Our teacher is Miss Lloyd and our wonderful teaching assistants are Mrs Bones and Mrs Benny.
On this page you will find information about how things work in Maple Class and some useful resources that you can use to help us in our learning.
This page will be updated termly with information that may be of interest to you regarding projects, timetables, curriculum maps, videos, pictures and more. It will be useful to keep checking this page for any helpful documents and pages that will keep you informed about this year. We have another exciting year ahead!
Our term 6 P.E. days are: Monday and Tuesday
In the event of your child needing to self-isolate please use the links above that your child can do in any of the subjects. In the event of our class bubble isolating or a school closure lockdown, we will be using Teams online. Your child will need their username and password to access Teams.
Maple had a good start to the day locating and identifying European countries, capital cities, describing the location of our country using N, NE,S, SE, and W, SW a four-figure grid reference and which hemisphere of the world it’s in. We had fun using maps and atlases to help us find our information.
After this, we investigated climate zones followed by regional weather of a northern, southern, eastern and western area of our chosen countries. We compared these and learnt how varied our climates and weather could be across Europe and therefore the type of vegetation and wildlife.
This was followed by researching the types of physical and human characteristics of our countries. This included finding out population sizes, religions, languages and infrastructure. As well as landforms, bodies of water, types of wildlife, and plants.
In the afternoon, we sampled foods from different European countries. We are so proud that everyone tried at least one food they had never had before! The dried fish from Iceland, Ukrainian stuffed buns and Polish crackers certainly were a hit!
Here is some of our work and what we thought:
“We are going to remember learning this because we had fun doing it!”
“It helped me learning as a team because we can share ideas”
“This has been such a fun day!”
“I really enjoyed trying the new foods, I didn’t really like some of them but I’m glad I did”
”I now know so much about Italy that I didn’t know at all before”
“It was so fun finding things out with my group”
In gymnastics this term, we have been exploring symmetry and using our bodies to create a range of shapes. We explored height and width by challenging ourselves to make a range of shapes. We have also thought about transitions and learnt a number of rolls, jumps and balances. We have practised the log roll, teddy bear roll and forward roll. As well as pike jump, pencil jump and straddle jump. We have created routines based on these and pushed ourselves to create more.
As part of our project, we have been exploring the interesting things our amazing bodies can do. We started by exploring the types of nutrients and food groups we need in our bodies by using our comparing skills to find out how each nutrient can help us function. We researched the importance of the Eatwell Plate and how this can help us understand how to create balanced, healthy diets for ourselves. We have also used our investigative skills to identify types of skeletons different living things have such as endoskeleton, exoskeleton and hydro-static skeleton and bones in our bodies and created our own life size skeletons to make our learning memorable. This was followed by identifying the function of the skeleton and why it is important for different beings.
within our writing this term we have created explanations texts which explain how frogs grow. We have learnt to sequence each stage of the life cycle using time conjunctions and causal connectives. We have included a catchy heading, introduction and facts to grab the reader’s attentions. Whilst including key scientific vocabulary, a conclusion, labelled diagrams and a glossary. We enjoyed linking our writing work with trips to the pond to observe the natural changes the frogs go through ourselves.
Following this, Maple were inspired by their Take One Tale project whereby we explored the story ‘Leaf’ by Sandra Dieckman. The tale includes a range of natural imagery which concluded with us creating our own poems inspired by nature. We learnt to use similes to describe and compare various parts of the tale. This was supported by creating soundscapes of the story in music.
To support our explanation writing this term which looks at explaining how frogs grow, we have visited the pond a number of times to apply our knowledge to real life and make our learning more memorable. We have been able to observe and identify the the tadpole stage and noted over 50 tadpoles swimming around! After returning again to the pond we discovered some of the tadpoles had changed into froglets by developing back legs next to their tails. We can’t wait to go back for another visit to see if we can welcome the arrival of many small frogs.
We have been really pleased to have the chance to meet science writer Isobel Thomas who came in and helped us learn all things insects! To begin, Isobel delivered a brilliant assembly telling us about herself and what sorts of things she writes about. We learnt how fact writing in science can be used across all types of books and publications. We even got to see Mr Wilcox eat a dried cricket! Following the assembly, we treated to an exciting workshop where we investigated what exactly makes an insect an insect. We explored how in scientific writing we need to be clear, precise and accurate with our descriptions of what we are writing about as they can easily be misinterpreted as shown through history. We created our own insects from descriptions and got meet come creepy crawlies ourselves!
