Chestnut and Willow class – Term 4 – 2021-2022

Our topic this term has been Sensational. As winter has drawn to a close and the sunshine has returned, perhaps Spring is the best season to explore the five senses of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. Nature reawakens and the forest becomes alive again after lying dormant for several months.

We kicked off the term with a project called Grow Wild, we also started Capoeira classes and continued baking our own biscuits. We’ve celebrated pancake day and Easter and we have grown in confidence to climb, jump and explore. We will be finishing the term with a visit by writer Anjali Morard author of “Fortnum’s Night Out” to celebrate World Book Day.

Grow wild

For this project we grew our own plants from seeds to watch them germinate and grow. We did this by cutting up a variety of different tomatoes of various colours, shapes and sizes and one red pepper to see what was inside. Once we cut them open, we discovered they each had seeds some big, some small, some covered in a gelatinous mixture. We then planted the seeds into individual pots and trays to see if they would grow. We also tried the tomatoes and pepper to see what they tasted like. After a week we saw tiny green shoots popping up from the soil. Each child can now take their plants home to grow on and hopefully eat homegrown fresh tomatoes and peppers throughout the Summer and Autumn.

Capoeira

We’ve started weekly Capoeira classes (a martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music) and have focused on the instruments, the sounds and movement of Capoeira. We have listened to songs and played a vast array of traditional instruments. We’ve looked at rhythm and beats and experimented by making lots of noise and then playing softly.

Art, Crafts and Activities

For those in the class learning the names of colours we’ve used paints, pastels and crayons to help remember the names. We have practised cutting with scissors, gluing, drawing and painting.

We have also focused on improving our dexterity by completing activities that challenge us.

Pancake day and Easter

At the beginning of the term we celebrated pancake day with the whole school by eating tasty pancakes full of jam and for Easter we went on our first Easter egg hunt. We had to follow the clues which had been left by the Easter bunny around the school grounds ending up in the Orchard where the Easter bunny had helpfully scattered a number of chocolate eggs around the pear trees.

Baking

We have continued baking our own biscuits which has been a great learning experience. We take turns to mix the biscuit dough and once it’s chilled we roll it out and use biscuit cutters to cut out our shapes. It’s something to look forward to after a nap to eat freshly baked biscuits. Sometimes we have been able to have our afternoon snack on the picnic table in the garden which is a nice way to end the day.

Forest exploration

As the weather has improved we’ve been able to sit in the forest or Orchard for story time and songs. We’ve drawn shapes on the forest floor and looked at all the different shapes around us.

We’ve been able to improve our mobility this term by increasing our confidence in climbing, jumping, balancing and running. We’ve found some great tree stumps which have been perfect for learning to climb and more importantly learning to safely get down by ourselves. We’ve used felled logs to balance and climb along and the large craters with steep sides offer the perfect challenge to climb up and out. These craters are also full of fallen leaves which has created a great play area.

We’ve stopped and listened to the birds, watched the spiders, bugs and worms and when the weather has turned wet and miserable we’ve seized the opportunity to jump into every puddle we can find.

These have been just some of the highlights from our term and we look forward to having more fun after the spring holidays.

Next term our theme will be Treasure Island and we hope to visit the Aquarium in Paris. The date for this is to be confirmed and on a final note below are some important dates for the final term of the year. Bonnes vacances!

May 18– Photo day

May 20 – International day

May 26 – Ascension Bank Holiday

Jun 6 – Pentecote Bank Holiday

Jun 24- Reports out

Jun 26 – Summer Fête / Art Auction

Jun 27 – Jul 1 – Parent Teacher Meetings

Jul 1 – Sports day

Jul 6 – Last Day of School

Maple class Term 4, 2021 / 2022

Spring has arrived at Forest International School of Paris and Maple class was ready to go out and explore the many ways in which new life starts during this season.

We went to the orchid to make daisy chains and met Gringo the horse. We planted flowers at the school and helped prepared the vegetable patch. In class we planted and with patience watered our sunflowers seeds, seeing them grow into small plants ready for our garden.  We painted our own spring garden patches and created 3 D flowers from waste materials, using all of this to make a large new display in the entrance area to the school. Come and have a look, we hope you will like it as much it as we do and find it inspiring!

