Coming up in Term 4

Please see the poster below to find out what Maple class will be learning this term. 

Coming up in Term 4

Term 3 Update

What a wonderful term it has been! Here are just a few of the amazing things that have happened in Maple Class:

In English, the children wrote humorous stories about an incredible book eating girl and they were incredibly funny to read! They have also enjoyed visiting the local library, analysing archaic poems and reading ‘Varjack Paw’ by SF Said in Guided Reading.

In Maths, we have completed a unit on multiplication and division and the children have learned how to multiply and divide a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number. We have continued to revise our times table facts and even went onto learn the 3-, 4- and 8-times tables!

Science has continued to be an area of interest for the class. This term, we have learned about forces and magnets. The children worked scientifically in groups to investigate which surfaces cause more friction, and we have explored which types of materials are magnetic. We were also able to make predictions using our scientific knowledge and summarise our findings – just like real life scientists would do!

In Geography, we have continued our learning on Europe and in particular, the countries surrounding the UK. The children have enjoyed researching each country and creating mini case studies around the language, food and monuments of each.

After learning about the Ancient Egyptians last term in History, this term we have been applying our drawing and painting skills in the style of an ancient civilisation in Art. This involved studying Ancient Egyptian art, making papyrus paper and creating an Ancient Egyptian-inspired scroll.

In RE, we have continued to explore Christianity; focusing this term on the two miracles of Jesus where healing took place and evaluating whether these were miracles or whether there could be another explanation.

In PSHE, we have been exploring the unit ‘Dreams and Goals’. The children have enjoyed identifying their own dreams and ambitions that are important to them. We have also LOVED practising our Year 3 & 4 performance ‘When I grow up’ and look forward to performing it next term!

Well done Maple Class for another fantastic term, I am so proud. See you all in the new term.

Miss Friend

Term 3 Highlights

Coming up in Term 3

Please read the poster below to find out what your child will be learning in Term 3.

Coming up in Term 3

Maple’s Term 2 Update

I cannot believe it is nearly Christmas already, the term has flown by and we have squeezed in so much learning! Maple Class children have really enjoyed writing their own seasonal poems called ‘Winter is here’ and applying what they have been learning in SPaG, such as powerful adjectives and prefixes. In Guided Reading, the children have enjoyed studying the class novel ‘Toys Go Out’ by Emily Jenkins, as well as analysing lots of Christmas information texts! Our Maths lessons have continued to explore addition and subtraction and the children have been using pictorial representations to help them with the formal written method of column addition and subtraction.

Science, this term, focused on light and shadow. This has brought many opportunities for working scientifically, for example, the children enjoyed investigating why shadows are formed and how they behave using torches and a variety of opaque, transparent and translucent objects. The class also loved learning about our History topic this term; Ancient Egyptians. Particular highlights have been learning about the process of mummification, building a fact file pyramid and of course our trip to the Bristol Museum!

In RE, we have been studying Christianity and the children have been learning to understand whether Christmas has lost its true meaning. In Computing lessons, the class have been using a range of techniques to create their own stop-frame animations using iPads.

Forest School is still a highlight of the week for Maple Class, allowing them to show how kind and helpful they can be to one another. The children have also been developing their teamwork skills in gymnastics this term, collaborating with others to develop linking sequences as part of a performance.

I cannot believe Term 2 is almost coming to an end, it has been very fun and exciting! I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a restful break.

Miss Friend

Term 2 Highlights!

Coming up in Term 2...

Term 1 Update

WOW! What a fantastic first term we have had in Maple Class! It has been a real pleasure to see the children challenging themselves and trying their best in every lesson. We have enjoyed learning lots of new things, in particular writing our own narrative based on the Pixar Short, The Blue Umbrella. Our Guided Reading sessions have continued to explore the novel, ‘The Butterfly Lion,’ and we have also learnt about Rosa Parks, as part of our learning in Black History Month. In Maths, we have moved onto using mental strategies for addition and subtraction. Many children found this challenging at first, yet they have persevered and worked hard to master these skills.

The children have also loved learning about our Geography topic this term; Where in the World. Particular highlights have been using our atlas skills to locate European countries on a map and learning about the different climate zones in Europe. In RE, we are studying Sikhism and the children have been learning to understand the reasons why a Sikh may choose to join the Khalsa.

Science has also been a favourite this term and the children have been investigating the life cycle of flowering plants and how water gets transported through plants – why don’t you ask us about how it works? Our last lesson involved trying different types of beans and seeds in order to understand their importance as a food source – it was great fun! We then used our knowledge of plants to create botanical inspired drawings in Art. Based on the work of Georgia O’Keeffe, we created our own abstract compositions of a flower, using the drawing skills we have been learning about.

I look forward to another brilliant term with Maple Class! I hope you have a relaxing half term break.

Miss Friend

Welcome to Maple Class

What a lovely start to Year 3 Maple Class have had. The children have shown great maturity and enthusiasm for learning across all aspects of the curriculum. The class have particularly enjoyed the opportunity to get creative and create their own botanical inspired drawings in Art. Weekly French lessons have also been a firm favourite, and the children look forward to their Forest sessions on a Wednesday afternoon each week. PE on a Friday afternoon has been another highlight – the children have enjoyed developing their football skills with a professional coach. All in all, it has been a fantastic first few weeks of Term 1!