Birch Class – Term 5 – 2021/2022

This term we took advantage of the sunny weather and made the most of our learning outside. The children had the opportunity to learn, explore and discover the world around us and learnt about all living things: plants, animals and humans and how they all need a home, a ‘habitat’. A habitat can be huge like the ocean or small like a leaf.

Magnificent Maths

This term, we introduced the concepts of “multiplication and division” by learning the skills
of grouping, counting in groups and equal sharing.

We explored the patterns of the two, five and ten times tables in a range of real-life contexts and begin to solve and to generate simple puzzles and
number stories.

Taking our learning further, we learned about fractions and how to identify “whole”, “half” and “quarter”. We worked hard to find halves and quarters of objects, shapes and quantities.

Birch class also teamed up with Maple class to make playdough together and we used it in our fraction lessons.

In maths, we also learnt about position and direction and practised different movements including whole, half, quarter and three quarter turns.

Birch class learnt to sequence events in chronological order, use language related to dates and begin to tell the time on an analogue clock.

We gained confidence in counting, reading and writing numbers up to 100. We played games and sang songs.

Loquacious Literacy

This term, Birch have continued to develop their phonic knowledge and apply it to different areas of their learning. We focused on blending and segmenting words that we were familiar with and then applied this to learning new words.

Phonic work

The class then experimented with their new vocabulary when playing games or exploring the local area. It was great fun the use new words and listen to them in sentences.


Birch class have enjoyed taking part in a range of activities that have helped them to grow in confidence when speaking aloud to the class.

Show and Tell

The class then applied their new skills when working with others. As part of our learning this term we were asked to become the teachers and support the children that we wouldn’t normally speak with. The class decided to make playdough with Maple class. This encouraged the children to develop their speaking skills further.


They have also worked towards developing their writing skills and are able to use the vocabulary learnt through reading and games to write short sentences.

Descriptive writing

As a class we read a range of different tales that used great setting descriptions. From this we created word banks of words that would help us to describe a setting. Once we had done this the children were set the challenge of writing a setting description using the words they had collected.


International Primary Curriculum

Savage Science

In science, we learned about living things and their habitats. We explored the school grounds and the forest looking for examples of food chains.

We talk about food chains and role play the interdependence between creatures in a chain, considering what part each plays in its survival.

After that, we explored the natural environments of organisms: Habitats, such as the desert, the polar regions, the rainforest, the savannah and the deep ocean, but we focused our learning in the forest habitat.

We created our own forest habitat by drawing a poster and we learnt that the forest is an important part of the environment because it acts like lungs of the earth as it helps in the purification atmosphere and water. We discovered that it also provides shelter and food to the living organisms like animals, plants, and microbes.

Dynamic Design and Technology with Mr Kralka 

In Design and Technology projects, Birch Class has 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. Birch Class designed their own blueprint for the Puppet
Theatre and then investigated with the different sticks in order to agree on the
measurements of each side.

Linked to our “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle” theme in IPC, We investigated with
the different electric components, discussed their role and then constructed our own
drawing robot out of recycled materials. Our robot was then busy creating one of
the masterpieces that were 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 Birch 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’,
blueprint for ‘Puppet Theatre’ and ‘FISP Book swap box’ projects and I am very
proud of your achievements.

Pony Trip

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 were 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.

Show and Tell

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.

Super Swimming

This term, we continued with our swimming lessons and had the opportunity to further develop our skills and learn more about water safety. We practised the common strokes such as crawl, breaststroke and backstroke. We also tried to grab objects from the bottom of the pool and played different games. We had so much fun!

Summer Fête

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

Sports Day

We had an amazing day at sports day!

First we prepared poster to cheer up our teams! We took part in a range of different sports and gained points for our teams.

We learnt about team work and good sportsmanship.

Forest Exploration & P.E.

Forest exploration is a huge part of Forest International School.

As always the forest is a good opportunity to explore, run, climb and play! They improved their fine and gross motor skills, as well as, bonds with their classmates. Pupils used their imagination of being in amazing places, in the rainforest, desert,… playing different roles explorers, hunters,… by using objects found in the forest they developed their imagination and creativity.

