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Classteacher: Miss N. Pender

Maple Class 2023-24

Spring Term Knowledge Organiser

Week beginning Monday 12th February 2024

I cannot believe we are at the end of another half term! This year is flying by! This week Maple Class have completed assessments in reading, maths, grammar and spelling. I have been really impressed with their efforts and attitudes towards these. They have also been busy writing a persuasive advert for a gadget in English inspired by our class text Stormbreaker. In art, the children finished their sculptures by using Modroc as a material. On Tuesday, the children enjoyed the Gilberd production of ‘Back to the 80s’ and as always, they were exceptionally well-behaved.

 

It was lovely to see lots of you at the parent/teacher consultations on Tuesday and Thursday too!

 

I hope you all have a fantastic half term Maple Class! 😊

Week beginning Monday 5th February 2024

This week we have celebrated Children’s Mental Health Week with a range of different activities. Maple Class enjoyed a Makaton lesson to start off the week on Monday delivered by Mrs. Richardson and it has been wonderful to see lots of the children using their new signing in class and to me! Ask your children at home to show you some. The class also enjoyed making and decorating clay hands as part of the week inspired by the quote ‘Having a hand in making a change’. They also enjoyed some Walk and Talk with Birch and Willow later on in the week However, the weather was against us so we shared our signing and a book instead. On top of all of this, the children have also continued their normal lessons and I have been really impressed with all of their hard work yet again.

 

I look forward to seeing lots of you next week at the parent consultations.

 

Have a great weekend, Maple! 😊

Children's Mental Health Week

Week beginning Monday 29th January 2024

This week, Maple Class have worked hard to develop their understanding of algebra in maths by creating and solving maths ‘rules’. It has been great to see everyone’s confidence developing with this. In English, the children have finished writing their quest stories inspired by our class text – Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. I was really impressed with Maple Class on Tuesday afternoon when learning about friendships and how to resolve conflicts. Lots of children had a very mature attitude towards this topic and they produced some fantastic posters!

Well done Maple!

Alex Rider Display Work

Week beginning Monday 22nd January 2024

This week, Maple Class have worked hard to consolidate their understanding of fraction, decimal and percentage equivalences. This is also their KIRFS for Spring Term 1 so please make sure your child is practising these at home.  In English, the children have started to plan and write their own quest stories and they had lots of fun coming up with secret missions that their characters could go on. In topic lessons, the class have enjoyed learning about the Anglo-Saxons in history; in computing they have explored improving a game by using and changing variables and on Thursday, they enjoyed experimenting the brightness of a bulb in science. Mrs Yearling has been busy putting up displays for the Spring Term too. I will upload some photos soon.

 

Well done for another great week Maple Class! 😊

Science - Electricity

Week beginning Monday 8th January 2024

This week the children have really enjoyed reading our new class text for the Spring Term (Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz). They have developed their retrieval and inference skills to answer different questions. We have also had lots of discussions about the character’s so far and who we like/dislike. In English, we have started to explore the skills we need in our toolkit to write a quest story. The class have worked hard to develop their use of language to reflect action. In our topic lessons, the class have enjoyed exploring variables using Scratch as part of their computing learning and they have enjoyed researching the artist Alberto Giacometti as part of art.

We have also been practising our songs for the Young Voices Concert on Monday. I know the children are really looking forward to it!

 

Have a lovely weekend Maple Class. 😊

Week beginning Monday 1st January 2024

It has been lovely welcoming the children back to school after the Christmas break. The class have delved into their new class text - Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. The action-packed story has already gripped the class! They also enjoyed their first science lesson of the Spring Term exploring different electrical components and their corresponding symbols. We have an exciting few weeks of learning ahead of us, including some interesting geography fieldwork; learning all about the Anglo-Saxons in history and we will be starting to create 3D models in art. Well done for settling back into the school routine after the Christmas break Maple! 

 

 

Week beginning Monday 18th December 2023

Monday - Today the children have been busy making toys with a cam mechanism as part of their D.T learning. They have worked well in their groups to create their moving cam mechanism. I was really impressed with their measuring and sawing skills and they worked hard to create a stable structure. They then were able to think of the positioning of their follower and cam. Well done Maple! Photos below. 

Week beginning Monday 11th December 2023

The children loved performing for you on Tuesday evening at their Christmas Carol Concert. Thank you to all of the parents/carers that were able to attend and thank you for all of your support with learning words for lines and songs! The whole team in Years 5 and 6 are really proud of the children for their amazing performance. We are now coming to the end of lots of our units in different subjects. Maple Class have been working hard to complete their Autumn Term topic books by adding front covers, contents pages and evaluations reflecting on their learning. I am blown away by the quality of these!

