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.

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

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.

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. Walnuts 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 characteristics which separate an ocean from other bodies of water such as lakes or seas

– 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 and how they work (high to low pressure, hot air rising, cold air sinking, Earth’s rotation, Coriolis Effect)

– see how heat allows ocean currents to rise, salt allows ocean currents to fall and how the two can interact together

– 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

Elm explaining the Coriolis Effect to Walnuts

Art and design

Learning objectives achieved this term: We learned to…

– Creating sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit
ideas

– Improving their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and
sculpture with a range of materials

Art lessons are the perfect environment to develop pupils’ techniques, their control and use of materials and creativity.

They have created different pieces of art for a meaningful purpose, in this case, was Halloween or Christmas. Using various art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials; for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay.

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

Elm Class, Term 2, 2020-2021

IMYC: Discovery, Curiosity, Development and Competition’

This half term, the Elm class children went sailing around the world while following the Vendee Globe race. We learnt many interesting facts about 33 solo skippers, campaign they support, missions they carry out and challenges that they are facing.

It was an inspiring event that taught us a lot about courage, physical and emotional strength, team-working, exploration and adventure-seeking. The children followed the position of the boats on a daily basis, analysed their speed, weather conditions, built graphs for clear understanding and made their own conclusions. We also learnt interesting facts many sailors that were very happy to share their own experiences via daily podcasts.

Literacy

This term Elms let their imaginations run free and wrote creepy Halloween-themed stories and Christmas stories. We looked together in class at famous story openings and the art of capturing the reader’s attention at the outset. We looked at the importance of building up atmosphere and describing setting and character.

We finished the novel There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar. We were all happy to see Bradley find his feet and leave behind his self-destructive behaviour, thanks to the subtle guidance of school counsellor Carla. This book was really appreciated by the whole class, even the less keen readers were eager for the next instalment of Bradley’s troubled school days. As you know, we are enthusiastic followers of the Vendée Globe round-the-world yacht race, which has captured all our imaginations.  In November we were lucky to have zoom interviews with two experienced sailors, Joshua Bradfield and meteorologist Jean-Baptiste Chauvet who are only too aware of the dangers and difficulties facing the Vendée Globe skippers.  They shared with us some of their own sailing adventures as well as the practicalities of preparing for a voyage and the eventualities to be ready for. They also answered our questions, including what to do in a storm, their scariest and best moments at sea, and the marine life they have encountered. Joshua Bradfield’s account of being rescued by the French Navy and having to sink his damaged yacht left a lasting impression on us all! All good material for our upcoming Vendée Globe newsletter.

Vendée Globe

Zoom Call with Joshua Bradfield/Sailor

Zoom call with the Meteorologist

In keeping with the theme of circumnavigation,  we have been following another trip around the globe, Jules Verne’s classic Around the World in 80 Days. We are enjoying the adventures of the mysterious Phileas Fogg and his long-suffering butler Passepartout, pursued by the determined Detective Fix who is convinced that Fogg is a master criminal.

Mathematics

Area of Trapezoid, Rhombus, Kite, Circle and Compound shapes

The children learnt how to calculate the sum of the interior angles by using a formula or by drawing lines from the same vertex in order to create a number of triangles. We solved some simple and complex algebraic equations in order to find the missing angle in various 2D shapes. Using our knowledge of calculating the Area and Perimeter of simple 2D shapes, we learnt how to calculate the area, perimeter and circumference of more complex compound.

Angles in Parallel Lines and Polygons

We worked on constructing triangles using SSS-(side-side-side), SAS –(side-angle-side) and ASA-(angle-side-angle). We know how to use the compass, ruler and protractor to indicate provided angles and sketching lines and know how to use this information in order to construct the desirable triangle.

Science /Design and Technology

(Float/Sink/Buoyancy force/ Vendée Globe)

Students learnt about Archimedes’ Principal through the story of the “Archimedes and the golden crown”. They discovered about the density and displacement to the king. Elm students learnt about forces that act upon an object lowered in the liquid via experimenting with the different objects of different density. They also experimented with the objects of the same density lowered into the liquids of different density and how it affects where the objects will float in the liquid. We also experimented with the objects of different shapes and observed how it affects how they float or sink in the liquid. Based on this knowledge we created our own boats made out of the recycled materials and we will let them sail in our own “DEEP BLUE” of the swimming pool.

