2019/20 Oak Class – Term 1

Nature and Respect

The theme this term was about respect both with one another and with nature. We looked at topics such as protecting the global environment, how Medieval people worked with nature to live, and how we can use nature (such as apples) to create something manmade (such as apple pie). It’s been a busy term, here’s a look at some of what Oaks have been up to in their different core subjects.


  • Introductory letters: Each student wrote a letter to introduce themselves to the class.
  • Apple pie recipe: Students practised writing and following instructions, which led to making our own apple pie and later selling it.
  • Persuasive letter to Marianne asking for a loan: Students wrote Marianne a letter asking for a loan to introduce the concept of capital with the promise of a return on investment.
  • Medieval Storytelling: Students compared the narrative tales of William Tell and Snow White.
  • Playscript: Read a playscript on William Tell and later re-enacted it.
  • Class book – The Boy at the Back of the Classroom by Onjali Q. Rauf, which explores the integration of a Syrian refugee into a typical British classroom.
  • Through these different forms of text, students practised grammar such as simple past tense and connectives. They also practised structures commonly found in texts listed above and challenged to expand their vocabulary. We will continue to work on these fundamentals throughout the academic year.

Bilingual History and Geography

Pupils learned about the Medieval way of life.

Then students needed to winnow the wheat.

After winnowing, students milled the grains into flour.

We made bread dough with our self-milled flour.

Additionally, we learned about Medieval clothing and made our own.

We baked the bread while learning about Medieval food.

We also danced a Medieval dance!

The objectives of this term were to learn about the characteristics of Medieval society and its people. We focused heavily on social status and how it worked with the system of Feudalism as a whole. For example, through winnowing and milling grains ourselves, we learned concretely how much work went into making a single loaf of bread, which gave students a basis for understanding why white bread would be for the richer nobles while brown, coarse bread was for the peasants. We also looked at Medieval clothing, housing and other aspects of general life to build an idea of how people lived in the past and how that compares to today.

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La découverte de la période médiévale à travers différentes activités culturelles, artistiques et culinaires.

Becoming aware of our Earth

We learned about the impact of global climate change throughout the weeks of Global Climate strikes. Considering the term was about nature and responsibility, it was perfect timing, and there’s no time better to start learning about the environment than today. Caro came in as a guest speaker to educate us on how we can live a zero-waste life in order to stop wasting plastic. We learned a lot from her talk and challenged ourselves to waste less and help our planet today.

ICT / Computer Class

Students were introduced to touch typing and Excel spreadsheets. First we practised how to type with our fingers in the right place, particularly focused on typing with two hands. We will continue to work on this skill throughout the academic year. Later we took our apple pie business and itemised the expenses and income of the business on a spreadsheet. The spreadsheet proved to be an excellent introduction into the world of accounting, business, and programming. Students itemised the inventory needed to make apple pie (e.g. apples, flour, butter, sugar), but then used the computer to multiply the price and quantity of the ingredients and add them together for a final expense. We did the same for income and subtracted the final income and expense to calculate the profit. The spreadsheet worked so that any change of inventory would automatically change the values of expenses and show a new profit. Overall, we bridged mathematics, business and programming from the simple creation of an apple pie.

End of Term Play – William Tell (Scenes 1-6)

Students read and acted out William Tell. We learned a lot of vocabulary while learning about how to bring a character to life. To end the term, we performed part of the play in front of an audience of parents and friends. Please find the full play below.

William Tell – Scene 1
William Tell – Scene 2
William Tell – Scene 3
William Tell – Scene 4
William Tell – Scene 5
William Tell – Scene 6

Happy Holidays! See you next term! – Mr. Tucker

Oak Class, Term 1, 2019/20


Calculating, measuring and understanding shapes:

We learnt about different triangles, their names and main properties. We also identified acute, obtuse, reflex and right angles and then tried to measure them with the protractor. We then worked on finding the perimeter and area of simple 2D and compound shapes.  We practiced measuring in centimeters and meters and then used our findings to calculate the area and perimeter. We now know that in order to find the perimeter of the shape, we need to walk around the shape or add all the sides. So if you need a new fence in your garden, you know whom to ask! And for the area we need to multiply the measurements of two sides or count how many CM2 or M2 are there altogether.

Securing number facts, understanding shapes

During this unit, we worked on partitioning numbers into their houses of Units/Tens/Hundreds/Thousands and the knowledge we gained was used for mental addition and subtraction. The children then learnt and practiced how to add and subtract 3 and 4 digit numbers using appropriate written methods.

We solved one-step and two-step problems involving numbers, money or measures where we had to choose and use appropriate calculations. We read the problems, underlined important information then sketched small pictures that would help us understand the problem and only then decided on operations that we needed to use. The children worked on understanding and practicing their written methods for addition and subtraction (Specifically HTU + TU, HTU + HTU, HTU – HTU and HTU – TU).


Felting Project

The process of felting is very hands-on! The children have to tease the wool, layer it, apply hot water and soap, manipulate and mesh it together with their hands and feet as well as rolling pins. Inspired by the Impressionist painter Claude Monet, Elm and Oak Classes decided to make 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 to make the hanging willow and added texture.

Science/Design and Technology

During this unit, we discussed, role-played and now understand how water can change, from a solid to a liquid to a gas. We discovered reversible and irreversible changes and then tested different materials to find conductors and insulators of heat. We conducted various experiments and then created our own isotherm bags by using different recycled materials. We also worked on separating different solids and liquids and created our own filtering station.

