Walnut Class Term 5 2021/22

This term Walnut class has taken its learning outside. We have applied our skills to a range of different activities. This has enabled us to develop our critical thinking and well as our problem solving skills.

Loud Literacy

Walnut children have applied their knowledge and understanding of sentence structure, grammar and punctation to narrative writing.

We listened to soundscapes of a busy city and using them to describe what it would feel like to walk through it.

We discussed what our senses might be experiencing if we were walking through the city, what we could hear, see, smell, touch. After creating word banks we then applied this vocabulary to our writing.

We then applied our knowledge of the past, present and future tense verbs to a sorting activity. From this we were set the challenge of writing our own sentences.

We took our writing outside and with the view of Paris we were set the challenge of writing a setting description using the amazing view as a stimulus.

Exploring and extending our descriptive vocabulary, we took out bikes in the forest. This enabled use to explore the local environment as well as vocalise what we had experienced.

Ravenous Readers

This term we have continued to take our reading to the next level. We have explored a range of different genres. This has helped us to develop our vocabulary as well as our writing.

Show and Tell

As part of our learning journey this term we have used show and tell to develop our speaking and listening skills. This has helped us to further develop our spoken vocabulary, enabled us to talk about something we are interested in.

Magical Mathematics

In Maths, we started the term 5 as we finished the last one: with fractions. But this time we went a bit deeper:  calculating and identifying equivalent fractions and solving word problems that involve them.

We further developed the concepts of measurement in length and height. Also, we learnt how to interpret a range of scales for measuring mass and capacity. We refined our ability to measure length in centimeters, meters and millimeters, and applied this in a variety of contexts by using measuring tools including rulers and measuring tape.

Furthermore, we learnt facts about time, compare and order time intervals and tell the time on an analogue clock to the nearest five minutes. We then took this learning outside.

Walnut class also learnt to use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement, including motion in a straight line. We learnt to distinguish between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for quarter, half and three-quarter turns in clockwise and anticlockwise directions. 

Serious Scientists

This term, we learned about rocks and fossils. We became geologists as we explored a variety of rocks and described them. We then classified rocks based on their mode of formation – igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic.

We had a ball using chewy sweets to model the rock cycle.

It is incredibly important to find links between our learning and our environment. So, we trawled the school for rocks being used and linked their uses to their properties. Why do we use slate for roofs? Why do we write with chalk?

Then, we investigated fossils. We learned about the different ways that fossils can be formed. We also had the opportunity to learn about dinosaurs of our choice and how paleontologists came to know so much about them. Next, we had a go at creating our very own replacement and trace pseudo-fossils using plaster of Paris and clay respectively. It was fun stamping our 3D- printed dinosaur footprints into clay.

There is soil all around us: in our gardens, in the forest, at the beach, even in my car! We learned about three types of soils and how their permeability varies.

We then explored the soil profile and created our very own soil profile jars using natural materials within our local environment.

From the start of this theme, we had weekly questions about studying gems and we did answer them all!

We learned about geodes and created our very own ones in eggshells. Does anyone need a shimmering Epsom salt geode for an engagement ring?

The children thoroughly enjoyed this topic judging by their enthusiasm – bringing in rocks that they found and attempting to name them, even creating their own trace fossils using mud in the forest. Walnut rocks!

Super Swimmers!

This term, we continued to develop our swimming skills and became more confident in the water. We learnt new games, how to stay safe as well as different swimming techniques.

Crazy for Capoeira!

This term Walnut class took part in Capoeira workshops, they were taught the art of this amazing fight dancing. This encouraged the class to move their bodies in ways they had not before.

In pairs the class practiced their moves as they learnt how to control their bodies when using these new moves.

Pony Camp

This term Birch and Walnut took a trip to a Pony Camp. This was the first time for some spending a few days away from home. The children were amazing! they learnt new skills, made new friends and developed their independence.

First, we met at the train station and all got ready to take our long trip. It was a fun journey as we played games and spoke with friends. We couldn’t wait to arrive at our camp!

When we arrived we took part in a welcome presentation where we learnt about the different types of activities we would be taking part in over the next couple of days. We also learnt about the different types of ponies that live at the camp.