ART with Mariana Gonzalez

“This term we worked from the theme of the Vendée Globe. The maritime context in which this regatta takes place, proposed us to work with watercolour. The relationship with water, colour and imagination were an important part for the children in this workshop. The artist seen this time was the great British watercolourist: William Turner.”

Fantastic Plastic

Joshua Fisher (Middle School student) created an animation to teach his younger peers why plastic bad

We don’t want this plastic to float in the Ocean that is why we have made our Plastic Fantastic sculptures

History and Geography

Pupils learned about oceans through 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. The Vendée Globe event was our entry point into learning more about the mysteries of the ocean.

Elms learned to identify the different oceans and continents, about the various characteristics of the ocean which affected the Vendée Globe sailors such as the doldrums, gyres and fast winds of the Southern Ocean, and learned to present a specific characteristic or phenomenon of the world’s oceans. We learned about the machinations of ocean currents, the direction of ocean currents and winds around the globe, how oceans affect weather and climate patterns across the world, and how wildlife in the ocean is affected by pollution and global climate change.

We created a podcast to educate people on all the different aspects of the ocean, from pressure to the Coriolis Effect to the acidification of the ocean. Pupils researched their topic in further depth via and recorded their voices on a computer to later publish as a podcast with various episodes. Please listen to your heart’s content and enjoy!

Learning objectives achieved this term: We learned to…

– understand the characteristics which separate an ocean from other bodies of water such as lakes or seas

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

– understand how heat allows ocean currents to rise, salt allows ocean currents to fall and how the two can interact together

– show on a blank world map the direction of wind and ocean currents through an understanding of the Coriolis Effect, the interaction between high and low pressure, and differences in density due to the fact that heat rises and cold sinks

– predict how climate change may negatively impact oceans through acidification from higher temperatures among other effects

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

– learn about the extremes of the oceans in terms of changing climate patterns, hurricanes and other forms of extreme weather

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

– organise a presentation on a topic about the ocean into something simple, structured and informative

ICT

This term we tied our ICT in with our history and geography. We played some games from NASA to better learn ocean currents and the complex relationship that can be created from currents, heat and salinity. We also used the Internet to do further research on an assigned ocean topic. Using this research, pupils presented their topic by researching an ocean topic in great detail, writing out what to say, and finally recording their voice to create a podcast episode. Check out the podcasts in the history and geography section.

Learning objectives achieved this term: We learned to…

– create a podcast in which a specific ocean topic was described by individual pupils so as to describe the oceans more holistically

– research material using a variety of reputable websites and sources

– organise online research and classroom input into notes and later structure them into a presentation

– learn the basics of Audacity as a means for recording voices

“E-Baobab” project

Linked to our Eco project we used our maths skill and tried to estimate and calculate how many bottles we will need. (It all depends how high we want to go… but it looks like 600 bottles if we want to go high enough) Calculated the circumference of the tree and then the heights.

“Your rubbish – our treasure”

Involving our local community

For Armistice Day on November 11, we looked at how the day is commemorated around the world, in particular Europe and Britain.  We discussed the importance of remembrance and recognition of those who lost their lives in the two world wars, so many of them very young. We learned about the origins of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance in the UK and US and the beautiful poem that inspired it, In Flanders Fields.

Trip to the Château de Monte-Cristo

To support our French Curriculum and our study of the “Les Trois Mousquetaires” novels by Alexandre Dumas, Oak/Elm Classes visited the Château de Monte-Cristo located on the hill of Port-Marly. Dumas lived in the castle for a short period of time to escape the turmoil of the city when he was at the height of his fame. The children enjoyed his marvelous gardens and had a quick peek into château d’If where he wrote his masterpieces.

