Birch Class 2019/2020 Term 5

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The topic for this term was: Our world-Recycling

Our world is where we live – our home, our family, our school. It is the places that we go, the people that we meet, the things that we can see, smell, hear, taste and touch. Our world is important because we share it with lots of other living things. We need to treat our world with respect – to ensure that it is well looked after – so that every person, animal and plant can live healthily and enjoy it.

This IPC unit gave the children a chance to learn about our world. In the first part of term, during the lockdown, children have been learning online from home. It has been a very challenging time for them but they really showed how resilient and hard working they can be!

Literacy

Speaking and listening

The theme was introduced during a zoom conference, in the last week of the Easter Holidays, the 22nd of April when we celebrate Earth Day. Children learnt about this holiday and the ways people around the world celebrate it. We discussed why it is important to care about our environment and what we can do to help the Earth every day (recycling/reuse/conserve). We have been marking this day by planting seeds (vegetables and flowers).

Following the online classroom from Dubai

Reading and Writing

The national curriculum objectives for this term (to regard reading as a pleasure activity, to show understanding of that has been read and to read with fluency applying the phonics knowledge) have been met through various read aloud sessions and shared reading, where we discussed, for example, what we can do to help reduce our waste. The story of the Magpie became very popular and the children learnt the importance of recycling and sorting out the various litter into the right bin/container (by the material it’s made of). Birch children demonstrated they can listen to what has been read, contribute to discussions and make links to their own experience.

To encourage children’s writing, but also to focus on keeping positive throughout the lockdown, we started posting our thought in our Quarantine Scrapbook.

We loved playing headband! A good way to practise asking and answering questions.

During this term we also had many 1:1 sessions and small group zoom lessons to practice reading aloud and becoming fluent readers. All children in Birch made excellent progress in reading!

But our most favourite book for this term has been Here comes the Garbage Barge, by Jonah Winter. The children enjoyed listening to the true story of the garbage barge that set off from Islip, in NY, hauling nearly thirty-two hundred tons of garbage! We followed the route of the infamous barge, through its six-thousands mile journey. It was not difficult to embed geography, science and maths within our core subjects. The children learnt to name and find the countries on the world map where the barge stopped. In small groups we also found out what those countries and towns are famous for, and the children made a presentation to the class.

The children in Birch have also been busy creating comics! Inspired by the barge story, they set up different groups responsible for drafting the story, creating the characters and drawing the pictures! It was their own initiative and they really showed fantastic team work and high standard presentation skills.

Maths and Science

One of the main objectives for science in term 5 , was to learn about the life cycle of plants. We planted some lentil seeds, we watched the seeds germinate and gradually grow into little plants. We followed the plant’s phases and recorded what we saw. We identified what the plants need to grow (light, water, clean soil) and we estimated how much taller the plant would be a week later.

During term 5, children learnt how to create art work using natural materials from the forest/garden and also how to make toys using recycled materials. The pictures below show a game made with recycled materials that the children created and used to learn the roman numerals and to practice the 4 maths operations.

The link below takes you to a video clip sent by a student to the online classroom, showing the game he made and explaining what he learnt from it.

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Let’s get cooking!

This is Birch class measuring, working out fractions when dividing the ingredients by the three teams, adding and subtracting ingredients, mixing and taking turns. What team work!

Look at the final result! Mr H, the judge, has a tough decision to make! In the end, all three teams get at least 1 point each for texture, taste and look. We all won!!!

Can you toss the pizza up in the air? We can! This is fun!

Fun in the forest.

Fun in the pool!

It was so lovely to see how the Birch children gained confidence in the water!

Show time! All ready to sing on zoom!

Fun on the last day!

Certificate time!

Birch class 2020

Have a great summer holiday Birch, you all are awesome because you showed everybody that YOU CAN DO IT!

Cristina Mirabile

For more info and photos taken during the post-COVID19 weeks (mid May and June) see the Birch and Walnut class page.

2019/20 Elm Class Term 5

Term Themes: Young Entrepreneurs and Chocolate

Literacy – Chocolate, Sugar and Business

Learning goals we achieved throughout the term:

  • We learned about the origins of chocolate and sugar within human society.
  • We learned the problems in society that have been created by chocolate, e.g. environmental problems or income inequality.
  • We comprehended and analysed excerpts from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and how the novel represented cacao bean workers compared to working conditions of the modern cacao bean harvesting industry.
  • We learned about business, business terminology and how business calculations from mathematics effect how one pitches their business.
  • We created our own advertising modeled after modern advertising for our own businesses.
  • We created an individual business plan which was based on a meaningful product or service which people would buy.
  • We wrote business pitches designed to persuade investors to believe in their company so as to make a profit.