 

Well done Maple Class – have a lovely weekend! 😊

Week beginning Monday 4th December 2023

This week, Maple Class have worked hard to complete their discussion writing all about whether wolves should be kept in captivity. They have done a great job with these and have worked hard to keep a formal tone throughout. They have also been busy completing their first lot of assessments. I am so proud of their maturity and resilience towards the tests that they took. These assessments are to help me identify any gaps to support further teaching in the Spring Term. We have continued to read our class text (The Wolf Wilder) and we are getting close to the end now. As well as all of this, we have continued to rehearse for our Christmas Carol Concert which will take place on Tuesday next week. 

 

Well done for a great week Maple. Have a lovely weekend!

 

Miss Pender :)

Week beginning Monday 27th November 2023

This week, Maple Class have been working hard to develop their understanding of fractions. They have learned how to multiply and divide fractions and to find fractions of amounts. In English, we have started our non-fiction unit which focuses on discussion writing. We are discussing the topic: should wolves be kept in captivity? This links nicely to our class text – The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell. We have already had some great ideas from the children! I have also been really impressed with the children’s geography Proof of Progress (POP) tasks this week. They have all remembered so much of their learning about Norway, ordnance survey symbols, grid references and compass points.

 

Well done to the Year 6 children this week who represented the school at the Roman Cup Squash competition! You were amazing and we are all really proud of you!

 

Well done Year 6! 😊

Roman Cup Squash Final

Week beginning Monday 20th November 2023

We have had another very busy week in Maple Class this week. In English, we have continued to work on describing a character in a tale of fear. This week, the children wrote two stories showcasing everything they have learned from their toolkits. The children have also continued to develop their fraction knowledge in maths and I have seen so many children developing in confidence with this. In history, we have learned all about Viking longships and Maple Class enjoyed designing and naming their own!

 

Well done to all of the children that took part in Bikeability over the last few weeks too.  

 

Have a lovely weekend Maple! 😊

Week beginning Monday 13th November 2023

This week Maple Class have been busy writing their tale of fear with a focus on describing character. I have been really impressed with the children’s stories so far and can’t wait to read the completed versions next week! In maths, we have started a new unit with a focus on fractions including, finding equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions and converting fractions. On Tuesday, the children enjoyed learning about the different parts of a flower and they worked in groups to dissect a flower.

 

Just a reminder that Monday 20th November and Tuesday 21st November is the second Bikeability session. This means that GROUP 2 will be taking part. Please ensure the children are dressed appropriately for the weather and they have a road-worthy bike and helmet in school.  

Learning the different parts of a flower

Week beginning Monday 6th November 2023

This week (On Tuesday) we were lucky enough to be visited by an artist. The artist taught the children how to draw a self-portrait, giving lots of effective strategies tips and advice. The outcomes are amazing! I have attached photos of the portraits on the slideshow below. We have also continued to read Wolf Wilder in class in our reading sessions. In English, we have started to learn our model text (based on describing a character) and the children have written lots of descriptive sentences and built up a toolkit. In maths, we have explored short division and the children have learned how to give remainders as decimals and fractions. It is great to see lots of the children learning their multiplication facts at home by logging onto Times Table Rock Stars.

 

Just a reminder that Monday 13th November and Tuesday 14th November is the first Bikeability session. This means that GROUP 1 will be taking part. Please ensure the children are dressed appropriately for the weather and that they have a road-worthy bike and helmet in school.

 

Have a great weekend, Maple!

 

Miss Pender

Week beginning Monday 30th October 2023

I have been really impressed with Maple Class this week because they have all come back from their half term break with excellent learning attitudes! In reading, we have started our new class text for this half term - Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell. The children have enjoyed exploring what a 'wilder' is and in art they even had a go at sketching wolves. In maths, the children have started learning about division, including the language of division; using partitioning to solve division questions and short division. I saw some fantastic science work describing the differences in the life cycles of a mammal and an amphibian this week too. It has been wonderful to see lots of the children logging on to Times Table Rock Stars each night and I am starting to see a difference in their multiplication fact recall. Keep it up Maple! 

 

Miss Pender :)

Wolf-inspired Art

Monday 23rd October 2023

Don't forget our class Times Tables Rock Stars tournament starts today! You can battle from 8:30am but can play no later than 6pm each day. The tournament closes on the 20th of December at 9am. I hope you are all enjoying your half term - keep learning those times tables!

