers’. We discussed what happened in the story and how Phillipe took the risk to walk between the towers. What did he overcome? How did he feel? What could he see? Why did he do this?

Using all of these questions, we decided to create our own stories where the main characters need to overcome a problem to succeed.

Firstly, we drew a setting (where our story is to take place). Once we had drawn the settings with some detail, we then generated vocabulary that we could use to describe our pictures. The next challenge was to add this vocabulary to our pictures.

Our next steps were to write a setting description using the pictures we had drawn.

Fascinating Information Texts!

For part of this term, we became investigators. We researched all of the different features of a Circus. We learnt how to take notes and carefully chose information that we would later group together creating our own information texts.

We then learned how to organise information under sub-headings to ensure that it is easy for the reader to follow and find the information they are looking for.

Expanding our understanding of writing

We looked at what makes a sentence as well as the different sentences we say and hear every day. As a class, we explored a range of adjectives, verbs and adverbs. We then looked closely at the punctuation used in sentences and how that changes what is said or how it can be understood by others.

We completed the challenge of working out if sentences were commands, questions, exclamations or statements. Since completing this activity we have been able to use these types of punctuations in our writing.

We have also continued to develop our phonics, spelling knowledge and understanding, through completing a range of different tasks. One in particular that we really enjoyed was using our skills to show Maple class how to segment and blend words as well as form letters.

We love reading!

As part of our assembly time, we have had the opportunity to go and read with Maple class. Each week we read to a different member of the class and talk about what is happening in the story.

As part of our class timetable we have weekly visits to the library and have the opportunity to listen to many different stories. The librarian helps to bring our reading to life and helps us to pick books that we are able to read at home.

We have been working on building our comprehension skills by reading and discussing stories in pairs. This has helped us to demonstrate our understanding of what we have read as well as form full and comprehensive answers to questions that are posed to us.

Mathematical monsters!

This term we focused on Number (Multiplications) and to collect and represent data (Statistics).

When working on multiplication, we started with concrete and tangle materials to understand and represent multiplication facts. This way, we understood the meaning of the operation as well as the concept of multiplication. From that point, we were able to rely on known facts to solve unknown problems. We have learnt the skills to solve multiplication problems by using arrays, groups, repeated additions, toy construction sets etc.

We have also used doubling, in this way we connected the 2, 4 and 8 multiplication tables.

Birch class continued their amazing learning journey by applying their skills to statistics. We looked at block diagrams, pictograms and tally charts to collect and represent data.  

Finally, we focused on geometry. We used games, as well as tangible materials such as shapes of the plastic bottles that Elm and Oak made. The principal aim was to identify and recognise 2-D and 3-D shapes.

The principal aim was to identify, recognize and make 2-D and 3-D shapes.

Super Science!

This term we have focused on << Everyday materials>>. Birch Class have been able to identify and discuss the uses of different everyday materials. For this reason, we have explored the school with the purpose of recognising these different materials.

Once we had learned to recognise and identify different materials, we went deeper and learned about their properties, as well as recognising that some are used for more than one thing.

We realised that these properties make the materials suitable or unsuitable for particular purposes and this encouraged us to think about unusual and creative uses for everyday materials. For example, we were posed with the following challenge:

Several supermarkets in Paris have requested you to invent a new bag for shopping. But remember, we are going to avoid using plastic! Do you accept the challenge?

We explored, investigated and experimented with those properties by bending, twisting, stretching and squashing and became conscious we were able to change the shape of some materials.

Is it waterproof?

We investigated the absorbency and impermeability of materials by observing them closely, using simple equipment and performing a simple test.

Asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways, has encouraged pupils to use their own observations and ideas to suggest answers after gathering and recording data.

Waterproof scenario: being ready for the circus arrival.

We discussed waterproof materials and their uses. Then, we linked this to our IPC topic << The circus is coming to town>>, by answering the following question:  How can we make the fabric waterproof?

Amazing Art!