Throughout the term, we have explored a range of texts including chapter and picture book. We have focused some of our extracts towards our amazing bodies topic. The skills we have been working on this term include predicting, summarising, explaining and retrieving information.
This term we have had a brilliant time making our own Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian Mini Pies. First, we discussed the health and hygiene whilst carrying out any cooking and how important it is to think about keeping hands clean, the equipment on the table and staying safe when using some of the tools like scissors to cut the spring onions. Secondly, we practised basic cooking skills by reading through the recipe and setting up the equipment and ingredients we needed. Then, we measured the quantity we needed and added it to the mixture at the correct step of the process. We made sure we enabled everyone in our team to get a chance to do something and gave excellent encouragement to each other. After the mixing, we made sure to follow the steps to folding and flattening the pastry as there was lots of small details to consider. Once prepared, we waited for our pies to cook and enjoyed them at the end of the day.
To support the learning of our mini Take One Tale project, we created soundscapes to symbolise different parts of the story. In teams, we discussed which part of the tale might suit itself to creating dramatic sounds or quieter ones. We were able to choose instruments based on our initial ideas and had fun experimenting with different sounds. We learnt to match sounds and types of instruments to feelings and themes in the story.
In maths, we began by continuing our learning with fractions. We learnt how to find fractions of an amount, add and subtract fractions and problem solve using our fraction knowledge. We also started our new unit whereby we explored time. We have learnt to read an analogue clock to minutes and 5 minutes. We have learnt to use past and to when telling the time as well as converting an analogue clock to 24-hours and finding the duration of time. In addition, we have learnt to order days in a month and months in a year, whilst applying our knowledge to problem solve.
In yoga this term, we have continued to practise a range of moves and using positive messages to help us focus and feel ready for learning.
In geography this term, we have used our mapping skills to locate key landmarks of our local area and identify its land use. We used digital mapping (such as Google maps) to explore our area and practised creating our own keys and symbols to identify these landmarks on a map. We also created our own sketch maps of the land use with labels. Further to this, we create sketch maps of our school using the north, south, east and west compass points as well as locating areas on our school maps.
In art this term, we have explored and researched the work of Julian Opie who creates bright and vivid portrait prints. We created artist studies of his work and observed how his style is simple and unique to create features of the face. We applied our own understanding of Opie’s work to our artworks and created string prints using our own portraits.
Within R.E. We have explored Ramadan and Eid. We have used our research skills to find out similarities and differences between Christian celebrations and those of Muslims.
In forest school we have been exploring the new wildlife and creepy crawlies who have made an appearance in the forest over the spring. We have enjoyed making our own dens in a team as well as continuing our search for bugs in a darker, sheltered space. In addition to this, we have learnt new printing making skills by using some of the vegetation found in the forest to imprint on to fabric. We managed to capture lots of interesting shapes and details, and of course had lots of fun doing it!
This term we enjoyed taking part in maths day and understood the links maths have with so many areas in our lives and learning. We incorporated our maths topic of fractions into counting beats and rhythms in music. We have learnt to count up and down in fractions as well as experiment with a range of instruments.
We also applied our maths skills to further hands on experiences by calculating averages in P.E. We took part in a range of activities including running, throwing, catching, hopping, skipping, bouncing a ball and sprinting to collect our data. We then used this to work out our averages by adding our scores up and dividing by the number of tests we carried out.
During writing this term, we have been exploring 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes. We have created our own story openings by using a range of similes and language features to create tension and build up in the story. We have used drama, actions and repetition to help us use our imaginations for ideas. We have also written our own newspaper reports to summarise the event of the 'space-bat-angel-thing' arriving on planet Earth. We have used our questioning and hot-seating skills to help us get into character and think from somebody else's perspective. We have learnt to use question marks to express direct speech for characters as quotes in our newspaper reports as well as use a range of sentence starters and descriptive language.
