Welcome to Maple Class!
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, Miss Greenwood and Mrs Allies.
This week has been British Science Week! The theme of the week was 'Our Diverse Planet'. In Year 3/4 we did a large round robin of activities between the three classes.
The children made paper boats and saw how many weights they could fit in without it sinking. The children had fun exploring the different ways they could distribute the weight and competing to see whose boat would last the longest.
The children explored their own bodies. They did taste tests after exploring their taste buds, some children found of they were 'super tasters' and some found out they were 'non-tasters'! They also draw around their hands to compare with their peers and also looked at their fingerprints and eye colour. All of this was linked to their individual identity.
We had a mini round robin of our own. The children had a go at categorising different species of animals from different habitats. We also have planted some flowers in some water with food colouring, we will explore what has happened at the end of the week. Additionally, they created their own water cycle inside a jar using hot water and ice cubes, this actually formed rain inside the jar! The next activity saw the children looking at how a polar bear keeps warm. They covered their hands with lard (inside a bag to save greasy fingers) and put them in cold water, they noticed that their hand didn't get cold at all! Finally, the children explored geyser hot springs and how they erupt due to the build up of pressure from gas. We filled a film cartridge case half full with water and added half an Alka-Seltzer tablet to make a reaction, we then put a lid on it to build up the pressure and then...POP!
World Book Day!
Today has been a fantastic day where the children and staff have been sharing lots of stories! Our aim was to share 100 stories throughout the school and Maple Class did our bit by sharing nearly 20! We designed our own characters (which you can see below) to use in our Friday Write tomorrow.
Knowledge: Using recycled plastic to create artwork inspired by sea-life.
LO: To explore how to keep safe on the internet
Knowledge: Following the theme of 'free to be me', our e-safety week focus, the children completed tasks related to keeping safe on the internet. Focusing on internet usernames and profiles.
Topic Homework Presentation
Knowledge: Showcasing the children's home learning by giving them the opportunity to present it to their peers throughout the year group.
LO: To perform a dance from around the world
Knowledge: Using elements from African, Indian, Cheerleading, Salsa and Irish dances to perform a pieces following the beats of the music.
LO: To compare different types of soil
Knowledge: Conducting an experiment to see how different soils absorb water differently.
LO: To explore length and perimeter
Knowledge: Using concrete resources, the children went outside to complete a series of Maths challenges relating to length and perimeter.
Year 4 Dance Festival
Knowledge: Rehearsing and performing a range of dances from around the world, consolidating what we have been doing in PE.
Lacrosse Taster Session
Knowledge: Giving the children the opportunity to try a sport that they may not have had a go at before.
LO: To present a piece of art related to our new topic 'Mountains and Rivers'
Knowledge: Working in teams, the children needed produce a large piece of artwork using silhouettes and collage rivers.
Roman Banquet Day
Knowledge: To make bread and to gain more of an understanding about Roman cuisine and culture.
LO: To create shadow puppets using a light source
Knowledge: Making shadow puppets and presenting a performance using a combination of opaque and translucent materials with a torch.
LO: To multiply using the grid method
Knowledge: Understanding when it is appropriate to use the grid method and how to use it effectively.
LO: To investigate materials as insulators of sound
Knowledge: Seeing how different materials could be used to insulate sound by seeing which one reduced the sound of a drum the most.
Investigating sound insulators - the experiment in practice
Eye care, we care day
Knowledge: Understanding a bit more about what people with visual impairments experience on a day to day basis.
Experiencing what it's like to be blind
Visit from an author!
Knowledge: Listening and comprehending a number of stories written by the author Simon Taylor.
The elves are here! And they have brought Maple Class a gift!
Times Table Rockstars!!
LO: To understand what the different Roman Gods represent
Knowledge: Gaining an understanding of who the Roman Gods are and what they are the Gods/Goddesses of.
LO: To decorate a Roman pinch pot
Knowledge: Finishing off their pots to give the children a feeling of achievement and being able to give them a finalised piece of DT work o be really proud of.
LO: To investigate different methods of measuring perimeter using different units of measurement
Knowledge: Making use of a variety methods which all have their own units of measurement. As long as the units of measurement are equal, you can use them to measure.
LO: To find the missing lengths in a rectilinear shape
Knowledge: Using other lengths within the shape to calculate the missing lengths and deciding whether they need to add or subtract the lengths given.
Knowledge: Exploring different cultures through the medium of dance.
Knowledge: Demonstrating prior understanding and creativity to write a text about our chosen stimulus.
LO: To design and make a Roman pinch pot
Knowledge: The children had the opportunity to design their own pinch pot based on a Roman clay pot and then used their designs to make a pot of their own.
LO: To investigate how sound is made
Knowledge: Using different sources of sound we investigated how vibrations are made and the links this has to the sounds we hear.
LO: To appreciate thought and feelings
Knowledge: With links to anti-bullying week, the children discussed the important of friendship and what makes a good friend.
Knowledge: To remember and respect the people who have given their lives for this country
Knowledge: To develop an understanding of riding bikes and how to do so safely in public.
LO: To create a Roman style mosaic
Knowledge: Using their new found knowledge of mosaics to create a piece of their own related to the Romans and our school.
LO: To present our topic homework
Knowledge: Showcasing the work we have done at home to engage with our playground topic
LO: To identify the origin of rugby union
Knowledge: Researching online and processing information
Knowledge: Community engagement and conversation skills