Maple Class - Years 2,3,4
Maple class teachers are Mr Abbs and Mrs Williams
Teaching Assistant are - Mrs Ray and Mrs Thurston
In Maple, we ditched the tables and chairs for a couple of days in order to spread out, and we certainly needed the space! Children built, trailed and tested their team marble runs. On the second day, children successfully built their own boats, powered by a chemical reaction. However, these were not desperately successful when it came to sailing. In fact, in the children’s own words, ‘EPIC FAIL!’ Although it wasn’t quite the showstopper we had envisaged, children were able to discuss where and why they perhaps were not as successful as we had hoped. There has been fidget spinner investigations in maths; Egyptian Cinderella work as well as some explanatory recounts of their STEM designs.
Happy Half Term from Maple Class
In Maple class this week, children have learnt a new word…hyperbole. But don’t worry, I’ve assured them it’s not some sort of Intergalactic American Football…ask them! They’ve used hyperbole as well as many other persuasive devices to try and convince Mrs Williams and I to take them to Egypt. In maths, we have continued work on subtraction, times and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 as well as estimating and measuring. The children, in science, have created their own animals and wrote about how they have adapted to their environment, as well as finding out about how real animals have, too. As you read this, the children will have performed their class assembly so I do hope it went well.
In Maple, children have investigated changing states – melting chocolate and measuring its temperature. They have produced their initial Pixel art pictures, ready for production on the computer next week. We can’t wait to see these as their initial designs have been brilliant! Expanded noun phrases, diary entries & perfect presentation in English, not to mention arithmetic around time and timerelated problems in maths…
Welcome back to the Spring Term
Maple Syrup Points, Polar Express Points and now Pyramid Points are on offer for team work in Maple class – Ancient Egyptians being our new topic. The children loved learning all the ‘horrible history’ facts around the process of mummification and writing their explanation on this.
Our experiments will continue next week
Addition and subtraction formal methods has been a key focus in maths; Egyptian Head Art and learning how to ‘Walk like an Egyptian’ in music.
Well, what a busy Autumn term we have had so far!
We have recenty finished our unit on Tin Forest. The children have been learning all about different materials and how recycling works. We even had a recent visit from Jon who works at Amey recycling centre on the A10. The children learnt that plastic and glass can take up 500 years to decompose, and if we don't look after materials and recycle enough now, then there will not be enough metal for mobiles and laptops in approximately 30 years! That was a shock!
The class have been learning about Hindu Gods and Goddesses in RE. They especially enjoyed using clay to create models of the Hindu God Ganesh - who was half human and half elephant.
We are now starting the text Tar Beach which is based in New York in 1931. The children have been learning about bridges and structures and writing fantastic descriptions of the setting - an apartment rooftop in New York, with a view of the George Washington Bridge.