Maples loves math and seeing how we can use this is our everyday lives around us. Whether this is through observation of patterns and shapes and identifying them in the world around us or finding out for ourselves how math’s impact us practically daily, from mixing green cookie dough for St Patrick’s day to addition by one to celebrate our next birthday. Playing with the number mats continues to be one of our favourite activities as it is so easy to take what we have been learning inside class to the outside. This term we focused a lot on skip counting, encouraged by one of the books we read, Eggs and legs. Building of puzzles continues to be a daily part of our routine. Some of the benefits of building puzzles are learning about the concept of a “whole” and that each piece is a fraction of the bigger picture. It also helps develop skills such as shape recognition, concentration, goal setting, patience, and a sense of achievement. Two new areas for focus for Maples during this term was starting to tell the time by the hour on the clock face and learning about the four seasons in a year. We will continue to explore these two areas into more depth in the next term.

A key part of literacy is our daily interaction with books. We just love reading books, learning new stories, and sharing the treasures of old stories. Maples are very creative and always looking for ways to interact and act out stories we have read. This term they choose the book After the fall by Dan Santat to explore in more depth and use for our book to represent by an art project. This book tells the story of what happens to Humpy Dumpty after he had the fall. It explains why he fell and the first place and how through perseverance he achieved what he really aspired to. A truly uplifting ending for an old nursery rhyme. Making it both inspiring and fresh. We continue learning our first sight words and some of has started our journey on independent reading. Congratulations maples! Reading books aloud to children are very important as it stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them to develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. Reading at an early age is very important to learn to understand and use language to express our ideas, thoughts, and feelings, and to communicate to others.

With a new season arriving, arrived the opportunity to explore the orchard and forest in different ways. This term we did a lot of races, balancing, climbing, rope jumping and other physical exercise while on our daily outings into the forest or orchid.

Oak Class, Term 4, 2021- 2022

English

This term Oak worked hard on their language skills, with a particular emphasis on vocabulary and reading comprehension. The class also enjoyed reading and analysing character descriptions, the highlight of which was Roald Dahl’s outrageous Miss Trunchbull, contrasted with the sweet and gentle Miss Honey. The class also read descriptions of Jo from Bleak House, and of the distinctive features of Harry Potter. Oak then wrote their own character descriptions, some based on real people and others entirely imaginary.

The class also wrote instruction texts, giving simple clear instructions, using the imperative tense.

They also honed their presentation skills with a weekly show and tell.

French

Spanish

During term 4, Oak continued to learn about cultural traditions in Spanish-speaking countries and applied their knowledge through different hands-on activities. They developed their language skills and explored various topics such as school, telling the time and numbers.

As part of the Mardi Gras celebrations, the Spanish class had a Carnival lesson in which they applied the key words into a diagram and made a carnival mask, which they proudly displayed while eating pancakes.  The class read an article about Spring, answered some comprehension questions and sang a rhyme about flowers. They also discovered the ´Isla de Pascua´ or Easter Island, its location, history and main facts. Students reviewed vocabulary about Easter, painted Easter eggs on cardboard paper and decorated them with pasta.

The class learnt the vocabulary of school materials, what they have in their pencil cases, in written and spoken form. They showed their friends parts of the school, for example classrooms, the lunch room and the swimming pool; through a game they also learned about using prepositions of place such as “in front”, “at the back” and how to indicate places using “left” and “right”. As a final activity, they constructed phrases on how to locate parts of the school. Moreover, they observed how school subjects in English and Spanish are written in a similar way, identified them and chose their favourites. They learned about telling the time, drew a clock and asked “What time is it?” and answered the question. They reviewed the days of the week by singing a song. Students revised numbers 1 to 20 and played a game which helped them to practise their writing and speaking skills.

This term Oak showed more confidence in their learning; they are increasing their listening and speaking abilities every day. Well done Oaks, keep up the good work.

Mathematics

In Algebra: Expressions /Formulae/ System of equations

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

Ratio

During this unit we studied how to solve different measurement and ratio problems and practised applying gained knowledge to real-life problems during our ”Food Revolution” project.