In art and DT this term we have been looking at using light and dark to recreate our own portraits of The Iron Man. We have focused on mark-making with our sketches by considering cross hatching and shading skills. We have learnt about the importance of light and dark when creating 3D images. We have also used oil pastels to to similarly show light and dark in our portraits. Further to this, in DT we have used our researching skills to find out about robot engineers and the many uses and skills different robots have. We have learnt there are many functions which have inspired our own designs. We have used a number of rough sketches and selected our favourite parts to design and plan our own model. Our robots will be functional with a moving part.
Singing this term has included a range of songs the children have been practising as well as some new tunes for this term. We have enjoyed adding actions to some and experimented with some trickier, fast paced sections too.
During science we have been exploring forces and magnets. We have identified forces acting on an object including friction. We have used our investigation skills to identify which surfaces cause more friction than others and presented our data in charts. We have also identified different magnetic materials and tested their strengths by carrying out our own investigations with a range of different magnets. We used our knowledge from maths to present our data in bar charts to identify which were the strongest and weakest. We have learnt that a magnet has two poles and what happens when they repel or attract.
This term, we have started by looking at length and perimeter. We have learnt to measure using centimetres, metres and millimetres. Whilst comparing lengths and practising adding and subtracting lengths. We have also learnt to use equivalent lengths to problem solve and calculate length. Furthermore, we have measured and calculated perimeter by applying our knowledge of how to measure length. I’m addition, we have recapped our understanding of fractions by making and recognising equal parts. This has supported our learning by finding and recognising halves, quarters and thirds and applying our knowledge to problem solve using word problems.
This term, Maple have enjoyed learning lots of new vocabulary in computing, particularly related to our programming/coding project. To work alongside our Iron Man writing project, we have learnt to sequence code to control our own digital robot using the iPads. We have learnt to block instructions, use repeat loops, use and remove commands and problem solve by allowing our robot to move across the screen in a number of directions to achieve a goal. We have been able to work towards a number of levels to challenge ourselves as well as learning the importance of being clear, concise and specific with our instructions - otherwise coding will not work! It was very exciting to start this project in collaboration with our year 6 Cherry class whose digital leaders were on hand to guide us and answer any questions should we need it. Maple thoroughly enjoyed learning from such great role models who took the time to explain rather than simply showing us what to do. We are so proud of the children for working so well together and can’t wait to keep collaborating on further projects.
Maple have had fun practising a variety of yoga poses this term, which we are beginning to memorise in a sequence. We have been practising our Cat, Kobra, Child’s pose, Downward dog, butterfly, boat, and bridge poses. Alongside this, we have been reinforcing positive mantras to ourselves, here are some the children came up with:
“Always believe in yourself”
”Try your best”
”You can do anything”
Furthermore, we have started to working together more in small groups and partners to create our own poses. The criteria for these poses needed to have one part of their bodies touching their partners. We have had a lot of fun growing together this term and feeling more calm, ready for learning.
As part of our learning in P.E. This term we have been very lucky to have a cricket coach from Chance to Shine come in and help us improve our cricket skills. So far, we have focused on catching skills and practised our coordination working at a number of levels. Additionally, our batting skills have improved by practising in small team situations, challenging ourselves to work to the next level to control the direction of the ball. To compliment our batting and catching we have also learnt the importance of fielding and keeping and eye on ball whilst waiting to anticipate the direction the ball is being hit. Alongside our learning we have continuously learnt the value of respect and teamwork in our games scenarios.
This term, Maple have been exploring the lead up to Easter. We have started the term with our annual pancake day race, which the children had great fun participating in. Prior to this, we have used our research skills to find out the origin of the first pancake race and why we have it. Alongside the reason for Shrove Tuesday and the symbolism associated with this. Furthermore, we have used our discussion and role-play skills to learn more about the Easter story and lent.
This term, Maple have been super excited to be learning about Roman Britain. We have leant about the history of the first invasions of Britain, who ruled, how and why Roman armies were so successful along with the many new technologies that were brought to Britain as a result. We have used our design and planning skills to create our own working aqueducts to transport water from mountains to a Roman city. We have used clay modelling techniques to create coins to run parallel with our learning about Julius Caesar who was the first person to have his face put on a coin. As well as creating our mosaics from our own sketches. This was further supported by our writing work which was a setting description and diary entry depicting the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii. Our writing further inspired our artwork using oil pastels. Our work this term was celebrated and shared with the rest of the school by holding our open project morning Roman museum where the children were incredibly proud to share their project work made from in and outside of school.