History and Geography

In History and Geography we looked at the trade of sugar and chocolate both today and back in the 18th century. In conjunction to entrepreneurship, we learned about the excesses and abuses that can come from business. A large focus was on the slave trade and the middle passage. We analysed why slavery was practised in the first place, the human horrors of slavery and the fundamental importance of paying a fair wage to all.

Young Entrepreneurs – We came, we saw, we sold!

Pupils worked to create their own businesses, be it in a group or individually. We sold a range of products: soap, minerals, touchscreen pens, Greek clay tablets, origami instruction manuals, painted wood, bracelets, comic books and cards.

The Business Process

  • Elms got their idea and turned it into a business plan.
  • Elms pitched their plan to the bank while asking for a loan.
  • The bank gave Elms a loan to purchase the goods that they needed for their business.
  • Elms created their products.
  • Elms sold their products to parents and other children for an income.
  • Elms paid back their loans, paid their taxes and calculated their profits.
  • The proceeds have been set aside for charity.

The Global Forest Fund of Eco-Schools

All profits from the business project have gone into a fund from Eco-Schools, the largest global sustainable schools programme. Pupils wrote about where the money could best be put to use and came up with issues such as cleaning up rivers, replanting forests and helping less fortunate individuals have better, more sustainable lives. We will make a significant contribution to the Global Forest Fund.

For more information, click on the links below:

Eco-schools: https://www.ecoschools.global/

Global Forest Fund: https://www.gff.global/

Elms got a class treat for all of their hard work: Accrobranche

ICT

Oaks had a special visit from Joshua Bradfield, a former teaching aide at the school and programmer for the Novasys Ingénierie of the Pactenovation Group. He broke down the fundamentals of programming as a series of if->then statements and loops with varying levels of complexity. Children then programmed Micro:bits, the Mbot and Scratch. Even more exciting, pupils had the chance to help Joshua program the big robot like he would have for work.

Our robot guest talked, sang and danced like the children watching it.

Pour découvrir les activités en français, téléchargez le PDF ici !

It was a fun and productive term! We wish you all a happy summer holiday and will see you next year!

2019/20 Oak Class Term 5

Term Themes: Young Entrepreneurs and Chocolate

Literacy – Chocolate, Sugar and Business

Learning goals we achieved throughout the term:

  • We learned about the origins of chocolate and sugar within human society.
  • We learned the problems in society that have been created by chocolate, e.g. environmental problems or income inequality.
  • We comprehended and analysed excerpts from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and how the novel represented cacao bean workers compared to working conditions of the modern cacao bean harvesting industry.
  • We learned about business, business terminology and how business calculations from mathematics effect how one pitches their business.
  • We created our own advertising modeled after modern advertising for our own businesses.
  • We created an individual business plan which was based on a meaningful product or service which people would buy.
  • We wrote business pitches designed to persuade investors to believe in their company so as to make a profit.

History and Geography

In History and Geography we looked at the trade of sugar and chocolate both today and back in the 18th century. In conjunction to entrepreneurship, we learned about the excesses and abuses that can come from business. A large focus was on the slave trade and the middle passage. We analysed why slavery was practised in the first place, the human horrors of slavery and the fundamental importance of paying a fair wage to all.

Young Entrepreneurs – We came, we saw, we sold!

Pupils worked to create their own businesses, be it in a group or individually. We sold a range of products: soap, minerals, touchscreen pens, Greek clay tablets, origami instruction manuals, painted wood, bracelets, comic books and cards.

The Business Process

  • Oaks got their idea and turned it into a business plan.
  • Oaks pitched their plan to the bank while asking for a loan.
  • The bank gave Oaks a loan to purchase the goods that they needed for their business.
  • Oaks created their products.
  • Oaks sold their products to parents and other children for an income.
  • Oaks paid back their loans, paid their taxes and calculated their profits.
  • The proceeds have been set aside for charity.

The Global Forest Fund of Eco-Schools

All profits from the business project have gone into a fund from Eco-Schools, the largest global sustainable schools programme. Pupils wrote about where the money could best be put to use and came up with issues such as cleaning up rivers, replanting forests and helping less fortunate individuals have better, more sustainable lives. We will make a significant contribution to the Global Forest Fund.

