Maple Class Term 1 2020/21

This term in Maple Class our topic has been ‘All about me’. We first learnt about our bodies and then the world around us. We have had some great learning experiences this term when exploring the forest, collecting natural materials, building our own mini landmarks, singing songs, dancing, biking, swimming, playing by doing all these things we have learnt lots of cool and wonderful new things.

A mini adventure to France Miniature.

At the beginning of the term, we went on a trip to France miniature. We spent the day exploring all the different landmarks found across France and tried to identify them. Some of those landmarks were from Paris. We also were able to recognise some landmarks that we had seen on our holidays.

Marking mini landmarks.

Inspired by what we had seen on our trip to France Miniature, we decided to create our own mini models of famous Paris landmarks using recyclable materials.

First, Birch and Walnut Classes came to help us make a large scale Eiffel Tower using lolly sticks. To create the large scale model we looked at pictures of the tower, closely looking at the detail found on it. The older children helped us to layout the different sections of the tower.

Then, we constructed our own Eiffel Towers using lolly sticks and paper. We focused on trying the recreate the patterns seen on the tower.

The creativity continued and we made models of other famous landmarks to do this we used paper rolls and egg cartons to recreate the Arc de Triomphe. We then decorated our models in a range of colours to make our models stand out.

Fabulous Phonics.

This term we have focused on phase two of Jolly Phonics. S, A T, I, P, N. Completing a range of different activities by creating big letters, craft, paintings as well as associating actions with the sound the letters make. As a class, we are working towards sounding and segmenting CVC words as well as beginning to form letters using gross and fine motor skills.

Loud Literacy!

In literacy, we have been reading lots of different stories that focus on a character who faces problems that they have to overcome. The task set was to make comparisons between the characters and ourselves. As a class, we thought of different strategies those characters could use to overcome these problems.

Here are some of the stories we explored.

What a Wonderful World!

First, we read the story ‘What a Wonderful World’. Then we created small worlds to show how we see the world around us. From this, we went out into the forest and listened carefully to the world that surrounds us at school. Inspired by this we then painted what we had seen and heard back at school.

Elmer and the stranger.

We read the story of ‘Elmer and the stranger’ Then talked about what it means to be different and how it can be a good thing. Also talking about how we are all different in our own special way. The task was set of designing our own Elmer’s by using a range of resources. Later, as a class, we drew a huge Elmer on the playground and decorated it to show that we are all made up different things that make us individual and unique.

As apart of this project we were set the challenge of championing peoples differences and to show kindness, understanding and friendship to one another.

The Little Red Hen and Not now Bernard!

We read the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ and talked about what is happening in the story and how the hen is feeling at different stages. We linked this to the story of ‘Not now Bernard!’. Then role-played how Bernard would feel when he is not listened to by his parents.

We then got creative and decorated a large poster of a monster. The result was creating a classroom monster. To create the monster we used a range of different coloured feathers and other resources.

Lets role play!

This term with have used role play to act out stories and create new wonderful worlds using our imaginations.

Friends! and Oliver and Patch.

First, we read the story friends and talked about what is it to be a good friend. We created pictures of our friends and spoke about what we do together. From this, we sequenced the story to show the journey the boy takes to find his friend.

‘Oliver and Patch’ is a story about a young boy that moves to a big city. He is from the countryside and finds it hard to make new friends. However, one day he meets a lost dog and they become great friends. As a class, we read the story and made comparisons to ourselves. The class was then set the challenge of creating their own big city using recycled cardboard.

We love exploring books!

Mathematical Magic!

This term we have been learning about numbers and how they can be represented in many different ways. We painted numbers, collected natural resources, sang songs and sorted objects into groups.

Perfect patterns.

We have been learning about different colours and the patterns that we can make with them. We were set the task of recreating patterns that were given to us. Then we were set the challenge of making our own.

Is there something on my face?