In DT this term, we have been exploring the building process behind Roman aqueducts. We have used research skills to find out how they were built and asked questions such as why they were used, what materials did they use, which designs were most effective and strong. We have used our research to influence our own designs. This began a series of drawings which illustrate which supports we might choose to keep it sturdy and what materials we might use to transport the water without allowing the cardboard to become soggy. After our initial designs, we used our problem solving skills like real designers and engineers to physically put our ideas together in a team. We planned ahead by selecting appropriate materials and using our measuring skills in maths to measure out each part. We had a lot of fun working on this big build!
In maths, we have been continuing to practise multiplication and division problem solving questions. In addition, we have looked at counting and converting pounds and pence as well as adding, subtracting and giving change. Further to this, we have explored basic statistics by recording results in a tally and interpreting data. Reading pictograms and problem solving, alongside drawing bar charts based on our own findings from recorded results in tallies and tables.
In writing, we have explored the book 'Escape from Pompeii' which has largely inspired our writing this term. We have used our five senses and thought about when, where, what, why, who and how questions to add detail to our writing. We have used adjectives, verbs and prepositions to help set the scene in our writing which depicts the chaos unfolding over Pompeii as Mount Vesuvius erupts. We have used drama to help us imagine we are there and what it may have felt like, as well as using national geographic videos of lava and volcanoes to inspire exciting adjectives. We have also explored the features of a diary entry and trying to imagine ourselves in role. We have also used hot seating to ask questions about characters and gain a sense of how they might be feeling.
This term, we have been exploring a range of techniques. Having been inspired by our setting descriptions in writing which paint a picture of what it might have been like for people living in Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius erupted, we created our own artwork based on the volcano. We have used mark-making and blending techniques to illustrate the the lava and ash exploding out of the volcano. In addition, we have researched Roman mosaics, types of patterns created and why the Romans had them. We have used our design and planning skills to create our own mosaic. This was followed by using ceramic tiles to create a physical copy of our design. Along side this, we have explored the designs on Roman coins and learnt that Julius Caesar was the first person to have his face on a coin. We once again designed our own coins after using our observational drawing techniques to record original designs. Finally, we used clay to form our coin design using mark-making and imprinted techniques.
This term we have been working scientifically to plan, record and carry out our own science investigations. We have used our research skills to find out about what we already know about liquids which led us to come up with a hypothesis/prediction for our experiment. We recorded our plan by setting out the equipment list, method and what we aimed to find out before starting. During our investigation, we considered how to make it a fair test and what variables we could control. We discussed the importance of recording our findings and why the same person needed to carry out the same part of the experiment. We have investigated whether all liquids mix the same and why this may or may not be the case.
This term we had a brilliant time in the forest exploring and trying new outdoor experiences. We started our session by storytelling using pictures clues from around the forest. Then, we painted them on wooden discs to further add to our story. In addition, it was amazing to have time to use the forest campfire to sit round and create our own cheese toasties. We were able to enjoy our snacks by sharing our wishes for this yyear. We got to learn how the fire is started and what we need to do to create the perfect campfire toasties!
This term, Maple have been learning new ball handling skills in hockey. We have been working on our control of the ball using a range of speeds and stopping whilst dribbling. We have looked at how moving into space and working collaboratively using teamwork can make scoring easier. Alongside this, we have used defensive body language and positioning in game situations to aid with tackling in various situations. We have enjoyed applying these skills to game situations where we have tested our defence and passing skills too.
This term we have been very excited to try our first ever yoga sessions. We learnt a variety of new poses including child's pose, kobra, downward dog and the cat. We also had fun using our bodies to create different animal shapes whilst also having time to reflect on how we are feeling and learning how to release negative energy from our bodies. We used a range of generated positive messages from the class to encourage and reinforce to ourselves during quiet time. We also learnt a new fluid routine which we practised alongside calming music. At the end of our sessions we had time to once again release more energy and feel our bodies reunite in harmony.