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.

Fascinating French

We continued to build our vocabulary in French, exploring everyday words that describe our habits and environments as well as some inter-disciplinary learning (IPC) in French.

Click on the links below for our learning in French.

Birch Class – Term 4 – 2021/2022

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.

Marvellous Maths

Measurement: Length and Height

This term, we learned to define length and height and compare the lengths and heights of everyday items. We also learned to use non-standard items such as cubes, feet, hands and linked chains to measure the length and height.

Taking our learning further, we learned to use a ruler correctly, measure using a ruler and even add and subtract length and height.

Some of us even learned to use a measuring tape correctly, measure our friends and compare centimetres, metres and millimetres! There were some marvellous measuring skills on show. Perhaps, we have some future engineers or designers in Birch!

We really loved reviewing our prior learning by playing games. Bullseye and Whiteboard football were particularly thrilling.

Measurement: Mass and Capacity

We also learned to define mass and capacity and compare the weight and capacity of everyday objects. We used vocabulary words for mass and capacity such as heavier, lighter, empty, full, almost full and almost empty.

We used non-standard units to measure mass like cubes and cupfuls and spoonfuls to measure capacity.

Deepen our learning, we used balance scales to compare the mass of different items and we even resolve mass and capacity problems by adding and subtracting weights and volumes.

Lively Literacy

This term Birch class have been up to lots of amazing things! They have continued to build on the skills that they acquired last term. The children have been working very hard on developing their phonic knowledge and understanding, which, they are now using this to read independently. Great job! 

First, the class read the story ‘Egg Drop’ a story about an egg that wishes to fly. The class received a desperate letter from the egg asking for help. The children all agreed it would be a good idea to help the egg achieve his dreams of flying become a reality. The class quickly got to designing flying machines. 

The children later worked with Mr Kralka to build and test their flying machines. This supported the children with the development of their English-speaking skills. 

We then read the story about a boring looking egg. Which taught the children that it doesn’t matter what things look like on the outside but it is important what is on the inside. The children then discussed the events of the story and were set the challenge of sequencing the events that took place. This encouraged the children to develop and improve their skills of story retelling. 

From this, the children learnt about how all eggs look different depending on the animal that has laid them. They were set the challenge of creating a new egg that would have been laid by a mythical character of their choosing. 

Finally, the children have been learning about the life cycle of a chicken. They learnt about the different stages of a chicks development. As a class we discussed  what happens at each stage and what is needed to support the chicks development. From this, the children created a life cycle using the information that they had learnt. 


International Primary Curriculum

Smart Scientists

In science, we learned about everyday materials. First, we learned to name and identify everyday identify materials such as wood, glass, plastic, metal, fabric and rubber. Then, we hunted for items within our environment that were made using these materials. We also learned about the sources of different materials and were particularly shocked to learn that metal comes from rocks and plastic from oil!

We then investigated the properties of different materials and described them using the words: hard, soft, bendy, floppy, stretchy and stiff.

After that, we listened to the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs ‘ and built houses using different materials. We tested the strength of houses made of different materials against a simulated earthquake. Our wooden, clay and straw/clay houses were surprising strong!

Next, we learned about melting and freezing. We came up with and tried different experiments for melting an ice cube quickly on a cold and cloudy day. There were lots of wonderful ideas including using friction against a wall! Using a fan and placing in a cup of lukewarm water worked the best!

We also tested out different shopping bags to see how insulating they were. We thought the blue insulating bag was insulating but not much better than using a plastic bag during a thirty minute experiment. The paper bag wasn’t very insulating at all. Don’t place your ice cream in a paper bag!

Game-based Learning: We greatly enjoyed sharing our learning with the Walnut class by playing games around Rock, Paper, Scissors with them. Which material is strongest?

Delectable Design and Technology with Mr Kralka 

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! 

Linked to our studies on “Egg drop”, we created our own flying contraptions and investigated with the different parachutes. We conducted a serious of tests and investigated with the air resistance, made predictions and tested them three times. We carefully recorded our findings and then made some important conclusions about the size of the parachute and how it effects the time it takes for the object to land. 

Fantastic work, Birch and Walnuts!