For more information, click on the links below:

Eco-schools: https://www.ecoschools.global/

Global Forest Fund: https://www.gff.global/

As a reward for their hard work, Oaks had a class treat: Accrobranche

ICT

Oaks had a special visit from Joshua Bradfield, a former teaching aide at the school and programmer for the Novasys Ingénierie of the Pactenovation Group. He broke down the fundamentals of programming as a series of if->then decisions and loops with varying levels of complexity. Pupils then programmed Micro:bits, the Mbot and Scratch. Even more exciting, pupils had the chance to help Joshua program the big robot like he would have for work.

Our robot guest talked, sang and danced like the children watching it.

Pour découvrir les activités en français, téléchargez le PDF ici !

It was a fun and productive term! We wish you all a happy summer holiday and will see you next year!

Oak Class – Term 5, 2019/20

“Young entrepreneurs”

I want to sell a product,

I have a service to provide.

I am that “Young entrepreneur”,

So please don’t be surprised.

Loan repayment,

plus interest rate.

Sales predictions,

and then profit to calculate.

Price calculation,

and my income to declare.

Tax return,

and I have some money to spare.

I will sell my crystals,

or my comic book.

I will make some cards,

They are quite amazing, please have a look.

I will make a bracelet,

or a home made scrub.

Will deliver fresh pastry,

Here is my order form, just quickly sign up.

I know the difference,

between WANT & NEED.

Do you like my packaging?

Are you ready to purchase? Then please do proceed.

Supply and demand,

Expenses and profit.

I am not keeping the money,

All will go to a small charity, will be used for good causes.

Robotics/programming NAO” project with Joshua Bradfield

We’ve never met before,

But I want to hold your hand.

I’ll program you in SCRATCH,

and you will be my friend.

“House construction” project

Foldable table,

and tic-tac-toe game.

I will fix our roof.

Please measure that frame.

Will drill and will hammer,

Will measure and cut.

We have to remeasure , friends ,

Because this door just wont shut.

Broken screws,

and tiny splinters.

But with your amazing team work,

This house will withstand windy winters.

Our amazing Art Auction contribution

Enjoy your summer…

Enjoy your summer,

Oaks and Elms.

You are amazing,

Pearls and Gems.

Fantastic year,

we have ended.

And time together,

was quite splendid.

I wish you all,

the very best.

You’ve worked quite hard,

so have some rest.

Amazing missions,

we’ve accomplished.

I must admit,

I am quite astonished.

Enjoy your summer,

Oaks and Elms.

You are amazing,

Pearls and Gems.

Best wishes,

Vlad Kralka

Elm Class – Term 5, 2019/20

Young entrepreneurs

I want to sell a product,

I have a service to provide.

I am that “Young entrepreneur”,

So please don’t be surprised.

Loan repayment,

plus interest rate.

Sales predictions,

and then profit to calculate.

Price calculation,

and my income to declare.

Tax return,

and I have some money to spare.

I will sell my crystals,

or my comic book.

I will make some cards,

They are quite amazing, please have a look.

I will make a bracelet,

or a home made scrub.

Will deliver fresh pastry,

Here is my order form, just quickly sign up.

I know the difference,

between WANT & NEED.

Do you like my packaging?

Are you ready to purchase? Then please do proceed.

Supply and demand,

Expenses and profit.

I am not keeping the money,

All will go to a small charity, will be used for good causes.

“House construction” project

Foldable table,

and tic-tac-toe game.

I will fix our roof.

Please measure that frame.

Will drill and will hammer,

Will measure and cut.

We have to remeasure , friends,

Because this door just won’t shut.

Broken screws,

and tiny splinters.

But with your amazing team work,

This house will withstand windy winters.

Robotics/programming NAO” project with Joshua Bradfield

We’ve never met before,

But I want to hold your hand.

I’ll program you in SCRATCH,

and you will be my friend.

Our amazing Art Auction contribution

Accrobranche Camp in St. Germain en Laye

Enjoy your summer

Enjoy your summer,

Oaks and Elms.

You are amazing,

Pearls and Gems.

Fantastic year,

we have ended.

And time together,

was quite splendid.

I wish you all,

the very best.

You’ve worked quite hard,

so have some rest.

Amazing missions,

we’ve accomplished.

I must admit,

I am quite astonished.

Enjoy your summer,

Oaks and Elms.

You are amazing,

Pearls and Gems.

Best wishes,

Vlad Kralka

Birch and Walnut Class Term 5

This Term we have been learning about the different Rainforests of the world. We looked closely at the layers of the Rainforest, the different types of animals, habitats and people found there.

