Welcome to Maple!
Maple trees are glorious trees which come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Each tree is unique, much like the children in Maple Class. We nurture everybody's abilities because we understand children's differences. A very warm welcome to the Maple Class page! Please check this page regularly to see photos and examples of some of the fantastic work and activities pupils have completed in class. Use the stars below to find out more information regarding homework and class letters. We look forward to this year and cannot wait to work alongside the children!
Mr Dalton and Miss Greenwood.
We had a very special visitor come into school to talk to us today. Harnaam Kaur is a lady who was born with the ability to grow a beard. She explained about her struggles growing up and how she didn't let other people's unkind words affect her. She reminded us all that we should love ourselves and love each other, no matter what we look like, it's what's on the inside that counts. She was extremely inspirational and the children had some extremely mature comments and questions. We have learnt a lot from Harnaam, and we thank her for her time.
Welcome back! Let's have a brilliant 2019.
A warm welcome back to school after a nice Christmas break. We hope that everyone enjoyed the festive period. Now we are back and we have lots of exciting opportunities in store for the children. Our new topic will be fun an informative for the children and we cannot wait to get started. Keep an eye out for photos and videos of some of the fantastic things going on in Kempsey and in Maple class.
In English we are beginning to develop our own biographies all about the life of Steve Jobs. In order to write our biographies we needed to conduct research and put our findings in chronological order. We watched an animation which told us all about his life. Using our note taking skills we were able to write down the key moments in his life. We then used a timeline to put our notes in chronological order and we are now ready to begin writing some amazing biographies!
In science this week we continued our exploration into circuits. We looked at conductors and insulators, the children are now experts! They spent a short time getting to grips with the definitions which are as follows:
Conductor - allows an electrical current (electrons) to pass through it.
Insulator - does not allow an electrical current (electrons) to pass through it.
We explored whether certain items around the rooms were conductors or insulators and explored the properties of each of them. As you can see from the photos below the pinecone is an insulator and the fan cage was a conductor.
French song - numbers 1-10
NEW TOPIC ALERT!
We are excited to announce our new topic. We have finished exploring 'Our Rights' and we are now looking at 'Young Entrepreneurs'! We will be discovering a lot more about entrepreneurship within a number of our lessons.
Last week we had a very special visitor in the form of Mrs Walters, our class governor.
She came to see how our amazing businesses were coming along. She was very excited to receive an invitation to the final sale of the products. This lesson, we focused on conducting market research. We went to different classes to find out how many children would be interested in buying our products because if nobody wanted to buy our products, we wouldn't be very successful as young entrepreneurs.
We are excited to announce that at Kemspey we are undergoing some exciting CPD in the area of PE. This comes in the form of a collaborative approach to delivering lessons with Mr Gadsby being our helper, you may have heard your children mention him. With his help we have been learning some fantastic gymnastics techniques. So far we have explored balances, jumps and this week we looked at rolls.
Starting with the teddy bear roll, we slowly built our confidence up until eventually we were able to perform a forward roll. Have a look at some of our photos!
PE teddy bear rolls
On Friday afternoons we will be exploring skills outside of the curriculum. For this half term the whole year group has an assignment: to create their own business and sell products at the end of the half term. The children learnt about the importance of advertising and created their own advertising posters in their newly formed business groups.
The businesses were named as follows:
Pizza Palace - who will be selling pizza
TGFC WOMM - who will be selling milkshakes
Chinvillas - Who will be selling ice cream
The Champions - who will be selling sweets
Hungry Dragons - who will be selling cakes
Super Drinks - who will be selling drinks
We will be in touch with more information about this in due course.
Meanwhile in maths, we have been exploring a whole range of topics, including:
- Place value
- Ordering and comparing
- Roman Numerals - in this lesson there was a secret code we needed to crack using Roman numeral clues around the room. I enjoyed seeing the children's reaction to the code!
Please have a look at the photos of some of the children's amazing work!
Last week, the children came to school to realise things weren't quite right. Some tables were missing, some chairs were missing, some pencils had been replaced with short and blunt ones and one table had scrunched up paper to work with.
It was soon explained that we were exploring children's rights. They were shocked to learn that some children in other, less fortunate countries had to live in these conditions every day! The children decided this was not fair so action needed to be taken!
Hello, and welcome to the Maple class page for the 2018/2019 school year. Now that we are a couple of weeks in and the dust has settled we are well underway with lots of exciting projects. The children would be more than happy to tell you all about what we have been doing, I'm sure! Keep an eye on this page for updates regarding what we have been doing. Please also feel free to catch me in a morning or after school if there is anything you wish to discuss. Miss Greenwood is also happy to help. I cannot wait to share with you all the exciting things we have got coming up this year. I look forward to getting to know you all over the year.
Mr Dalton and Miss Greenwood.
School Year 2017-18
Poetry in Maple
Can't stop the feeling! 3rd July 2018
The Great Kempsey Bake Off!
In Maple class, our classroom transformed into our very own 'Great Kempsey Bake Off' for our maths lesson focusing on grams and Kilograms. Children were set a technical challenge of making their very own scrumptious chocolate chic muffins following a recipe provided. As time ticked by, the children persevered weighing out ingredients, sharing roles, using that elbow grease to stir the ingredients together and ensuring that they made that perfect muffin mixture. As the technical challenge got fierce between teams, our very own Merry Berry (Mrs Wallis) and Paul Hollywood (Mrs Baynes) used their impeccable muffin knowledge to judge these delicious muffins. After much deliberation, our runners up were the cookie monsters, cooking cats and cooking masters! In 2nd place we had the delightful muffin masters! In 1st place we had our very own future professional bakers, the master chefs presenting a well rounded, tasty and irresistible chocolate chic muffin. Well done Maple Class!
Design and Technology in Maple
As part of our topic 'Different Places, Similar Lives' Maple were given a problem solving task - to imagine they live in a remote part of the world where there are no roads and no means of transport. The children were asked to find ways of getting the items from A to B (a distance of four metres) by pushing, pulling, sliding, etc. Using the available materials, they were challenged to come up with different solutions to the problem. Pupils showed great creativity for example, buckets of water were tipped down a pipe into another bucket and pupils also used their knowledge of how the Ancient Egyptians transported materials to build their pyramids from our previous topic!
We even demonstrated our finished designs to Ash and Chestnut classes!
Y3 Science - Investigating Friction
Over the last two weeks, Y3 have been finding out all about friction and what types of surfaces have the least friction and the most friction. This week, the children carried out a jelly chopsticks experiement making predictions about whether they would be able to move the jelly faster with or without adding oil, using their exisiting knowledge about friction, how it helps us get a better grip on objects and what might minimise friction.
Maple PE - Team games and ball skills
As well as practicising and applying different passing skills in PE we are also focusing on sportsmanship in our lessons with pupils showing good teamwork and communication receiving raffle tickets for our weekly prize draw!
As part of our new topic ‘Different Places, Similar Lives’, the children have also researched and compared different religious festivals from around the world this week.
Religious festivals around the world
17th April 2018
We hope you have had a good Easter break. This week the children will be discovering a modern fairy tale by Carol Ann Duffy - The Princess' Blankets and thinking about how it compares with more traditional fairy tales.