Science

This term, the children have been learning about how matter is made up of small particles. They have been learning about the distance between those particles which determine whether or not they are classed as a solid, liquid or gas. We have carried out a number of investigations to test what happens when a solid turns into a liquid as well as what happens when a liquid turns into a gas. By doing this we have thought of different ways in which we could test, fairly, our own hypotheses.

As we learnt more about the different particles found within solids, liquids and gases, the class was asked to demonstrate what they would look like in different matter. We achieved this by ​working as a group using our bodies. 

History

Oak learnt about one of France’s most iconic figures, Napoleon Bonaparte, an Emperor who emerged out of the French Revolution. Widely viewed as one of the greatest generals in military history, Oak learnt about his origins in Corsica and his ascent to a prominence that would not have been possible in a pre-revolutionary era. They learnt about his rise and eventual fall, an extraordinary man who claimed in his memoirs that everything he did was in the name of France and the Revolution after having demonstrated a single-minded pursuit of personal power. Oak also researched his fascinating first wife Josephine, who grew up in faraway Martinique on a sugar plantation and arrived in Paris as an unsophisticated girl of 15, a great disappointment to her new husband Alexandre de Beauharnais, who considered her provincial and uneducated. The class learnt that Josephine narrowly escaped the guillotine (unlike her first husband) and went on to become the darling of Parisian society before marrying the rough mannered young Corsican Napoleon Bonaparte who would make her Empress of the French.

Oak and Elm visited the Chateau de Malmaison, the home purchased by Josephine while her husband was away fighting his Egyptian campaign and which he gave to her after their divorce in 1809. The house is filled with artefacts and possessions and family portraits that bring a tangible human element to the historic lives of these two extraordinary people.

Visit to the Chateau de Malmaison

Geography

Oak continued to work on maps; mind maps, sketch maps and grid maps. They drew mental maps of the areas in which they live. They drew sketch maps based on a photo, then studied the same map drawn to scale and then presented with a grid. They learnt that maps require a title, a frame, a scale and a key. They learnt about the symbols used to represent features on a map, provided in the key.

ICT

Oaks had a challenging and productive term in which they applied their computing skills to different hardware and software. They developed their problem-solving and logical skills, as well as communication and teamwork. As we know, computers and especially robots don’t always work as we want them to, so pupils had to use their social and emotional skills to complete their projects.

Micro:bit

The students who worked with the micro:bit developed several programs in a software called MakeCode. They made projects on animated animals, flashing emotions, name badge, just to name a few. The ‘Dice’ program used the micro:bit accelerometer so that when you shake it, the program selects a random number between 1 and 6 and shows it on the LED display. The ‘Sunlight sensor’ program used an “if…else” statement to show the sun image only if the light level is greater than (>) a certain level. The ‘Counter’ program used a variable called ‘count’ to keep track of the number you are counting. It sets the variable to 0 at the start. Every time you press button B, it increases the count variable by 1 and shows it on the LED display.

By the end of term, students had chosen two projects designed to explore technology as a solution to the challenges of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The projects were ‘Saving Sea Turtles’ and ‘Light up fishing nets’. The first one could be used at ground level to guide humans along a beach path at night, without confusing sea turtle hatchlings with tall, bright lights that they may mistake for the moon. In the second one, students created a prototype of LED lights that can stop unwanted fish, turtles and birds from getting trapped in fishing nets.

Makeblock Mbot

The students who worked with the Makeblock Mbot learned how to connect the mBot to the computer and use the software. Additionally, they made many programs to make the robot perform actions, such as:

-Make the robot move using the keyboard.

-Program the mBot to dance and sing using the buzzer. The code causes the LEDs to show different colours.

-Use the ultrasonic sensor on the mBot and how the robot stops moving when it meets an object.

-The robot moves around by itself avoiding obstacles.

EV3 Lego Mindstorms

The students who worked with the EV3 Lego Mindstorms built the robot using the pieces they got by following the building instructions displayed on the computer. Furthermore, they learned how to connect the robot to the computer and use the software.

Additionally, they created many programs to make the robot perform actions, such as:

-How to make your robot go forward and backwards.

