Maple Class


Welcome to Maple Class


Class teachers: Mrs Pawley

Teaching Assistant: Miss Debenham



We have an exciting summer planned which will include our Ancient Egyptians topic, consolidating our 4x tables and learning our 8x tables.  We will be writing persuasively and to give instructions, as well as investigating ‘Light’ as our science study. And of course looking forwards to our Sports Day which will be held after the summer half term.

Our second trip to Norwich Castle Museum was another great success, with all children thoroughly enjoying the day and creating some beautiful Egyptian necklaces. We also had chance to learn more about how mummies were made and why pharaohs were buried in this way.   We learnt what the ancient Egyptians would have eaten and had the chance to look at some real artifacts from that period.  However, the most interesting thing was the actual mummy which is on show in the museum which caught everyone’s attention.

Here are some photos from the day:

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During the Spring term we have been extremely busy.  We enjoyed our special interest week very much, the theme was the continent of AFRICA.  We researched different African countries and made our own ‘Fact Files’ giving all sorts of wonderful information.  We had a visit from an African storyteller and drummer as well as, two African students, who told us about the culture and daily life of the African country they were from.  We found out the importance of masks to certain tribes in Africa and produced our own designs out of clay.  The African Art day was a great success and some beautiful art was produced.

We also started our Romans topic which has been very engaging especially since our trip to Norwich Castle where we met two Iceni tribe members and two Romans; a soldier and his wife.  We learnt of the struggles the Iceni tribe went through trying to live alongside the Romans in Norfolk.  And how Queen Boudicca was treated by the Romans which caused her to fight back.  Here are some of the photos taken on the day:

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We have made a solid start to the school year and begun Key Stage 2 positively. The children are settled and beginning to work hard.

We have begun this term by looking at stories by the same author/illustrator, Micheal Foreman, following this we will be linking with our Mountains, Rivers and Coasts topic through the author Micheal Morpurgo. We have written imaginary recounts of swimming with dolphins in which the children have been using adjectives, adverbs and some researched dolphin facts.

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We have been enjoying our topic of ‘Mountains, Rivers and Coasts’, and have learnt lots of ‘river vocabulary’ including source, mouth, meander, tributary and so on.  We have followed certain rivers from their source to where they meet the sea using google earth and will soon be attempting to make our own small boats to set off on the River Tas, on their own journey to the sea!

Maths work has involved getting to grips with number and place value.  We’ve briefly recapped addition/subtraction, multiplication/division and fractions.  So far we have been using a variety of resources to help us with our understanding and application.  Each child has their own bead string which they can use to help them.

In science we’ve been learning about what differing nutrition animals, including humans need.  It was a surprise to learn that humans and dogs nutritional needs are similar and that humans need roughly 30% fat in their diets!