Amazing Art

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.

Trip to the Airfield

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.

Show and Tell

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.

Capoeira and Music Workshops

The children have taken part in weekly Capoeira and music 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.


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.

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!

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.

Outdoor, Forest Exploration & P.E.

Forest exploration is a huge part of Forest International School.

Both classes have spent a lot of time in 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.

We also played lots of different games and we had so much fun.

Fabulous French

We continued to build our vocabulary in French, exploring everyday words that describe our habits and environments as well as some inter-disciplinary learning (IPC) in French.

Click on the links below for our learning in French.

Weekly Updates

Birch Class – Term 3 – 2021/2022

This term, we welcomed new friends into our class. We are delighted to have you with us.

Through an active, rich and diverse curriculum, we continued to make excellent progress in our learning during this term. We particularly enjoyed creating different pieces of art through our learning in IPC.

Marvellous Maths

Addition and Subtraction

This term, we learned to add and subtract within twenty. We began by using concrete materials such as blocks (and pictures of blocks), base ten blocks and ten frames. We then explored the number line and part-whole model as tools for addition and subtraction. Many of us can now count on and back in our heads!

Pokemon addition and subtraction was a hit!

We enjoyed an ocean-themed spinner game where we practised adding ones to ten quickly.

Place Value

We also extended our understanding of place value by learning to count to fifty (some of use can count well beyond this). We compared numbers up to fifty and focused on understanding the value of the tens and ones places. In order to consolidate our understanding of tens and ones, we created animals, trees, people, vehicles and even the Eiffel Tower out of tens and ones!


In preparation for multiplication, we learned to count in twos and fives.

Lively Literacy

This term, Birch class have been learning about different fairy tales. We have looked closely at traditional tales that reveal a meaning at the end of them. As a class, we read these stories and retold them in our own words. 

First, we read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and explored the vocabulary used. Then, we created leaves that would complete our own class beanstalk. 

Birch was then set the challenge of sequencing the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We carefully re-read the story and then ordered the events. 

Next, the class learnt the story of The Three Little Pigs. We read the story carefully and then discussed the types of houses the pigs tried to build. This led to the class building their own versions of possible houses the pigs could live in. 

Pre-writing Skills

To develop our writing skills, the class has taken part in warm-up activities that enable them to build and strengthen the muscles in their fingers that are used for writing. 

The class used playdough and followed instructions to shape and mold their dough into different shapes. This encouraged the children to use different areas of their hands and fingers. 

Love for Words! 

As part of learning, Birch class have been working hard on developing their language skills. We have looked closely at building a bank of words that could be used in their spoken vocabulary as well as for when they write. 


International Primary Curriculum

Our topic for this term was ‘Stories People Tell’.  We learned about myths and legends from around the world with a particular focus on Ancient Greece.

Smart Scientists

In science, we learned about the weather and seasons. Through virtual trips and hands-on exploration, we learned about the four seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn. We investigated the features of each season by looking at how plants, animals and people adapt and take advantage of the changing seasons. We also thought about our favourite things to do each season.

We learned that weather can be measured and used tools to measure weather. We learned how the wind sock, wind vane, thermometer and rain gauge can help us measure weather. We also learned how weather can be represented using symbols.

Delectable Design and Technology with Mr Kralka 

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. They now know that only when certain should we 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.

Amazing Art

Historical – Ancient Greek Art

As part of our learning journey this term, we have closely looked at the Art produced in the time of the Ancient Greeks. We began 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 – molding 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.

Our statue gallery:

Mythical Art

As part of our IPC topic, “Stories People Tell”, we listened to the story called “Tell Me a Dragon”. Then, we drew our own dragons. Fire dragons were quite popular!


Pandora’s Box

We also listened to the story of “Pandora’s Box” and created our own boxes. We filled our boxes with things and people that add joy to our lives. It was lovely to see the variety.

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.


In music, we learned to appreciate a variety of music types. We also learned to represent music using symbols such as the semibreve, minim, crotchet, quaver and semi-quaver. Furthermore, we learned to respond to music by drawing what the music reminds us of.

Outdoor, Forest Exploration & P.E.

