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Our teacher is Miss Lloyd and our wonderful teaching assistants are Mrs Bones and Mrs Holley.
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!
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Within our science work this term, Maple have use their skills to plan and prepare two experiments by working scientifically. First, we defined and named the experiment we were conducting by identifying what we wanted to find out. This included preparing equipment, organising results tables, naming our experiment, and identifying variables we need to monitor to allow for a fair test result. We also made predictions by hypothesizing our results and later compared this to our collected results by summarising what we have discovered. We used our results table to outline our findings, which aided our evaluation of how we could carry out the experiment differently in the future. We also compared our results to others, and began to ask questions why there may have been differences. We also had tremendous fun doing something new and exciting!
P.E. this term has included encouraging the children to stay active at home. We have used the Oxfordshire school's bingo grid which provide a range of activities to test a range of skills such as co-ordination and balance using items of equipment that may be found at home. Some of these have been quite inventive, for example, using their bed's as a 'high jump' the children have enjoyyyed challenging themselves to stay active and think creatively about exercise challenges.
This term Maple have used their fantastic creative skills to design, plan and construct their own Roman Mosaic's. Maple have applied their understanding of the importance of size, pattern and colour to compose their own pieces using a range of different materials.
This term, Maple class have used their skills to explore, identify and explain their understanding within Hinduism. We have examined the five daily duties by acknowledging the similarities and differences to our own lives and others following the Hindu faith. We have recognised that Hindu's follow the five daily duties to help guide a person in everyday life by: worshipping god, studying the Vedas and Scriptures, contemplate the teachings of Holy Men, providing alms and showing hospitality. We have also used Hindu stories to evaluate and summarise actions, choices and consequences made by others and interpreted how these link to our researched knowledge of the 'Four Purposes of Life' which are Dharma, Kama, Artha and Moksha.
Maple have had great fun exploring Roman Britain this term. Some of the things we have explored include: Roman Roads, Hadrian's Wall, Roman food, the life of a Gladiator, Mosaic's, the Roman Empire, Boudicca, the Roman Army, Julius Caesar and Roman Emperor's. We have used our knowledge of Roman life to fuel our writing as well as artwork and design skills. Here are some examples of our project work:
Our writing work this term has used 'Escape from Pompeii' as our writing stimulus. We have used our five senses to help us construct and imagine what it would be like before and after the eruption. We have gathered ideas through discussion online and mind mapping key vocabulary together. Having used the pictures as inspiration, we demonstrated our understanding of what it might feel like by composing our ideas within a setting description. We have collected key verbs, adverbs and adjectives to use within our descriptive language. As well as applying our knowledge of prepositional phrases to help set the scene.
Within Maths this term we have continued to compare statements, multiply and divide two digits by one digits and applying this knowledge to solving scaling problems. We have also explored pounds and pence by converting, adding and subtracting money plus also giving change. We applied our knowledge of money to problem solve and discuss problems. Finally, we ended the term by looking at pictograms and bar charts. This work involved comparing and interpreting the data shown and applying our number knowledge to different types of tables.
Within reading this term, Maple have explored a range of texts applying their prediction, summarising, explaining, inference and retrieval skills. We have explored songs and lyrics as well as fiction and non-fiction texts. These lessons have included retrieval of information from within the text, followed by discussion and individual thinking questions. Our sessions have then concluded with either writing our response by apply our practised skills of predicting, summarising, explaining, inferring and retrieving for our chosen text.
Maple have started term three by exploring the musical work of Johannes Brahms. We have used our research skills and the 5W's to retrieve information about the composer and musician. In addition to this, we have focused our work on Brahms' piece 'Hungarian Dance No.5'. Together we have mind mapped our ideas and visual imagery related to the music and have used this to fuel inspiration for our Hakiu poems. The choice of vocabulary we have been able to generate, was followed by carefully selecting how we would plan and write our own Haiku poems responding to the music. Maple had great fun sharing their poem ideas by clapping the ssyllables of each line to each other on screen.
To celebrate the end of term and the fantastic work the children have made, we began decorating the classroom by challenging ourselves to see how long we could make a paper chain from our scrap paper. Maple really worked as a team to create the decorations and were so proud of each other for contributing towards a goal. We then sat down to enjoy our Christmas lunches with some festive music in the background. This was later followed by a silent disco in the hall, which the children were incredibly excited about! Merry Christmas Maple Class and a Happy New Year!
This term Maple have been learning about Christianity and in particular the story of the nativity. Maple have also enjoyed learning about Christingle and it's symbol of the Christian faith. We have identified that the orange represents the world; the red ribbon around it is the love of God; the fruits/sweets symbolise God's creation and the candle represents Jesus, the light of the world.
