Welcome to an exciting start to the new academic year in Maple class.
Your teachers this year are Mrs Watson and Mrs Patel. Miss Hussain and Miss Tipping will be working with us sometimes in the afternoons.
What you need to know
Reading books - Reading books are changed once a week following a guided reading session. Library books are also changed once a week. Children need their book bags and reading books in school everyday.
Homework - A homework challenge sheet will be sent every half term. The children can can choose what homework they would like to do each week and then must hand in their work the following Wednesday. Homework books will then be checked and returned every Friday.
PE - Our P.E. days are Tuesday and Thursday, though it would be useful if your child had their P.E. kit in school all week.
P.E. Kit :Black jogging pants; leggings, shorts, white t-shirt, black pumps or trainers
This year we will be doing lots of learning in the woods and the sculpture base, so warm clothing and sturdy shoes (not sandals) would be appropriate.
SUMMER 2 - ANIMAL ADVENTURE
Our topic this half term is animal adventure. We will be learning about the different types of animals and how to classify them. We will be focusing in depth on the continent of Africa and the country Kenya in particular. As part of this work we will be using maps to locate the continents and the countries in Africa. We will look at climate and vegetation and how this is reflected in the animals who live there.
Week beginning 4th June
This week we will be starting our topic on animals by learning about different African animals. We will choose one to write a brief report on and present this to the rest of the class.
We are continuing our work on money; looking at different ways to make amounts and using some of our multiplication and division skills to solve money problems.
This week we are looking at the different ways we classify animals into groups such as mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish.
Week beginning 14th May 2018
This week we will continue to look at the story ‘Fee! Fi! Fo! Fum! and analyse the characters and the setting. The we are going to make our own mixed up fairy stories using characters from lots of different traditional tales.
This week we will complete our work on repeated addition and move on to looking at halves and doubles of numbers up to 50.
Our seeds are continuing to grow so this week we are going to measure them and describe the changes that have taken place. Last week we decided to test if seeds need soil. This week we should start to see the first results from our test and find out if our predictions were correct.
Friday is our Bush Craft Day. If the weather remains fine we will not need wellies but sensible shoes (not sandals or heels) will be needed to make sure we don’t slip or trip in the woods.
WEEK BEGINNING TUESDAY 8TH MAY
This week we are starting to look at the story 'Fee! Fie! Fo! Fum!'. This contains several traditional story characters all together in one new story.
We are looking at arrays and repeated addition as this is an essential step to help children visualise the concepts of multiplication and division.
We will be testing some of the conditions necessary for growth and looking at the resuts over time.
This week each child will be given a sunflower seed and a small fibre pot. The challenge is to plant and grow your seed to see how tall it will become. However, these are not ordinary seeds; they are American Giant sunflower seeds so you will need to pot the plant on into a much larger pot, or the garden and give it a very,very, VERY tall stake to tie it to.
This half term we are starting a new, exciting topic! Our theme is Castles/Once Upon a Time...'. We will be learning about different fairy tales and creating our own versions, too! We will also be learning about castles and knights and researching why they were important. We will be developing our art and design skills to create our own fairy tale character sculptures.
Week beginning 16th April
This week we will be continuing our topic from last half term, looking at castles.
We are going to be learning about the different features of a castle and what life was like then. As part of this work we will be looking at non-fiction texts and starting one of our own.
We will be continuing our work on multiplication and division, improving our fluency and problem solving skills.
We will use globes and world maps to locate famous castles around the world. In design technology we will be making castles with moving parts such as a drawbridge or a flagpole. We will also be planting bean seeds in plastic bags so we can see their roots as they develop.
Week beginning 12th March
English- Our new book is 'The Knight and the Dragon'. This is about a knight and dragon who think they should do what everyone else expects them to, i.e. learn how to fight each other. Things don't go to plan and they decide that working togeter is a much better idea.
Maths- We will be problem solving different types of questions relating to our work on place value.
