Elm Class, Blog 5, 2022-2023

French (Beginner group with Joanna)

For the final term of the school year our theme from Zig Zag was the Town Centre (centre ville). The students learned a lot of new vocabulary and they did a ‘plan de ville’ of their town and presented it to their classmates and they made posters too.

Directions- à gauche, tout droit, au coin de, en face…

Road signs- dangers/interdictions/obligations/indications/services/directions

Points of Interest- Gare, librarie, bureau de poste, école, boulangerie, boucher, cinéma,

mairie, piscine, café, restaurant, supermarché…

French (Intermediate group with Christine)

During this period, we mainly talked about Health through Humanitarian aid. Different possibilities are offered to those who want to help, and this is what we discovered throughout the lessons.

We started this session with the case of students discussing between themselves on how to organize a fundraiser for the organization “Les Restos du Cœur” which gives food to people in need. We then spoke about “Emmaüs”, a well-known association in France which collects second-hand objects and furniture. Students from Cedar, Elm and Oak, staged a comic (“La boom Humanitaire”) talking about how a group of friends decided to give out personal things to help this association.

In addition to that, we read and discussed about other documents talking about “Téléthon” which supports medical research and deals with first aid we can give when we are part of an accident.

This is an interesting subject which has given us once again the opportunity to see and practice the grammatical side of the language.

We also read different stories involving Inspector Omniberge, to develop reading skills and find the solution to the mysteries!

French (Advanced group with Marie)

Nous avons poursuivi l’étude de notre programme de français. Durant cette cinquième période, les élèves ont continué d’intégrer les notions de français en articulant leurs apprentissages autour des différentes matières :

en grammaire: révision des natures et fonctions des mots, des compléments de phrases (lieu, temps, manière, de but, de moyen)

en conjugaison: l’impératif présent et le présent du conditionnel (avec révision des temps du passé)

en orthographe: la polysémie, les bases grecques et latines des mots, les homophones/homonymes et antonymes, les préfixes et les suffixes, noms génériques et noms particuliers

en mémorisation: 1 dictée a été faite et 1 poésie a été apprise et récitée

en poésie: création d’un poème pour la fête des mères et découverte d’un acrostiche à l’occasion de la fête des pères.

en littérature: la mythologie grecque avec la lecture du livre Le message d’Athènes d’Odile Weulersse puis différentes fiches de lecture, lectures silencieuses.

1 évaluation a eu lieu pendant cette 5ème période.

French IMYC with Marie

Cette cinquième période a été consacrée au thème de “l’entreprenariat”.

Nous avons aussi abordé le thème des abeilles à l’occasion de la journée mondiale des abeilles (le 20 mai).


Besides working on their spelling, grammar and reading comprehension, this term Elm class discovered the poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson, learning and reciting the short but striking ‘The Eagle’, as well as the anguish-filled ‘Break, Break, Break’. We also returned to a previously learnt poem by Robert Frost, ‘Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening’. The class identified the figurative language techniques in the poems and their effects. Alongside this, the class also studied persuasive language techniques, observing the use of emotional versus logical persuasion. They identified the differences between claims and arguments and read articles to observe how these are used persuasively.


Elm continued to learn about land biomes this term, finishing with the tropical rainforest biome. The class enjoyed learning about these exotic regions of the world, with their unusual flora and fauna, and the particular characteristics that make them such a rich resource for life on the planet. Working in pairs, the class put their learning about biomes to the test in an Escape Room challenge.


During this term, the Elm class delved into Renaissance history. They visited the Musée Carnavalet in Paris and explored its collections on the rule of Francis I and Renaissance France. The students also studied the religious changes that occurred during the Sixteenth century, particularly in the Tudor period. To represent the religious changes of the Tudor era, they created a religious rollercoaster!

Global Perspectives

The Elm students delved into the foundations of sustainable entrepreneurship, researching the reasons behind the creation and success of these businesses. They worked in small groups, examining not only the types of sustainable businesses but also the factors contributing to their creation and success. At the end of the term, each group presented their research results by creating a poster.


The Elm students focused on art and design, decorating a simple everyday object like a clock. They drew inspiration from the four seasons and the books they read both in and outside the English classroom. Additionally, the students created another large canvas, choosing a beautiful garden painted by Vincent Van Gogh as their inspiration and creating their own 

Creative Writing and Drama Workshops

In both drama and creative writing workshops, the Elm class learned how to write a dramatic script and performed it on stage during the school’s summer show. The students familiarized themselves with the foundations of dramatic writing, focusing on dialogues and stage directions. They rehearsed the script and continued to learn how to move on stage and project their voices appropriately in front of an audience.

Sailing Trip to Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer

One week adventure so far away from home. Oak, Elms and Cedar pushed themselves to the limit, physically and mentally while kayaking, surfing and catamaraning. Young adventurers improved or learnt new skills but most importantly matured and became a little bit more independent.

Mathematics and “Young Entrepreneurs” Project

A business is more than just a product or a service. Behind every item that we buy, every service that we use, there is a story. Running a business involves many skills – creativity, leadership, team work, communication, budgeting, planning, design, customer-awareness and many more. During this unit, children learnt these vital business skills, as they embarked on their business journey. The children were encouraged to take risks, be independent and realise that the hard work that goes into planning and setting up a business pays off.

Oak, Elm and Cedar visited Koezio , adventure park located in Cergy.

This event took place to celebrate the achievements of our Young Entrepreneurs who, as you know, recently devised, planned, acquired bank loans for and ran businesses, the proceeds of which partially have covered the cost of this well-deserved class activity.

Gardening Project

Harvesting our own sweet peas and potatoes. Cucumbers and tomatoes will continue to grow over the summer.

Green Garden – Whole School collaborative project. Our second Eco-Ecole badge ‘Alimentation’.

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End of year certificates of achievements and Les Concours de Archimedes (Mathematical games and enigmas)

Well done and all the best!

Enjoy your summer!

FISP Middle School Team