A Big welcome to all the new Maples and parents!
I intend to update this page each week with highlights of what we have been doing in class. Please share these pictures with your child and they will talk to you about our learning in class.
Please click on our Meet the Teacher power point which shows all the all important information you will need to know about your child's routine in their new class.
W/C 24th April
This week Maples children have been telling the story of The Enormous Turnip to each other in pairs and small groups as well as performing it to each other with actions and using puppets! Have the children performed to you at home yet?
In maths we have been learning all about money! It has been a good time to talk about money with the changes to the £5 note and the new £1 coin. The children have been working on coin identification as well as adding/ subtracting different amounts.
I have added a maths game that the children have enjoyed in class which they can also use at home to help counting in 1ps,2ps, 5ps and 10ps, as well as adding up using different combinations of coins.
Athletics and field events have started in PE. Maples children have been working on target throwing with me on a Monday and Mrs Benford has been looking at obstacles and sprinting.
Thank you to all those parents who have been looking at the ai/ay sound with their children this week.
Just a reminder homework books back please on Tuesday 2nd May and I will send home new sound which we will be recapping next week.
Welcome to the Summer Term!
We have had a very successful first week in school. Maples were awarded the class who had read the most times this year so far gaining the most 'Captain Readers' ( 5 times a week. ) The children were delighted as the reward is to sit on the benches in assembly time for a whole week - taking year 6's place! Squeals of delight and excitement took place last thing on Friday when we were told! (A very happy teacher and children.) Thank you for continuing to support your child's reading at home.
We have a busy half term coming up with preparation for the Phonics Screening Test for all year one children in June. You will notice I have changed the homework format this half term to support your child's preparation for this.
Please look through the phonics activities together and return the homework book at the beginning of each week so we can share what your child has found out.
Further information for parents about phonics screening process can be found here.
Apps that are recommended to aid your child's phonics focusing on phase 3-5 include: Lilly's letters, twinkl phonics and Collins big cat books. We use these in school on ipads. There are of course lots of other apps available and so if you find a useful app please feel free to share with other parents.
Our topic for this term is 'An English Country Garden.' We will be growing and learning about different plants fruit and vegetables. We will be starting to learn our new Talk for Writing Story 'The Enormous Turnip.'
As always, we encourage our learning at school to be supported at home and if the children have something that you feel will aid and link to our learning please send it in for us to look at.
HOME LEARNING SPRING 2 2017
W/C 27th March
Thank you to parents for supporting another successful term in Maples class. As always the children have been really enthusiastic and excited to share their learning from home. Thank you for encouraging the children with all they have done.
Have a restful Easter and I look forward to seeing you refreshed and raring to go again on Tuesday 18th April
W/C 20th March
We have started to work on newspaper reports this week in class.
The children have had opportunities to be a reporter and produce reports based on the fact that the wolf was actually innocent and the Three Little Pigs were in the wrong! This has caused a lot of discussion and debate in class which has been really interesting to develop the children's speaking and listening skills.
Following on from this the children have been learning the story of The Hare and The Tortoise and have begun to write it in newspaper report format with the moral 'Slow and Steady wins the race!'
In maths we have started a unit on measurement and the children have been using non standard measures.
Mrs Taylor has been teaching the children the Easter story in RE in the afternoons and the children have had opportunities to act the story out.
We all enjoyed dressing up from Red Nose Day on Friday and raised lots of money with our £1 to wear red and contributions for cakes made my parents and students.
I hope the mums all enjoy the cards books and gifts that havebeen made for you this week by the children. Items to treasure I think!
Just a reminder homework for this half term in due in on Monday 27th March.
W/C 13th March
Wow we have had so much fun taking part in Science week this week!
Our focus for this week has been looking at change. We kick started off the week on Monday by experimenting how we could change the colour of white flowers with food dye. Each day we have been observing colour change on the petals and leaves. On Tuesday we had a scientific engineer Zack Wilkins come and visit Maples and Willows classes from the Bury St Edmunds Sugar Beet Factory. We have all learnt the process that sugar goes through and have had the opportunity to watch some fun explosive experiments as well as have a go at growing our own sugar in class. On Wednesday with the sunny spring weather Maples children went down to the local pond to observe the amphibians we have living so nearby. I'm sure the children have told you about the local Toad Watch patrol that has been set up and is taking place at dusk each evening on Folly Road. The children have made posters, which we have laminated and put up, reminding drivers to be careful and slow down as there are many amphibians trying to get out of the pond and cross the road this time of year. The children were in for a treat on Thursday with a whole school 'Mad Scientist' Assembly which was fantastic to watch. The children learnt all about how we can use different forces to move objects around from ping pong balls and hairdryers to beach balls and leaf blowers! They also learnt about hydrogen and watched chemical reactions and fire explosions! We have finished our science week making balloon rockets in small groups and measuring how far we could make them travel.
