Maple class Term 3, 2021/2022

Welcome to Maple class’s Term 3 blog!

We were happy to welcome new friends into our class.

We have thoroughly enjoyed playing and exploring, learning and investigating, building and creating masterpieces.

Our theme for this term was “Inventors and explorers”, and Maples have really given it their all! We have learnt about different types of professions, made our own rocket ship that we loved to play in, and shared with each other ideas on what we want to be when we grow up. We built a house in the forest, created a camp site where we could sit and discuss things, both serious and funny. We performed our own plays in the classroom and used clay to form letters and even write our names.

Every morning we sing our welcome song, learning each other’s names and sharing news. We are starting to remember the days of the week and months of the year as we sing our songs.

We have worked very hard on our Maths, through a variety of different activities. We are learning to add up to twenty confidently, using cubes, dominoes, chestnuts … anything! We really enjoy playing with the number mats and are learning to sequence numbers using the number mats in various games – both inside class in circle time and outside on the large playground. We are learning to recognise and create simple patterns and we can count from 0 to 20 and backwards from 20 to 0! Maples are also starting to notice that there is math all around us, even in everyday activities, like dividing our snacks, the number of steps to the canteen, the number of days in a week or months of the year. Everywhere we look, we can identify shapes, whether these are triangles and rectangles in a house with windows and a door or in the toys we bring for show-and-tell (eg the book is square or rectangular, the shields are round or oval). We are discovering and exploring different materials and textures of things around us (plastic for storage bins, fabric for soft toys or clothing, wood used for a toy hammer or metal for a toy police car). It is interesting to expand our vocabulary when discussing the differences and similarities, using our senses to discover and discuss the qualities we observe.

Literacy is awesome and we have loved to listen to stories, including “The most magnificent thing”, “Izzy Gizmo”, “The Gruffalo”, “Whatever next”, “How to catch a star”, “When I grow up” and others. We have shown that we remember many key details, we can predict what can happen next and we are very good at sequencing events and empathising with characters in the story. We are sharing the joy of storytelling by bringing our favourite toys into class and telling our friends about it, answering their questions, sharing and comparing with each other. We also have the pleasure of various people reading stories to us, including students from Walnut class. As well as reading, Maples are learning Phonics through the Jolly Phonics method. We are learning our first sight words through different exciting and interactive play – card games, sand-box tracing, writing with crayons outside, are just some examples.

 Our class loves Art, and they put a lot of effort into everything they do. The children have enjoyed drawing cat faces on paper plates for their kitty hospital and making a colourful cat collage with colourful tissue paper in teams of two. The rain and muddy puddles encouraged us to re-look our tree display board in the entrance and we decided to make our own mud to paint with. Our art easels were the trees in the forest with paper fixed on them. We used our mud mixtures to create different textures and once dried, we used these for decorating the tree trunk of our display board in the school entrance – please have a look on your next visit! The class put a lot of thought and effort into making a large rocket ship, represented in some of our books this term, for exploration of the moon and catching a star. Maples loved making their own valentine cards (practicing our heart patterning) and tracing and cutting stars for our displays.

Maple class loves to learn new songs and learn different actions to move to the music and words. They are learning about tempo and how we can express ourselves through music by dancing, acting, drawing, and singing. We did a whole group drawing project, listening to the song Le Printemps – Vivaldi and feeling the music and hearing the tempo and cadence and then interpreting this onto paper. Another project we really enjoyed was learning the song Castle on a Cloud, planning, and designing our costumes, set space, and performing the song (song attached below). We went to the forest to find large enough sticks to be strong horses, and back at school we added eyes by hammering 2 golden pins in each and adding fabric and decorations of choice. Everyone helped with the sewing of the white maidens’ costumes, and we constructed and painted our own set for the show. To see their excitement as the project developed, with their input and imagination, was truly inspiring.

 We love exploring both the forest and the orchard, collecting natural materials found on our daily visits to use in class for art projects. We also use nature to help us count, compare, and trace in the mud. This term we did a lot of work on balance, using the balance beams in the forest, both thin and thick tree trunks. We had a lot of fun playing balloon tennis in the orchard, practicing our hand-eye co-ordination. Maples love free play and exploration, and they adore climbing trees! They are learning that thin branches are not necessarily the safest to stand on, and they must be very careful when taking risks. They also built a wooden house in the forest this term, applying their learning from the previous term’s house to make the structure more secure and big enough to allow them to play inside. This required strategic planning, teamwork and physical power. When not in the forest or orchard, we also went outside to play with our new friends, learning how to work together as a team to manoeuver a ball on the parachute  – a lot of teamwork, concentration and listening skills needed for success. We also had a fun session using the sticks we collected in the forest, together with string, to make very large bubbles!

Et voici ce que Maple ont fait ce trimestre, en français.

Chestnuts and Willows Blog Term 5 2020-2021


Little Chestnuts and Willows rolled up their sleeves this term and took very good care of their plot in order to harvest some delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs! Our tiny hands planted strawberries, various types of salads, tomatoes, radishes, basil, tarragon as well as parsley and we were able to add them to our lunches at school to the delight of all our FISP friends 😊 Growing our own food helps establish a strong connection between children and nature as well as provides a better understanding of where food comes from and how it gets to our plates all the while developing our gross and fine motor skills in a fun way!