As it is known, FISP uses a cross curricular approach, which offers a creative way to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding while motivating them to learn through interconnected topics.

We applied their scientific knowledge to create authentic pieces of art. We then used our learning of waterproof material to create a wax drawing and their knowledge of magnets to make art.

Also, related to our circus topic, we made juggler balls, which we’re using in the forest to improve our gross motor control skills

To end our IPC theme, we created our own circus tents using recycled materials (shoe boxes) – we did this based on everything we had learnt during the term.

Roll Up Roll!

As part of our topic work, we worked in teams to create advertisements for a circus that was coming to town. The challenge we had been set was to make them as exciting and colourful as possible.

Global Explorers!

During our Geography sessions we have been learning about the different continents, oceans as well as the countries of main land Europe.

Forest Fun!

Fortunately, our school is located in a forest area, so we take advantage of this whenever we can! This helps us to develop our cognitive abilities, while having fun. We have also been able to improve our artistic skills by using natural resources.

Fabulous French!

IPC French

During our IPC French sessions we have been learning about lots of different and amazing things.

Oak Class, Term 3, 2020-2021

Literacy

Oak studied Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this term.

We explored the characters and themes in the book and noted the contrast between poor Charlie Bucket who has so little and the other children who are spoiled and over-indulged. Roald Dahl’s messages about the evils of too much television, sweet eating and gum chewing couldn’t be clearer.

We discussed the views expressed in the Oompa-Loompas’ songs and decided that they were rather extreme; we had all watched television, eaten chocolate and chewed gum. We decided that Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt and Violet Beauregarde just went too far.

The book can be viewed as a comment on excessive behaviour, and as in all good allegories the characters learn hard lessons.

We also read a selection of Aesop’s fables, in particular the Ant and the Grasshopper and the price paid by the happy-go-lucky grasshopper when winter arrived.

History

In History this term Elm looked at the role of competition in business and the economy. They observed global giant Apple and noted that its products are not made in the US but in China. Why? To benefit from cheaper labour and to keep profits high and costs low. They learned about the working conditions of the people in the Apple factories, their low pay and long hours. All this to set the scene for the Industrial Revolution in 18th century England.

Elm learned that prior to the mid-1700s England was a rural society with most people living in small villages and towns. They learned about the innovations in the weaving industry that ended the skilled handcraft industries of agricultural England and led to migration out of the countryside into rapidly growing cities. They then studied the terrible living and working conditions of the poor and the exploitation that led Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels to write the Communist Manifesto.

Geography

 In Geography we looked at why certain regions developed rather than others, looking at natural resources such as coal and iron ore. We looked at the rivers and the network of canals built to transport materials to the burgeoning industrial cities.

Mathematics

We worked on finding percentages of amounts and fractions of numbers. The children practiced finding the equivalent fractions by multiplying/dividing the numerator and denominator by the same number and then converted mixed numbers and improper fractions. The children can confidently carry out four basic operations with fractions and know how to find the LCD or when they need to simplify their fraction. We solved one-step and two-step problems involving numbers, money and measures including fractions and percentages. The children worked on choosing and using appropriate calculation strategies while solving word problems.

Equivalent fractions,

Just means that they are the same.

They look a bit different,

But there is no one to blame.

Mixed number,

And improper fractions.

Are two best mates,

You can switch them around at 1:1 rates.

Adding and subtracting fractions,

With the same denominator.

Surely it is not difficult,

So don’t use calculator.

When adding fractions,

With the denominators that are not the same.

Find your Lowest Common Denominator,

Divide, multiply then add,

And you are on the fraction wall of fame.

Chocolate bar,

Or cut that apple in half.

You need to know fractions,

To share your love.

Percentages of the number,

And fractions of the shape.

They are very useful,

 when you are cutting that cake.

