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.

Drama

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!

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 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.

Space

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.

Halloween!

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 https://forestinternationalschool.com/day-to-day.html#features11-8c

Bookmark this page to keep up-to-date with the situation.

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.

Literacy

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!

Reading

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!

Numeracy

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.

IPC

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 !

FISP – Committed to education, no matter the place!

Oak class, Term4, 2019/20

Started in our classroom in the Forest and then jumped on the “Seesaw,”- virtual learning platform. An experience that made us more independent and mature. We all feel stronger and most importantly more loving and caring.

KEEP

CALM

WE

WASHED OUR HANDS!!!

It will make us stronger…

We started this term at school,

And then were asked to go home.

But we were with our friends and teachers,

On the Seesaw and zoom calls, nobody left us alone.

We were keen to come out to see our friends,

Buy they said, “Stay home a bit longer”.

“No problem”, Oaks and Elms replied,

This experience will make us stronger.

Teachers made some videos,

They also made some raps.

And from time to time we gave them,

Those well deserved small claps.

They sent us some work,

and they said, “Do your best”.

“We are here if you need us,

We will worry about the rest.”

They tried to keep us together,

They tried to entertain us so much.

And we know that our education and friends are important,

that’s why we will stay in touch.

So stay safe, Oaks and Elms, help your parents,

Enjoy your holiday.

Read a book, wash your hands,

and most importantly, be good and obey!!

I missed my Oaks and Elms

I beg your pardon, Mr President?!!!

Did you say that we cannot come to school???

But I’ve missed my Oaks and Elms,

They are really, really cool.

Let’s take Oaks…

Victor is a natural polyglot,

Quite fluent in Mandarin, English and French.

He is always playing football,

He is never on the bench.

Lois is very calm,

But she is very smart,

Enjoyed our broccoli linguine,

And she very good at art.

Wadeema loves recycling,

And doodling in her book.

You never know, she might be,

That outstanding cook.

Grace is very determined,

And can make models in no time.

She does not live far away,

And often comes to school on time.

Georgina is caring and very polite,

She loves to read books and we know she is right.

Great effort in volleyball,

And when she serves it, she serves it nicely up right.

Kiana is very determined,

And very organised.

Forget about coronavirus,

Kiana’s education can not be compromised.

Jean lives just next door,

But even he can not come to school.

He will do his homework,

He will do it on seesaw.

Joaquina is very helpful,

And she often greets you with a smile,

But because of coronavirus,

She has to stay at home… just for a little while.

Roger speaks English and French,

But his favourite language is Maths,

Those numbers simply talk to him,

And he can deal with them very fast. 

Mathematics

Fractions

Chocolate bar,
Or cut that apple in half.
You need to know fractions,
To share your love.

Equivalent fractions,
Just means that they are the same.
They look a bit different,
But there is no one to blame.

Mixed number has,
 a whole number and fraction in it.
Add them together,
And you will have it.

One over two,
Just divide it in half.
You are superstars indeed,
Could I have your autograph??

One over four,
And that’s your quarter,
Great work on fractions, Oaks,
I am your biggest supporter.

Fractions:

This term we dived into the world of fractions, spotted them around us and tried to bake, make and share fraction and our love. We recognised and wrote decimal equivalents to ¼, ½, ¾ fractions and then compared some fractions of numbers by sketching simple shapes and numbers to help us. We solved simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals. The children practiced converting different improper fractions into the mixed numbers and vise versa.

Mixed number and improper fraction,

Are two best mates.

You can switch them around,

1: 1 rate(s).

Banana bread,

and Pavlova cake.

You need to know fractions,

If you are ready to make.

Adding and subtracting fractions,

With the same denominator.

Surely it is not difficult,

So don’t use (your) calculator.

When adding fractions,

With those denominators that aren’t the same.

Find your lowest common denominator,

Divide, multiply then add and you are on the fraction Wall of Fame.

Measures

The children worked on using all four operations while solving problems involving measures(time, length, weight and money). We practiced calculating the perimeter and area of simple 2D and compound shapes. We remember that in order to find the perimeter of any given 2D /compound shape we need to add all provided sides. In order to find the area of a compound shape, we remember that we have to split our compound shape into simple 2D shapes and calculate individual areas before finding the total.

Reading, sketching, understanding,

That’s how you solve that word problem.

Deciding on and doing those operations,

Gets you to the point “I solved them”.