Topic- We will be experiencing a journey into space, visiting different planets and constelations in the planetarium. We will be researching facts such as what the circles are around Saturn. We will be drawing and painting the different palnets and asking our friends to name them.
Week beginning 5th March 2018
This week we will be continuing the work from last week that was delayed due to the severe weather. I hope you all managed to stay safe and warm during the snow.
Week beginning 26th February 2018
This week we will be having a special day on Monday,when we will be visited by a dance artist from West End in Schools. They will be helping us to bring the story of 'Where the Wild Things are...' to life using movement and facial expressions. This will then form the basis of much of the work for week one.
English- We will be discussing the characters in the story and how they are feeling at different points. We will look at the use of adjectives to describe the characters and adverbs to describe movements.
Maths- We will be revising our work on sequencing numbers from 1 to 50 and place value.
Spring 1 Topic Summary
Our topic this half term is 'Frozen Planet'. We will be looking at stories and texts that are set in polar regions. We will be reading a mixture of fiction and non-fiction texts, including 'Stick Man', Disney's Frozen, 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers, and 'The Emperor's Egg'. We will be learning all about the Arctic and Antarctic and investigating the different animals that live there (including penguins and polar bears). As historians we will research people who have travelled to Antarctica and will find out what makes them significant in British History. During our topic work we will be learning about the seasonal changes that occur in winter. As part of our topic we will also be considering the impact of climate change and global warming on the people and animals who live in the polar regions. In science we will be exploring materials and investigating the different properties that they have. During our RE lessons we will be finding out about special books and the messages and morals that different stories can teach us (e.g. to share, to look after each other).
Week beginning 22-01-18 - Maple Class Update
This week we will be describing the setting for the story of Frozen and planning our own story of The Little Lost Troll. We will be looking at the different sections of beginning, middle and end and using these to help us construct an exciting new story.
In maths this week we will continue our work on subtraction and addition to 20, looking at the different ways we can work this out and methods of recording.
This week we will be applying our knowledge of materials to the design of a house for Stickman. We will be looking at the important of books in different world religions and how we have to treat them with respect.
Maple Class Weekly Update- 15-01-18
In English this week we are using the story of ‘Frozen’ to write character descriptions, in particular the troll called Bulda. We will focus on handwriting, making sure all our letters are formed correctly. In our descriptions we will be using lots of adjectives and sentence connectives like ‘so’, ‘because’ and ‘and’ to make our sentences more interesting.
In maths we will be adding and subtracting numbers to 20 using a range of methods and applying this to problem solving.
This week we will continue to look at different materials, focusing on natural and made materials. We will complete our work on New Year’s Resolutions, thinking about what we can do to be even better.
Spring 1- Week 1
Week Commencing: Monday 8th January 2018
English- Our new text this week is 'Stick Man '. We will be writing about the characters and events in the story. We will be working towards our writing targets by using full stops, capital letters and 'and' to connect our ideas together.
Maths - This week we are continuing to learn how to add and subtract numbers and the different words we van use for this. We will counting to 100 and back and learning to read and write 2 digit numbers.
Topic - In RE we will be sharing which books are special to us. In Science we will be looking and 'winter' and observing the changes in our local environment. In PSHE we will be finding out and discussing how we learn things. We will be reflecting on what we have learnt so far this year.
Autumn 2- Into the Forest
Autumn 2 week 6 – Maple class update
In English this week we will be looking at the use of past tense and conditional language such as could and might. This will form part of our work on the Aladdin story and the story Stick Man, later in the week.
We are continuing to look at measures, focussing this week on capacity. We will be putting our learning into practice by investigating all the different ways we can measure an object
This week we will be watching a performance of Aladdin. We will use this story as the basis for some Design Technology work; designing flying carpets, testing materials and making a picture with moving parts.
Week beginning 27th November 2017
This week we will be continuing our study of ‘Room on the Broom’. We will be writing instructions to make a magic potion using adjectives to make our writing more interesting to the reader.
This will help to prepare us for the work we will be doing next week on capacity.