Science

« May the FORCE be with you = May the FOREST be with you »

The Oak Class children were not FORCED but rather gently guided into the world of forces around them. The children were introduced to the scientific vocabulary (e.g. mass, weight, speed, gravity and forces) and were encouraged to apply it while experimenting with different forces.  We then created a Newton meter to measure the force exerted on an object.

Experimenting with Friction (SCIENTIFIC PROCESS-remember to have one variable and retest it three times).

How far will it go? Good question!!! Depends, so let’s find out!!!

1. Make your own ramp

2. Use a toy car

3. Change the height of your ramp

4. Change the weight of your car

5. Change the surface of your ramp

6. Measure the time, distance and calculate the speed

The children formulated hypotheses, practiced planning their investigations and made predictions. After carrying out their investigations they made accurate measurements to gather data to test their hypotheses. They identified patterns in the results and drew conclusions based on the findings.

Friction, gravity

And air resistance

My car is travelling,

With accelerated persistence.

My final velocity,

And velocity that is “0”

That car is going quite fast,

Like that superhero.

Speed in time,

Your distance is covered.

There are many places,

That should be discovered.

How many Newtons were required,

How far did it go?

100g will be attached,

1 Newton is marked, 1 Newton will show.

To measure the Force,

The Newton meter was designed.

Just attach any object,

And required force you will find.

Free falling object,

That fall to the ground.

Just look up the experiments,

That Galileo has found.

ART/Design and Technology

“Oaks and their Mathematical Clock”

Different parts of the clock were carefully planned and built out of the recycled materials. The most important learning point of this project wasn’t just to build the clock but also to put our planning and mathematical skills in practice. We persevered and did not give up when something was hard, tried and tried again and worked as a TEAM. Oaks also learnt how to use different carpentry tools.

ICT

In ICT lessons we have been learning about hardware and software components that make up computer systems. We learnt how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system and discovered a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including how to protect our online identity and privacy.

Goals that have been achieved during this term:

– Understanding the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems.

– Knowing how to use technology safely, which includes gaining knowledge about viruses and how to avoid them.

In order to have an overview of all this information, we created mind maps about viruses, by using an online software called Canva.

– Being able to recognise inappropriate content and knowing how to report it.

– Understanding how to protect your online identity and privacy by role playing, placing them in real context and situations.

Based on our cross-curricular approach, which develops our skills and knowledge through interconnected topics, we created a Kahoot for reading comprehension about the book that we have been reading in our literacy class, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. In addition, we made a comic book about one of the goals of the subject: “Understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting our online identity and privacy”.

Spanish

During this term, Elm students have been introduced to the following contents:

Vocabular:

-classroom objects: identify and name them (lápiz, pizarra, profesora, bolígrafo, libreta, libro, pegamento,…).

– the weather (¿ Qué tiempo hace hoy?, including the season of the year).

– the days of the week (¿Qué día de la semana es hoy?, ¿ Qué día de la semana fue ayer/será mañana?).

-family (madre/padre, tío/tía, primo/prima, sobrino/sobrina, hermano/hermana) and farm animals.

Grammar:

-singular and plural (ad -es or -s, depending on the ending of the word).

-male and female (including articles: el/la/los/las).

– how to make short sentences (subject, predicate, verb and verb complements).

-to translate into Spanish, English sentences (and the other way round, including vocabulary seen).

-adjectives, which we have applied to the vocabulary already seen (el perro grande, el conejo saltarín, el caballo marron).

Speaking:

-answering and asking questions related to objects (¿Cómo es esta mesa?, ¿Cómo es esta casa?).

-to introduce themselves (Hola me llamo…. Tengo …. Años y estoy…).

-to introduce someone.

Writing:

-Descriptions

-Dictation to review vocabulary and grammar

French

Elm Class, Term 3, 2020-2021

Literacy

This term Elm read George Orwell’s Animal Farm. They followed the events of the animals’ liberation and subsequent subjugation with interest, sadness and indignation. They observed how the literate animals very quickly exerted influence over the less educated and able and how greed and selfishness destroyed the dream of sharing and equality. e made the connection between the animals in the story and the real people and events they represent. We learned also about the difficulty George Orwell had in getting a publisher to print the book, considered controversial during a time when Britain needed Russia as an ally against Germany.

