Birch Class, Term 5, 2023-2024

What an incredible journey we’ve had in Term 5 exploring “Olympic Games” Our classroom has been alive with enthusiasm as we’ve explored the wonders of Antique Greece, sports, and values of the Olympic. We’ve also had a fantastic trip, delved deep into the fascinating world of History, showcased our talents in the summer show, and had a thrilling sports day. Moreover, we have been able to keep developing and improving our mathematical and literary skills.


In Birch Class, our mathematical journey this term has been full of exploration and discovery. We’ve been delving into geometry, learning about position and direction through fun activities that involve understanding spatial relationships and using directional language. Additionally, we’ve been exploring time, mastering skills such as telling time to the hour and half-hour, and understanding concepts like morning, afternoon, and evening.


This term the students learned all about the importance of ‘describing words’: adjectives. We read Percy the Park Ranger books and the students were able to find words to describe the characters of ‘One Springy Day’ and make a poster to show off their amazing adjectives!

We also worked on counting out how many syllables there are in words by clapping out each sound. We continued working on our super spelling skills with daily mini spelling tests using our whiteboards and learning new sound combinations including the magic e, the shy i and repeating our “when two vowels go walking the first does the talking” to help us remember how to pronounce words properly. We also got dressed up as our favourite characters & celebrated International Book Day with the whole school.

French with Marie

Cette cinquième période a été bien chargée en apprentissage puisque plusieurs notions de grammaire et de conjugaison ont été abordées en plus des nouveaux sons et des fiches de lecture et de compréhension. Nous avons abordé différents thèmes tels que la fête des mères et des pères, la fête de la musique, l’été…

Les livres lus durant ce terme ont été les suivants:

De ces albums, ont découlé différentes activités qui ont permis l’exploitation de ces histoires. Nous avons donné du sens à l’apprentissage des voyelles et des consonnes.

A chaque début de semaine, vos enfants ont appris et chanté une nouvelle chanson:

Une poule grise, Une poule sur un mur, Ma belle gazelle, Y’a un rat, Dans ma guitare, L’enfant et l’oiseau,

Les objectifs de cette période ont été:

– d’étudier la langue française

– de s’exprimer de manière plus fluide

– de renforcer la syntaxe en s’exprimant oralement

– de connaître et d’acquérir les sons et les consonnes ( au/eau, c/ç, y, s=ss/s=z, q/k, g/ge, ai/ei, ph, gn ) ainsi que le principe du code alphabétique

– d’ associer le nom de la consonne et de connaître le son qu’elle produit

– d’approfondir le geste graphique en s’exerçant à écrire en attaché (écriture cursive)

– se familiariser avec la dictée

– de lire et de comprendre les histoires lues, de livres (collection Sami et Julie): La fête des mères et Les Olympiades de Sami et Julie

– de chanter collectivement une chanson


Design & Technology and ART Auction

And then B+W+O+E,

created some ART,

They really got creative,

 and it was also SMART.

Felted Monet’s Bridge,

& wilted sunflowers.

Felted Jazz & Starry Night,

Were nicely added to the

Art Auction Catalogue.

For our Parents to admire,

and enjoy with delight.

Forest challenges and team building activities


The Olympic Games are a big sports party where athletes from all over the world come together to have fun and show their talents. There are many different sports like running, swimming, soccer, and even high jumping! Each athlete represents their country and tries to win medals: gold, silver, and bronze medals. The Olympic Games happen every four years, and each time, it’s in a different country. It’s like a big meeting of friends where everyone does their best, cheers each other on, and has fun together. The Olympic Games show us that sports are great for staying healthy and making friends!

We’ve read these books:

We also studied the values of the Olympic Games and discovered the origin of these games.

We learnt 2 songs for the summer show:

La flamme Olympique and We will rock you/we are the champions

Art &Music

This term, we’ve studied the painter Keith Harring and we’ve painted the canvas for the Art auction at the Summer Fête.

And they’ve made artistic activity for Mother and Father’s Day

Trip to Poitiers

This year, we went on our school trip to Saint Pierre de Maillé, a small village 45 km from Poitiers. The children slept in teepees.

We went canoeing.

We spent a day at the Futuroscope.

Then we visited a castle, went for a long walk, and then explored the ruins of another fortress.

Summer Fête

Olympic Circus Activity

For the past two days, we have had the opportunity to participate in a circus activity related to the Olympic Games.

Coding and Programming Workshop

This term, students created a Flappy Bird game on Scratch Jr. They set up a background, painted pipes, chose a character, changed the scene if they lost, and programmed the bird to fly using the arrow keys. This game took longer than expected to complete, and the students demonstrated perseverance, hard work, and attention to detail. We finished the term with a project based on the song “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” which included a small picture of themselves rowing the boat and moving through different scenes. Well done, Birch!

Sports day