We learnt how to care for the ponies as well as all the important safety rules that needed to be followed when working with the ponies.

We also had great fun in our down time we played games, football and run outs. It was so much fun!

Superstar Singers!

During Music workshops this term the class learnt a range of new songs both in English and in French. In groups they broke off into small chorus to experiment with rhythm and tempo.

Dizzy Design Technology!

In Design and Technology projects, Walnut children have had the opportunity to extend their understanding of a variety of different carpentry techniques while completing our FISP Book swap Box. The children were always eager to get on with the project straight away and demonstrated precise actions while using a drill, hammer and a saw and now know how to use them safely. We investigated with the different electric components, discussed their role and then constructed various electric circuits. We disassembled old phones and computers and used the components while creating our own Recycled Eiffel Towel. Linked to our “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle” theme in IPC, we constructed our own drawing robot out of recycled materials that created one of the masterpieces that was displayed on the art auction. Birch Class also designed their own buzzing-drawing robot and it was keen to add its own finishing touches to the painting. What a Fantastic Year Walnut Design Team. You have learnt so many new skills and thoroughly enjoyed working collaboratively on ‘Stick Man’, ‘Insect Hotel’, ‘Mathematical Christmas tree’, ‘Drawing robot’, ‘Wooden toys’ and ‘FISP Book swap box’ projects and I am very proud of your achievements.

Sporting Super Stars!

In PE we played so many new games such as “polis y cacos”, “spyder”, “el pañuelo” or “el pistolero”. We learnt the importance of playing and competing as a team and that no matter the result, the point is to have fun and always try your best.

Birch and Walnut classes took part in Sports workshops were they were able to develop their fine and gross motor skills. They took part in a number of team building games.

We tested out our sporting abilities when we took part in the whole school sports day. We worked in teams to achieve the best possible scores! Well done to you all!

We created signs to help cheer on our teams.

Fabulous French!

IPC French

Take a look at all the amazing things we learnt about in our IPC French classes.

Summer Fete!

What an amazing day we had at our summer fete! The whole school took part in an amazing performance in the forest.

What great fun was had by all! It was a fantastic way to celebrate the school as well as everyone’s achievements.

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.

2D-Shapes

Investigating two-dimensional shapes was a blast.  We named them, described irregular and regular shapes, created patterns with them and even explored symmetry.  Here are our pictures exploring 2-dimensional shapes and symmetry.  Can you spot the type of symmetry used?

2D Shape Art Gallery

Symmetrical Art Gallery

3D-Shapes

There are three-dimensional shapes all around us; we can pick them up.  We learned to sort, name and describe these using words like faces, curved surfaces, edges and vertices.  Some of us even learned to spot the nets of 3-dimensional shapes.

Fractions

We also learned about different fractions such as one-third, three-quarters and the equivalence of two-quarters with one-half. We explored them and deepened our knowledge of halves and quarters of a range of different shapes, objects and quantities. 
We learned how to write fraction notations and discovered the role of the numerator and denominator.  We used small manipulatives such as counters to investigate fractions of quantities.

SAVVY SCIENTISTS

This term, we learned about animals, including humans. 

We identified living and non-living things, then sorted animals by diet: carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.  We all want to stay healthy.  Therefore, we learned about healthy eating, posture and the need for exercise. 

It was interesting to investigate the influence of physical activity on muscle strength and fitness.  We measured our lung capacities, checked our breathing rate before and after exercise, then came to our own conclusions on how to stay healthy.

We learned to classify animals as mammals and non-mammals, vertebrates and invertebrates.  We also learned about life cycles and applied our understanding to create our own life cycles: real or imaginary.  Visit our life cycle gallery.

Here is a video summarising what we learned this term.

https://vimeo.com/701347189

UP AND AWAY

As part of our topic learning this term both Birch and Walnut took a trip to the local Airfield. This was a great opportunity for the children to take their learning outside the classroom.

We were very lucky to have a guided tour of the hanger, workshop and air traffic control tower. Whilst on our visit the children were able to see a small aircraft take off and land.

