Maple

Welcome to Maple Class
 
Maple Class is home to the year 5 and 6 children,
Miss May (class teacher), Miss Grey (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Anderson (Teaching Assistant).
 
CURRICULUM JIG-SAW for 2019-20

This PDF document contains an overview of the topics to be taught this year. Please note, whilst we try our best to cover as many of the topics as possible sometimes other exciting opportunities crop up that we just can't resist and therefore some of the topics noted on this overview may not happen.

KNOWLEDGE ORGANISERS

We are introducing a new idea into school to help us develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the world. Each term, the children will bring home a document called a Knowledge Organiser. This document contains the essential knowledge that children will need to know as part of the different topics that they will be studying in class. 

We will be using the Knowledge Organisers in school as part of our lessons and it would be useful if the children could also spend some time looking at them at home.  Some of the activities within the children’s homework grids will be linked to the Knowledge Organisers in order to encourage the children to study them more closely. 

 
PE

Please ensure PE kit is in school at the start of each term.

                                     PE Kit

  • Black shorts/track suit bottoms
  • T.Shirt in your house colour (red, green, blue, yellow)
  • Track suit jacket or jumper (for the cold days)
  • Trainers/daps which must remain in school

Earrings and watches MUST be REMOVED for all PE lessons.

READING
Reading is an essential life skill. At the same time as ensuring our children become confident readers we also encourage children to develop a love of reading. The PDF below outlines how reading is taught in Maple class.
 
SPELLING
Children are given opportunities to practise their spellings during morning registration everyday. We encourage the use of the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method. Spellings are tested Thursdays. Below are the year 3/4 and year 5/6 statutory spelling lists.
 
SPaG
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar is an important part of the writing process. The children in Maple Class have daily SPaG lessons and at the end of KS2 they will be required to sit a SPaG SATs test. Below is a glossary of punctuation and grammatical terms that children need to understand:
MATHEMATICS
Mathematics, like reading and writing, is an integral part of our lives. Our aim is for the children in year 6 to leave us confident with all aspects of mathematics. We do not set weekly focused maths homework however, like reading, we do encourage daily practice (approx. 10mins) of mathematic skills, such as, learning/practising quick mental recall of times tables and the corresponding division facts, learning the days of the week and months of the year in order together with knowing how many days are in each month, learning measurement equivalents, etc. Please record in the reading record (in the notes section) when mathematic skills have been practised.
Below is a PDF containing the Mathematical Facts children need to learn and also an overview of the mathematics curriculum for each year group.
Online Maths Games:
Hit the Button - excellent for practising times tables, doubling/halving, number 
                          bonds and square numbers 
HOMEWORK
This year we are continuing with our Take-Away Menu approach to homework. In addition to daily reading and maths practice, we would like you to spend time completing one activity from the menu per week. The menu is stuck in the children's yellow homework book, however, should you misplace the menu find a replacement in this section.
Term 1
 
HOUSE CAPTAIN ELECTION
At the beginning of term we held house captain elections. Children in year 5/6 prepared election speeches which they delivered to their houses and then the whole school had the opportunity to vote. The candidates produced fantastic speeches and were so confident in their deliveries - it was such a shame they couldn't all be elected. 
 
ipad MUSIC SESSIONS
We are very lucky to have ipad music lessons every Friday for the next 10 weeks.
 
ONLINE SAFETY
This week we have been learning how to keep ourselves safe online. The year 5s had a visit from PC Darren Peters and PCSO Amber Jenkins to get more information. We are currently designing and making posters to promote keeping safe online. (posters to follow).
 
ROCK STEADY
Once again, this year some children have signed up to Rock Steady sessions every Thursday. Meet Maple Class' rock group:
 
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER
We have launched a school twitter feed. Follow us on there to keep up-to-date with what's happening in Maple Class (and the other classes) - @LittledeanSch - we update it quite regularly so don't miss out - follow us!
 
HOMEWORK SHOWCASE
Have a look at some of the homework that has been produced this term, so far.
 
MAPLE PE
We have been enjoying our PE lessons this term. We are developing our netball skills.
 
ART
This term, we have enjoyed the art unit: What do you see when you look at your face in the mirror? Through this unit we have learnt about Frida Kahlo, David Hockney and Pablo Picasso. We have analysed their use of colour, line, shape and tone. We finally had a go at creating our own self-portraits and portraits using each artists style. We will be holding a gallery afternoon after half term so you will be able to pop in and see our wonderful work. The photos below give a sneak preview - enjoy!