What we thought of our first session:
"This made me feel so calm, I am so relaxed now." - Amy
"I feel super relaxed, I love yyoga!." - Logan
"I think this will help our learning by feeling refreshed and ready." - Freddie
"It was so much fun moving around the room as different animals, I liked being a snake." - Alba
This term, Maple have had a chance to explore light and dark. We have investigated where light comes from, experimented with different light filters and seen what happens when light is directed through triangular prisms. This led us to discover how rainbows are formed. We have also compared and contrasted light sources and light reflectors and why the latter are essential during times of low light. We have looked at various materials which make these so effective. In addition to this, we have experimented with mirrors and how their surfaces reflect light. This led on to using our research skills to create posters about sun safety and why it is important to protect ourselves from sunlight. Finally, we investigated how shadows are formed and put our knowledge into a practical setting by creating shadow puppets in a shadow puppet theatre to perform to the rest of the class.
This term, Maple had a fantastic time on the Polar Express train from Wallingford to Cholsey train station. We were treated to a production of the Polar Express whilst sipping on a warm hot chocolate and a tasty cookie. We joined in with singing and dancing by the performers and were even lucky enough to be visited by Father Christmas. Having read the book together before our trip, it was great to be part of what we had read as a performance.
In writing, we have been looking at how write an effective set of instructions for someone wishing to pack a bag for an adventure. We first began by looking at a range of instructions including recipes, step by step construction instructions, and directions. We were able to identify a range of features used in varying instructions. We have explored why imperative verbs and time conjunctions are essential in our instructions as well as the use of clear, short steps. We have compared sentence structures and how we can edit examples to make them more effective. We have been able to write a set of instructions which include a title, introduction to 'hook' the reader in, list of equipment needed, bullet points of step by step insytructions and a final note to add a word of warning or encouragement to the reader. We also had fun story mapping each step to remember what to write and using drama to act out with a group each part.
To celebrate the end of term in a festive way, the children have made their very own Christmas ornaments to sell as our class makes. The children looked at mark making and a range of clay modelling techniques. We have also used our creativity to design our own Christmas cards.
During term 2, we have been looking at extreme Earth. This has involved investigating what makes up the ground beneath our feet, including the various layers which are built up. Our research continued by describing and explaining how different volcano formations are created. We have been able to label and describe key characteristics also. In addition to this, we have identified and explained how volcanoes affect people's lives around the world, noting how the geography of other places around the world are different to where we live and what implications that might have.
In reading, we have looked at a range of texts including picture books and chapter books. Our class read this term has been 'Oliver and the Seawigs' by Philip Reeves and Sarah McIntyre. We have focused largely on the reading viper skill to 'predict' what might happen in the text by using examples of what we already know from the book to back up our response. We have also supported this by using our explaining skills and started to infer meaning from this. We have continued to look at a range of vocabulary, and the children have enjoyed ticking off which reading skill they have been using in each lesson.
This term we have enjoyed sharing our singing sessions with the rest of lower school and Sandy who plays brilliantly on the piano, whilst teaching us. We have considered singing posture, range of tone, breathing exercises to get our vocal chords to warm up and standing professionally to present to others. We have learnt a range of fun songs, some with actions and others with a festive Christmas twist.
In maths this term, we have started to explore multiplication and addition. We have recapped and consolidated on our knowledge of multiplying and dividing by 2, 5 and 10. Following this, we have been learning to divide and multiply by 3, 4 and 8 - the children have had fun learning their new times tables too. We have pushed our knowledge further by applying our times-tables to problem solving questions where it has been essential to use these to easily see patterns and links between questions.
Within P.E. this term, we have been learning lots of new skills in Netball. For some us this has been the first time we have played, so it has been very exciting. We have learnt to pass and receive the ball in a variety of ways and to work collaboratively to keep possession of the ball by passing accurately. In doing so, we have recognise the need to 'get free' from opposition players and used dodging techniques. We have also played in attacking and defending zones and created opportunities to shoot. Finally, we have started to use a range of accurate passes to build an attack, for example; using chest pass, over arm throw and bounce pass.
This term, Maple have used the theme of 'Light' to explore a range of celebrations. We have explored the festival of Diwali by looking at the story of Rama and Sita and created our own Rangoli patterns using geometric patterns. Then, we looked at Hanukkah and how it uses light and discussed why it might be an important part of the celebration. Finally, we researched Advent and how this compares and contrasts to the way Diwali and Hanukkah use light in their celebrations.
