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.

Literacy

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.

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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

Oak Class, Term 1, 2019/20

Mathematics

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).

Art

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

mistake?’

‘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?’

Capoeira

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.

Primary School Classes Update – Winter 2018

Primary Classes Winter 2018

Our Primary School section, for children from 6 to 11 years old, are divided into three classes namely Walnut, Birch and Oak.

IPC at Birch

Birch class topic work for term 2 under the IPC International Primary Curriculum, was focused on history. We looked at ways through which we can learn about the past. More specifically, we learned about the work of archaeologists and the clues that can bring information about the past into the light. The children examined a number of old and new items and described their characteristics (material, date, purpose).

In order to extend our learning on the way of life of Stone Age people and especially their expression through art, Birch and Walnut class visited the National Archaeological Museum of Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The museum guide showed us selected artefacts and the children tried hard to draw them on their notebooks. They were all very attentive and asked many questions.

At the Museum of Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Arts

During our last week of the term, we dedicated ourselves to an art project of creating scented candles. The children learned how to do this themselves while having heaps of fun! Birches took all precautions and used the necessary equipment; wax flakes, electric stove, wicks, glass jars, wax colourants, essential oils, pipettes and wooden skewers. They were responsible for all tasks, from melting wax to adding scent and decorating the jars.

Birch class decided to sell the candles to raise money for charity. During the candle sale, the children did all transactions and gave change themselves.

Candle making at Birch class, Primary School

Oak Class, Primary School

In addition to their busy schedule and team challenges with Elm Class (Middle School), Oak were busy in the kitchen once again.

Just before Christmas, we have learnt a traditional Spanish recipe: “Tortilla”! We wrote down instructions, ingredients, measurements and we cooked it.

Oak class preparing the Tortilla
Oak Class (Primary School) preparing the Tortilla

Maths

We have worked a lot with fractions using visual aids or learning about different strategies for calculations. We have seen and solved various real-life problems involving them. A large variety of activities has helped us to understand the use of comparing and order fractions, identify and write equivalent fractions, recognize them and relate them with decimals.

We have also worked with geometry and with the calculation of different areas, involving real- life problems too. We have learnt properties of different shapes. We have seen and understand the use of them by tackling real life problems.

We have also learnt about the importance of measuring, not only length, area or volume but also turns/angles.

Oak geography and literacy class.
From our geography and literacy activities, Oak class

Meanwhile, at Walnut Class (Primary School)

We had the opportunity to develop our literacy skills through a range of literacy activities:

The Christmas show has allowed us to build our vocabulary, to practice speaking audibly and fluently through our respective roles, to work on gaining and maintaining the interest of the listeners and to acquire a better understanding of the use the appropriate register for effective communication.

We consolidated the use of correct punctuation and sentence organisation through daily writing activities. Furthermore, we practised alternative and phonic word spelling by using the words learnt in context.

We made a tricky words list to order to improve spelling and to note unusual correspondences spelling and sound.

We also reviewed some grammar concepts such as suffixes (-full, -less) and have learnt using some new ones in context. Studying an inspirational moral story and creating our own one was enjoyable! It helped us to illustrate the learning that took place and to familiarize ourselves with this type of narrative. Debating and exchanging ideas about meaningful values such as generosity, determination and kindness was a great way to reinforce these values on an everyday basis in our classroom.

We took pleasure in presenting of our chosen country (based on our personal preferences) and sharing some cultural, historical and culinary elements related to our country to the rest of the class.. The culinary experience will remain our favorite one!

At last, we have been very lucky to spend library time with Monica who helped us to read at loud some of our favourite books and to listen to some great stories with on Fridays! We love reading that way !

Walnut class term 2 year 2018-2019
Walnut Class (Primary School) term 2 updates