-Used a combination of move steering to go straight and do pivot turns to go around the box.

-How to use the Touch Sensor.

-How to use the Wait For Block.

-Learned the difference between the Wait For Block and the Sensor Blocks.

-What is the ultrasonic sensor and how to use it.

Well done Oaks for working hard this term

Capoeira

“mens sana in corpore sano” – “a healthy mind in a healthy body”

Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music.

Elms thoroughly enjoyed their weekly Capoeira sessions with Valdir.

Music with Kareen

”Food revolution” – Project

The main purpose of this « FOOD REVOLUTION » (We can cook our own lunch for the whole week) was to practise team building skills, plan and prepare a healthy meal and, most importantly, gain or practise basic culinary skills. During this project, the children also worked on demonstrating and improving their table manners. It was pleasing to observe the young chefs, waiters and guests participating and communicating extremely well with each other. Master chefs stayed determined while preparing their three-course meals even though it was tough to accomplish the challenge in a short period of time.   We learnt that it was important to stay focused and organised  until the last moment and realised that a last push could make the difference for the team. Thank you and well done to all Oak and Elm class students for their dedication, determination and hard work during our «Food revolution» project.

FOOD REVOLUTION

We’ve peeled some veg,

Then cooked our lunch.

Then baked a cake,

What a charming bunch.

We’ve tried something new,

And it was quite delicious.

It was all organic,

So don’t be suspicious.

We’ve learnt a new skill,

And now can cook for our parents.

We will do it with love,

No need to buy presents.

Not scared of broccoli, onions

Or carrots,

Will eat them with pleasure,

And not for the merits.

Did stuff some tomatoes,

And made panna cotta.

Now feeling quite strong,

And can sit in Capoeira roda.

We’ve made a delicious Thai Curry,

And spicy fajitas.

I am ready to run,

Where are my Adidas?

Broccoli linguine

and revisited American cheesecake,

I am so full,

But I have learnt how to bake.

Was happy to give up my break,

And tidy the kitchen.

It is good to eat healthy,

And what’s your position?

Design and Technology – FISP Book Swap Project

Collaborative project- Birch, Walnut, Oak and Elm Classes

This term we continued working on our collaborative creation, the “FISP Book Swap Box”. Students had the opportunity to extend their understanding of a variety of different carpentry techniques. It is pleasing to see that Birch, Walnut, Oak and Elm students now demonstrate precise actions while using a drill, hammer and a saw. FISP students should be congratulated on their efforts and their eagerness to get on with the project right away from the beginning of each session. Fantastic work young designers and carpenters, you should be proud of your achievements! 

Orienteering project

Oak Class designed their own treasure map and taught their younger friends how to turn clockwise and anti-clockwise, use a compass and follow directions. They tried their best to adapt their speech and gave clear clues, hints and instructions while guiding their younger explorers on their orienteering quest.

Easter Egg Hunt

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World Book Day– Book Workshop with Anjali Morard

On the last day of term Oak and Elm were lucky to have a visit from children’s author Anjali Morard, who began by reading out loud her charming story about Fortnum the crocodile, which began life as a bedtime story for her young son. The class heard about the author’s writing process and her collaboration with the illustrator of the book, and then embarked on a writing workshop, writing their own stories based around a random selection of features covering setting, time and character. At the end of the session, several pupils read out their fun and imaginative stories.

Enjoy your holiday!

Best wishes,

Mrs. Harrington, Christine, Joanna, Cecilia, Kareen, Mr. H , Valdir, Cyril and Mr. Kralka

Elm Class, Term 4, 2021- 2022

English

Elm read And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and everyone had plenty to say about this dark story of crime and punishment. Ten unwitting characters are invited to Soldier Island on a variety of pretexts by an anonymous host who plans to hold them accountable for their alleged crimes. Once there they are picked off one by one in a terrifying ordeal as they all suspect each other of being the murderer. The book raises questions about the nature and importance of justice and of crimes going unpunished due to lack of evidence. Each member of the class chose a character to save from the island, based on what they knew of their crime and of how the character is presented in the story. The dodgy doctor Armstrong was a popular choice while the feckless Tony Marston and hard-hearted Emily Brent received support from pupils who did valiant work defending their not very likeable clients.