Natural Gifts for Mother’s Day

For our Plants and Flowers term little Chestnuts and Willows created unique natural gifts for Mother’s Day! These gifts are truly special as not only were the children able to make them themselves from elements that they handpicked locally, these flowers contain many beneficial properties. Indeed, using freshly collected flowers from the orchard, the children created a daisy infused macerated oil with naturally lifting and toning properties as well as an anti-inflammatory and nourishing dandelion salve to the delight of their mommies.

Melody Our School Hen

Staying true to our Forest School education, little Chestnuts and Willows have had the pleasure of sharing their days with Melody our school hen 😊 From feeding her and playing catch in the corridors, reading her our favourite stories, singing to her and having her nap with us during the day, Melody has really become an integral part of our daily life here at FISP to the joy of our little ones.


In order to learn more about various plants, flowers and insects, little Chestnuts and Willows spent a morning at the magical Butterfly Farm! Mesmerised at so many butterflies and moths from all over the world flying around and sometimes even landing on us, this was definitely a special educational treat that we will all remember!

Off to the Farm

This term we went on a field trip to the wonderful Ferme de Gally in order to learn about trees, plants, insects and see our favourite animals of course! The children were able to visit horses, cows, bunnies, peacocks, pigs and best of all we were even allowed to come really close and pet sheep as well as baby goats! Strengthening bonds with the natural world is one of our top proprieties here at FISP as we strive to make sure we continuously provide opportunities for children to interact and to come in greater contact with wildlife, crops and animals in general. This helps children develop a sense of responsibility, empathy and compassion from a very early age which contributes to how they will see and interact with their environment for years to come.


The children had so much fun swimming this term! Although some of the children were not so comfortable with water at the beginning of the year, I am proud to say they all transformed into little Dolphins who just can’t get enough of jumping and sliding down into the pool 😊 Swimming is such a great to develop our bodies and coordination as well as enhancing our general strength and endurance

Chestnut and Willow Classes Blog Term 3, 2020-2021

Peer-to-Peer Teaching

Little Chestnuts and Willows were very excited to be able to become teachers for a day as we visited other classes such as Maple, Walnut and Birch in order to teach them about various types of materials! Coming in with our mystery bags filled with varied materials such as wood, glass, plastic, rubber, paper and fabric gathered on our material hunts around the school, the children proudly presented each material, asking if the other pupils could recognise them all the while providing some examples of where to find such a material 😊 Bravo to our little forest teachers!

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The Early Years and Preschool sections were also visited by older students in order for them to teach us about the exciting project they are building in Middle School: an Eco-Tree, a structure made from materials such as plastic, paper and cardboard in order to recycle these materials and raise awareness of how we can use / re-use materials. This perfectly fit in with our What’s it Made Of theme and our little ones were so very proud to be able to actively participate in the conversation as they recognised various materials and could engage with the other children as well as ask questions.

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Research has shown that peer-to-peer teaching is an invaluable asset which promotes confidence, develops social skills, increases communication and encourages problem solving which are all fundamental to children’s development.

Recycling our Christmas tree

In the Chestnut and Willow classes we couldn’t bear to throw our Christmas tree out! We felt it was quite wasteful to use a real tree to decorate it for less than a month only to get rid of it and so we decided to roll our sleeves up and give our beloved tree a second life by recycling its various parts! We repurposed the trunk and foot into fun building blocks and incorporated them into various art projects while the needles will be turned into a natural pulp which we will then add to the soil once it gets a little warmer in order to create our own compost and nourish the earth with nutrients 😊 Teaching children about recycling and how we can repurpose elements is a crucial life lesson to start early on if we want them to be able to see the world as a connected whole which can continuously feed itself all the while reducing unnecessary waste by finding innovative and often simple solutions.

Material Faces

Could my eyes be made out of wood? My mouth from metal and my hair out of fabric? Challenge accepted! Indeed, little Chestnuts and Willows created such beautiful self-portraits out of samples of various materials they picked themselves out of materials we could gather around such as wood, plastic, fabric, paper, metal and rubber! These original and at times quite ingenious designs opened up discussions regarding the various properties of materials such as opacity, weight, texture and movement and were very fun to make 😊 The children used parts of our recycled Christmas tree for the heads and handled tools such as glue guns and hammers independently which responsibilizes them into being more careful and precise with their own movements as well as develops fine motor skill and dexterity.    

