Birch Class Term 3

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

Living it up in Literacy!

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

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

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

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

Fascinating Information Texts!

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

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

Expanding our understanding of writing

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

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

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

We love reading!

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

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

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

Mathematical monsters!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Super Science!

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

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

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

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

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

Is it waterproof?

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

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

Waterproof scenario: being ready for the circus arrival.

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

Amazing Art!

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

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

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

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

Roll Up Roll!

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

Global Explorers!

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

Forest Fun!

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

Fabulous French!

IPC French

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

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.


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.


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.

We then used what we had learnt about numbers of the term and applied it to making simple sums. First we used our bodies to make the sums then used Numicon and wrote the numbers on a whiteboard.

Forest Fun

We have done some amazing things in the forest this term; Fairy hunting, wreath making, searching for mushrooms, roleplay, shape and number hunting and much much more.