The class dressed up in character and went before a jury of their peers (Oak class), answering questions about the crimes they were accused of and of their subsequent conduct, in a bid to win sympathy and excuse their actions.

Dr. Armstrong Anthony Marston Philip Lombard General Macarthur

French

Spanish

During term 4, Elm continued to learn about cultural traditions and festivities in Spanish- speaking countries and applied their knowledge through different hands-on activities. They developed their language, learning about singular and plural nouns, that nouns in Spanish have a gender, and definite and indefinite articles.

As the school celebrated Mardi Gras, Elm class enjoyed a lesson on Carnival, in which they applied the key vocabulary in a reading and writing activity and then made a mask which they displayed proudly while eating pancakes. They explored language related to Spring, read a poem and answered some simple questions. In addition, they portrayed how they imagined a Spring scene to look, based on the poem they had read. The class also learnt about the ‘Isla de Pascua’ or Easter Island, discovering key facts such as its location, history, geography and wildlife.  Students reviewed vocabulary about Easter and painted Easter eggs on cardboard paper and decorated them with pasta. Afterwards, they wrote down the materials they used and the instructions they followed to do the activity; they then identified the verbs and the definite and indefinite articles. 

Elm class classified nouns into feminine, masculine, singular and plural and pointed out the rules on how to determine the gender of nouns and choose the definite article that corresponds. Through numerous written activities they practised how to apply the rules and developed their language by reading and classifying nouns. As in English, they discovered definite and indefinite articles and how to differentiate between them . Lastly, they played games and riddles for guessing the names of colours.

Mathematics

Linear and Quadratic equations

Linked to our “Egg project”, we created our own hypothetical and real problems based on our incubator and then constructed various graphs to represent our findings. In algebra, we closely looked into linear equations and then learnt how they could be represented geometrically. We substituted random values in these equations which subsequently helped us draw: y=x, y=x-1, y=x-2 and what they represent. We practiced calculating the gradient and substituted specific values into different equations in order to represent them geometrically.

Probability and ratio

During this unit, we discovered vocabulary related to probability and know that Impossible, Unlikely, Even Chance, Likely and Certain relate to 0, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 1, respectively. We then solved probability problems where we had to find all possible outcomes and calculated the probability of the desirable outcome. We then moved onto solving problems with ratio and now know how to simplify ratios and how to use ratio to compare quantities.

Fraction and Number

During this unit, Elms revised how to find percentages of amounts and fractions of numbers. The children practised 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 (Lowest Common Denominator) 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 and will find these skills useful during next term’s ”Young Entrepreneurs” project. We also looked into solving and simplifying Algebraic fractions and knowing common rules for the operations with fractions evidently helped us here.

Science

This term the children have been learning about material properties. We have broken our learning down into stages; first we focused on identifying the different elements found on the periodic table. Once we had identified them, we then grouped them; this process enables the children to develop an understanding of similar characteristics found in different elements. The class went on to learn about the atomic structure of an element and how each one is different due to the number of protons and electrons found within it. As a class, we developed our enquiry skills to explore chemical reactions; the class discussed and explored what would happen when an element mixes with oxygen. The children also learnt about how to write and solve different scientific formulae. Finally, the class investigated the levels of calcium found in water. The results were very interesting! Well done for all your hard work this term!

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History

Elm’s focus this term, with the Presidential elections upon us, was on the French Republic and its evolution since the tumultuous days of the Revolution. Each member of the class took a republic and presented its key features and events to their peers, giving everyone an overview of the country’s sometimes turbulent history. The extraordinary figure of Napoleon Bonaparte loomed large in our studies, the man who rose to prominence thanks to the Revolution only to crown himself Emperor. We visited one of his homes, the Chateau de Malmaison, which he bequeathed to his first wife Josephine after he divorced her in 1809.

Visit to the Chateau de Malmaison

Geography

This term Elm learnt about the different regions of France and their division into administrative territories called departments. The country was once a jigsaw of lands, haphazardly aggregated over the centuries, with the different laws and institutions of each region often kept intact. After the Revolution the National Assembly redivided the nation’s territory into 83 departments of roughly equal size (with each capital no more than a day’s horseback ride from the furthest corners of the department). Crucially, the departments had the same systems and institutions, bringing an element of uniformity to the country’s administration while promoting decentralisation and local autonomy.