In relation, Maple have also relished the opportunity to learn about Diwali which intertwined with Maths week. To bring these two subject areas together, the children designed and created their own Rangoli patterns to display in class. Rangoli patterns are colourful designs made on the floor using coloured rice powder and are used by Hindus during Diwali celebrations to traditionally welcome good luck. Within Maths, Rangoli patterns have been a great way to explore symmetry, reflection and tessellation.
During our reading this term, we have formulated, described, predicted, retrieved and explained ideas relating to our class read 'Oliver and the Seawigs' by Philip Reeves. During our lessons the children have begun by using their retrieval skills to answer 'quick quiz questions' about the text such as 'Who is Stacey de Lacey?' and 'What is the Hallowed Shallows Seawig Competition?'. This has been followed by opportunities to discuss with a partner and the class, questions relating to the text. These often form discussion about the way the text is written as well as exploring unfamiliar vocabulary. Our lessons have then concluded with written answers which challenge the children to predict what might happen using inference skills, explain their answers and reasoning using evidence from the text. I have been very impressed byy the discussions within class during these lessons.
As a result of Maple's love for reading 'Oliver and the Seawigs' we decided to design and interpret our own 'Seawig Competition' posters by summarising some of the key features of an event poster. We managed to compose some very creative ideas together. I was so impressed with Maple's enthusiasm, that I promised the class I would 'Tweet' Philip Reeves and Sarah McIntyre our designs to see what they thought. We were fortunate enough to get such a wonderful response...
Maple have shown great passion for exploring different texts within our reading lessons. It has been exciting to hear each others' thoughts and opinions on a variety of books. Consequently, some of the children were very eager to use their summarising, explaining and evaluating skills to write short book reviews for texts they have read to help other children choose new books. In order to further boost this enthusiasm and a love of reading, I asked the children to provide descriptive words for how they would like their book corner to look. Taking this important feedback on board we managed to design and apply these changes to the area to make it more inviting and exciting with a focus on the 5W's and how. What? Where? Why? Who? When? and How? The idea was to summarise that reading can take you on many adventures and journeys!
Within our writing this term we have focused on interpreting ideas related to William Grill's 'Shackleton's Journey' book which tells of an Antarctic explorer and his crew. Maple have taken role as a crew member and imagined they are taking part on this voyage. Our writing has first consisted of constructing instructions for how to pack a bag for an Antarctic expedition. This included using sequencing words, imperative verbs (bossy verbs) and adjectives to provide really detailed and informative instruction writing.
Following this, Maple have used drama, freeze framing and hot seating to get into character and imagine they are stranded in the Antarctic. Shackleton's ship the 'Endurance' finally became stuck and began to disintegrate by the harsh icy conditions. The children used their senses to express how they might be feeling in their writing by questioning what they might hear, see, taste, feel and smell. We have used class discussion to collate these ideas which have then been selected and applied in their own writing. This writing took the form of a diary entry before and after the 'Endurance' became stranded. The children explored questions about what they would do next, how the might feel, what do they think their crew members might be feeling and how will the survive? This was followed by understanding the features of a diary entry and practicing this with our own ideas independently.
Maple have continued their enthusiasm for learning about light and dark through their writing and designing skills. The children first planned and used their imagination to write a short story about an Antarctic expedition within 'Writer's Workshop'. We then used these ideas to design shadow puppet characters to be used to present their story to the class using a shadow puppet theatre.
To link this learning together, Maple have explored how light travels differently through a variety of materials by using comparison and observation skills. We have learnt that opaque, translucent and transparent materials can also affect an objects shadow. To secure this understanding, the children were able to visualise the effect of using the puppets against the baking paper screen and projected light from behind.
Maple enjoyed getting active for children in need by challenging themselves to see how many laps of the field they could run. Altogether, including the teachers, we managed to run 215 laps!! We are very impressed with how determined and up for the challenge everyone was. The most amazing part of this activity was how smiley and excited the children were to be outside having fun to support a good cause. Well done Maple Class!!
Our science work this term has been all to do with light! To kick start our learning journey, Maple had a go at experimenting with how light travels using a light box, glass prism and different coloured filters. We have learnt that light travels in straight lines and what can happen when we try to bend it. We were able to create our own rainbows by breaking up the white light with the prism to aid our understanding of how this is mimicked with raindrops and light with rainbows we see in the sky.
We have also experimented with mixing different coloured filters whilst predicting and writing up our findings, just like scientists. Maple were very excited to take part in this experiment. It has been fantastic to see such brilliant eagerness to learn.
The children enjoyed their first visit to the garden. We learnt about what sort of things the school grows, including some of the veg we use in our school meals. It was very exciting to see a variety of jobs we can hep with as a class throughout the year.
Maple Class have settled into their first term at Fir Tree by creating wonderful work relating to our Take One Picture project. 'Starry Night' by Vincent Van Gogh was our chosen piece and the children have enjoyed experimenting with pastels to recreate their own Starry Night artwork.
Following this, we have started our History Project about The Stone Age. The children enjoyed using their pastel skills to create their own messages through Stone Age cave art.