The magical Christmas Jigsaw

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

Thank you and well done to all the Elm class students for their outstanding dedication and hard work during our « The magical Christmas jigsaw!» performance

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Enjoy your holiday!

 Best wishes,

Mrs. Harrington and Mr. Kralka

Oak Class, Term 2, 2020-2021

Curiosity, Discovery, Development and Competition

Literacy

We have finished reading the novel Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. We were all saddened by the ending but inspired by the courage and friendship demonstrated by the quiet and unassuming spider Charlotte. Perhaps it has made us reflect upon our attitudes to spiders.

The class is very interested in the Vendée Globe round-the-world yacht race and is always ready to give updates on the progress of the individual skippers and their yachts. The Vendée Globe skippers have recorded sightings of Albatross, extraordinary birds associated with the Southern Ocean. This has brought us to Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the tale of the sailor who was cursed for killing an Albatross.


“God save thee, Ancient Mariner!
From the fiends, that plague thee thus! –
Why look’st thou so?”– With my cross-bow,
I shot the Albatross.

This term we have focussed on homophones, those confusing words that sound the same but have completely different spelling and meaning.

There have been weekly spelling tests and dictation, as well as reading comprehension to work on the skills and disciplines of carefully reading and selecting information from texts. We use the Cambridge English grammar book for work on verb tenses, parts of speech and reading comprehension.

This term Oak have written creepy Halloween themed stories as well as biographies of individuals whose innate curiosity and determination led them to achieve remarkable things – Neil Armstrong, Thomas Edison and Sir Robert Knox-Johnston (the first person to sail single handed around the world).

Vendée Globe

In November we were lucky to have zoom interviews with two experienced sailors, Joshua Bradfield and meteorologist Jean-Baptiste Chauvet who are only too aware of the dangers and difficulties facing the Vendée Globe skippers. They shared with us some of their own sailing adventures as well as the practicalities of preparing for a voyage and the eventualities to be ready for. They also answered our questions, including what to do in a storm, their scariest and best moments at sea, and the marine life they have encountered. Joshua Bradfield’s account of being rescued by the French Navy and having to sink his damaged yacht left a lasting impression on us all!

In this the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the globe, we are reading about the expedition led by Ferdinand Magellan. We are learning about Magellan’s life, how he struggled to achieve his dream of sailing around the world, about the hardships he faced and the courage he showed in adversity. We are also making comparisons between sailing in the 1500s and in the modern era; the life of a seaman in the age of sail was hard and dangerous. We have enjoyed learning about seafaring superstitions, some of which remain today.

Zoom Call with Joshua Bradfield/Sailor

Mathematics

Geometry: Properties of shapes

Comparing, ordering and measuring angles.The children consolidated their knowledge of the acute, obtuse and reflex angles and then identified them in different triangles and 2D shapes. We practiced using a protractor to measure different angles to the nearest degree. We also worked on drawing simple 2D shapes and then visualised how to convert them into compound shapes.

We worked on solving various problems and calculated angles on a straight line and around a point. We also worked on calculating missing angles in triangles, trapezoids and parallelograms. We used simple formulae for calculating the Area and Perimeter of a triangle, square, rectangle and then moved onto the compound shapes.

Directions and co-ordinates. Rotation and Translation. The children practiced plotting the co-ordinates of different 2D shapes and then located their corresponding co-ordinates after rotation/translation. We know that 2D shapes stay the same after the rotation/translation and found out that using the tracing paper evidently help us to pinpoint our new location. We clearly understand that when we rotate the same shape around the origin and around the specific co-ordinate B, our new shapes will appear in two different locations.

Science/DT (Float/Sink/Buoyancy force)

Students learnt about Archimedes’ Principal through the story of the “Archimedes and the golden crown”. They discovered about the density and displacement to the king. Oak students learnt about forces that act upon an object lowered in the liquid via experimenting with the different objects of different density. They also experimented with the objects of the same density lowered into the liquids of different density and how it affects where the objects will float in the liquid. We also experimented with the objects of different shapes and observed how it affects how they float or sink in the liquid. Based on this knowledge we created our own boats made out of the recycled materials and we will let them sail in our own “DEEP BLUE” of the swimming pool.