First, we looked at our faces in the mirror and named the different features that we saw. As a class, we talked about how we all have different hair, eye and skin colours. This makes us unique and special.

Using paper plates we created our faces and used a range of materials to make the hair, eyes and other features of the face.

Super swimmers!

During our swimming sessions, we learnt new skills and how to take care of ourselves when we are in the water.

Fun in the Forest!

This term we have done some amazing things in the forest. From Biking and playing to exploring and roasting chestnuts. One thing that we really enjoyed was when we went on an adventure in the forest and took bark rubbings. We then brought them back to school to make our own tree.

Disco Dancers!

Each week we have taken part in dance sessions where we have learnt how to control our bodies and move them in different ways to represent different things. We have taken our dance sessions outside onto the playground and into the forest.

French Fantastic!

In French, we learnt lots of new vocabulary by singing songs and playing games. We made our own musical instruments to use when we were singing.

IPC French Afternoons.

In our IPC sessions, we have been learning about the features of the face, autumnal animals as well as the French version head, shoulders, knees and toes.

Birch and Walnut Class Term 5

This Term we have been learning about the different Rainforests of the world. We looked closely at the layers of the Rainforest, the different types of animals, habitats and people found there.

Successful writers

In literacy, we looked at a range of different non-fiction texts. As a class, we then discussed and compared the features identified. We began looking at information texts and explored its features and answered the question of what makes a successful and informative piece of writing.

The class was then set the challenge of choosing an animal found in the Rainforest and decided to complete research to find out more. Once we had completed our research we then organised the information under different headings.

We also learnt about different types of narratives and focused on writing an ‘Overcoming the monster’ narrative. As a class, we read ‘The jungle book’ and discussed what happens to the main character, the journey that is taken, as well as what problems they face along the way. Then planned and wrote our own narratives. As writers, we were mindful to include all the features of this style of narrative.

Using a ‘model text’, we practised our editing skills to improve the piece of writing. We did this by adding exciting vocabulary such as adjectives, verbs and adverbs. These skills would be later used to improve our own writing.

Becoming Mathematical Wizards

On our return to school, we were set the challenge of designing and mapping out our own spatial awareness playground. When designing our playground we were given the criteria of each game/obstacle that would have to be 1 metre apart and that there would need to be a range of different activities that could go on at the same time.

Designing our spatial awareness playground.

When we were designing our playgrounds we had to our knowledge and understanding a range of mathematical skills to complete this task. We shared the designs with each other and helped one another with solving problems that our designs may face.

We were able to solve most of these problems when mapping out the different areas of the new spatial awareness playground.

We also took our learning further and investigated what will happen when we measured things using a non-standard unit of measurement. First, we drew around our feet and out paper copies. Then, we went to the forest and measured everything and anything that we possibly could.

Lets go swimming!

As part of our PE this term we took full advantage of the pool. As a class, we took part in swimming lessons twice a week and then spent many afternoons playing games and taking part in activities held in the pool. This has continued to help our confidence grow and become brilliant swimmers.

Amazing Artists

As part of our learning about Rainforests, we looked closely at the different layers that make up the tree canopies found there. From this, we created our own individual Rainforests using recycled materials.

We then used our 3D models of the Rainforest to learn about deforestation and the effects it has on our environment. We created a mind map to record our ideas then pulled the information from this and labelled our models.

We were set the challenge of taking half the face of an animal found in the Rainforest and to use our drawing skills to complete the face. We had to carefully copy and assess the features of each animal to ensure that each face was completed correctly.

Forest explorers

We took our learning outside the classroom and became explores. We built new huts in the style of the tribal huts we had learnt about. Explored mini habitats on the forest floor and spoke about what types of animals might live there. We also thought about how the forest changes from season to season.

Super Scientists

We learnt about the different parts of a plant and what their job is to support a plant and its growth. From this, we learnt about the life cycle of a tomato plant. We then decided as a class to plant our own and watch the plant growth through the stages we had learnt about.