We took turns sitting a light aircraft and learnt about all the different controls that they have to control the movement of the plane.

AMAZING ARTISTS

This term, we have been learning about POP ART. The children have look closely at a range of different artists that use this art form. We have explored bright colours, patterns and printing.

First, we focused on the work of Andy Warhol , the children chose a famous face from the present day and recreated the well known print of Marilyn Monroe. The children had to ensure that they used bright colours to recreate a new work of art.

From this, the children learnt all about the Brazilin artist Romero Britto. The children created images of people, places or objects and then cut and stuck different patterns to fill their artwork with colour. Finally, we created our own POP ART pieces onto canvas using all of the different techniques we have learnt.

CAPOEIRA AND MUSIC WORKSHOPS

The children have taken part in weekly Capoeira workshops, where they have learnt about the special movements needed to create this beautiful dance. The children have learnt how to control their bodies as well as the history behind the dance. Both classes have also explored the music and rhythm.

DIZZY DESIGNERS

During this term we continued working on our collaborative creation “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 and Walnut students now demonstrate precise actions while using a drill, hammer and a saw. 

Birch and Walnut students should to 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! 

Birch and Walnut have taken part in design and building their own modes of transport for an egg to safely fly through the sky. The children carefully chose materials that would be suitable for safely carrying and landing an egg.

Once they had built their egg flying machines the next step was to test them out. There were many successful maiden voyages.

OUT IF THIS WORLD ORIENTEERS

The children of Middle School were set the challenge of teaching others how to direct themselves through the forest. The children worked together to set up presentations and games to support development of others orienteering skills.

The learning was then taken outside of the classroom into the forest. This is where the children were set the challenge of applying their new skills to map reading, through Treasure hunting and compass work.

Everyone had great fun ! This enabled the children share experiences and knowledge.

LET’S CELEBRATE!

This term, both classes have had lots to celebrate from birthdays to international book day.

The children had lots of fun making their own pancake batter and then taking turns to cook their mix on a pancake marker. They later shared their pancakes with EYFS and Middle School children.

Some children have celebrated their birthdays at school this term. We have been spoilt with all the amazing and yummy cakes.

INTERNATIONAL BOOK DAY

For international book day the children all dressed up as their favourite book characters. We were also lucky enough to have a visit from a local author that has her books published in both English and French.

The author provided us with sheets to support our story writing. We were then set the challenge of writing our own imaginative stories.

EASTER EGG HUNT

On Good Friday, the children had a surprise visit from the Easter Bear. The children were able to successfully catch up with him as he dropped eggs along the way. They sadly lost him deep in the forest.

On our return to school, we decided as a group that we should share the eggs evenly between all the children. They were yummy!

FOREST FUN

Both classes have spent a lot of time the forest this term learning how to work in teams as well as developing skills learnt in previous terms. The children have enjoyed taking part in different challenges and games.

ADVENACE FRENCH CLASS

In advanced French Class children have continued to develop their level and understanding of French.

FRENCH CLASS

The children have continued to learn new vocabulary through a range of activities, games and songs.

FRENCH IPC

This term, the children have learnt lots of amazing things linked to our topic. They had conducted these topic sessions in French.

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Walnut Class Term 3 2021/22

Our Topic for this term was ‘Stories People Tell: Myths, Legends and Fables’. The children learnt about myths, legends and fables. We looked closely at different myths and legends as well as stories told and celebrated in countries from around the world. The class enjoyed finding out how people in the past were represented in stories. We did this through reading fables and traditional tales.

Let’s tell a story!

This term, in Literacy, the children have been learning about Myths and Legends. We looked closely at the Myths and Legends from Ancient Greece. Starting our reading journey by exploring a range of different stories that included beasts and gods.

Then we looked closely at the features used within this genre of writing as well as the message it was trying to convey. The children enjoyed exploring new and exciting creatures that appeared which gave them an idea to include this in their own writing.

Once we had an understanding of what is needed to create an effective character description we then planned and wrote our own. Applying our knowledge and understanding of the stages taken to write a Myth or Legend we planned and wrote our own. Although before we begin to write anything we have learned that it is important to have a great plan.