 

Good luck Maple! :)

Times Table Rock Stars

Week beginning Monday 16th October 2023

I cannot believe we are at the end of our first half term! Maple Class have worked incredibly hard this half term. This week, we have strengthened our understanding of long multiplication in maths. We have (sadly) reached the end of Viking Boy by Tony Bradman and will be starting a new book after half term. The children were huge fans of Viking Boy and it has been a pleasure to read. The highlight of this week was our Thursday afternoon squash session at the Garrison. The children enjoyed playing on a real squash court and the coaches (and adults) were really impressed with their behaviour. I will add some photos below. I have also been really impressed with Maple's science POP tasks showcasing their understanding of forces. 

 

Well done for a fantastic half term Maple Class. Have a great week off and I will see you back at school on Monday 30th October! 

 

Miss Pender  :)

Squash at the Garrison

Week beginning Monday 9th October 2023

This week, Maple Class have explored short multiplication in maths. They have worked hard to develop different strategies to use to solve multiplication problems, including the use of factors and partitioning. The class have also really enjoyed Viking Boy this week. We have made lots of sensible predictions and been able to retrieve key information from the text. In English, Maple Class have started to write a set of instructions called: ‘How to Fight like a Viking’. I have seen some excellent ideas with this! I really enjoyed teaching the children how to locate places using the eight points of a compass in geography. We have also continued to develop our drawing skills in art by investigating reductive drawing this week using charcoal.

Well done Maple Class!

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Miss Pender 😊

Week beginning Monday 2nd October 2023

 

We have had another great week in Maple Class. I have been blown away by the children’s excellent story writing this week. Every pupil has worked hard to create suspense in their stories.  In maths, we have explored properties of number including, multiples, factors, prime numbers and square numbers. On Thursday, the children enjoyed being introduced to the Young Voices songs that we will start learning in school. We also had a great art lesson exploring positive and negative space when drawing. I will attach some photos below. Well done Maple Class.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Miss Pender 😊

Art - Positive and Negative Space

Week beginning Monday 25th September 2023

This week Maple Class have worked hard in their maths reviewing how to add and subtract larger numbers using column addition and subtraction. In English, the children have enjoyed planning and writing their own suspense stories. I have been really impressed with how well everyone has applied the tools they have learned into their writing. On Thursday afternoon, the children explored the famous artist and architect Hundertwasser. 

They were able to explore his different paintings and recreate themes from his ideas. The children worked in groups using acetate to create their own composition inspired by the artist and his style. Take a look at some of the photos below. 

 

Just a reminder Maple Class 'At Home Evening' is on a Monday after school until 4pm. Please feel free to come in and have an informal chat with me or look at your child's work. We have some lovely Viking displays to show you too. 

 

Miss Pender :)

Art

Week beginning Monday 18th September 2023

Year 6 had a fantastic time on their residential this week. I am so very proud of all of the children that went. They all showed excellent manners, resilience and a fantastic attitude whilst we were away and many members of the public commented on how amazing their behaviour was. I am also really proud of the children who stayed at school and worked hard on creating beautiful poetry projects with Mrs Yearling. 

 

Well done Maple! :)

Residential to North Yorkshire

Week beginning Monday 11th September 2023

 

This week has been a very busy but exciting week in Maple Class. In maths, the children have explored rounding larger numbers and using negative numbers in context. Maple Class have continued to delve into the world of Viking Boy and each chapter seems to be more exciting than the last at the moment! The children have also enjoyed their first history lesson understanding where the Vikings came from and why they invaded. I have seen some beautiful topic work! In science, the children worked in groups to plan and carry out their own experiment exploring the force of air resistance. We have had a great week and I hope everyone has a restful weekend. I look forward to seeing lots of you on Monday morning ready for the residential!

 

Miss Pender :)

Week beginning Monday 4th September 2023

It has been wonderful welcoming the children back after the summer holidays. Maple Class have settled back to school really well and they are getting to know the different routines in the classroom. This week, we have explored the place value of larger numbers in maths - the children have already amazed me with their secure knowledge. Our English lessons have focused on creating suspense in a story using personification. Maple Class have also started their new class text - Viking Boy by Tony Bradman. It has been fantastic to see how engaged they are in the new text already. In science, we completed an experiment investigating the gravitational pull on the Earth's surface and we learned some Ordnance Survey symbols in geography. We also created some absolutely stunning artwork linked to the Vikings which will be on display shortly! Thank you very much to all of the parents who have returned letters over the last few days, including walking home arrangements and Bikeability letters. This half term, our P.E. lessons are on a Wednesday and Thursday but please ensure that P.E. kit is in school each day. 

 

Miss Pender :)

Knowledge Organiser Autumn Term

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