Allegory/Political Satire

“Some animals are more equal than others.”

Elm dabbled with a bit of political graffiti

Elm have been following the progress of the Vendée Globe and have put together a newsletter on this most exciting yacht race that takes place every four years.

Presentation by ELM CLASS

In addition, we have been looking at the differences between formal and informal language, and the different situations in which we use them.

History

In History this term Elm looked at the role of competition in business and the economy. They observed global giant Apple and noted that its products are not made in the US but in China. Why? To benefit from cheaper labour and to keep profits high and costs low. They learned about the working conditions of the people in the Apple factories, their low pay and long hours. All this to set the scene for the Industrial Revolution in 18th century England.

Elm learned that prior to the mid-1700s England was a rural society with most people living in small villages and towns. They learned about the innovations in the weaving industry that ended the skilled handcraft industries of agricultural England and led to migration out of the countryside into rapidly growing cities. They then studied the terrible living and working conditions of the poor and the exploitation that led Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels to write the Communist Manifesto.

Geography

 In Geography we looked at why certain regions developed rather than others, looking at natural resources such as coal and iron ore. We looked at the rivers and the network of canals built to transport materials to the burgeoning industrial cities.

“E-baobab” project

We discussed very important environmental issues and tried to do our part to make our world a better place. We shared our ideas on why and how people use and waste plastic and don’t even think that they harm our environment. There is a lot of Mathematics in growing trees, especially if they made out of plastic! On our “eco-friendly / e-baobab” mission we estimated, calculated, measured and looked at the different possible solutions for “growing” our tree. We experimented with the pentagonal, hexagonal, heptagonal and octagonal rings in order to construct the separate layers of our solid plastic tree. The children then rolled up their sleeves, used collected plastic/plastic bottles and  created their own ‘ECO-BRICKS’. We practiced presenting our findings in front of our peers and then adapted the speech accordingly for the younger audiences.

If you had 400 plastic bottles, what rings would you use for your tree?

How high would it be? How would you arrange them?

Teaching Birch and Walnut Classes how to use the basic 2D shapes in our E-baobab construction. Adapting the language to the audience, explaining our method and important construction steps.

If you would like to build your own E-Baobab tree, all calculations are provided. Save the planet! Make that big difference! “Mathematical calculations by Roger, Uttara and Jean. Presentation by Uttara.

Mathematics

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. Elms practiced plotting straight line graphs while carefully building the table of values for the equations. We also built, analysed and interpreted real-life graphs. We worked on solving problems while substituting specific values into expressions and formulae and then further dived into algebra while finding solutions for the systems of equations.

Science

FORCE, ENERGY and WORK

We solved various problems to find out how FORCE, ENERGY and WORK are related. We looked into the three laws of motions and then reenacted the experiments that were later used in our film. The children designed their own experiments with the travelling objects that can or cannot change their speed in different conditions. We calculated the average speed and the acceleration of an object and then tested, compared and calculated unknown variables. The children formulated hypotheses, practiced planning their investigations and made predictions. After carrying out their investigations they made accurate measurements to gather data to test their hypotheses. They identified patterns in the results and drew conclusions based on the evidence. On a few occasions they had to retest their findings and suggest ways in which their investigations and working methods could be improved.

Newton’s laws of motion
Bloopers

“Newton’s Laws of Motion” – Directed and edited by Joshua Fisher

“Three Laws of Motion” – RAP- Dedicated to Sir Isaac Newton by Elm Class

What is all this commotion?

About the 3 laws of motion,

If you need a solution,

Just ask Isaac Newton!

Who is Isaac Newton?

And why do I care?

All that I know,

Is that he had grey hair.

So who is this Newton,

And what did he do?