Art with Mariana Gonzalez

“This term we worked from the theme of the Vendée Globe. The maritime context in which this regatta takes place, proposed us to work with watercolour. The relationship with water, colour and imagination were an important part for the children in this workshop. The artist seen this time was the great British watercolourist: William Turner.”

“E-Baobab” project

“Your rubbish – our treasure”-“E-Baobab” project

Involving our local community

Armistice Day , November 11

For Armistice Day on November 11, we looked at how the day is commemorated around the world, in particular Europe and Britain.  We discussed the importance of remembrance and recognition of those who lost their lives in the two world wars, so many of them very young. We learned about the origins of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance in the UK and US and the beautiful poem that inspired it, In Flanders Fields.

Trip to the Château de Monte-Cristo

To support our French Curriculum and our study of the “Les Trois Mousquetaires” novels by Alexandre Dumas, Oak/Elm Classes visited the Château de Monte-Cristo located on the hill of Port-Marly. Dumas lived in the castle for a short period of time to escape the turmoil of the city when he was at the height of his fame. The children enjoyed his marvelous gardens and had a quick peek into château d’If where he wrote his masterpieces.

History and Geography

Pupils learned about oceans through 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. The Vendée Globe event was our entry point into learning more about the mysteries of the ocean.

Oaks learned to identify the different oceans and continents, about the various characteristics of the ocean which affected the Vendée Globe sailors such as the doldrums, gyres and fast winds of the Southern Ocean, and learned to present a specific characteristic or phenomenon of the world’s oceans. We learned about the machinations of ocean currents, the direction of ocean currents and winds around the globe, how oceans affect weather and climate patterns across the world, and how wildlife in the ocean is affected by pollution and global climate change.

We created a podcast to educate people on all the different aspects of the ocean, from pressure to the Coriolis Effect to the acidification of the ocean. Pupils researched their topic in further depth via and recorded their voices on a computer to later publish as a podcast with various episodes. Please listen to your heart’s content and enjoy!

Learning objectives achieved this term: We learned to…

– understand the characteristics which separate an ocean from other bodies of water such as lakes or seas

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

– understand how heat allows ocean currents to rise, salt allows ocean currents to fall and how the two can interact together

– show on a blank world map the direction of wind and ocean currents through an understanding of the Coriolis Effect, the interaction between high and low pressure, and differences in density due to the fact that heat rises and cold sinks

– predict how climate change may negatively impact oceans through acidification from higher temperatures among other effects

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

– learn about the extremes of the oceans in terms of changing climate patterns, hurricanes and other forms of extreme weather

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

– organise a presentation on a topic about the ocean into something simple, structured and informative

ICT

This term we tied our ICT in with our history and geography. We played some games from NASA to better learn ocean currents and the complex relationship that can be created from currents, heat and salinity. We also used the Internet to do further research on an assigned ocean topic. Using this research, pupils presented their topic by researching an ocean topic in great detail, writing out what to say, and finally recording their voice to create a podcast episode. Check out the podcasts in the history and geography section.

Learning objectives achieved this term: We learned to…

– create a podcast in which a specific ocean topic was described by individual pupils so as to describe the oceans more holistically

– research material using a variety of reputable websites and sources

– organise online research and classroom input into notes and later structure them into a presentation

– learn the basics of Audacity as a means for recording voices

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

Thank you and well done to all the Elm class students for their outstanding dedication and hard work during our « The magical Christmas jigsaw!» performance

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Enjoy your holiday!

 Best wishes,

Mrs. Harrington and Mr. Kralka

Maple Class Term 2 2020/21

This term our topic has been ‘Let’s celebrate!’ We have been very busy learning all about the different celebrations that take place all around the world. We learnt that people celebrate things that are important to them individually or to their cultures and traditions.

Happy Halloween

As a class we designed our own pumpkin faces and then chose the scariest one to carve onto our pumpkin. We started carving our pumpkin by spooning out the insides. As a class all taking turns to make sure that there were no seeds left inside. Then Mr H helped us to carefully cut out the face of our pumpkin.