Forest exploration is a huge part of Forest International School.

We enjoyed learning to climb a tree.

We had fun jumping over a rope.

We enjoyed exploring the forest.

We cycled with our friends and even played with bubbles!

We played dodgeball and football.

Fabulous French

We continued to build our vocabulary in French, exploring everyday words that describe our habits and environments as well as some inter-disciplinary learning (IPC) in French.

Click on the links below for our learning in French.

Birch Class – Term 2 – 2021/2022

This term, we welcomed new friends into our class. We are incredibly happy to have you with us. We also said goodbye to a wonderful classmate who returned to Brazil. We will miss you! It’s been a wonderful three years with you at Forest International School.

Through a rich and diverse curriculum, we continued to make excellent progress during this term. We also sang, danced, played, explored, learned and enjoyed being together. The icing on our cake was our Christmas show where we all worked as a team to create the magic that was ‘Hey Ewe!‘ We hope that you enjoyed our production.

Marvellous Maths

This term, we learned to name two and three-dimensional shapes. We learned that 2D shapes are simply flat, drawn on a piece of paper while 3D shapes can be picked up. It was marvellous to discover shapes all around us; our favourite was the cylinder (with the action to go with it) ! We also applied our learning to create repeating patterns as well as 2D and 3D art.

Maths + Art = Mart. Can you spot the 2D shapes in our drawings?

Birchers also extended their understanding of place value to two-digit numbers up to twenty. We learned how ten ones make a ten, to count forwards and backwards between zero and twenty and write numbers in words. We also recapped our learning about addition and subtraction and are getting even better at adding and subtracting within ten!

Wonderful Words

This term, Birch class have continued to develop their writing skills and have begun to write for a purpose. The children have applied their reading and phonics skills to write longer sentences. They have also role-played scenes and created new characters to include in stories that they have already read. 

We have also been working on building our reading skills by exploring a range of books and playing games. This has helped us to become more independent learners. 

International Primary Curriculum

Our topic for this term was ‘Push and Pull’.  We learned about different forces and looked closely at how forces act upon an object. We also applied our learning to create art as well as engineering designs! Never forget the great scientist, Isaac Newton, who taught us about forces; we learned that forces are measured on newtons. This was such a fun and interactive topic for us.

Smart Scientists

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

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 makes 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.

We particularly enjoyed watching a sheet of paper “see-saw” to the ground as air resistance “wrestled” with gravity.

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. We even built structures using magnetic tiles.

Paper airplane anyone? We learned about how the shape of an item can affect how it travels through air. Which paper airplane floats for the longest? Which one travels the furthest? We loved the speedy dart-shaped airplane and even made our own to take home!

Delectable Design and Technology

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.  In this task, we applied our understanding of pulleys to build a puppet from natural and up-cycled materials. Our stick man can shake your hand and kick a ball out of your hands.

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. 

‘Hey Ewe!’Interdisciplinary Learning

Interdisciplinary learning extended well beyond the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Our whole-school drama production provided a rich opportunity to create art, sing to music, dance, create our own costumes and become sheep, wisemen and shepherds. We worked as a team and had a brilliant time together.

Design and Technology – Creating Angel and Sheep Costumes

We even learned to sew a bit.

Collaborative Art

We worked collaboratively to create backdrops for “Hey Ewe!” We also enjoyed drawing for pleasure. This magnificent face was drawn by a highly talented Bircher.

Music and Dance

“Hey Ewe” was rife with beautiful songs. Thank you to Ms Ida for helping us with our choreography and Ms Kareen for supporting us as we learned to sing for our play.


We practised our lines, actions and movements. It was interesting working with the whole school.

We hope that you enjoyed our performance on the 4th of December.

Forest Exploration

Forest exploration is a huge part of Forest International School. It is particularly rewarding for the children to enjoy free play in the forest. Birchers choose a variety of play types – social games, pretend games, climbing and simply exploring. We have made “fireplaces” out of sticks, swept our “living room” and learned about safety as we visited the woods.

Fabulous French

We continued to build our vocabulary in French, exploring everyday words that describe our habits and environments as well as some inter-disciplinary learning (IPC) in French.