Is it this guy with the toucan,

Whose shirt is quite blue?

Or is it this artist who painted the crown?

Or am I being such a big clown?

Pretty please tell me now,

I heard it was sold for 80 million pounds.

The first law states,

The objects’ fate.

The exact words,

Are for the nerds.

The objects in rest,

Will remain at rest.

And the objects in motion,

Will remain in motion.

They call it Inertia,

But what could it be?

Look back at the previous verse,

And then you will see.

Second law of motion,

All that comes with it.

Objects’ mass times the acceleration,

To find the force put out upon it.

The third law of motion clearly states,

For every action there is an opposite reaction.

How birds fly in the sky?

Because if they fell, they would surely die.

Vendee Globe/ Remote control Boats

For those that do care,

And want to see.

There are some boats,

That sail at sea.

Remote control boats,

And free sailing yachts.

Thanks to the Buoyancy,

They are staying afloat.

We used some recycled materials,

And nothing was bought.

Sailing is quite challenging,

And not as easy as we thought. 

ART/Design and Technology

Pinball Machine construction project and recycled material art

Design/ Plan/ Estimate/ Measure/ Cut/Drill/ Attach/ Check/ Fix

It does not fit!!! What did I do wrong?? How do I correct my mistake???      I can do this!!!

The children also used standard measuring units while working on measuring length. We worked on estimating, measuring, cutting and hammering our wooden materials for our Pinball Machine.  It was evident for the children to spot their mistakes and realise where they went wrong. We could clearly see why it is important to measure and remeasure and only then cut it once.

Pinball Machine: Blue prints and 3D models/ mechanism

ICT

In ICT lessons we have been learning about hardware and software components that make up computer systems. We learnt how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system and discovered a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including how to protect our online identity and privacy.

Goals that have been achieved during this term:

– Understanding the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems.

– Knowing how to use the technology safety, which includes gaining knowledge about viruses and how to avoid them.

In order to have an overview of all this information, we created mind maps about viruses, by using an online software called Canva.

– Being able to recognise inappropriate content and knowing how to report it.

– Understanding how to protect your online identity and privacy by role playing, placing them in real context and situations.

Based on the cross-curricular approach, which develops our skills and knowledge through interconnected topics, we created calligrams about morality, as well as, e-books about IPC themes (cooperation, communication, thoughtfulness, adaptability, resilience) in order to present them to Birch and Walnut class.

In order to enrich our creations, we used the augmented reality on the characters of our stories.

Walnut and Birch class experienced an authentic 3-D illustration.

Spanish

During this term, Elm students have been introduced to the following contents:

Vocabular:

-classroom objects: identify and name them (lápiz, pizarra, profesora, bolígrafo, libreta, libro, pegamento,…).

– the weather (¿ Qué tiempo hace hoy?, including the season of the year).

– the days of the week (¿Qué día de la semana es hoy?, ¿ Qué día de la semana fue ayer/será mañana?).

-family (madre/padre, tío/tía, primo/prima, sobrino/sobrina, hermano/hermana) and farm animals.

Grammar:

-singular and plural (ad -es or -s, depending on the ending of the word).

-male and female (including articles: el/la/los/las).

– how to make short sentences (subject, predicate, verb and verb complements).

-to translate into Spanish, English sentences (and the other way round, including vocabulary seen).

-adjectives, which we have applied to the vocabulary already seen (el perro grande, el conejo saltarín, el caballo marron).

Speaking:

-answering and asking questions related to objects (¿Cómo es esta mesa?, ¿Cómo es esta casa?).

-to introduce themselves (Hola me llamo…. Tengo …. Años y estoy…).

-to introduce someone.

Writing:

-Descriptions

-Dictation to review vocabulary and grammar

French

WALNUT CLASS

LITERACY

In literacy, we have been developing our writing skills. We looked closely at editing and improving our work to ensure that the reader fully understands what has been written.