Fraction here,

 and fraction there.

I guess you have noticed,

 they are everywhere.

Fractions of numbers,

And fractions of shapes.

Solving word problems,

While cutting those cutting those cakes.

Percentage of shapes,

 and percentage of number.

Remember about your denominator,

That number that’s under.

Sketch that box,

Sketch that cake.

Solve it well,

 then have a break.

Science

Young Oak perfumers went back in time to discover and identify the important mileposts in history and evolution of perfume . We tried to use and apply terminology and methods used to extract natural raw materials. As we were already engaged in our perfumery projects whilst still in class, “covid-19” confinement wasn’t going to prevent us from achieving our goal. In our “virtual classroom” we managed to extract avocado oil, aloe vera gel, lemon essential oil and made two different soap projects.

We experimented and we tested. We tried and tried again. We stayed safe, stayed positive and washed our hands with soap and with our own hydro-alcoholic gel.

We tried to test our olfactive receptors and guessed some common odours while playing with “le loto des odeurs”.

“You should really wash your hands” experiment. (ongoing experiment)

State of matter

Heat that water,

Change it to gas.

“Evaporation” we call it,

It’s as easy as that.

Cool that gas down,

And water is back.

“Condensation” we call it.

It’s as easy as that.

Freeze that water,

And you will have ice.

“Freezing ” we call it.

It’s as easy as that.

But did you know,

That you can?

Evaporate ice to gas,

“Sublimation” we call it, it’s as easy as that.

Three states of matter,

And that’s what they are.

Not always you can reverse it,

And there you are.

Experimenting in class(state of matter /separating /filtering/mixtures/solutions)

Spanish/Art Workshop with Mariana

Sports: Table tennis, volleyball and badminton

Enjoy your holiday!!!

Best wishes,

Oaks and Vlad

Walnut Class Term 4 2019/20

This term we have continued our learning journey through the virtual platform ‘Seesaw’. This has provided us with some amazing and very out of the box learning experiences which are providing us with opportunities to become more independent thinkers and learners.

Let’s look back on the fantastic learning that has taken place!

Our topic this term was ‘Children of the Second World War’. We looked closely at the evacuation of children from the big cities to the countryside.

Literacy

First, we identified the features of a narrative.

Identifying 3 of the features of a narrative in the model text.
After identifying the features of the model text the challenge was then set to edit and re-write sections using the skills we had learnt in class.
Before we started to write we generated different descriptive words to support us with our writing. We created word banks and examples that we could later use.

Narratives

In Literacy, we wrote Narratives that had told the story of evacuated children. We explored the Narrative and broke it down into sections this helped us have a clear idea of what would happen to the characters and where they would go.

Making sure that we included exciting and descriptive language. To do this we read through our work and edited.

We looked at sentence structures and the development of the language that we use when we write a descriptive piece.
We used sections of the model text and adapted it. Doing this we work on our editing and drafting.
Cartoon strip Narrative
We drew out the story this helped us to think about what we wanted to write.

Virtual learning has helped us to present work in different ways. We have been able to present work using pictures, videos and voice notes.

Diary entries

Diary entries. We looked at planning and writing recounts in the role children that had been evacuated.

Before writing our diary entries we planned using the features of a recount and made sure that all our ideas are clear and easy to follow when writing.
Using a planning template can help to keep our writing on track.
Recount -Diary entry
We discussed the different features of a diary entry and looked at what we needed to include. We were also given the choice of writing a diary entry as ourself or as a child in the Second World War.

Support for Spelling

To support our writing we worked on the basic writing skills. For example tenses and what type of sentence is the correct one to use.
Using columns we were able to identify what type of sentence we were looking at.
Then we were set the challenge of converting the tense of words taken from a sentence.

Mathematics

In Mathematics, we explored many topics, the virtual learning experience has helped us to become more creative with our maths work. This term we covered statistics and Geometry -properties of shape.

Activities completed using Seesaw.
Exploring collecting information and presenting data collected in Statistics
Using different mediums to complete the work set.
Painting and constructing their own 3D shapes.
Completed tasks set through Seesaw.

History

Throughout this term, we have looked at events of the Second World War. Using Seesaw and other media sources to conduct our own research about the events. We looked at the ‘Blitz’, ‘Evacuation’, ‘D-day Landings’ and ‘VE-day’.