The class learnt that the regions and departments, like the French Republic itself, now in its fifth incarnation, are subject to change, with borders being redefined as populations grow and fluctuate. The regions were most recently revised in 2016 and reduced in number from 22 to 13 in a bid to reduce bureaucracy and reduce costs.

The departments today vary wildly in size and population and now number 101 (96 in mainland France and 5 overseas territories).

We discovered that the departments are named after physical geographical features (rivers, mountains or coasts) and that that they are numbered in alphabetical order. We learnt many interesting random facts including that the Var is named after the Var River that doesn’t run through the Var.

Each member of the class chose a department to research and present, giving information about climate, geography, population, distinctive features and cultural identity. We learnt about Finistère, Lozères, Vendée, the Vaucluse and Ardennes.

Name that department!

ICT

Elms had a challenging and productive term in which they applied their computing skills to a Vector drawing software called Inkscape. They developed their problem-solving and logic skills as well as communication as they gave support to their friends in difficulty. As we know, computers and especially robots don’t always work as we want them to, so pupils had to use their social and emotional skills to complete their projects.

Through a sequence of guided steps, students were acquainted with the basics of using software to draw geometrical shapes and manipulate them. These elementary shapes formed the building blocks of the more complex designs they created by the end of the unit.

By using this software they developed numerous skills, such as to be able to:

●          Draw basic shapes (rectangle, ellipse, polygon, star) with different properties (fill and stroke, shape-specific attributes)

●          Manipulate individual objects (select, move, re-size, rotate, duplicate, flip, z-order)

●          Manipulate groups of objects (select, group/ungroup, align, distribute)

By the end of the unit students were able to display their learning outcomes by creating monochrome icons. They were challenged to create some of them from scratch, starting from elementary shapes and combining them with path operations. The icons were carefully selected to range from simple ones that were straightforward to produce to more complex ones that required some creative thinking.

At this stage, students had to actively think about the process they would follow in order to produce each of the designs. They knew the ingredients they could use (the elementary shapes) and how to combine them (the operations), but they needed to work out the steps that would lead them from start to finish.

By the end of term, Elms programmed the micro:bit to use as a wearable device and to remind people to exercise regularly when the hardware detects a lack of physical activity. The last week of school before the Spring holiday, they made the code for a door alarm that worked just like a real door sensor in a home security system.

Capoeira

“mens sana in corpore sano” – “a healthy mind in a healthy body”

Elms enjoyed their weekly Capoeira sessions with Valdir. Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music.

Music with Kareen

”Food revolution” – Project

The main purpose of this « FOOD REVOLUTION » (We can cook our own lunch for the whole week) was to practise team building skills, plan and prepare a healthy meal and most importantly gain or practise basic culinary skills. During this project, the children also worked on demonstrating and improving their table manners. It was pleasing to observe the young chefs, waiters and guests participating and communicating extremely well with each other. Master chefs stayed determined while preparing their three-course meals even though it was tough to accomplish the challenge in a short period of time.   We learnt that it was important to stay focused and organised  until the last moment and realised that a last push could make the difference for the team. Thank you and well done to all Oak and Elm class students for their dedication, determination and hard work during our «Food revolution» project.

FOOD REVOLUTION

We’ve peeled some veg,

Then cooked our lunch.

Then baked a cake,

What a charming bunch.

We’ve tried something new,

And it was quite delicious.

It was all organic,

So don’t be suspicious.

We’ve learnt a new skill,

And now can cook for our parents.

We will do it with love,

No need to buy presents.

Not scared of broccoli, onions

Or carrots,

Will eat them with pleasure,

And not for the merits.

Did stuff some tomatoes,

And made panna cotta.

Now feeling quite strong,

And can sit in Capoeira roda.

We’ve made a delicious Thai Curry,

And spicy fajitas.

I am ready to run,

Where are my Adidas?

Broccoli linguine

and revisited American cheesecake,

I am so full,

But I have learnt how to bake.