First, we worked on writing a range of descriptive sentences. Once we had done this a challenge was set to improve the vocabulary that we had used. From this we worked on building the sentence structure, to include a range of different sentence lengths. We then looked closely at the punctuation that was used.

TALKING LITERACY

As part of our literacy time, we have been exploring a range of different texts and discussing what we have learnt from them. We meet in pairs and formulate questions for each other to answer based on what we have been reading.

MATHS

The third term has been focused on Number (Multiplications), to collect and represent data (Statistics) and Measurement (Money and Length).

In order to work on time tables, Walnut class used tangible materials, board games and our construction set. At the same time, I provided them with activities to develop efficient mental methods.

Pupils have reviewed <<Measurements>>, related to money, where they have been able to recognise and use symbols for euros and cents, combine amounts to make a particular value and also, solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money, including giving change.

Furthermore, they have worked on <<Measurements>>, related to length, according to the cross-curricular approach and we focused this content on the E-Baobab tree project.

Some pupils from Elm and Oak classes came to give us a speech about their project. This gave the pupils from Walnut class the opportunity to show their knowledge of Measurements.

We looked at the shapes made by plastic bottles in Oak and Elm class, in order to measure each side of them, to calculate the perimeter and to record the data in their notebooks.

SCIENCE

In Walnut lessons, we have focused on forces and magnets.

<<Forces>>

Pupils saw the scientific curricular content <<Forces>> in the circus. Which forces were involved in circus performances and how these forces worked?  

By exploring, recording data and acting, they were able to link their scientific knowledge with the IPC theme <<The circus is coming to town>>. In this way, science lessons became more attractive, motivating and meaningful for them.

They have worked scientifically by comparing how different things move and grouping them; raising questions; carrying out tests to find out how far things move on different surfaces and gathering and recording data to find answers to their questions.

<<Magnets>>

Pupils observed that magnetic forces can act without direct contact. They explored the behaviour and everyday uses of different magnets.

In addition, I provided them with different activities and situations to see how these properties make magnets useful in everyday items and their creative uses.

Finally, at the end of the block, we organised an authentic science fair, where we displayed some magnetics games made by pupils.

ARTS AND DESIGN

FISP uses a cross-curricular approach, which offers a creative way to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding while motivating them to learn through interconnected topics.

Pupils applied their scientific knowledge to create authentic pieces of art.

As genuine experts of a circus theme, they made juggling balls, which have been used in the forest to improve their gross motor skills.

To end our IPC theme in a meaningful and creative way, our students created circus tents with shoe boxes, based on everything they learned during the term.

As you know, our school is surrounded by a large forest, where students have fun and develop cognitively. As can be seen in the photographs, students also develop their artistic skills in nature.

GLOBE EXPLORERS

Our topic this term has been ‘The Circus is coming to town’, within this topic we have learnt a great deal of new wonderful things. We have explored all of the different home countries that animals in the circus would come from.

REVIEWING THE PAST

As a class, we discussed and investigated what life was like in the past. We took this further by exploring what circuses were like and compared them to their modern-day counterparts.

First, we organised pictures of circuses past and present and then discussed why we have grouped them in that particular way. What made us think one picture was older than the other?

ANIMAL CLASSIFICATION

We have been learning about different animals and their features. We discussed as a class how animals are grouped (eg. mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds) and what features they possess in order to be grouped in that way.

We looked closely at a range of different animals and then placed them into categories. Later we added notes to help the reader understand why those animals had been placed into that category.

Birch – Around The World – Term 2

THE FISP CHRISTMAS SHOW

Mathematics

Learning objectives achieved this term: We learned to…

– Recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (tens and ones).

– Identify and represent numbers using the number line.

– Compare and order and order numbers from 0 to 100; use <, > and = signs.

– Add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, including: a two-digit number and ones, a two digit number and tens and two two-digit numbers.

– Solve simple problems in practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change.

– Solve multiplications using materials, arrays and repeated adition.