Its been a fantastic week and the children have really enjoyed getting involved in everything that has been arranged for them
W/C 6th March
This week we have noticed the first signs of spring and have been talking a lot about seasons and what we can notice in each of these.
The children have produced some fantastic creative writing and science work based on this short video as a stimulus. Please click on the link below.
Next week is our whole school Science week and the children will be exploring and investigating. The week is kicking off with Mad Science assembly and we have guest scientists in during the week also.
W/C 27th February
Wow its been a busy second week for this half term!
This week the school is promoting Book week and the children are really enjoying have a brand new book to open for our class each day to start our morning off! We are also reading The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl as a class which the children are loving.
Maples have been lucky enough to also have other teachers from school come and read to them before break each day which they have really enjoyed (as have the teachers!)
On Tuesday we celebrated Shrove Tuesday by making pancakes! We measured and weighed out the ingredients, talked through the instructions for making them, before we finally enjoyed eating them! All the children agreed pancakes are delicious!
On Wednesday Maples and Willows had their Trip to Colchester Zoo. We had a fantastic day and were lucky with dry mild weather which was perfect for us. The educational talk on habitats was really informative. The children got an opportunity to learn about the animals natural habitats and why they are coloured the way they are. Each child could tell me what was their favourite animal was and why, from the many we saw. This should make the MUST Do homework activity for this half term an easy task as the children were really enthusiastic about the animals we saw and learnt about them.
On Thursday it was World Book day. The children (and adults!) made a fantastic effort to dress up as a well known book character and Maples and Oaks children also spent time together doing a paired reading session.
This week we have made a good start on learning our times tables. In year 1 children are expected to know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables by the end of the academic year. We are already confidently chanting these- please encourage this at home whenever possible.
Thank you to all those parents who have taken the time to come in and see me for parents evening. It has been lovely to share the progress each of your children has made since September and the children have been excited that I can show off all their hard work.
We have been celebrating World Book Day by dressing up as different book characters! We have read special books in class and had the opportunity of having Mrs Mitchell read to us today. We also went into Oaks class and did paired reading with the year 5 children!
World Book Day in Maples Class
W/C 20th February
Welcome back to another busy half term in Maples!
We have started this half term with our new Talk for Writing story- At the End of The Rainbow.
The children have spent this week learning it by retelling it with actions in pairs, groups and as a whole class. Have they shown you the story at home yet? I've attached some of the examples of actions that the children came up with to help them learn the story and a copy of the story itself.
In maths we have been thinking about doubling and halving using different amounts items and shapes. The children impressed me so much we moved onto finding quarters as well!
In science we have finished off our topic on materials and the children have done really well identifying every day objects and materials they are made of as well as testing those that are good to keep us warm cool and waterproof!!
In outdoor PE we have started a unit on ball skills focussing this week on being able to bounce the ball with control whilst standing still as well as travelling. Its more tricky than we thought!
Thank you to all parents for another fantastic effort with supporting your children this half term with their learning at home. The children have been excited to share what they have linked at home with our class learning this half term with their peers.
I have put up each child's favourite piece of learning which they wanted to share on our class page.
W/C 30th January
Another busy week in Maples!
In English we have started a new unit looking at non chronological reports. The children have had the opportunity to talk about their pets (real and imaginary!) in a non chronological report format as well as discussing Saplings pet Cookie the guinea pig. We have researched and learnt all about wolves to tie in with our fiction story The Three Little Pigs and have begun to write our own non chronological report about wolves. We have spent time brainstorming with talking partners and writing down ideas on sugar paper before moving onto writing up our reports in our books. Can your child tell you what a non chronological report is? Can they explain what features they have put into their report?
In Maths we have been finding the difference between two numbers in a practical way before moving onto solving word problems using this new skill. We have also made clocks and have been practicing telling the time to the hour and to half past. Have the children been telling the time at home? Thank you to all the parents that have been encouraging their children to wear an analogue watch. We have been referring to these a lot during the school day.
In RE children have been learning about Judaism this half term. we have learnt that Tzedakah means charity and the Jewish people give money to the poor as part of their belief. They decorate their own boxes with symbols that represent they belong to the Jewish faith. Maples have made a class box with symbols to show that they belong to Great Waldingfield. Can the children tell you what they chose to put on their box?
Break the Rules Day on Friday has been a great success and has raised a fantastic amount. Thank you to all the parents that have supported this.
