Walnut Term 1 2021/22

This term we have been learning about ourselves and famous people from the past. As a class, we have made new friends and built new relationships. We have learnt that we are all different and that being different from one another is a good thing.

Information Inpectors!

This term, we have been learning about different genres of writing. First, we learnt about information texts and the features that are used to create an information text.

We started by exploring a range of information texts looking for clues on how they are written and the style in which they are presented.

After learning about the features used to write an information text we then chose a famous person from the past and conducted research. As a class, we decided that we wanted to find out more information about Marie Curie.

We recorded our findings using a spider diagram. From this, we carefully planned our information texts. Once this process was complete we wrote up our information texts using our plans to support our writing.

We then wrote our Hot pieces where we were challenged to use all the skills/features of the genre we had been learning about. Later in the term, we revisited information texts and asked to write a Yellow piece. This is to show us what we have remembered about this genre of writing.

Amazing Artist!

As part of our Art programme this term, we have been learning about different artists and their processes. First, we learnt about Monet and his style of painting, then we explored his painting of the water lilies. Once we had carefully looked over the painting we were set the challenge of creating our own versions.

Mathemagicians

This term, we learned how numbers are put together by exploring place value. We also learned to add and subtract greater value numbers and applied our learning to creative crafts such as a place value creature, space-themed colouring and skip-counting spider.

Place value

We started by learning how numbers are put together: place value. We learned to recognise the value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones). Then we applied our understanding to find 1, 10 and 100 more than a given number. We rounded up our learning by creating a place value creature!

We learned to use mathematical symbols to compare numbers and order them.

Also, we consolidated our skip-counting skills by counting in multiples of 2, 3, 5 and 10. We enjoyed using some catchy songs to help us. In the spirit of Halloween, we created skip-counting spiders!

Addition and Subtraction

After understanding place value, we learned to add and subtract numbers both mentally and using formal written methods. We applied our understanding as we tackled number puzzles, board games and even created some space-themed colouring.

Superb Scientists

We learned about the theme ‘Amazing Plants’. We also celebrated Space Week and took a fabulous trip to Ferme de Gally!

Amazing Plants

To link with the theme ‘Amazing Plants,’ we learned about the parts of a plant, flowering and non-flowering plants, plant uses as well as how plants grow and adapt to less than ideal environments. Our learning was highly hands-on: we used the engineering design cycle to develop prototype wind seed dispersal systems. Throughout our learning, there was a strong focus on collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication – key twenty-first-century skills.

Watch a video of the testing of our wind-propelled seed dispersal systems here.

We also designed and created prototypes of new carnivorous plants!

Space Week

During Space Week, we learned about the planets of our solar system! We also had a terrific time, working as a class to create their own model of our solar system.

Space Cartoons

As part of our space week, we read stories about space and role played adventures that the characters of the stories would take. From this, we created our own cartoons. We created our own worlds for our characters to explore.

Time travelllers!

As part of our topic this term, we have been learning about important events that have taken place in history. We were given a range of different events and asked to place these events in chronological order. To do this we had to learn about the difference between BC and AD.

We worked in small groups and discussed our choices for placing an event in a particular place in history. We were challenged to provide a reason for why we had done this.

Trip to Ferme de Gally

We had a wonderful time at Ferme the Gally. Choosing pumpkins was quite a task and we got to pick and eat some apples. This was a wonderful link to our Amazing Plants topic as we picked roots (radishes), fruits (apples) and leaves (lettuce). We also spotted some stems (celery), but they were not yet ready to be harvested. Plants are incredibly important to us, aren’t they?

Felting Project – Japanese bridge in Monet’s garden in Giverny 

The process of felting is very hands-on! The children have to tease the wool, layer it, apply hot water and soap and manipulate and mesh it together with their hands and feet as well as rolling pins.  

Inspired by the Impressionist painter Claude Monet, Birch and Walnut classes decided to recreate the Japanese bridge in Monet’s garden in Giverny.  

The felting piece was made from fine merino wool, additional felt pieces to make the lily pads and coarser rare-breed wool for the hanging willow and to bring added texture.  

By using sheep wool, soap, mesh, boiling water and tender hands, the children created this felting piece that represents their interpretation of the famous painting.  

We then embarked on the journey of writing step-by-step instructions.

First, we explored different types of instructions and discussed the common features found across all of them. From this, we were set the challenge of re-organizing a set of instructions.

We then explored the use of bossy verbs and time connectives that are used to make sure that instructions are very clear and easy to follow. We completed a task to ensure the order of words were correct.