Then we used our designs and created our own paper plate pumpkins that were used to decorate our classroom. Using special scissors the create the mouth, nose and eyes.

Halloween Fun

As a school, we dressed up and took part in a range of different activities throughout the afternoon. We were supported by the older children of the school they had created lots of fun and spooky tasks for us to complete. The afternoon was full of games, making masks, treasure hunts and trick or treating.

Vendee Globe

The class have been learning about Vendee Globe, a race that takes place on the ocean, we had a great opportunity to chat and ask questions to one of the skippers that are taking part in the race.

After speaking with Louis, the skipper taking part in Vendee Globe, we wanted to make our own boats. First, thought about the different materials that could be used to make a strong boat. Then we decided to make a small model to demonstrate what we had learnt.

We then took part in a paper workshop where we carefully cut and folded paper into the shape of boats. Once we had constructed our boats we then tested them on water.

We decided as a class that it is best to reuse and recycle the giant pumpkin that we had made for Halloween. The pumpkin would take on a new life and become the world.

Remembrance

We learnt about the importance of remembering people or things that are special to us. We explored the different ways that people celebrate, do or wear to remember those things. As a class, we read a number of different stories about how people remember and then discussed how this tradition is celebrated differently all around the world.

As part of our learning, we made poppies and spoke about why they are worn in November in different countries. We learnt that they are worn to remember people that we can not see any more.

The Festival of Light

We learnt about the ‘Festival of Light’ and why it is celebrated. The ‘Festival of Light’ is used as another name for Diwali which is a Hindu festival that is celebrated with bright and beautiful colours. We explored a range of pictures and stories that helped us to understand and learn about the festival.

First, we cut out pre-drawn lines very carefully. Then we folded and glued the paper into a lantern shape. Once we had done this we added a handle as well as took time to decorate it with bright stickers. The lanterns were then used to decorate our classroom.

We continued with the theme of the ‘Festival of Light’ and made tea – light holders out of clay. We carefully moulded the clay using our fingers and then left them to dry. Once they were dry we painted the folders in bright colours to stand out.

Christmas

We read Christmas stories and listened to Christmas music. As a class we took part in different workshops from making mini 3D Christmas trees to wreath making. We collected different natural materials to make our Christmas wreaths then we were supported by Marianne who showed us step by step how to make the wreaths.

We also made our own Christmas tree decorations out of clay, based on the 12 days of Christmas. We then decorated the Christmas tree with our decorations.

Playful Phonics

This term we have continued working on our development of phonics as well as building a bank of tricky words that we recognise by sight.

We took part in different craft activities to make picture representations of the letters we were learning to sound.

We developed our fine motor skills by cutting out templates as well as carefully sticking or placing objects to create a piece or an image. For example, a rain cloud.

We then printed letters that we had been working on over this term and the previous term. Creating a collage of different letters we have learnt.

We practiced writing letters with our fingers in sand. This allowed us to concentrate on the formation of letters and prepares us for writing letters onto paper.

We then used our letter formation skills to try and write the letters we had learnt.

We had great fun playing phonic games. We were set the challenge of sounding, segmenting and blending words. When we had successfully sounded out the words we had to try and cross the river that was guarded by a dragon.

Learning in Roleplay

This term we have read some amazing books in class. We have used the stories that we have read and turned them into roleplay. We recreated characters that we had read about and the took them on new amazing adventures.

Magical Mathematics

We continued our learning of number recognition and representation. We decided to take our learning outside and work with the natural materials that are all around us. First, we were given a number and were asked to represent that number using our fingers. Once we had practiced this a few times we were then set the challenge of collecting different materials that could be used to represent a number.

We sang songs and rhymes to support our counting of tricky numbers. We are beginning to count beyond ten.

In this task, we were set the challenge of counting the number of objects shown and then we had to place a peg on the correct number.

Then, we used that knowledge and applied it to something new. As a class we used Numicon, each number is represented by a different colour, using this resource we practised ordering and building numbers.