2019/20 Elm Class Term 2

Creativity and Renewal

Elms were busy both preparing a Christmas show…

and learning about the renewal of ideas in the Renaissance!

What did we do in Literacy?

  • We learned about science and the scientific revolution in history, so working with that theme, we read through multiple scientific texts and answered comprehension questions related to each theme. The scientific method changed the way people viewed the world, and has led to much information and discovery in the form of science. Scientific articles included topics such as the iterative process in inventing a mouthpiece music controller or the the problem of space junk.
  • Wrote summaries about the books they were reading and about space junk.
  • Practised songs for the school play, including learning how to sing a song in Dutch.
  • Practised lines for the school play, with a focus on tone, fluency and articulation.
  • Read the class book How to Train Your Dragon.
  • Researched different characteristics of animals, categorised information in their research notes, and wrote a report based off of their researched animal.
  • Practised identifying parts of speech, especially nouns and verbs.

What did we do in ICT?

Elms were busy making brochures for the show!

Pupils made brochures and posters to inform and advertise parents about the Christmas show. Brochures included practising adding and adjusting photos, changing fonts, adding sections into a word program, changing the orientation of the paper on the computer, and most of all, engaging with the show in a more detailed manner.

The following was in pupil-made brochures:

  • A title page using a picture of the child-made poster
  • A list of characters with actors’ names
  • A list of songs with credit to the dancers
  • A summary of the plot
  • Images of the production of the show
  • Logistical details of when and where it is

History of the Renaissance – Renewed thinking

The main purpose and takeaway from our Renaissance unit was how a few people thought differently than before and created something much bigger than themselves. We learned the following about science in the Renaissance:

  • The scientific revolution and the scientific method. People, instead of relying solely on religious or mythical explanations to explain the world around them, distilled causes and effects through one change (one dependent variable) at a time.
  • How scientists and other thinkers challenged the old order, especially the Catholic Church. Pupils learned that it was not easy at all to challenge authority.
  • Geocentrism vs heliocentrism. We learned that Nicholas Copernicus was the first to successfully publish the theory of heliocentrism without being totally discredited (he was not the first to create the theory, just the most well-known one). Copernicus’ ideas were later reinforced by Galileo Galilei.
  • That Galileo recorded precise exact coordinates and trajectories of stars/planets though daily observation and invented a telescope to do so, proving the Earth revolved around the sun, not the other way around.
  • That the sun is the centre of our solar system. Furthermore, the Earth is not the centre of the universe.
  • That Leonardo da Vinci made some very interesting machine designs far before they were invented, such as the helicopter, tank and machine gun.

Elms learned that ideas spread faster than ever due to the printing press invented by Johannes Gutenberg.

We spent time learning and appreciating the invention of the printing press, which made the spread of ideas exponentially faster and the creation of books exponentially easier. To demonstrate this point, pupils learned that there were an estimated 30,000 books around the invention of the printing press. 50 years after the invention of the printing press, there were between 8 to 20 million books, a couple orders of magnitude greater than before. Scientific ideas spread like wildfire, the Catholic church lost influence, and people started to read. Pupils appreciated their books a little bit more.

The arts, developments, and daily life in the Renaissance.

There was a lot of development during the Renaissance in art, architecture, military and science, but pupils learned that much stayed the same. They compared life for peasants and nobles between the Medieval era and Renaissance era and came to the conclusion that life was mostly the same for peasants and somewhat different for nobles. They did learn some major differences, which follows as such:

  • Art developed, with greater focus on human anatomical accuracy and perspective.
  • Architecture developed, such as castles becoming more decorative and less protective.
  • New weapons came into existence, making armour more and more obsolete as time passed and muskets developed.
  • Science began making advances in our understanding of the world, paving the way for change.

Renaissance History en Français

In the French part of history classes, pupils learned about French architecture and art, such as about the Château de Chambord. They compared Medieval and Renaissance times in French, consolidating what they had learned in the English section of history. One activity, as pictured below, was to categorise images which were either Medieval or Renaissance.

As part of the printing press unit, Oaks and Elms made their own paper from scratch.

They then created feather pens…

to write a message on their paper.

For more information about what Elms did in French and the French section of history, download the link below.

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

Happy holidays, see you all in 2020! – Mr. Tucker

Elm Class Term 2, 2019/20


In Statistics we worked on reading, interpreting and analysing different sets of data and found Min, Max, Mode, Mean, Median and Range.  We worked on finding and remembering Prime Numbers and Square Numbers. We identified Multiples and Factors and then found LCM-Least Common Multiple / GCF-Greatest Common Factor.