– Identify 2-D shapes on the surface and create different representations developing psychomotor and visuospatial abilities.

In maths lesson, we can see a combination of a variety of tools and methods to provide pupils with a stimulating environment to create a well-constructed mathematical thinking. Clear examples of those tools could be whiteboards, an abacus, number blocks, Numicon shapes, etc.

Another engaging material used during this term was the Tangram. Through it, pupils developed positive feelings about geometry, gained a stronger grasp of spatial relationship and also, developed an understanding of how geometric shapes can be decomposed.

One of the main pillars to ensure success in learning is <<Gamification>>, which is about transforming the classroom environment and regular activities into games.

Literacy

In Literacy we continued to build on our foundation of phonics, created our first story and traveled around the world as a sailor.

Pupils learned poetry through the poem ‘This is Halloween’ by Tim Burton’s film The Nightmare Before Christmas. Of course, we celebrated in costume as well! Other stories we read included adventure stories about pirates, a careful read and analysis of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and the playscript of the Christmas show A Christmas Jigsaw.

Learning objectives achieved this term: We learned to…

– read, recognise and spell various single-letter graphemes (such as ‘j’ and ‘w’) and double-letter graphemes (such as ‘ch’ and ‘ay’)

– segment words into separate sounds based on their various graphemes

– interpret and decipher exceptions to the phonic rules learned (such as ‘she’ and ‘the’)

– understand the difference between short and long vowels and pronounce them correctly

– read phonically decodable text with increasing levels of confidence and complexity

– comprehend and interpret texts read out loud

– write out and spell words based on the graphemes studied in class

– sequence the order of a text successfully

– read out dialogue and add tone to act out a role-play successfully

– memorise song lyrics and sing them out loud with good pitch successfully

Science

Learning objectives achieved this term: We learned to…

– Identify and compare the properties of certain materials.
– Investigating and sort several materials attending to different features.
– Testing the purpose of wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses.
– Knowing the properties of certain materials.
– Find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed
by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.
– Understanding the use of different materials and understand/reasoning: “Why is that material useful?”

Science lessons provide them with the foundations for understanding the world through several disciplines such as biology, chemistry and physics. They are encouraged to be curious, to explore and ask questions about the world around them.

Specifically, in this term, we focused on ‘everyday materials’. Pupils have discussed and raised their own questions about everyday materials, with the aim that they become familiar with the names of these materials and their properties.

Moreover, they have explored and experimented with a wide variety of materials, to acquire meaningful knowledge. By observing, exploring, manipulating and experimenting, they linked their school knowledge with their closer environment.

As a Forest School, one of our most important values is to promote taking care of our environment. Through activities, assemblies and eco-projects, pupils adopt a proactive attitude in order to save our planet.

History and Geography

Pupils learned about oceans and the Vendée Globe competition in History and Geography class this term. The Vendée Globe is a non-stop sailing competition for solo sailors which takes place once every four years. Birch learned to identify the different oceans and continents, where we live, and about various obstacles in the ocean such as the doldrums, gyres and fast winds of the Southern Ocean.

Pictured here: Louis Burton, Vendée Globe sailor

Pupils had a chance to meet Louis Burton via a Zoom call at the beginning of term before Louis Burton set off.

Learning objectives achieved this term: We learned to…

– understand the difference between an ocean and other bodies of water such as a lake or sea

– identify and locate the different continents and oceans of the world

– understand the different obstacles one can find in the ocean such as doldrums and gyres

– appreciate the dangers of our use of plastic and its negative impact on ocean habitats

– identify and observe different marine wildlife and understand how these animals interact with / compete against one another for food and living space

Art and Design

Learning objectives achieved this term: We learned to…

– To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.

– To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences
and imagination

– To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture,
line, shape, form and space

Art lesson provide pupils the chance to develop their knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own work of art, craft and design. By creating a creative environment and appropiate materials, pupils develop a wide range of art and design techniques using colour, patterns, texture, shape and space.