Successful writers

In literacy, we looked at a range of different non-fiction texts. As a class, we then discussed and compared the features identified. We began looking at information texts and explored its features and answered the question of what makes a successful and informative piece of writing.

The class was then set the challenge of choosing an animal found in the Rainforest and decided to complete research to find out more. Once we had completed our research we then organised the information under different headings.

We also learnt about different types of narratives and focused on writing an ‘Overcoming the monster’ narrative. As a class, we read ‘The jungle book’ and discussed what happens to the main character, the journey that is taken, as well as what problems they face along the way. Then planned and wrote our own narratives. As writers, we were mindful to include all the features of this style of narrative.

Using a ‘model text’, we practised our editing skills to improve the piece of writing. We did this by adding exciting vocabulary such as adjectives, verbs and adverbs. These skills would be later used to improve our own writing.

Becoming Mathematical Wizards

On our return to school, we were set the challenge of designing and mapping out our own spatial awareness playground. When designing our playground we were given the criteria of each game/obstacle that would have to be 1 metre apart and that there would need to be a range of different activities that could go on at the same time.

Designing our spatial awareness playground.

When we were designing our playgrounds we had to our knowledge and understanding a range of mathematical skills to complete this task. We shared the designs with each other and helped one another with solving problems that our designs may face.

We were able to solve most of these problems when mapping out the different areas of the new spatial awareness playground.

We also took our learning further and investigated what will happen when we measured things using a non-standard unit of measurement. First, we drew around our feet and out paper copies. Then, we went to the forest and measured everything and anything that we possibly could.

Lets go swimming!

As part of our PE this term we took full advantage of the pool. As a class, we took part in swimming lessons twice a week and then spent many afternoons playing games and taking part in activities held in the pool. This has continued to help our confidence grow and become brilliant swimmers.

Amazing Artists

As part of our learning about Rainforests, we looked closely at the different layers that make up the tree canopies found there. From this, we created our own individual Rainforests using recycled materials.

We then used our 3D models of the Rainforest to learn about deforestation and the effects it has on our environment. We created a mind map to record our ideas then pulled the information from this and labelled our models.

We were set the challenge of taking half the face of an animal found in the Rainforest and to use our drawing skills to complete the face. We had to carefully copy and assess the features of each animal to ensure that each face was completed correctly.

Forest explorers

We took our learning outside the classroom and became explores. We built new huts in the style of the tribal huts we had learnt about. Explored mini habitats on the forest floor and spoke about what types of animals might live there. We also thought about how the forest changes from season to season.

Super Scientists

We learnt about the different parts of a plant and what their job is to support a plant and its growth. From this, we learnt about the life cycle of a tomato plant. We then decided as a class to plant our own and watch the plant growth through the stages we had learnt about.

Worldwide Explorers

In Geography, we learnt about the continents and oceans of the world. The challenge was set to names all the oceans and continents of the world. Using atlas and maps to help us to identify the world that we live in. During the sessions, we also identified the countries of Europe and discussed the different countries that we as a class originally came from.

Taking our learning further, we looked at renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. As a class we discussed what we already know about these different types of energy and how they are used around the world.

Recycling Heroes

As part of our topic, we looked closely at how recycling and our actions affect the world around us. To raise awareness about recycling properly we created posters.

Covid-19 Update at Forest International School Paris

Back to school after Covid-19 confinement at Forest International School Paris

Children are back to school – since May 11th, except Middle School students, who are back on track with school as usual, but from home, thanks to the excellent teachers and support staff.

On the first few days, children made the most of the beautiful weather and spent time outdoors, doing many activities outside when possible.

Teachers were not only able to continue the curriculum with students, but also bring in a fun factor to keep them engaged.

The COVID-19 pandemic allowed FISP teachers to be even more creative in many ways. Students were (still are at the time of writing) following school classes from home via an online application and classes carefully prepared and tailored by all teachers.

Here’s Vlad with one of his videos for the Elm Middle School class.

The Parent Association us still playing a pivotal role in communicating news and updates to parents and liaising with the teacher and school admin.

The Parents Association have ordered reading books for all the children, gifts in lieu of various events missed due to Covid-19, as a ‘welcome back’ gift.

First day “back to school” post Covid-19 confinement.
Second day of back to school post Covid-19 confinement.

Lunch menu for May and June: Updated https://forestinternationalschool.com/day-to-day.html#features11-8c

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