Welcome to Maple Class!
Class of 2021
I can't believe it is the end of the school year, we have had many downs this year including lockdowns, self-isolations and friends moving onto new schools however we have also had some wonderful times together including 'Children's day', digging up artefacts from the Great Fire of London and sports day. We have worked so hard together and everyone has achieved so much this year. I am very proud of each and every one of you as we draw this year to a close. I wish our Year 2 friends all the best as they move up into Oak class and we Maples can't wait to welcome the new Year 1 children into our class.
Have a wonderful restful summer with lots of fun and laughter and I'll see you in September!
Homework and Reading:
Although we are not using reading records at the moment please ensure you are still reading with your child at least three times a week. They are able to bring their book in to be changed on any day, simply pop the old book in the red basket and a new one will be placed in the green basket at the end of the day.
Please note that homework is set on Google Classroom every Friday to be completed by the following Tuesday.
If you have any problems please let me know as soon as possible.
Wednesday 30th June
Another extremely busy week in Maple Class, time is flying by! We have set up our next enquiry projects on our plants, this time testing out how light effects the health of a plant. Some children have chosen to give their plants more light while others have decided to cut all light from the plants. We have also been able to re-start our 'Golden Mile' as the weather has been on our side, we take great joy in completing our laps of the field and it is having a positive impact on our attitude to exercise. In English we have been using our Antarctica homework to share our findings with friends in order to begin planning our recount.
Friday 25th June
We've had a busy week in Maple class full of science enquiries and clocks! In maths we have all been working so hard to learn to tell the time from o'clock to the super tricky nearest 5 minutes. We've enjoyed learning the time through teacher challenges and group games with out friends, some of us have even started wearing a watch to school and telling Miss Neale the time through the day without support!
In science we have been investigating how much water a plant needs to survive, we were very surprised to see what happened when we gave a nearly dead plant a whole cup full of water.........it's now growing better than all the other plants.
We've also enjoyed learning how to play checkers at playtime and have been working together in teams to try and beat Miss Neale but no luck yet!
Friday 11th June
As the children left school today I think they were all covered in paint, wet or yawning! It is fair to say today was, in their words 'the best day ever'!
We celebrated the NSPCC Children's day today at Vernham Dean where the children led the day and told us adults exactly what they wanted to do. In Maple Class the children chose to play ALL DAY. So we had water, paint, construction, robot toys, arts and crafts for children to play with throughout the day only stopping for our special picnic at lunch time and an ice pop at the end of the day.
After such a turbulent year it was lovely to see all the children relaxed and engrossed in play with friends all day and we hope to maybe make this a more regular event.
Thursday 6th May
This past week has been very plant focused! We spent the afternoon last week planting wild flower seeds with Wendy Davis from Andover Trees United, we had a lovely time learning fun actions to help us remember the names of our native flowers. We were proud to show off our knowledge and vocabulary from science our recent science lessons too. This week we have also welcomed Mr Andrews and Miss Allen to our class as part of their ITT and look forward to working with them over the next few weeks.
Wednesday 28th April
This past week we have been enjoying our new science topic of plants. We have been learning lots of new vocabulary about plants and dissecting seeds and bulbs to discover what is inside!
Maths we have been developing our multiplication and division skills from using 'bits and bobs' in year 1 such as counters all the way up to the abstract of using a bar model in year 2.
In English we have been learning about the importance of adding specific detail to our instructions, Miss Neale made a watery mess when following our exact instructions on how to wash your hands!
Friday 4th December
Christmas has officially hit Maple Class! This week we have been blasting Christmas songs whilst putting up the tree, we were lucky enough to be in charge of putting up the school tree with Mrs Cripps as well. We have been working hard this enterprise week to make our own salt dough decorations, Miss Neale even challenged us to weigh out the ingredients ourselves! We have also been learning new skills in sewing in order to make some wonderful penguin decorations.
Noggin and Bobbin arrived in full force on Tuesday with Buddy the bear, so far they have been swinging off the lights, writing cheeky messages on the whiteboard and hiding in boxes. Look below what we came into see today!
Naughty Noggin and Bobbin!
Friday 27th November
We started our week in Maple Class by completing our 'hot write' for our Great Fire of London diaries. The children wrote the most imaginative and realistic diaries putting into action all the skills they've been learning during our learning journey. We ended our week by going up to Harmony Woods to plant more trees before coming back to school to have a class party as a reward for filling up our marble jar. Woohoo!
Friday 6th November
We have had the most wonderful first week back in Maple Class, we've launched into our new topic after an exciting discovery of a box full of clues about The Great Fire of London. The box contained a bottle of wine, a pouch of money, an old leather bound diary and some very very smelly cheese! We created a display of our houses built over half term and some children even decided to make fact files about The Great Fire of London, what fantastic home learning. To end our week we had a competition to write some descriptions of fireworks and even some poems, they were sent to Oak class to be judged. The children in Oak class voted Bea and Oscar's to be their favourite pieces of work, well done!
Below is a snapshot of our class during a lesson, everyone was so engrossed in their learning the classroom was silent, which caused Miss Neale to take a photo!
See what we are up to this half term!
Friday 9th October
Another busy week in Maple Class with lots of amazing learning every day. The highlight of our week was our walk to look for human and physical features in our local area. It was touch and go on Thursday as it rained all morning! Thankfully the rain stopped long enough for us to walk up over the hills then back through the village. We had great fun climbing over the sties. Friday we celebrated Be Bright, Be Seen day learning how to keep ourselves safe when out and about as the nights become darker.
With our new traffic light system don't forget to put your book and reading record into the red basket when it needs changing
Friday 18th September
Gosh what a busy week we've had in Maple Class!
Monday we had our first Science lesson where we were learning about the life cycle of a human, we shared photos of ourselves as babies and put them on a time line. We thought carefully about things we can do now that we couldn't do as babies, it was so interesting!
In English we have been developing our reading skills with some new friends, the reading snakes!
Inference Iggy helped us to find information in the text about a character, Comprehension Colin helped us to understand what we were reading and cheeky Language Luke hid some words from the story which we managed to figure out by using the picture to help.
Congratulations to Eloise who received our Behaviour and Values award for being a wonderful role model to the new year 1s and to Freddie S who is our Achiever for amazing independent work in Maths.
Autumn 1 Overview
Monday 7th September
Welcome back to school, I am really looking forward to seeing all of your smiley faces once again!
A few reminders for PE:
Lessons will be on a Tuesday with Premier Sports, and a Wednesday with Mrs Hawkings, please come to school in your PE kit on these days. After school on a Tuesday is our Sports Club run by Premier Sports, there is space for everyone. Please ensure all earrings are removed on these days for health and safety.
Please remember that hair must always be tied up neatly for school each day.