Click on the link below for our learning in French.

Birch Class – Term 1 – 2021/2022

Birches are off to a fantastic start!

This term, we learned about ourselves and famous people from the past. As a class, we made new friends and built positive relationships. We recognised that we are all different and our uniqueness makes us even more special. 

Through a broad range of learning experiences, we made incredible progress during the autumn term. We also had lots of fun, evident in some of us saying that the school day is far too short!

Have a look at all that we accomplished this term.

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.

Math Magicians

Our focus this term was number. All our learning in Birch was highly hands-on! We used a variety of concrete materials to help us understand the value of numbers up to 20 and take our first steps towards addition and subtraction. We particularly enjoyed learning the doubles song to help us remember our doubles facts.

We learned to compare numbers using mathematical symbols and use a number line to identify one more and one less than given numbers within ten.

At this stage, most of our learning requires the use of concrete materials (including our fingers) in order to fully understand number. We have also begun to use pictorial representations to help us add and subtract. Furthermore, we enjoyed lots of game-based learning such as Bus Stop and this board game (below) for practising ways to make five.

Word Wizards

This term, Birch class has focused on building their vocabulary as well as their understanding of how words take on a special order within a sentence. The children completed sentence building activities by segmenting and blending words, cutting, ordering and finally sticking down each word to create a sentence.

Savvy Scientists

We learned around the theme ‘Amazing Plants’, in which we explored what plants are, their importance, as well as how they grow and adapt to their environments. We also celebrated Space Week and took a fabulous trip to Ferme de Gally!


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 grew cress plants in the dark and light, then compared their growth: the ones in the dark had yellow leaves that sadly didn’t live long. However, our absolute favourite was making a model of the Venus Flytrap and snapping things up!

Exploring Plants: Parts, Types, Growth and Adaptations

We also explored our school for some uses of plants in our library, cloakroom and classroom.

Hunting for Things Made from Plants

We loved getting creative too! Check out our models of some plants that adapt to their environments.


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.

Working with our Friends in the Walnut Class to Create a Model of our Solar System

As part of our space week, Birch class read the story ‘Whatever Next!’ The children were set the challenge of retelling and sequencing the story. First, we read and discussed the main points of the story.

From this, the children were given scenes from the story of ‘Whatever Next!’ and asked to order them when they appear in the story. We also took turns role-playing the main character and took him on an exciting new adventure.

Inspired by the book we had read. We created our own pictures of the moon.

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?

Hard-working Historians

This term we have been learning about famous people from the past. We have looked closely at people that have made huge differences to mankind and the importance of their work.

We have also created our own timeline ordering significant events that have taken place throughout the history of our planet. Working as part of a team, we were set the challenge of placing these events in chronological order. We also learnt about the difference between BC and AD.

Superb Sport: Swimming / Forest Exploration

We have had a very busy term learning new swimming skills as well as how to stay safe when we are in the pool. Birch class took part in small group swimming sessions that enabled us to develop our skills as well as have a bit of fun.

We have great fun exploring the forest and our local environment. Walnut class joined Birch class for some afternoons and ventured into the forest together. We created our own games, role-play scenarios, build forts, went on long walks and investigated the forest floor.

We were particularly interested in spotting mushrooms. We also learned to stay safe when searching for mushrooms and that we may need a specialist to help us verify that a mushroom is edible.

Awesome Art / Design and Technology

We learned about inspirational artists, dipped our toes into felting and build an insect hotel. Through creativity, collaboration, resilience, critical-thinking and communication, we produced wonderful designs and products.

Magical Monet

As part of this terms Art programme, we have been learning about different artists throughout history. We learnt about the life and times of Monet and the importance of his work. We explored a range of different pieces Monet created and decided to create our own based on Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’.

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.  

Insect Hotel

Linked to our learning in Science based on ‘Flowers and insects’,  we measured, estimated and solved real-life problems. We worked with different materials and carpentry tools to create our own Insect Hotel. 

The children drew their very own and very different designs, and then shared 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 room comfortable. Different habitats are organised to welcome our future guests, and we will be observing their behaviour as soon as they arrive. The Insect Hotel welcomes all the mini-beasts and one-meter social distancing does not need to be respected.  