Maple have had great fun learning during our Take One Picture project. We have been exploring 'The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate' by David Hockney. We have used research skills to discover more about the background of David Hockney and what inspires him to create his work. This has led us to create small biographies about our chosen artist. In addition to this, we have enjoyed really looking at the artwork and extending a section of our image to help generate ideas related to where, when, what, why and who before continuing to look at the artistic techniques more in depth. Furthermore, we have explored the use of perspective and how Hockney uses size, scale, shape and line direction to create this in his work. We have created our own versions of Hockney's work by looking at the horizon line and considering where the vanishing point is. Consequently, we have been able to create beautiful haiku poems inspired by our own artworks.
This term, Maple have time-travelled back to the Stone Age and written their own postcards into the future. We have explored the features of a postcard and included our own examples of time connectives and adjectives. To add greater detail to our writing and paint a picture in the reader's mind, we have also used the five senses and the 5W's. Further to this, we have enjoyed exploring the text 'The Secret of Black Rock' by Jo Todd Stanton. This began by learning the narrative through drama, asking questions by hot-seating and story mapping in order to remember sequenced events. Then, we used our five senses again to start to generate interesting vocabulary to describe what we wanted the reader to know. We have also looked at adjectives, and used what, when, where and how starter phrases to set the scene of our story opening. Next, we used our sequenced story understanding to apply our ideas to writing our own narrative for 'The Secret of Black Rock'.
Maple have enjoyed learning about rocks this term as part of their science work. We have carried out investigations which observe and group rocks based on their properties. This has included testing their permeability, density and durability. We have also explored the fossilisation process by story boarding step by step stages. Maple also enjoyed acting this process out to help memorise each stage. This was further complemented by researching Mary Anning’s contribution to palaeontology. Additionally, we have explored soil formation and how soil is made up from different processes happening.
This term, we have been exploring place value alongside addition and subtraction. We have reinforced our understanding of number as well as learning different methods for solving addition and subtraction number problems. Further to this, we have applied our new understanding to problem solving and reasoning questions.
Maple have enjoyed creating their own Stone Age cave art this term. We have looked at mark-making techniques by practising observational drawing. We have considered how shading and texture can be shown differently using different techniques. Once we became more confident with our own drawing skills, we used our planning and design skills to come up with a rough design of what we wanted our Stone Age cave art to look like. Finally, we created our own cave art using pastels whilst also looking at blending techniques.
This term, Maple have started our first music lessons. We have learnt to and are practising using the correct hand hold for playing (left hand at the top, right hand at the bottom) We are also practising the 'b' note and playing in a rhythm. To further compliment our instrument playing, we have also explored, pitch, pulse, beat and rhythm whilst singing.
This term, we have used our research skills to learn about the Stone Age. First, we began by looking at the timeline of the Stone Age and how it can be split into three sections. In doing so, we have learnt how each stage of the timeline has affected change in Britain. We have also compared modern life to Stone Age life, and considered whether we would liked to have been a Stone Age human. Next, we spent time getting into role as a hunter gatherer and compared the diet of a Stone Age human to our own. Further to this, we have used our ICT skills to research the history and background of Stone Henge and Skara Brae and their importance to the Stone Age.
Maple have explored a range of different texts and extracts whilst using the reading viper skills to aid their reading comprehension. We have retrieved information from the text by answering quick quiz questions. We have also learnt how to predict, explain, infer and summarise information from the text whilst looking at a range of vocabulary.
This term we have been looking at friendships and what makes a good friend. We have explored a range of scenarios and how we could respond as a good friend. We have looked at our school values and discussed what it means to be responsible, courageous, respectful, tolerant whilst also persevering and demonstrating friendship.
This term we have explored how people show they are Christian and applied our understanding to different scenarios. We have also learnt what happens at communion and why it is important to Christians. Followed by what Christians do as part of their beliefs.
Maple have enjoyed learning dribbling and passing skills in football and applying these to game situations. Alongside this, we have practised our throwing, catching and receiving skills in rounders. This has focused a lot on co-ordination and we were able to apply this to small game scenarios before consolidating our skills in a bigger game situation. We have also enjoyed working as a team and supporting each other, whilst discussing what it means to be a good sportsman/woman.