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Maple Tree Class 2021-2022

Welcome to Maple Tree Class! 

A warm welcome to parents and children from Maple Tree Class. Thank you for visiting our class page. Here you will find lots of information about the fun and exciting things we are learning about. And as we are always very busy, please do visit our page often to see all of our wonderful and exciting adventures.

 

Mr Kelly-Weekes

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Summer II

Fathers Day Celebrations

THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON- STORY TELLING WORKSHOP

 

Today, we were taken back to 1666 when we met Mrs Wellbake, cook to Mr Samuel Pepys.

We heard her first hand account of the Great Fire of London and she tried very hard to ensure that this tragedy would never happen again.

With the help of the audience, using artefacts, props and costume, she and the children re-enacted the drama of the fire and helped to plan a fire-free future for the city of London.

While engaging with this fascinating historical episode, the children had lots of fun and were fired with enthusiasm to learn even more about this significant event in our history.

Great fire of London workshop

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Trip to London Zoo

The Sword in the stone

We all enjoyed this magical performance of

The Sword in the Stone and learned such an important lesson that we can all succeed if we are

 honest, brave and kind!

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We had so much fun celebrating the World Book Day!

Children made book marks, wrote book reviews, visited the library and enjoyed reading books.

Our author was Road Dahl.  In class, we have been reading the Witches and we took part in an amazing workshop acting out the story of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.

But we have been also looking at different fairy tales and discussing the language, settings and characters.

Number Day

Bird Watch Week: Projects 

Bird Watch: Falconry UK 

The Tin Forest Letters: 

Maths: Multiplication and Division 

The Tin Forest

In English we have been reading the story of the Tin Forest. The Tin Forest is a beautiful story about a man who creates a forest out of scrap materials and in turn his forest is blessed with life. To celebrate this wonderful story and to bring our learning to life we created our very own Tin Forest. 

This week in gardening we decided to make something to help feed all the wonderful birds in our garden.

Science

In science we have been exploring materials and what materials have the best features for a variety of different uses. We have been experiment with what materials would make the best tent. 

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Letter to Father Christmas

 

We were very excited to write our letters to Father Christmas. We had lots of questions to ask him in our letter - How old are you? How many elves do you have? How do you travel around the world just in one night?

We also spent some time reflecting on the year, telling Father Christmas our achievements and things to improve... things that we promise to work on in the new year!

We wish all our friends, family and school teachers a very happy Christmas and the happiest New Year!

 

The Polar Express - Letter

 

We had the best time this week! We read the story of The Polar Express and we also watched the film. It was such a magical day - we were on our cozy pyjamas drinking hot cocoa and watching such a Christmassy movie!

We wrote letters to our parents retelling them our magical experience in the Polar Express.

 

Giant African Snails: Writing a leaflet

By taking care of our school pets- The Giant African Land Snails, we learn more about them. We wrote an information text to teach others about these fascinating creatures.

 

Maths

At the end of the half term we have been looking at money. We reviewed the names of the coins and notes that we learned in Year 1, and we learned how to add and subtract pounds and pennies. We also learned a key concept: change - when we pay more than what we need, we get the difference in return and we call that change!

In order to understand the importance of money, we played a bartering game pretending we were living in London hundreds years ago when people had to trade objects. The game that helped us understand how lucky we are to use money now for transactions.

 

We have also been working on addition and subtraction! We have used our place value skills to help us solve problems using both one digit and two digit numbers. As this term progresses will be developing a wide range of strategies including using number lines, partitioning, tens frames and as always concrete resources to support out learning and problem solving skills

Odd Socks Day

We wore Odd socks into school to spread awareness about Anti bullying. This was part of our anti bullying week in school where we discussed the importance of being kind to one another. The odd socks helped us to identify that we should celebrate our differences and always remember to be kind to one another. 

Science and Gardening:

In science we have been learning all about Food Chains. Food chains show us how energy is transferred when one animal eats another! We have drawn our own food chains as well as acted them out! 

Clever Never Goes

We had a visit from our local community support officers who spoke to us all about staying safe.  We learnt that CLEVER, NEVER, GOES!

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PSHE 

During PSHE this half-term, we have been learning about a variety of ideas that explore our feelings and opinions on a range of topics. Some examples include how to reduce the spread of germs, the importance of rules in the classroom, incorporating Learning Behaviours and special visits. We have had an eventful first half term, please take a look at what we have done to get a real taste of our learning

We learnt how to wash our hands properly. We used special UV paint to see how germs spread!

We had a special visit from two police dogs. They were very friendly and we learned a lot!

We had a special visit from Harold the Giraffe. He taught us how to stay safe with our friend!

Religious Education

Beginning with God

We have been learning about the story of Moses and the Burning Bush. We made links between our own experience and metaphors for God in the Bible. By looking at our school garden and the world around us, we learned how to be grateful for God’s wonderful creation and God’s presence in our lives.

 We explained the Trinity using the sign of the Cross.

Saying the Rosary

Our Harvest Festival

Maths

Place Value

This term in Maths we have been learning about Place Value. Place Value, as the name suggests, is all about recognising the value of numbers! 

 

For example in the number 34 we can see that it is made up of 3 tens and 4 ones.

 

The children have spent time representing both two digit and three digit numbers using a variety of different concrete resources including Numicon, blocks and dienes.

Gardening

Autumn garden maintenance Getting the garden ready for WINTER can be hard work. We used rakes, brushes and wheelbarrows to pick up leaves. We used forks and trowels to scoop out the leaf mulch and put on our planting beds ready for planting our seeds in Spring.

 

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Summer Term

R.E.

 

School Grotto 

 

Our school grotto is being restored and we were all invited to collect a stone from the grotto. We decorated the stone in class with words and images that help us to reflect on Mary.

 

We also came to school dressed up as one of the Holy Family, a saint, or as a character from the Bible. 

We enjoyed learning about Islam, the Muslim religion. We learnt how they worship Allah and Miss Kermanipour shared some Islamic traditions with us in class.

We celebrated One World Week.

Each class represented a different country. We all enjoyed learning about the countries and shared our learning with a big display in the hall. We also learnt new dances from each country and we wore clothes from our home countries.

As part of our celebration of the Year of St Joseph, we came to school dressed up as our dads, granddads or favourite male role model to celebrate Father's Day

PSHE

 

We had some Zoom sessions with Harold the Giraffe. He told us all about our feelings and staying safe with our friends.

Dressing Up

 

We have had may fun days when we have come to school dressed up to celebrate creativity.

Hip Hop Day

Matisse Art Day

Crazy Hair Day

Maths

 

We have been learning how to tell the time. We used our knowledge of fractions to help us!

 

In maths  we have been using our knowledge of multiplication and division to help us understand and identify fractions.

Science

 

Our science topic this term has been Animals Including Humans . We explored the life cycles of humans, how we grow and how to stay healthy by eating a balanced diet. We did an investigation to see if the bigger the body part you had, the older you are. We measured the size of heads and shoe sizes of children and  teachers.

Insect week

Making recycled garden decorations

New life in our school

Spring Term 

Gardening

 

During our spring gardening lessons we planted seeds and counted the animals we found in our garden. We also spent time learning to identify all the different flowers on our school garden.

Planting

Counting Animals

Identifying Flowers

We were all invited to create an Easter Bonnet for a class parade. Our school councilors had the tricky job of judging the completion and awarding the prizes. We were very lucky as we also had a special visit off the Easter Bunny who had treats for all of us!

Autumn II

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!