We also worked on analysing and constructing our own pie charts and solving various problems involving percentages.

During this unit, we worked on finding percentages of amounts and fractions of numbers. The children practiced finding the equivalent fractions by multiplying/dividing the numerator and denominator by the same number and then converted mixed numbers and improper fractions. The children can confidently carry out four basic operations with fractions and know how to find the LCD or when they need to simplify their fraction.

Algebra: Expressions and substitutions

 We worked on simplifying expressions, using simple formulae, writing formulae and identified how they could be applied in real life problems.

Geometry and measures

3D shapes

Experimenting and Calculating :

-Volume of a cone and a cylinder.

-Volume of a pyramid and a cube.


‘Renaissance and Reformation’- Leonardo da Vinci Project

Nespresso Capsules- Mona Lisa Project

Using recycled materials to express our artistic ideas

Forest exploration – hunting for delicious mushrooms

Recycling/Mathematics-Art-DT Project


Physics / Mathematics

Pulley systems/Mechanical advantage


Elm students investigated and built their own simple machines ( fixed pulley, movable pulley and a system of pulleys)  that gave them a mechanical advantage, essentially making them stronger than they are in real life. We created a Newton meter to measure the force exerted on an object. We also solved various problems to find out how FORCE, ENERGY and WORK are related. The children formulated some hypotheses, practiced planning their investigations and made predictions. After carrying out their investigations they made accurate measurements to gather data to test their hypotheses. They identified patterns in the results and drew conclusions based on the evidence. On few occasions they had to retest their findings and suggest ways in which their investigations and working methods could be improved.

The children had the fantastic opportunity to demonstrate their creative side while making costumes, dancing, singing, creating props and performing on the stage during our Christmas Show.

Thank you and well done to all the Elm class students for their outstanding dedication and hard work during our

« Lights, Camel, Action 2 ! The Sequin !» performance.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!Enjoy your holiday !!! Best wishes,


2019/20 Elm Class – Term 1

Responsibility and Nature

Working together to produce a nice result.

The theme this term was centered around responsibility and how we must shoulder certain burdens to keep society going. We looked at topics such as protecting the global environment, how Medieval people worked to maintain society, and how to respect one another. It’s been a busy term, here’s a look at some of what Elms have done in their different core subjects.


Two students working on their narrative tales.

  • Introductory letters – Each student wrote a letter to introduce themselves to the class.
  • Apple pie recipes – Students made apple pies following a recipe, sold them, and then made a class poster about organic farming. We later used the business experience for ICT.
  • Narrative tales – Students compared the narrative tales of William Tell and Snow White, learning about the different stages of a basic story (introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution).
  • Writing their own Medieval narrative tale – Students wrote their own narrative tale centered around a Medieval conflict of a noble banning apple consumption for peasants. Used knowledge from history to make the stories feel realistic.
  • Class play – Students then took the story they wrote and used it to write a Medieval style play.
  • Class book – The Jungle Book. Students were introduced to the law of the jungle and the responsibilities Mowgli must carry with him while challenging their vocabulary.
  • 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.

To start with, students planted grains, winnowed them, and then milled them by hand.

They then took their hand-milled flour and made bread.

We baked the bread while learning about Medieval food.

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

We made a Medieval dance as well!

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.

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

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

ICT / Computer Class

Students busily creating their Excel-style spreadsheets.

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.

Building Environmental Awareness

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 now.

End of Term Play – The Delirious Duchess

Elms took their narrative stories and used them to create their own playscript, which we then acted out in front of an audience. The plot and characters were created by the students from scratch. They used their knowledge from Medieval history and how to create a story to create this play.

Elms Scene 1
Elms Scene 2
Elms Scene 3
Elms Scene 4
Elms Scene 5
Elms Scene 6

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

Elm Class, Term1, 2019/20


Calculating, measuring and understanding shapes 

During this unit, we solved two-step and three-step problems involving whole numbers, decimals and all four operations. The children worked on choosing and using appropriate calculation strategies and followed important steps: READ/UNDERSTAND/UNDERLINE/DRAW PICTURE TO ILLUSTRATE/CHOOSE OPERATION/CARRY OUT OPERATION while solving word problems. The children also practiced converting standard metric units mm-cm-m, ml-l and g-kg and then worked on solving one-step and two-step problems involving numbers, money and measures including fractions, percentages and decimals. The children learnt how to distinguish and draw acute, obtuse and reflex angles and then identified them in different triangles and 2D shapes. We practiced using a protractor to measure different angles to the nearest degree. We also worked on drawing simple 2D shapes and then visualized how to convert them into compound shapes. We then used simple formulae for calculating the Area and Perimeter of a square, rectangle, parallelogram, triangle and trapezoid.