W/C 23rd January 2017
This week Maples class have really enjoyed learning all about Chinese New Year. The children have made dragons and taken part in dragon dancing with masks. They have all had the opportunity to try using chopsticks to eat noodles and prawn crackers and have written about what they tasted like using interesting adjectives!
W/C 16th January 2017
This week in Maples class we have been story mapping our Talk for writing story The Three Little Pigs and we have been practicing the story with stick puppets. We have performed to each other in pairs and small groups. Have the children told you the story of The Three Little Pigs at home yet?
In Computing this half term we are exploring algorithms and the children have been using the beebot app to give and follow directions
Welcome back to the Spring Term!
The children have been full of the exciting and fun filled holidays they have had over the Christmas break and have come back enthusiastic and ready to learn!
Our topic for this term will be Houses and Homes. We will be learning about different materials to make houses, homes around the world, homes for animals and the story of the Three Little Pigs this half term, to tie in with our topic.
This week the children have been learning their new Talk for Writing Story The Three Little Pigs. They have done brilliantly, learning this with all the actions- have they shown it to you at home?
In maths we have been thinking about ordinal numbers and positional language. The children have been showing me how well they know their left and right and how to move the beebots we have in school by putting in the correct instructions.
Everyone should have come home with their home learning for this half term. Please encourage your child to complete the must do activity, plus at least two others to make 3 in a row through the grid.
Examples of Maples class home learning from the Autumn term
W/C 12th December 2016
This week is the final full week before the Christmas break. We have been incorporating what we have learnt into our 'Christmas week.'
The children have really enjoyed making gingerbread men and snowmen with our new portable cooker. They talked about the language we have used this term with instructions and took them home to share with family.
In maths we have been making wrapping paper with shapes and repeating patterns and colours.
Lucia kindly brought us in sweet cinnamon bread to try and we all learnt about Saint Lucia Day and how it is celebrated.
We have enjoyed sequencing and writing about the Christmas story and have been treated to the KS2 Carol Concert this week also.
The pantomime and Christingle service will be a fitting end to a busy term next week.
Thank you for all your support this term with your children's learning.
W/C 5th December 2016
This week has been very exciting for Maples children as we have been performing our Nativity Babushka!
The children did extremely well performing to First Friends and the rest of the school on Monday as well as to family members on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening. Thank you all very much for supporting the children by providing simple costumes and coming to watch them perform. I was very proud of them this week watching them all on the stage as I'm sure you were as well.
In amongst our final rehearsals and performances the children have also been doing some further work on shape this week looking at 2d and 3d shapes and using these to make repeating patterns.
We have finished our gingerbread man stories with our new characters and the children have made these into books with front covers to keep in our book area for shared reading time.
Next week we have the KS2 carol concert dress rehearsal to look forward to on Monday and then Christmas lunch on Thursday.
A polite reminder please this half term's homework is due in on Monday 12th December. The children will be sharing their homework books with other children on Monday afternoon so it is important these are back in school for then.
W/C 28th November 2016
This week in maths, Maples children have started to focus on 3d shapes and their properties. The children have been looking at nets and tried making cubes, cuboids,square and triangular based pyramids amongst others. Can the children identify 3d shapes at home? Can they tell you the faces and number of vertices on each shape?
The children have been doing really well at their cheer leading routines with Mrs Benford and have added ribbons and pom poms to the routines now!
We were very busy in the run up to the fair on Friday and so linked our repeating patterns work with making paper chains to decorate our classroom. Thank you all for the wonderful support at the fair on Friday. We raised a whopping £1300 which will be going towards stage lighting!
Next week is the Nativity which we are very excited to perform to you all. Thank you for bringing in costumes so promptly.
W/C 21st November 2016
This week in English Maples children have been producing their own story maps for The Gingerbread Man. Next week the children will be editing and changing the characters in the story before starting to write it out.
In Maths we have been working hard on problem solving in addition and subtraction and have been investigating and recording families of number sentences.
The children have really enjoyed their PE sessions this week doing dance with Mrs Benford and tag rugby skills with me on Friday. This week our focus in tag rugby has been to practise dodging and the class are really enthusiastic playing Sharks and Fishes! Have they told you all about it at home?
On Friday we raised over £170 for Children In Need - thank you for your generosity in donations towards this fantastic amount. The children looked lovely in all their spotty clothing and face paints. A big thank you also to Leighton for making some 'spotty' cakes for us all- delicious and very kind.
The stage is up and we are now rehearsing daily for our nativity. Letters regarding casting and costumes will be coming out very shortly but we are asking parents not to go and buy anything special if at all possible but rather go with what your child already has at home and we will add to it with accessories we make at school where we feel it would suit.