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Walnut – Around The World – Term 2

THE FISP CHRISTMAS SHOW

Mathematics

Learning objectives achieved this term: We learned to…

– Find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number.

– Recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundred, tens and ones).

– Compare and order numbers up to 100.

– Identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representation.

– Add and subtract numbers with up to three digits, using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction.

– Solve problems, including missing number problems, involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

– Represent and solve mathematical statements for multiplication and division.

We were basing our lessons on a big event that is happening this year: Vendée Globe, which is a single-handed non-stop round the world yacht race.

This term, pupils focused on “Geometric shapes”, “Length” and “Multiplication”. For this reason, in a parallel way, they worked on how to solve problems, which included these contents. In practice, the teaching approach used was the ‘Singapore Method’.

Literacy

In Literacy we learned about how to write a diary entry, both from our own perspective and the perspective of another, and how to read and interpret dialogue. Keeping with the theme ‘Around the World’ we looked at the Vendée Globe, a competition which takes place once every four years and requires individual sailors to sail around the world non-stop. We focused our attention on a British sailor named Alex Thomson and wrote a diary entry from his perspective. We looked at the various challenges of being a competitive solo sailor such as the lack of sleep, random fixes to make on a boat and how to remain successful.

We also were busy preparing for the Christmas show, learning all of the lines and reading the script both for comprehension and interpretation of the happenings within the show. Additionally, we had a focus on adverbs and conjunctions this term for grammar and practised spellings regularly.

Learning objectives achieved this term: We learned to…

– identify and implement the characteristics inherent in a diary, such as the date, first-person perspective and informal register

– use connectives and conjunctions in our writing in order to build cohesion and show a clear, chronological order

– describe an event in detail, including who, what, where, when and sometimes why or how

– identify the emotions both within us and others and successfully express that emotion with well-chosen adjectives and descriptions

– use a variety of sentence starters to create more complex sentence structures

– memorise and read out dialogue with the correct tone of voice and cadence

– memorise song lyrics and sing them with the correct pitch and rhythm

– convert narrative text into dialogue text

– comprehend, sequence and interpret texts successfully based on an age-appropriate reading level

– spell words successfully from the Lower Key Stage 2 recommended words list

– identify and use properly various adverbs and conjunctions

Science

Learning objectives achieved this term: We learned to…

-Asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer
them.

-Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in
answering questions.

– Recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams,
keys, bar charts, and tables

-Using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest
improvements and raise further questions

– Recognising that soils are made from rocks and organic matter; and identify different kinds of fossils.

-Knowing interesting facts about fossils: “How tracks are preserved”.

– Observing that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C).

-Solving problems about conversions of Celsius, Kelvin and Fahrenheit degrees, by using the concrete formula.

One of the principal focus of science teaching is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them.

To achieve this goal, pupils have been observing, grouping, carrying out simple comparatives test and experiments, using sources of information. They have worked scientifically throughout guidance, examples, using scientific methods and skills liked to specific elements of the contents.

The principal reasons for why we use this method it is because Singapore math emphasizes conceptual understanding: the “why” not just the “how”, so it allows students to build meaning to learn concepts and skills, as opposed to rote memorization of rules and formulas.

 Also, it makes learning mathematics fun and engaging, allows students to understand mathematics deeply, and helps them become proficient at solving very complex math problems.

Providing a real context for students to develop and apply their knowledge is the key to seeing the importance of mathematics in their own lives. This approach makes the learning of mathematics fun and meaningful and helps students develop positive attitudes about math.

Also, as a result of linking subjects, they are able to see a global vision of what they are learning. A clear example could be the following activity, where it is linked Maths, Geography and Science.

From Science, we were working on temperature, so we checked the temperature of some countries and even, they made an experiment: To build their own thermometer. Experiments are a primary component of the scientific method. They promote discovery and learning, allowing them to test theories and hypotheses about how physical processes work.