Insect Hotel

Linked to our learning in Science based on ‘Flowers and insects’,  we measured, estimated and solved real-life problems. We worked with different materials and carpentry tools to create our own Insect Hotel.  

The children drew their very own and very different designs and then shared their ideas with each other before agreeing on the final version. We estimated, measured, re-measured, sorted, cut and hammered different materials and now are very proud of our achievement. In order to accomplish our mission, we learnt how to use a variety of carpentry tools safely. We collected and sorted different natural materials to make each room comfortable. Different habitats are organised to welcome our future guests and we will be observing their behaviour as soon as they arrive. The Insect Hotel welcomes all the mini-beasts and 1-meter social distancing does not need to be respected.  

Super Swimmers!

This term, We have taken part in weekly swimming sessions and had the opportunity to build on previous skills and to learn new ones.

Completing the sessions our confidence grew and grew! We all look forward to continuing our swimming learning journey in the summer term.

Fun in the Forest!

We spent lots of time exploring the forest floor and investigating signs of new plant growth. As a group, we were challenged to apply our scientific understanding and skills outside the classroom.

Spooky Halloween Fun!

As part of our Halloween celebrations, each class was given a pumpkin to carve. We discussed what type of pumpkin we wanted to have. Once we had carved it we then decorated the school with our different class pumpkins.

Halloween Celebrations!

On the last day of term, the whole school celebrated Halloween. We had a great time dressing up and completing a carousel of spooky activities.

The amazing PA were there to help us finish our day on a sweet note!

Trunk or Treat was super fun!

Fabulous French

The children have learnt new vocabulary and applied their French language skills to a range of different written and spoken activities, songs and games.

French IPC

Walnut class have continued to develop their French language skills through a range of different activities. The children have completed Autumnal Activities in French this has supported the development of seasonal vocabulary.

Birch Class Term 5 2020/21

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

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

LITERACY!

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

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

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

AMAZING READERS!

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

MAGICAL MATHS

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

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

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

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

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

SUPER SCIENCE!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCIENCE MUSEUM!!

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

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

Musée du Jouet!

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

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

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

SUPER SPORTSTARS!!

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

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

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

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

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

SPORTS DAY!!

We had an amazing day at sports day!

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

We learnt about team work and good sportsmanship.

Fantastic French!!

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

FRENCH IPC

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

Birch Class Term 4 2020/21

This term our topic was “The Exciting Egg Project”. We have been learning about the development of a chicken. As part of our learning journey, we had the opportunity to watch the development firsthand. From eggs in the incubator to fully formed chickens in their coup.

Pre-Term Learning

Before the term began we were set the challenge of gathering information about the life cycle of a chicken. Using the information we had collected we were then asked to present our findings to support others learning of this topic.

Literacy

We read the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’. As a class, we then discussed the main features of the story and how it would make us feel if we were the Little Red Hen. From this, we were set the task of sequencing the story and then asked to write the repeated vocabulary that appeared in the story.

What happens next?….

We read the story ‘Egg drop’ and followed the adventure taken by the egg who was desperate to fly. As a class, we discuss different endings of what could have happened to the egg if things worked out differently.

The success criteria for this session was to write full sentences about what happened to the egg. To complete this part of the task we use cartoon strips to support our writing of what happens next.

Comic books

We took our writing one step further by creating our own comics based on ‘Egg drop’ and ‘The Little Red Hen’. First, the class was given the scenario of the egg falling through the sky. What could be inside the egg? Could it be something other than a chick? The second scenario was that the Little Red Hen found something other than seeds. Thinking about those different stories we created our own comics. With some amazing and magical results!

It’s a chick life!

We learnt about the day by day development of the chick embryo. During this time we closely observed the changes happening inside the egg and drew them as accurately as possible onto a grid sheet.

We learnt about the life cycle of a chicken and each stage of a chickens development. Once we had completed the cycle we were challenged to write about each step in detail.

We then used our new knowledge of the life cycle of a chicken and used it to support the learning of others. Birch class lead a workshop for Maple class. We had great fun helping others learn all about chickens!

Magical Maths!

In order to become familiar with standard measures, pupils began to use measuring tools such as a ruler, weighing scales and containers. They measured objects which are familiar with. For example, their desks, whiteboard, chairs, even the class!

Pupils used and compared different types of quantities and measures using non-standard units and manageable common standards units.

WEIGHING BIRD EGGS

Related to our Egg-Exciting project, they could explore different types of eggs and put their knowledge into practice measuring and comparing the weight of several bird eggs, such as chicken, duck, goose.

One of the goals of the maths curriculum is to identify and recognise numbers, as well as to know how to read them. For this reason, Birch class worked to achieve that objective by playing BINGO.