Our Christmas Fayre is on Friday 2nd December. Maples children have been given the task of collecting purple tombola prizes. (Each class has a different colour.) I'm very pleased to say that Maples have so far brought in 34 purple items for the Tombola and the winning class with the highest total by the 2nd December will be able to sit on the Year 6 benches in assembly time for the rest of the term. As you can imagine the children are desperate to win so please keep bringing in anything small and suitable that is purple for us to put on the tombola stall.
W/C 7th November
This week Maples have been learning our new Talk for Writing story The Gingerbread Man! The children have learnt the whole story with actions. They have all spent time practicing and performing to each other in pairs, small groups and as a whole class. Mrs Taylor and myself have been very impressed with how quickly they have picked up this version of the story and how enthusiastic the children have been learning it. Have the children performed the story to you at home? Have they shown you the actions for different parts of the story? I've put some of the actions on here for you to discuss with your child.
We have also put up a winter display of our poetry writing from last week to share with the rest of the school. I have included some of the children's poetry to share with you. We are very proud of the children's efforts!
The children have been very excited about the fireworks displays they saw at the weekend and this has provided a great opportunity to talk about adjectives and verbs to describe these as well as using brightly coloured paints to paint these.
Our nativity rehearsals are well under way and on Friday a letter will be coming home telling you the part your child will be playing.
In PE this half term we are learning a disco dance routine on a Thursday and tag rugby on a Friday. Please ensure children have correct indoor and outdoor kit. A slip will be sent home if your child is missing any of the PE kit that is required.
Welcome back to the second half of the Autumn term!
We have kick started this half term off with a whole school Health and Well Being week. Maples were able to watch an anti bullying play called Power of One on Monday which was really well done and very thought provoking. The children had opportunities afterwards in class to talk about the play and talk through what it meant for us as a class and individually.
Each child has been given a nit comb and we have discussed as a class the importance of checking our hair regularly for head lice. The combs and instructions should have come home in bags on Monday as well.
On Tuesday we started the 1km walk which the children have taken to really well. The children have had opportunities to do this with their own class and with other classes as well.
On Wednesday we were delighted to meet PCSO Grant Skeggs who came in to meet us all and talk to us about how to stay safe. The children had lots of interesting questions to ask and listened carefully to what they were told.
Thursday has been the Dental day in school. Maples have been learning about what sugar does to our teeth , the importance of brushing our teeth properly and what happens when we visit the dentist.
Alongside all of this we have been also been remembering about general hygiene and washing our hands. The children have enjoyed making handprints this week choosing different colours and mixing.
In English we have been writing poetry about winter. The children have been really thinking hard about using interesting adjectives in their poems and the finished poetry will be used for a display in the school.
Finally in maths we have been starting to think about how we subtract, learning different methods and using different resources. The children have been practising subtracting not only with cubes and numicon but also using number lines and counting on and back.
Homework books have come home this week. The children seem excited by the activities they can choose from. Please encourage your child to complete the must do activity in blue and then choose two other activities from the grid to make three in a row. If anyone one has any questions about your child's homework please come and see me.
W/C 17th October
Final week before half term!
Thank you for all your positive comments at parents evening. It is lovely to hear from parents how happy and settled the children are in Maples. Support at home is key to the children's learning alongside what they do in school. Any linking to what we have been learning at school at home is always encouraged and praised!
This week we have been focusing on instructions and the vocabulary we use when we give instructions to each other and when we write them down. We started this by discussing how to put on a coat in different ways. This has also reminded us how to do zips and buttons!
The children have also enjoyed making a map of instructions to show how to capture a Troll! They have written instructions using their maps over the last few days with the important language we have been using (First, Next, After That, Then and Finally)
In maths we are looking at addition within 10 and the children are trying hard to count on from different numbers to add on. They are trying hard with their number formation and recording of their number sentences in the Aspire maths books we are using in class.
In Science we have been thinking about being healthy and washing hands carefully. The children particularly enjoyed the Bug Buster machine to check how clean their hands really were!
Have a great half term and we look forward to seeing you all back in school after a week's rest on Monday 31st October.
W/C 10th October
This week our two new sports leaders for Maples class have gained their badges for the year and have attended their first meeting with the other sports leaders. They are now responsible for talking to our class about sports in our school. This week they have been talking to the class about the outside sports clubs they attend and which clubs they would like to have offered in school. More information about this is under the SPORTS section of the website.
In maths we have been continuing to work on our number bonds. The children have been making ladybirds in art with corresponding number bonds to 8 9 and 10 and we have started to think about using these in word problems in a practical way.