Walnut class have continued to develop their writing skills through the use of using supportive materials, such as Dictionaries and Thesaurus’. This has supported the children in their knowledge and understanding of the use and meaning of words.

We continued to develop our writing skills by exploring recounts. First, we read a mixture of ‘good recounts’ examples and noted the features used. Then, we identified the questions that are asked to ensure that a recount provides the whole story of what has happened. To do this we read a ‘model’ recount example and highlighted sections that would help us to answer these questions.

Using the information we had found we applied this to joining our notes together which enabled us to construct sentences that retold what had happened on a given day.

This term, we have also worked on developing our handwriting skills. The class have learnt new cursive writing as well as practised using previously taught ones.

Ranging Readers!

As part of our whole school program, the children of Walnut class have taken it in turns to read to Maple which has encouraged them to develop their reading skills as well as interact with different children from around the school.

Amazing Artist!

As part of our learning journey this term we have closely looked at the Art produced in the time of the Ancient Greeks. Beginning by looking at the art found on pottery.

We discussed the types of images and colours found on a mixture of different pottery from this time period and compared it to pottery we have seen in today’s world. The children were then set the challenge of creating their own versions. First taking the time to carefully plan and design them based on pictures they had seen.

The class then took part in a clay workshop moulding and creating their pottery. The children thought of new inventive ways when recreating their designs onto the pottery.

The children then decorated their pottery in the colours that would have been used back in Ancient Greece. They took their time to layer the colours one by one.

Super Statues!

The children continued to explore Ancient Greek expressions by creating their own statues. The class viewed and discussed different types of statues from this time period and then decided the type of statues they wanted to create. The class chose an early Greek style of statues that were very similar to the Egyptian style.

The trials of Hercules

As part of our IPC topic, the children have been learning about the trials of Hercules. We have been reading a range of different stories that detail his adventures. From this, we were set the challenge of creating our story/cartoon about Hercules.

Marvellous Maths

The Walnut class have been learning to divide one and two-digit numbers by two, three, four, five, eight and ten. They have also been learning to represent data using tally marks, pictograms, block diagrams, bar charts and tables.

Science of Light

In science, the Walnut class have been learning to understand shadows, reflections, the visible light spectrum and the way our eyes work.

Design and Technology workshops

Brilliant Birch and Wonderful Walnuts on their construction journey.  We worked with different materials and carpentry tools to create our own FISP Book Swap Box. We measured, estimated and solved real-life problems and most importantly supported each other on our challenging carpentry mission. The children realised how important it is to measure and remeasure and now know that only when certain we should cut.

Young designers and engineers learnt how to use a distance measuring wheel, string, rulers, measuring tape and their bodies in order to measure the different distances. Birch and Walnuts also practised drawing nearly perfect circles whilst using a string, pencil and a stick with the centimetre scale. 

Fantastic work, Birch and Walnuts! You are our Design and Technology Dream Team.

Groovy Geography

The children of Birch and Walnut have been learning about the different countries found in Europe. Once they had located them on the map they were asked to label and colour them. We took our learning further by researching the capital cities of chosen countries.

Forest Fun!

This term, we have explored different parts of the forest. We have gone deeper into the woods to find new routes and revisited old ones. We took part in challenges to build small houses and transport large logs from one area of the forest to another.

The children made some wonderful discoveries in the forest this term. We discovered structures that were pre-built as well as ones that had fallen into disrepair.

Playful playtime

Children from different classes in the school were given the opportunity to interact and play. They created games, imaginary places, stories, songs and much more.

The children of Birch and Walnut classes also applied their role-play skills to create their own pop-up Burger Restaurant on the playground! This led to some amazing pieces of writing.

Fabulous French!

Take a look at all the fantastic things we have been up to this term in French.

Interesting IPC French!

Take a look at all the amazing things we have been up to in IPC French.

Walnut Term 2 2021/22

Our Topic for this term has been ‘Push and Pull’ The children have learnt about different forces and magnets, looked closely at how forces act upon an object. They have also learnt to compare and group a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet as well as identifying some magnetic materials.