The whole class spent time reading and recognising numbers from 0 to 100!! It was great fun!

We have to thank all the families for their support in proving us with plastic bottles in order to create the Baobab Tree for the school.

We have undertaken a competition, which consisted of knowing who was capable of collecting the most plastic bottles. Then, they collected and represented all data by making use of their knowledge about pictograms and graphics. As can be seen below, this is the diagram done in Birch class (each picture represent one pupil).

Amazing Scientists!

This term, we focused on “Electricity”.

According to the curriculum, this topic is introduced in upper years; however, we wanted to start with the foundations to understand electricity. It is crucial content, as well as complex to understand. For this reason, it is important to start from the beginning, by using first-hand practical experience and secondary sources of information such as books and videos.

As the entry point, the pupils were surprised with an authentic “MAGIC Plasma Ball”, which allowed the introduction of “Electricity”.

Through this surprising experience, we started to explore different components of a simple electrical circuit, and we ended up doing a brainstorm about “What would you like to know about electricity?”. It is important to encourage them to be curious and ask questions about what are they observing.

STAY SAFE!

Birch class learned about the safety measures that are necessary when working with electricity. By pairs, they designed posters to warn others pupils of the school from the possible dangers of using it. Then, we hung them around the school, in order to spread our message.

Learning by playing!

They created a memory game about the electrical components of a simple electric circuit. Also, they went to the “Electric zone” placed in Walnut class, and they tried to find those components. In this way, they could observe, manipulate and experiment with the learning topic.

What do these circuits do? Can you make a bulb light up?

Birch class has been learning the components of an electric circuit: lightbulb, battery, wires and switch. Pupils were provided with a box of several electrical components. By exploring them, they started testing different ways to built a circuit. For example, a circuit without a battery, a circuit with only one wire, wires connected in different ways, …

Following the motto: Learn by trial and error, self-discovery. The class discovered things about the crucial components that make a circuit work. They also learnt about how to connect them to make the electricity flow.

Once they had learnt how to make a bulb light up, they represented their ideas on a drawing basing on the circuit created.

Switch on / switch off

After exploring and seeing different types of switches, they applied their knowledge to build a simple electrical circuit. They had to make two circuits: one with the switch on and the other with the switch off. They were then asked to answer the question: What is going to happen in each circuit?

In this way, they had to recognise and identify the proper electrical components: light bulb, switch, wires and battery. Then, Birch class connected them appropriately using wires. Finally, based on their experience, they could answer the previous questions using their words and observations.

Absolute Artists!!

Birch class designed posters about “Safety commandments” to make other pupils aware of the dangers of using electricity. Both Birch and Walnut classes worked together on this project. They were encouraged to share ideas and knowledge from Science lessons along with combining their artistic skills.

Once signs were made, pupils hung them at specific points in order to be visible and useful.

We learnt about chickens, eggs, … in a cross-curricular way. From IPC, they have seen the cycle life of a chicken. In Science, the basic electrical components, such as motor, battery, bulbs and wires. Birch class then applied all this knowledge in the creation of a mock-up of an egg incubator, with the help of Walnut class.

Firstly, they started doing their sketch, drawing their ideal egg incubator, labelling the different components and also, deciding the design.

The last term in Maths’s subject, they learned about “2D and 3D Shapes”. In this activity, they have had the opportunity to show what they remembered about Geometry making handmade nests.

They managed to do it by working independently, measuring the sticks to obtain the desired shape and taking into account the space they had.

Let’s help save the World!

As part of our topic learning, we have been looking closely at what we can do to reduce, reuse and recycle as a school and as individuals. First, we read a book about what we could do to help the planet as individuals.

From this, we discussed what to do at school and home to save the planet and preserve the environment around us. As a class, we made a list of all the things that are important to do. We were then set the challenge of creating our own posters that are detailed and present a clear message of what you can do to help the environment.

Caring for the chicks

This term, we have been lucky enough to watch closely the development of a chicken, from an egg to hatching. During this time, the classes from around the school have taken turns in looking after the chickens and ensuring that they continue to stay strong and healthy.

Forest Adventures!

This term we have had some fantastic adventures in the forest from cycling to exploring, role-playing to climbing trees.

French IPC

This term in French IPC Birch and Walnut have learnt lots of amazing things. Please read all about it in the document attached.

French Sessions

This term, Birch class have continued to develop their language skills and apply them to new tasks. Please read all about their learning journey this term below.

Birch Class Term 3

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

Living it up in Literacy!

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

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

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

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

Fascinating Information Texts!

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

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

Expanding our understanding of writing

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

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

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

We love reading!