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.

Orienteering

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!

Skip-counting

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.

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!

Dragons

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.


Music

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.

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.