Was happy to give up my break,

And tidy the kitchen.

It is good to eat healthy,

And what’s your position?

Design and Technology – FISP Book Swap Project

Fantastic Collaborative Work by Birch, Walnuts, Oaks and Elms

This term we continued working on our collaborative creation, the “FISP Book Swap Box”. Students had the opportunity to extend their understanding of a variety of different carpentry techniques. It is pleasing to see that Birch, Walnut, Oak and Elm students now demonstrate precise actions while using a drill, hammer and a saw. FISP students should be congratulated on their efforts and eagerness to get on with the project right away from the beginning of each session. Fantastic work young designers and carpenters! You should be proud of your achievements.

Orienteering project

Elm Class designed their own treasure map and taught their younger friends how to turn clockwise and anti-clockwise, use a compass and follow directions. They tried their best to adapt their speech and gave clear clues, hints and instructions while guiding their younger explorers on their orienteering quest.

Egg-citing Egg Presentation

Linked to our Egg Project, Elm students prepared and presented their findings about different kinds of eggs, egg science experiments and Faberge egg creations to their younger peers.

Easter Egg Hunt

World Book Day– Book Workshop with Anjali Morard

On the last day of term Oak and Elm were lucky to have a visit from children’s author Anjali Morard, who began by reading out loud her charming story about Fortnum the crocodile, which began life as a bedtime story for her young son. The class heard about the author’s writing process and her collaboration with the illustrator of the book, and then embarked on a writing workshop, writing their own stories based around a random selection of features covering setting, time and character. At the end of the session, several pupils read out their fun and imaginative stories

Enjoy your holiday!

Best wishes,

Mrs. Harrington, Christine, Joanna, Cecilia, Kareen, Mr. H , Valdir, Cyril and Mr. Kralka

Walnut Class Term 4 2021/22

This term we have had great fun exploring and developing our skills that have enabled us to take our learning that one step further.

Our Topic this term has been ‘From A to B’.  It was linked to an in-school project called ‘Exciting Eggs’. The children had the opportunity to learn and observe the incubation of chicks and follow their journey from eggs to chicks. The next stage of the chicks development will take place in the upcoming term. We are excited to share this with the children as they will be learning how to care for them.

LIVING FOR LITERACY

As part of our topic we researched different key aviation figures that have had an impact on modern day air travel. The children chose a key figure to research, they collected information and were asked to order them into sub-headings.

They were then set the challenge of ordering events chronologically. This supported the classes understanding of when events took place.

This term, the children have been learning how to plan, edit and improve their work. As a class we have worked on writing for a longer period of time as well as breaking our writing down into manageable sections or paragraphs.

Once the children had written each section or paragraphs they were then asked to use their developing skills of dictionary/thesaurus work to edit and improve their writing. This has enabled the children to develop their own understanding of the meaning of certain words as well as improved their own spoken and written vocabulary.

“WHO SAID THAT ?”

The children this term have also been learning about inverted commas and how they are used in writing. The children have successfully used them to indicate when a character is talking, as well as how a character has spoken those words.

READING FUNDERMENTALS

The children have continued to develop their reading comprehension skills. The children have worked hard on ensuring that they have read the text carefully, pulling apart the questions asked as well as using full sentences to answer the questions.

MINI TED TALKS

This term, the children have worked on developing their speaking and listening skills. They have been given the opportunity to bring into school an object of importance to share and discuss it with both classes.

This experience has helped the children to also develop their questioning and conversational skills. They have been so excited to share their special things with their peers.

MARVELS OF MATHS

Lines

We greatly enjoyed exploring shape this term! Many of us learned the differences between one-dimensional, two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects.  We also applied our learning to ponder about why four-dimensional movies were so named.

We learned to describe lines using words like vertical, horizontal, diagonal and curved.  We also learned to describe the relationship between lines: parallel, intersecting and perpendicular.  We had a blast applying our understanding of lines to capital letter riddles. 

A Riddle for You:  

I am thinking of a capital letter.  It is made up of two horizontal lines and one diagonal line.  Which letter could it be?

Describing angles came next: acute, right, obtuse and straight!  We found all these angles in nature and in letters.