Our Finished Insect Hotel

Marvellous Music

We enjoyed learning about pitch, singing and responding to music by playing our chosen instruments. We also enjoyed noticing the dynamics and mood of a musical piece.


Expressing our Understanding of Musical Dynamics

Fantastic French

We learned about the French culture, some everyday French language and some inter-disciplinary learning (IPC) in French.

Everyday French with Ms Christine

We enjoy a variety of French lessons around our core interdisciplinary topics as well as everyday knowledge.

Click on the link below for our learning in French.

French IPC (inter-disciplinary learning with Ms Joanna)

Click on the link below to see all that we have been learning about.


We an excitingly spooky time creating halloween crafts, designing and decorating a pumpkin and participating in a range of activities planned by the older children and our wonderful Parents Association.

Pumpkin Carving

Halloween Afternoon

Birchers enjoyed Trunk and Treat, an escape room, treasure hunt, knock-em-down games, tic-tac-toe and even got a wonderful lesson in making their own gnashers! Thank you to everyone who organised this incredible afternoon.

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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Birch Class 2019/2020 Term 4

Dr Seuss

Birch topic for this term was: From A to B

Birch class has been very busy doing a lot of exciting activities around this theme! During this term, the children in Birch have been looking at how people, every day all over the world, make different types of journey, on land, on sea and in the air. We have been exploring all types of transport in different countries and we also looked at the different ways of transport in the past and in the present.


Speaking, Listening and Drama

Speaking, listening and drama, are skills normally taught and applied both socially and across the curriculum. During our circle time and discussion sessions, the children have been given the chance to speak and listen to each other. Book talks have been exciting opportunities for our class for exploring new language, encouraging critical thinking, predicting, retelling and creating characters and setting for new stories. Ultimately, at IFS, comprehension is developed through talks and exchanging of ideas rather than through textbook comprehension exercises.

When the fat Fairy turned up at Thomas’ house to grant him one birthday wish, he asked to be able to fly!


Without any doubts, reading for the Birch pupils, is not a chore but a true joy! The children have been enjoying many shared, guided and read- aloud sessions. We have been reading various books on types of transport, real and magic. We started with The Boy who could Fly, a fiction book with an element of fun and magic. To ensure learning was kept lively and interactive, we have been using many drama activities in the classroom. For this purpose, we usually keep a dress up box in class with fancy dresses, props and accessory that the children can use every day to get into different characters and act out their favourite scene from the book. Throughout various drama techniques such as paired improvisation, hot seating, meetings and freeze frames the children got the chance to explore issues and dilemmas, to develop vocabulary, sequencing and story language. It was a rewarding pleasure to watch the once shy and quiet children, literally running to the dress up box, eagerly dressing up and acting out one of their chosen characters from the book! They were certainly having fun!

Creative writing, phonics and spelling

We also read the 3 books about Bob (Bob the Man on the Moon; Bob and his best, ever, friend; Bob and the Moon tree Mystery) which have had a huge success!

The children have been following Bob in all his adventures on the Moon and they have had many opportunities to show and practice their writing skills especially in the Class Journal, which has been filled in with many little stories, comments and drawings! Grammar, punctuation and spelling (phase 3 and 4) have been taught and practiced through engaging activities around the main theme. All the children have been encouraged to make contributions to the journal. Following the teacher’s model, the children have been taught how to plan, edit and proofread their work. In addition, pupils, have had the opportunities to be creative writing nonsense sentences/poems, diary entries and shopping lists. Last, but not the least, handwriting has been practicing every day and children can show now their huge improvement!


During this term, the Birch students have been busy learning all about money. They have been taught how to recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes (Euros), how to order the coins from the smallest to the largest and how to add euros and give change. The classroom quickly turned into a market square! We placed stalls selling food and vegetables and a bank where we could go and get some money (using our debit cards!). Everybody was busily engaged in various activities! It is always a pleasure for the teacher to watch the students getting excited and actively involved in so many activities at the same time, but still, keeping very well organised within the groups.