Building a Geoboard

What better way to engage with multiple materials and get to explore shapes at the same time than to create our very own Geoboard! A mathematical tool which introduces shapes and geometry in an accessible, fun and tactile way, the children not only had so much fun creating it, it fast became a favourite in the class even for our smaller ones 😊 The children were very proud of this project and they can be as they found the perfect piece of wood and hammered the nails themselves of course! This activity allowed us to explore various materials such as wood, metal, plastic (tops of nails) and rubber as well as develop our hand-eye coordination and precision with the added bonus of learning how to create simple geometric shapes with no assistance! Bravo little ones 😉  

Making Play Dough

In the spirit of learning how things are made and our main theme What’s It Made Of, little Chestnuts and Willows created their own play dough out of flour, water, salt, and vegetable oil! So creamy and elastic, this wonderfully natural recipe is perfect to use even for our little ones as it’s one hundred percent chemical-free down to the beautifully rich colouring provided by curcuma and red cabbage juice in order to make exciting yellow and purple batches. Following covid regulations, we of course made sure that every child made their own batch of play dough to use personally which the children loved 😊 Providing children with the opportunity to follow simple recipes and giving them the space and time to take an active part in the creation process enables them to develop their problem solving skills, boosts their confidence and makes them realise that the world isn’t so inaccessible after all.. Indeed, no matter how young I am, there are many many things I can achieve with only a helping hand to guide me through the way!

Sink or Float?

That’s right! Knowing various properties of surfaces, textures, colours and weight is simply not enough when studying different materials! One particular test must be realised in order to see how various materials react differently when faced with the same element: Water! (And also because it’s so much fun😉) In this activity, we learned that wood floats to the top while metal sinks, plastic floats while glass sinks down to the bottom and that elements made from two materials can react both ways: magnifying glasses which contain both glass and plastic sink to the bottom all the while having a floating handle as the plastic part and the glass part do not react the same way! Fascinating! Introducing simple science experiments such as Sink or Float is important in Early Years as it familiarises children with scientific and mathematic methods of posing hypotheses and analysing results.

Making Paper

We made our very own paper! That’s right! And we had so much fun making it 😉 Making paper was one of the children’s favourite activities this term which is great as it opened up many discussions on recycling, on how we can use materials again, how we can use some materials in order to create other materials, where paper comes from etc. For this project, we decided to recycle paper ourselves meaning we used old paper and cardboard to create our very own new paper to which we then incorporated various nature elements such as seeds, tiny flowers and leaves in order to put our own personal and creative touch to our new design! All we had to do is soak paper and cardboard in water overnight and blend the mixture in order to obtain a pulp which we then pushed through a sieve and rolled out in order to obtain our new paper. Great work everyone!

Forest Exploration

Here are our little Forest Explorers who are working on their balance skills, coordination, building up their immune system and general resilience, developing their observational and construction skills as well as engaging in team work and nature bonding all the while having the best of fun! Little Chestnuts and Willows have outdoor and nature activities in the forest and in the orchard daily no matter the weather! All we have to do is make sure we are well suited up and we are always ready to go! Go Forest Team!

Nature Imprints

Following our What’s It Made Of learning journey, the children were delighted to work with Plaster of Paris in order to create beautiful nature imprints with elements collected from the forest 😊 In order to make these, we first created our moulds by creating imprints in play dough with our selected leaves, dried flowers and acorns and then created our magic plaster mix by adding water to the plaster powder in order for the children to pour it directly into their moulds to let dry for a few days. Once the plaster dried, all we had to do was to remove our mould very carefully and voilà: beautiful and detailed nature imprints achieved by happy and exploring tiny hands 😉 Well Done little ones!  

Fun in the Snow!

Snow give us Snow! Snow Snow Snow give us Snow! If you have a little Willow or Chestnut at home you might have heard them singing this little tune or a variation with Mud give us Mud 😉 At FISP we LOVE both mud and snow and we simply cannot get enough of it! We were quite lucky to be able to get a few days of snow this term and ran outside as fast as we could in order to have fun throwing snowballs, shooting down hills in our sleds and even enjoy an exciting and colourful Painting Snow workshop! Everyone better get ready for a new cold wave as we are definitely hoping for more snow and you all know how powerful children’s wishes are!


Little Chestnuts and Willows have the pleasure of doing music and dance workshops every week at FISP and they love it! Preparing little songs and dances for their various performances as well as having so much fun, here are a couple of snipets of our tiny maestros at work! Bravo!

Covid-19 Update at Forest International School Paris

Back to school after Covid-19 confinement at Forest International School Paris

Children are back to school – since May 11th, except Middle School students, who are back on track with school as usual, but from home, thanks to the excellent teachers and support staff.

On the first few days, children made the most of the beautiful weather and spent time outdoors, doing many activities outside when possible.

Teachers were not only able to continue the curriculum with students, but also bring in a fun factor to keep them engaged.

The COVID-19 pandemic allowed FISP teachers to be even more creative in many ways. Students were (still are at the time of writing) following school classes from home via an online application and classes carefully prepared and tailored by all teachers.

Here’s Vlad with one of his videos for the Elm Middle School class.

The Parent Association us still playing a pivotal role in communicating news and updates to parents and liaising with the teacher and school admin.

The Parents Association have ordered reading books for all the children, gifts in lieu of various events missed due to Covid-19, as a ‘welcome back’ gift.

First day “back to school” post Covid-19 confinement.
Second day of back to school post Covid-19 confinement.

Lunch menu for May and June: Updated

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