Walnut Class enjoyed observing how different objects move along the same surface as well as conducting fair tests.

Loud in Literacy!

We have been looking closely at how we play games and the instructions that can be given to people that have never played them before.

Once we have explored a range of games we were set a challenge of explaining how it works to a buddy.

From this, as a class, we looked closely at the features of an explanation text and how the structure is different to other texts we have explored before. After this, the class were asked to choose a game and write an explanation of how it works using the features of the genre correctly.

This term, we have also taken our writing one step further by learning the skills to help us to edit and improve our work. We did this by re-reading sentences and selecting the best possible words to ensure our writing was clear and precise. Another skill we have developed this term is to support one another by offering advice and support when reading work aloud to the class.

Magical Maths

This term, we learned about money and multiplication. 

We learned that European money is composed of specific coins and notes which can be combined to make a purchase.  We learned to calculate totals, give change and even determine whether or not we have enough money for a purchase.

We also explored the meaning of multiplication using a variety of concrete materials.  We now understand that multiplication is the same as repeated addition.  We can use arrays, drawings and bar diagrams to help us show our understanding of multiplication.  Our favourite activity was playing BUMP to consolidate our understanding of the two, three, five and ten times tables.

Sensational Scientists

In science, we learned about types of forces, the role of friction, gravity, speed, magnetism as well as the law of action and reaction.  Through lots of hands-on learning and experiments, we built our understanding of forces all around us and their importance.

We particularly enjoyed playing Pucket as we explored pull.

We focused on making hypotheses before an experiment, recording our results and drawing conclusions.  We also tried our best to ensure that our tests were fair.  We believe that that’s what smart scientists do.

It was a blast spotting things that we could push and pull at school.

We explored friction by spinning a spinning top on different surfaces.  We learned that friction slows down motion and can make things stop moving.  Friction is more on rough surfaces compared to smooth ones.

Next, we performed experiments to see how far a marble rolls on slopes of different inclinations.  We learned that steep slopes allow for higher speed.

We were walking in the air when we explored gravity.  We learned that gravity pulls everything to the ground, but air resistance slows it down.  Everything moving through air experiences some air resistance.  Air resistance is more on wider things.  Our small parachute dropped quickly, but our larger one floated for a bit longer. 

After that, we explored magnetism: understanding it to be a non-contact force, finding magnetic and non-magnetic items and noting how the poles of a magnet react to each another – attract and repel. 

Paper aeroplane anyone?  We learned about how the shape of an item can affect how it travels through the air.  Which paper aeroplane floats for the longest?  Which one travels the furthest?  We particularly loved the speedy dart-shaped aeroplane and the whimsical UFO.  We ended our learning by designing and making a kite to take home!

Stick Man with Mr Kralka

Linked to our learning in Science based on ‘Push and Pull’,  we measured, estimated and solved real-life problems. We worked with different materials and carpentry tools to create our own Stick man.  

The children read the story of the stick man and then drew their very own. They all had very different designs and were encouraged to share and discuss 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 part of our stick man.

The finished result was a stick man with a range of moving parts for all to play with when on the school playground.

Crazy about Christmas!

The children continued to develop their carpentry skills by applying them to creating and building their very own Christmas tree. Both Walnut and Birch classes were challenged to work as a team to create this Christmas masterpiece.

Walnut class supported Birch class by taking the lead and ensuring that clear instructions were given throughout the task. Walnut children were asked to conduct a risk assessment as well as apply their knowledge and understanding of how these tools work.

Once we had finished building our Christmas trees, they were proudly displayed at the entrance of the school for all to see.

Christmas Spectacular!

As part of the build-up to Christmas, the children of FISP took part in a Christmas show spectacular. Over several weeks all children took part in rehearsals, song practises, set designing and costume creating.

The whole school worked very hard to develop an outstanding piece of theatre. They all enjoyed performing in front of their parents and friends.

Fabulous French!

As part of the day to day life in school, both classes take part in French lessons. This enables the children to become emerged in the language as well as practice speaking with others.

IPC French

The children of Birch and Walnut classes continued the development of their French skills through applying them to Topic work. Completing tasks set completely in French.

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.