Maple trees are beautiful trees that come in all amazing shapes, sizes and colours. No two trees can ever be the same, making each one unique and special in their own way, much like each member of Maple Class. We celebrate all of our differences and nourish all the different ways and aspects of learning that children may have or come across.
Welcome to our class page! We will be posting updates of what we have been doing in and out of the classroom, celebrating all the lovely work that the children produce, and updating you with any important dates and announcements.
We are excited to see what this year will hold and feel very lucky to be working alongside the children to help them flourish and grow within their educational journey!
-Miss O’Neill, Mrs Sidwell, Mrs Lavelle and Mrs Cousins
Miss O’Neill – Every morning and Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon
Mrs Sidwell – Every Tuesday afternoon
Mrs Lavelle – Every Friday afternoon
Statistics all around!
In Maple class this week, we have been focusing on statistics in our Mathematics lessons. We have looked at interpreting and drawing both tally, block and pictographs in multiples of 1, 2, 5 and 10.
In English, we have been delving deeper in to the story of The Yeti and the Bird, creating postcards from the bird, character descriptions and wanted posters to help find the bird and the yeti.
In Topic, we have been looking at Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth the 1st. After independently looking at different facts about them, we got in to pairs and created Venn diagrams to see how they were different and the same as each other.
Yoga in the sun!
This week in Maple class, we will be continuing to look at Yeti and the Bird in English, with writing character descriptions, postcards and wanted posters. In Mathematics, we will be moving on to statistics tomorrow by looking at and drawing graphs.
We have had a lovely start to our week and wanted to get out in to the sunshine!
Maple and Ash class were given the opportunity to work in groups to create a yoga routine, using different poses, and then teach it to the rest of their class this afternoon. The children were exceptional and all little yogi’s in the making!
What an amazing week we have had!
Maple class have been up to all sorts this week! We have done some amazing work measuring mass in g and Kg, and capacity in ml and L. The children have done a mixture of practical and written work, comparing different measurements and conducting their own experiments.
In English, we have produced some fantastic letters to the Yeti, offering him an abundance of advice with how he could go about making friends with others. We even had Miss Rabbit in our lesson on Wednesday to have a chat with, as she knows the Yeti personally.
In the afternoons, we have been looking at two very important monarchs from our history, Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria. We have learned so much about these powerful women and will be looking at comparing them next week!
What are we up to this week?
Mrs Cousins and I would firstly like to say a big thank you to all the lovely cakes and delicious homework we have received so far. We are thrilled to see that the children have enjoyed their homework so much this week.
This week in our mathematics, we are going to be looking at measuring mass and capacity! We have started with looking at grams today and the children have thoroughly enjoyed it. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the week will have in store!
In English, our beanstalk has unfortunately disappeared over the weekend, only to be replaced with a sad letter from a Yeti who needs help to make friends. The children will be looking at what advice we can give to the Yeti, and at the end of the week will be writing a letter to him to see if we can help him!
Stay tuned for more updates!
What a week we had! In Maple class for science week, we had to investigate how shadows were formed!
We conducted some experiments in groups using torches and a dark classroom to find out what causes shadows, whether we could change our shadow’s shape and if they changed colour!
The children enjoyed the experiment so much that we decided to create some shadow art by using the shadows of our hands to create different shapes and patterns!
World Book Day
Children and staff enjoyed sharing their favourite books and story characters. It was fantastic to see all the children dressed up and so enthusiastic about reading.
Thank you to all parents who were able to make the SATS briefing.
Please see below for the PowerPoint shared at the briefing.
If you would like to purchase the SATS workbooks, please send £5.50 cash or cheque (payable to Hanley and Upton Educational Trust) in a named envelope to the school office.
Reading at home
One of our top priorities in Maple class is to read as much as possible. We are strong believers that reading can open doors to worlds and knowledge that would otherwise not exist to children.
We also have the belief that good readers make good writers, and vice versa! Please try to read with your children on a daily basis and note it down in their writing journals.
Important things for Parents and Children:
Children will be set homework every Thursday and it will be collected the following Wednesday.
This will be either spellings, literacy, mathematics or, most weeks, a mixture of all three.
Children will now have P.E on a Monday afternoon.
Please can all P.E bags be taken home on a Friday and brought back in to school for the Monday session.
Water Bottles and Bags
We are aware that as the children work so hard in the day that they are desperate to get home and have some rest!
Please can the children be reminded that they have to take home their water bottles, coats and book bags every day and that they have to take home everything of theirs at the end of the week, ready for when they come back the following week.
As we are leading up to our SAT’s, please ensure you are reading as much as possible and practicing with past papers. There are many available online!