Teachers: Mr Williams and Mrs Herbert (Wednesday)
Teaching Assistant: Miss Wood
Welcome to the Maple Class page. We are already hard at work and having lots of fun as we learn. Keep checking this page to see what we have been up to!
PE - On Monday. Please send your child to school in their PE kit.
Homework - Set on Tuesday and due in the following Monday please. Please note: homework is now set on Seesaw for your child to access online.
Reading - If your child needs a new book, remind them to ask an adult in class and we will help them choose a new one. We ask that children read at last four times a week at home please.
Every morning we begin our day with a challenge over registration time. Sometimes this is a riddle, anagram challenge, mathematics problem, 5 minute workout or quiz.
It belongs to you, but your friends use it more. What is it?
The rest of the morning is busy with us doing lots of learning in English and mathematics.
Our pupils will work through the final stages of the Read Write Inc scheme to ensure they are secure in their phonic knowledge and are confident with the fundamentals of early reading comprehension and writing.
Our English time is broken up into a short spelling, punctuation and grammar session and an English lesson. In English, we love learning by reading and responding to a variety of books. We enjoy, soak in and respond to texts before building the skills to produce pieces of writing inspired by what we have read. Sometimes we use drama, computing or music to bring our learning to English learning to life.
In mathematics, we work through small steps to ensure we build an excellent understanding of all areas of the curriculum. We use a variety of resources and apparatus to help us learn. We work really hard to make our reasoning clearer and we enjoy problem solving to really stretch ourselves. We also love using mathematics skills in the afternoons, especially in science, art and design technology. Fluency sessions help us improve our approach to calculations, and we enjoy discussing how we solved problems and which methods are most efficient.
On Wednesday, we have a class assembly. Our focus is on confidence and trying new things this term and these assemblies are a great time for us to think carefully about our role, and the role of adults, in making sure we grow up to be happy, successful and kind people. Other themes for class assemblies may include: British values, relationships, personal growth, keeping safe and healthy, significant cultural events and notable celebrations (both religious and secular).
In the afternoons, we complete science and topic work. Within each topic, explicit subjects are taught and the children develop the skills and knowledge needed to become good historians, geographers, scientists, musicians, designers and artists. Where possible, cross-curricular links underpin the work we are completing. We love to showcase our growing skills and knowledge through art, design technology and computing projects.
Please click the example timetable below to see what a week might look like in Maple Class.
Curriculum Focus - Science
Maple Class posed the question: Am I faster than a T-Rex? The children then worked together to think about how they could answer the question.
With the help of Mr. Williams, they found out that T-Rex's were thought to have been able to run at approximately 32 kph. Together, the class worked out that this is roughly 9 metres per second.
Next, the children independently measured out a 90 metre running track on the field using trundle wheels and cones, before seeing if they we could run the length of the track in under ten seconds.
Despite initial confidence (with most children sure they were faster than a T-rex), we all realised we were all in fact slower than a T-Rex and we concluded that it is probably for the best that these magnificent predators are long extinct!
The record time to run 90 metres was set by Zach who ran the distance in 16 seconds. Well done to him and indeed to all of Maple Class for putting in a magnificent effort in science this week.
Science - Everyday Materials
Maple Class have enjoyed exploring everyday materials as part of their science topic. Recently, the children explored the properties of different materials through testing them. They wanted to find out if different materials are waterproof and had great fun planning and completing a range of tests and recording their results. We hope the pictures capture how much fun the children had in their learning
Maple Class use the See Saw web page and app for their home learning and homework. It's a powerful learning platform and Mr Williams and Mrs Herbert set and respond to work using it's text and audio recording functions. It's also a great way to share Teams links for the live lessons.