In English we are now focusing on a non fiction element of writing between now and half term. The children will be thinking about how we write a list of instructions and in particular I will be looking for them to use vocabulary, first next, then after and finally when verbalising and writing these.
In PSHE Mrs Taylor has been talking to the children about Growth Mindset, thinking about good and bad feelings and how this can affect that way we think and behave around others
W/C 3rd October 2016
Another busy week in Maples!
We would like to welcome Lucas our latest child to join to our class. The children have been very welcoming to him and have been helping him learn our classroom rules and routines.
We have been thinking a lot about Autumn this week and in art have been using the autumn leaves to make hedgehogs as part of our Art display.
In gymnastics the children have been thinking about the starting and finishing positions to our routines on and off the small apparatus.
In Maths we have been beginning to learn about number bonds and practising writing these as number sentences using unifix cubes and numicon to help check our answers.
Finally in English the children have finished writing our innovated stories from the original Billy Goats Gruff Story we learnt. I'm hoping to photocopy some of these for our writing display in class in the next week.
Just a gentle reminder as the weather is becoming cooler now please could you make sure your child has a sweatshirt and tracksuit bottoms to wear for outdoor PE on a Friday.
W/C 26th September
This week we have been very busy in Maples class!
On Monday we took part in the International Day of Languages. In the morning we ordered and ate crepes with sucre and citron which were delicious! This was followed up with a whole school 'Eurovision Song Contest' for the afternoon.
Maples performed a French nursery rhyme 'Bateau Sur l'eau' (Row Row Row your boat) to the rest of the school and to the many parents and Grandparents who came to watch. Mrs Ponsford and Mrs Taylor thought we did a fantastic job on the stage performing to everyone.
In English this week we have been finishing producing our Billy Goats Gruff story maps and have been innovating them to make our own individual stories. To help us do this we have also been practising our story telling skills using different animals and characters with our bridges.
In Art this week we have been working together making a collage of a Dingle Dangle Scarecrow. In our Harvest service on Monday we will be singing this to all the school and any family members that would like to come and watch.
In maths this week we have been going over our number formations and thinking about using the terms more, less, add and subtract in a practical way as well as writing number sentences for these
W/C 19th September
This week in Maples class we have been learning our new Talk For Writing Story.
The children have been learning The Billy Goats Gruff story with lots of different actions!
Have the children performed the story to you at home yet?
We have learnt and performed our new story as a whole class in pairs and in small groups. Mrs Taylor and myself have been very impressed with all the children's efforts.
Mrs Burroughs our 'art expert' who comes in voluntarily each week has been helping the children design build and decorate Billy Goats Gruff Bridges this week! Thank you for all the cereal boxes and junk modelling materials that parents brought in to help us with this. The children have been using their bridges and newly made puppets to tell our class story in small groups today and next week we will be continuing to use these when we innovate the story and change the characters from goats to dinosaurs snakes and spiders to name a few!
In science the children have enjoyed drawing around each other and labelling their body parts. We used large strips of wallpaper for children to work in pairs and then used their phonics skills to attempt labelling.
In gymnastics this week Mrs Hosford encouraged the children to start thinking about travelling on different body parts on small apparatus. The children worked well using benches, tables and floor mats traveling over and under working in their tribes.
Finally we would like to welcome Isabelle who has joined Maples class this week and has already made lots of new friends. The children have been very welcoming to our new member of the class and have shown her all of the class routines which are now well established.
Our topic for this term is Ourselves!
We have started the topic off by having Paula Burgin (mum) and Alice who was just under 4 weeks old come and visit us on Monday! Alice was a very well behaved baby who only did a little cry and had a good look at us all. Paula told us all about a baby's needs and we were really interested in everything she had to say! Thank you to all the parents who have brought back their child's baby information sheet and a photo of their son/daughter as a baby. This is making a lovely display in our classroom and the children have really enjoyed sharing their information with the class.
The weather has been warm this week and so we have made the most of outdoor learning.
We have been practising our pre cursive letter formation using water and paintbrushes outside which the children have been doing very well at. In RE we have been thinking about 'belonging' and the children have had opportunites to use various building materials to make homes, churches, schools and other places they feel safe and part of.
This term we will be doing gymnastics with Mrs Hosford on a Thursday and ball skills with Mrs Ponsford on a Friday.
In gymnastics this week Maples children have been practising travelling safely and on different body parts. Can you spot all the different ways we have been moving?
The weather has been lovely to practise our ball skills on the field this week. We have been learning how to control travel and pass a ball with our feet. We have learnt how to take a ball 'for a walk' finding a space and passing to a partner.