Maple

Welcome to Maple Class
 
Maple Class is home to the year 5 and 6 children,
Miss May (class teacher), Mrs Lyons (class teacher Thursday afternoon) and Miss Grey (Higher Level Teaching Assistant).
 
CURRICULUM JIG-SAW for 2018-19

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.

 
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. 
Below is a photograph of all candidates. 
 
English
We started the school year with a poetry unit. After learning about different literary conventions such as, personification, alliteration, metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, we created our own versions of the Kit Wright poem, The Magic Box
 
 
German and Recorders 
Every Friday morning we have German and recorder lessons. We are becoming quite proficient in both skills. We are looking forward to learning Christmas tunes and performing them in worship and/or the church for the Christmas service.
 
Paralympian Sponsor Event 
Paralympians Katrina Hart and Jack Rutter joined us for our sponsor event. As a school we raised an impressive £803. We will be spending our half of the money on new sports equipment for the school.
 
Boomwhackers Club
Miss Pearson and Mrs Tattersall have run an after school Boomwhackers club this term for children in year 5 and 6. A boomwhacker is a lightweight, hollow, colour-coded, plastic tube, tuned to a musical pitch by length. Boomwhackers are used as musical instruments in the percussion family. The children have really enjoyed attending this club and performed two pieces of music in worship today. 
 
Homework Showcase
Find here examples of children's homework from this term.
 
Term 2
 
Prayer Space
On Tuesday we welcomed members of St. Ethelbert's church to carry out Prayer Space with us. We considered the parable of The Good Shepherd and reflected upon its meaning to us.  
 
World War One and Two History Topic
We have just started our history topic which links well with Remembrance this year as we mark 100 years since the end of WWI. We started the topic by acting out the events which led up to the start of WWI. We then learnt about the conditions soldiers suffered in the trenches along the Western Front. We responded through artwork and poetry.
 
After the initial lessons, we then had an afternoon of fun - QUIZ TIME. In our house teams, we attempted to answer the questions on this powerpoint. Miss May was the quizmaster (she enjoyed that role a little too much). We managed to answer a lot of the questions and earned a lot of house points. 
As a part of our WW1 topic, we applied our PowerPoint skills to make our own quizzes. Once we have finished the quizzes we will upload them here for you to test yourself. 
 
Christmas Homework Showcase