Worldwide Explorers

In Geography, we learnt about the continents and oceans of the world. The challenge was set to names all the oceans and continents of the world. Using atlas and maps to help us to identify the world that we live in. During the sessions, we also identified the countries of Europe and discussed the different countries that we as a class originally came from.

Taking our learning further, we looked at renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. As a class we discussed what we already know about these different types of energy and how they are used around the world.

Recycling Heroes

As part of our topic, we looked closely at how recycling and our actions affect the world around us. To raise awareness about recycling properly we created posters.

Walnut Class Term 4 2019/20

This term we have continued our learning journey through the virtual platform ‘Seesaw’. This has provided us with some amazing and very out of the box learning experiences which are providing us with opportunities to become more independent thinkers and learners.

Let’s look back on the fantastic learning that has taken place!

Our topic this term was ‘Children of the Second World War’. We looked closely at the evacuation of children from the big cities to the countryside.

Literacy

First, we identified the features of a narrative.

Identifying 3 of the features of a narrative in the model text.
After identifying the features of the model text the challenge was then set to edit and re-write sections using the skills we had learnt in class.
Before we started to write we generated different descriptive words to support us with our writing. We created word banks and examples that we could later use.

Narratives

In Literacy, we wrote Narratives that had told the story of evacuated children. We explored the Narrative and broke it down into sections this helped us have a clear idea of what would happen to the characters and where they would go.

Making sure that we included exciting and descriptive language. To do this we read through our work and edited.

We looked at sentence structures and the development of the language that we use when we write a descriptive piece.
We used sections of the model text and adapted it. Doing this we work on our editing and drafting.
Cartoon strip Narrative
We drew out the story this helped us to think about what we wanted to write.

Virtual learning has helped us to present work in different ways. We have been able to present work using pictures, videos and voice notes.

Diary entries

Diary entries. We looked at planning and writing recounts in the role children that had been evacuated.

Before writing our diary entries we planned using the features of a recount and made sure that all our ideas are clear and easy to follow when writing.
Using a planning template can help to keep our writing on track.
Recount -Diary entry
We discussed the different features of a diary entry and looked at what we needed to include. We were also given the choice of writing a diary entry as ourself or as a child in the Second World War.

Support for Spelling

To support our writing we worked on the basic writing skills. For example tenses and what type of sentence is the correct one to use.
Using columns we were able to identify what type of sentence we were looking at.
Then we were set the challenge of converting the tense of words taken from a sentence.

Mathematics

In Mathematics, we explored many topics, the virtual learning experience has helped us to become more creative with our maths work. This term we covered statistics and Geometry -properties of shape.

Activities completed using Seesaw.
Exploring collecting information and presenting data collected in Statistics
Using different mediums to complete the work set.
Painting and constructing their own 3D shapes.
Completed tasks set through Seesaw.

History

Throughout this term, we have looked at events of the Second World War. Using Seesaw and other media sources to conduct our own research about the events. We looked at the ‘Blitz’, ‘Evacuation’, ‘D-day Landings’ and ‘VE-day’.

D-day landings
D-day landing poster
Evacuation Poster
Note-taking – information collected about the children of the Second World War.

Science

In science, we have looked at actions and reactions. Then we conducted our own investigations. Next, we designed and built our own modes of transport.

Mode pf transport designed to carry an egg safely from A to B.
Labelled design of a parachute that will safely carry an egg from A to B

After exploring different structures of bridges we designed and built our own.

We then put our investigative skills to the test by designing and constructing bridges. We formed our own hypothesis and then tested them.

Design Technology

Design and make an air-raid shelter.

The children were asked to show the inside and outside of their air-raid shelter.
The finished project!

What a fantastic learning experience this has been for all of us. Using the virtual platform has helped us to carry on and grow as learners.

Thank you to the parents for their continuous support.

Mr H