D-day landings
D-day landing poster
Evacuation Poster
Note-taking – information collected about the children of the Second World War.

Science

In science, we have looked at actions and reactions. Then we conducted our own investigations. Next, we designed and built our own modes of transport.

Mode pf transport designed to carry an egg safely from A to B.
Labelled design of a parachute that will safely carry an egg from A to B

After exploring different structures of bridges we designed and built our own.

We then put our investigative skills to the test by designing and constructing bridges. We formed our own hypothesis and then tested them.

Design Technology

Design and make an air-raid shelter.

The children were asked to show the inside and outside of their air-raid shelter.
The finished project!

What a fantastic learning experience this has been for all of us. Using the virtual platform has helped us to carry on and grow as learners.

Thank you to the parents for their continuous support.

Mr H

2019/20 Oak Class Term 3

Term Theme: Superhumans – They Made A Difference

Term 3 Literacy

Biography: Research -> Summary-> Presentation

In Literacy class, Oaks were busy learning about all kinds of famous historical figures throughout the ages.

First they were exposed to a great number of different biographies.

Then they were challenged to write their own summaries on these biographical figures.

Finally they needed to make a poster on the computer to present their biographical figures.

In the meantime, COMMA, there was a large focus on the grammar of cohesion. Rather than listing out facts, pupils were learning about fronted adverbials and connecting words to better connect a story and create a narrative about somebody’s life.

Consequently, not every sentence started with ‘he’ or ‘she’, and the writing flowed better.

The template with which every student worked with.

There was a definitive structure which was followed when analysing biographies. Whether it be Martin Luther King Jr. or Leonardo da Vinci, they all had an origin story (early life), a job of some sort (career), something great that they achieved (accomplishments) and a reason they’re remembered still today (legacy).

Big thanks to Ducksters.com for providing most of the biographies. Here is a list of people we analysed thanks to them.

Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Alexander the Great, Archimedes, Aristotle, Charlie Chaplain, Cleopatra, Frères Lumière, Galileo, Gandhi, Isaac Newton, Karl Marx, Leonardo da Vinci, Louis Pasteur, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Napoleon, Orville/Wilbur Wright, Pierre/Marie Curry, Plato, Socrates, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney

Literacy Objectives Covered:

  • To learn time connectives in order to better order a biography in chronological order.
  • To understand that biographies give an account of a person’s life and achievements.
  • To structure biographies so as to include early life, career, achievements, legacy.
  • To comprehend and organise the facts from research to create a larger narrative about the person.
  • To learn about cohesion and how paragraphs connect to construct a narrative.
  • To present one’s work in a way that is easily comprehensible and interactive with the audience.

Guided Reading

Pupils practised reading books which challenged their level with an adult monitoring their reading and comprehension questions or activities to follow.

The books are the following:

  • A Lion in the Bedroom by Readworks.org
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

History/IPC

In both history and the French bilingual section, much of the term was spent on the following topics:

  • Scientists and Inventors
  • Democracy vs. Dictatorship
  • Civil Rights
  • Famous Monuments

History Objectives Covered:

  • To speak of history in both English and French.
  • To see how ancient people solved big questions such as figuring out the circumference of the Earth or the categorisation of animals.
  • To recreate science experiments and practise the scientific method.
  • To learn about the importance of humanity and what can happen when humanity is not properly valued.
  • To see that dictatorship can come from within a democracy and that one must recognize the signs of dictatorship in order to avoid it.
  • To learn about democracy and its different forms and origins.
  • To learn about dictatorship and its focus on unity and creating differences with ‘others’.
  • To appreciate the gravity and negative significance of segregation.

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

ICT / Robotics Workshop

We made biographies, presentation slides, museum tickets, and played with robots.

Oaks receiving instructions on how to guide and lead robots which sense colour.
A robot which follows and changes into the colour it senses.
Pupils also programmed their robot to go where they directed it.

ICT Objectives Covered:

  • To research and find information on a historical figure.
  • To create presentation slides which are aesthetic, purposeful and in order.
  • To find, copy, paste and resize images to make an aesthetic presentation.
  • To successfully navigate Ducksters.com and find information you are looking for.
  • To practise synthesizing and typing skills.
  • To make aesthetically pleasing museum tickets which teach symmetry and computer design skills.

End of Term Museum

Oaks ended the term by showing younger pupils and parents their work from the term.