Linked to our learning in IPC (Nature, Respect and Responsibilities, we measured, estimated and solved real life problems, where we worked out different materials that we could use for our inventions and installations.

By using gained knowledge of the 2D and 3D shapes, the children experimented and designed their own monumental water installations.  Then it was time to build and as you can imagine it was not easy. N-number of broken screws and drill bits, bent nails and hammered thumbs, few splinters and not as many tears, sun or rain did not stop us from getting on with our mission.  We worked on estimating, measuring, cutting and drilling our plastic and wooden materials. It was obvious for the children to spot their mistakes and realise where they went wrong.

‘It does not fit!!!

What did I do wrong?

How do I correct my


‘Estimate and Measure

Try and try again!!!

Am I correct???

Do I need to check again?’

‘Can we draw it?

Can we make it?

Can we roll it?

Can we turn it ?

Can we stuck it?

Can we bend it ?

Can we crack it?’


Birch Class 2019/2020 Term 1

The Day the Crayons Quit Term

By teacher Cristina Mirabile

Birch class has been enjoying a variety of engaging and fun activities throughout these last 7 weeks! In literacy and numeracy, we have been using the carousel technique to work simultaneously with different topic and level groups. This works well in class and keeps everybody busy and focused on their task. Here are some examples of our work.


Speaking, Listening and Drama

For speaking, listening and drama, we have been playing games such as the “Hot Seating” (to express the character’s feelings), the “Conscience Alley” (to practise persuasive speech) and “Pair Improvisation”. Children enjoyed discussing and reflecting on various books: The Day The Crayons Quit (their favourite), The Lion who wants to Love, Giraffes Don’t dance, Up and Down, The Lion Inside, How to catch a Star and also some stories from the Mr Man and Little Miss book.

Everybody, gradually, has been gaining confidence in talking and making a positive contribution to the discussion while listening attentively to the other’s point of view. Also, so many new and interesting words have been learnt!


Our read aloud sessions got more and more engaging with book talks that helped children to understand the text, the characters, the facts and the authors. We also made links to other books and/or our own experiences.  It was interesting to see how many pupils linked the fear that the little mouse experienced at the beginning of the story (The Lion Inside) to their own fear when they started school and did not have any friends.

Also, children spent at least 15 minutes every day reading to another person. They are becoming indeed enthusiastic reader!

Creative writing, phonics and spelling

Creative writing has been encouraged throughout various activities in class. We started three weeks ago using our Story Books for re-telling the story that we previously read in class but also for writing our own stories. Children love writing new stories! In The Day the Crayons Quit, they have learnt how to use adjectives to describe the book characters and how they can make our story more interesting and less boring!

Kids love making silly sentences!

Kids also had guided writing session where they practiced spelling, tricky words, punctuation (full stop, capital letter, question mark and exclamation mark) and letter formation. We have been spending 15 minutes every morning with phonics multisensorial activity. We explored short and long vowel sounds, consonant blends (L family bl-cl-fl-gl-pl-sl, R family cr-br-dr-fr-gr) and diagraphs (ch-sh). To add an element of fun we have also read together short phonics stories, poems and rhymes. 


Kids have been working on count, recognise and write numbers 1-10 (20 and above for the more advanced); practice using correct language, symbols and vocabulary; order a set of one and two-digit number. They enjoyed working on one more/one less, addition and subtraction facts and words problem with hand on activities in the forest, collecting and sorting acorn, leaves and sticks!

Children have been enjoying multisensory activities to practice greater/fewer, number bonds, number patterns and sequences, also Singapore Math Method has been applied to solve words problems with addition.

We had lot of fun baking apple cakes! We practiced measuring and comparing quantities and we also sold them and raised £14 for the homeless!

The following week, kids made their very own hand made Italian pizza, so yummy, they made enough for all the school’s children and staff! What a teamwork that was, well done Birch!! We also had lot of fun making a volcano-shape focaccia with the leftover pizza dough. That was one of the many spontaneous cross curriculum learning opportunities!


Following the IPC theme “Who I am?”, children have been learning about the 7 continents of our world. They enjoyed making the floor puzzle of the world map (again good teamwork!), finding the country where their families come from and playing multisensorial activities to practice cardinal direction and compass points in the class and in the forest!

During the climate change strike week, we also had an assembly on weather and climate, to introduce the global warming and learn about recycling and all we can do to help the environment. Children also made very powerful and colourful signs and posters with clear messages on climate change and we walked outside school to manifest our intention to act on the matter.

In the last 2 week of this term children have been learning about landforms and waterbodies. They made a poster and a final quiz competition to check the learning.

Most of the time, learning has occurred spontaneously: children have also been walking into the forest observing the colour change on the tree and collecting leaves and sticks to make a lovely 4 season poster for our class display.

During the last week in school, Elm and Oak class held a very interesting science museum tour. It was very exciting to see mad science in action! Kids had the chance to experiment how the hydraulic mechanism work, how the water function and so on. They really enjoyed listening to the older kids explaining all the aspect of the machines.


Kids had a lot of fun in the swimming pool! They gradually gained confidence in the water and improved their technique!

We had fun also playing Capoeira which involves coordination, strength and flexibility.

Palying Bandiera in the Orchard
Picking grapes in the Orchard


We just started learning how to play melodica! Kids in this class are very musical and love singing and playing music together.