Withdrawing money at the bank

The children have been practicing counting the money in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 which has helped recognise number bonds and practice timetables. They also have been taught to identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line and how to read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and equal symbols (also: more than, less than, most, least and fewer).

In the last week of the term the children have been taught how to recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week and months of the year.


In science we have been exploring the solar system and finding out facts about our planet Earth and other planets. This topic proved to be very popular and exciting! We have been following the ISS (International Space Station) orbiting around the world, identifying the continents and countries on his pathway!

On the last day of the term we had, as our exit point for IPC, a TV show where Bob was invited! Kids came on zoom video conference dressed up as alien and asked Bob various questions. After the interview Bob dashed into his spaceship and off, he went back to the Moon!

The children also had science sessions about action and reaction, how objects move from A to B. They have been taught about mass and gravity and they enjoyed making their own mode of transport, in class and at home.

Our Let’s get cooking club has never been busier! We decided to move the coking station into the classroom as it was easier and smoother to move from one working station to another one during our carousel morning activities. We made lentil soup, red kidney beans soup, chicken and vegetable stew, apple cakes, chocolate cakes, courgette roll and pasta with tomato sauce. It was all so yummy and healthy, and the children took great proud of their meals!

For our PE lesson, in addition to our warm up/obstacle course sessions and football on a Wednesday, we also played volleyball in school. We completed a couple of basic lessons on how to serve (throw) and how to hit (respond) the ball.

The children in Birch also enjoyed cycling in the forest! All wearing their helmets and following the health and safety rules, they took turn in small groups going on a cycling adventure in the forest! That was fabulastic!

Although a couple of art sessions had to be cancelled, the children in Birch still managed to learn how to make a decoupage piece of work.

They also learned how to make a picture of a Greek vase using wax crayons.

And they learned how to make a silhouette landscape using cards.

Over all a huge well done to all the students in Birch! I am ever so proud of the achievements you all came so far! See you after Easter!

2019/20 Oak Class Term 4

In school – whether at school or at home!

Main Term Theme: Robots

Sub Term Theme: Cosmetics

Bonus Term Theme Thrust Upon Us: COVID-19

Literacy – Robots in Literature

Term Book: The Iron Man – By Ted Hughes (1968)

Learning Outcomes for Oaks in Literacy:

  • Read articles, watched videos, and learned about different types of robots currently in existence.
  • Presented in front of the class about a robot they had independently researched.
  • Were introduced to classical science fiction literature in the form of The Iron Man by Ted Hughes (1968).
  • Wrote a story about a picnic using literary techniques such as imagery or similes.
  • Wrote a news article written in a factual style.
  • Wrote a book review highlighting major themes of the book without revealing pertinent information.
  • Created a song related to their book.
  • Practised identifying and properly conjugating the three different conditional tenses.
  • Practised direct speech and reported speech.
Pupil reading The Iron Man.

The conclusion of a book review:

The enormous space dragon as big as the Earth laughed because he was sure to be superior to the Iron Man, so he accepted the challenge against the Iron Man. In the end, the dragon lost the bet.

The book leaves us with a little moral: Winning is not about size!

Breaking news story:

Is the Iron Man the answer to destroying the dragon?

A week ago a giant dragon landed on Australia, threatening to destroy the Earth unless it’s demands are filled, and as human weapons are useless against the dragon, our last hope is the iron-eating Iron Man.

An Oak singing about The Iron Man at home.

ICT – Computer Programming and Robots

In ICT, pupils built programmable robots and learned basic programming (movement, speech) through the program Scratch.

History (in English and French)

Robotics – Communication Technology – Cosmetics – COVID-19

Pupils learned about the following topics in history class in either French or English:

  • Different methods of communication (technological development and body language interpretation).
  • Advances in artificial intelligence as seen in the triumph of an IBM computer Deep Blue against the Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov in 1997.
  • The Coronavirus, how it works, its place in history and its vast impact on human society.
  • The history of cosmetics and its meaning in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome and today.

Why did ancient peoples wear makeup?

Pupil response: To look beautiful, show off their wealth, and to protect their skin from the sun, insects and infections.

Pour découvrir les activités en français, téléchargez le PDF ici !

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