In maths this week we are continuing to work on the measures of length and mass. We will be measuring length, width and circumference using non-standard and standard measures. We will be using the language of comparison such as … is longer than … but shorter than …. We will also be using non-standard measures to weight the mass of different objects.
This week we will continue to record the daily weather in Dewsbury. In addition to this we will look at the national forecast and record the weather in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
We will also begin our work on materials, looking at the made objects around us to see which materials have been used.
Week beginning 20th November 2017
This week we are continuing to look at the story ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson. We will write instruction texts for magic spells to make a broom, focusing on the use of adjectives and conjunctions like ‘and’, ‘so’, and ‘because’.
This week in maths we are moving on to measuring the mass of different objects. We will use a range of standard and non standard measures to find the heaviest and lightest of a group and to order objects by mass.
As we are now fully in the midst of Autumn, we will start to look at weather and the seasons. We will learn to identify and name different types of weather. This week we will be completing simple weather record in preparation for a more detailed record next week using some of the measures we have been working on this half term.
Later in the week we will design a mud monster and use this as a way of learning about different materials.
Autumn 2 week 3
Thank for returning your homework books last week, it is lovely to see all the things you have been doing at home together.
This week we will be continuing our study of books by Julia Donaldson by reading ‘Room on the Broom’.
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We will be extending our work on adjectives as we learn to take on the character of the cat and role play being interviewed about our adventures.
In maths this week we are learning how to measure accurately and compare items for length, width and circumference using a range of non-standard measures like cubes, handspans and steps.
We will compare using words like ‘longest, shortest, widest, narrowest, greatest and least’ and ‘longer than, shorter than’.
We are going to explore the woods using a range of senses on our Autumn sensory walk, thinking about what we can hear, smell and feel as well as see.
Week beginning 2nd October 2017
This week we will continue to base our work around the story of 'Whatever Next'. We will be making changes to the story and planning a new version. Our focus in writing will be spelling common words correctly (see last week's homework) and using capital letters and fulls stops for sentences. We will need to remember to sound out words to help us spell and to leave spaces between words as we write them.
In mathematics we are looking at different ways of showing addition. We will be using cubes, number lines and number grids. Sometimes we will be counting on in out heads. All week we will be talking about what we know and how we can check our answers to prove they are right.
This week we will be looking at healthy options for a picnic lunch in space. We will continue our art and design project on creating life sized alien paintings a a group. When these are finished we will take pictures using the iPads and create names for our new alien friends.
Week beginning 25th September 2017
This week we will be starting to look at the story 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy. In this story the bear goes to space in a rocket he has built himself. We will be using this story to help us to apply our phonic knowledge and skills to decode words. We will improve our comprehension by discussing word meanings, linking new meanings to those already known and improve our writing by learning to write sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
In mathematics we will continue to learn about sequences in number and to explain what we think comes next, giving reasons why we know this to be true.
We will begin to compare numbers using mathematical symbols.
Throughout the week the main focus will be on explaining how we know a fact to be true and explaining how we know if it is incorrect.
In our topic work this week we will be using computers to label body parts, learning how to log on and save our work. We will continue to learn about the history of space flight and the famous astronauts who have been working on the International Space Station.
In music we will be focusing on keeping a regular pulse and listening to different types of music (this week it's rap)
Our Topic this half term is Space Explorers
Week beginning 11th September
We will be watching a short film based on the story The Way Back Home. This is about a small child who makes a rocket and flies to the moon. There he meets an alien who has crashed onto the surface. They become friends and help each other to get back to their respective homes.
We will be using our knowledge of phonics to invent alien names, we will be describing different planets and the aliens we might meet on them.
Our focus this week will be reading writing and ordering numbers to 20, reasoning about number and predicting the next number in a sequence.
We will be using our knowledge of shapes to help us design and construct a model spaceship. We will be learning about famous astronauts, especially Peggy Whitson who recently became the oldest female to go into space and the Nasa astronaut who has been in space for longer than any other.