Elms worked on calculating the Interior and Exterior angles.

We learnt how to use a compass and the skills we gained were used to draw triangles where measurements were provided. The children solved different geometrical challenges and practiced drawing triangles when 3 sides or 1 side and 2 angles were provided.

Drawing circles and calculating a radius, diameter, circumference and area.


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

We discussed very important environmental issues and tried to do our part to make our world a better place. The children where shocked to find out that 55600 trees being destroyed every minute. We shared our ideas on why and how people use and waste plastic and don’t even think that they harm our environment. The children then rolled up their sleeves, used recycled materials and  created their own ‘water installation’.

‘Water installation’. Not content to leave our Maths skills in the realm of theory, we applied our knowledge to our science theme WATER! Elm class worked miracles and pumped out a series of practical demonstrations showing how water can be used and manipulated. We recreated a variety of pumps and learnt about how and why each was used. The construction was done in teams, starting with the design. We calculated, measured and constructed an Archimedis’ screw, Spiral Water Wheel, Sludge Pump and a Bucket Pump!

‘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?’

FISP Science museum/OAK-ELM

Elms and Oaks had the amazing opportunity to present their constructions to their younger friends. They tried to explain and demonstrate how they work and where various pumps could be used in a real life setting. Oaks and Elms also encouraged our young Maples, Chestnuts and Birches to try to explore and experiment with some beautiful and very important inventions.

Science Museum:

-Archimedis’ screw

 -Spiral Water Wheel

 -Sludge Pump

-Water bottle/ Bucket Pump

And some previous exhibits:

-Vacuum cleaner

-Air blower

-Buzzing robot

-Eiffel tower maze

-Hydraulic bridge

-Hydraulic press

Sliding Puzzle /Pyrography project

FISP Newsletter – March 2019

Forest International School Paris logo on wood made by students.

The Chicken or the Egg?

During the first week back the children will have the opportunity to mire fertilised eggs in the incubator and discuss a variety of different subjects and themes related to growth, development, habitat and needs of chicken and eggs. Hatching should start in 2 weeks 🙂

We are a radio sensation !

A journalist came to the school during the holiday and interviewed us, as well as a few parents and students who came along. The theme was forest schools and the benefits of outdoor learning. It is clear to see that they are rare in France, however people are showing growing interest in different pedagogies. Here is the link (in French): http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20190301-enseigner-nature-ecole-ciel-ouvert

Bikes at school

Please remember to pick up your children’s bikes! We will be dismounting the green tent on the first week back.

Dates to remember

1) World book day : April 23rd

2) Event changes : The PA is now organising a picnic instead of its treasure hunt on June 1st .

Mastering the timetables

Please utilise the drive to school to help your children practice their timetables. Below is an article on why it is important for all children to master them perfectly: https://www.lawyerment.com/library/articles/Self_Improvement/Mind_and_Memory/102.htm

Sports Classes

Oak and Elm will start Padel classes once per week on Thursdays. Other classes will do ball sports and badminton. Please read the individual class curriculum newsletters for more details (coming out next week). Capoeira and swimming will start in May for all children.

FISP & gaming

Oak and Elm classes are developing an online game. So far, the children have been designing the story and creating the characters. In both terms to come they should finalise the preparation before the programming begins. Stay tuned for more news!

Hoola Hoops

Children have been asking us for new hoola hoops – children rejoice, they have just arrived 🙂

Field trips in preparation

The school is preparing for the week-long field trips end of May for primary and middle school. The children will be going either sailing or horseback riding – and it is going to be super exciting !!! If you have not registered your child yet, please send us an email.

Middle School Term 2 News

Elm Class, Middle School, Term 2 News and Updates. Academic Year 2018-2019.

Super Cycling Man

During this term, the Elm class children (Middle School) embarked on an adventure to find various creative people and situations. They tried to find the creativity within themselves and use it to the best of their abilities.

We studied biographies, information text, newspaper articles and books that inspired us in different ways. We found out how creativity can lead to some important discoveries and tried to use the creativity on a daily basis. The children had a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate their creative side while making costumes, dancing, singing, creating props and performing on the stage during our Christmas Show.

Linked to IMYC/Geography, the children found out about similarities and differences between particular localities and discussed numerous environmental issues involved. We were inspired by Rob Greenfield and Will Hodson, and impressed by the work that they do to help people while tackling important issues.

Linked to IMYC/Chemistry, we discovered and discussed the history of soap making, aromatherapy and how perfumes were invented and used in the past.