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Welcome to Maple class 2017-2018

We are a mixed class of 23 year 4's and 6 years 5's. We have 2 adults that work in our class, Mr Benjafield our teacher and Miss Jones, our teaching assistant. 

Stone Age Boy - retelling the story using story maps

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Stone Age Top Gear featuring the new X - 12

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Watch an short clip from an episode of Stone Age Top Gear featuring the new X-12 bow and arrow.

The Animal Exterminator 3000 - Advert for a Stone Age bow and arrow

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The Destroyer 2000 - Advert for a Stone Age bow and arrow

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Poetry - The Coming of the Iron Man

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Well done to this fantastic group of children for working so well together and for performing the poem.

Ted has really enjoyed listening to a wide variety of stories.

Over the last 6 weeks, we have had Premier Education Group working with us once a week, covering a topic called 'Fun-trician'. During this time, we have looked at how our bodies process food, what different food groups feed our bodies, how to have a balanced diet and how to eat healthily on a budget. The children have loved this and our final session ended with the children creating fruit pizzas. Thank you Premier Education Group!

This term, we have been looking at Aboriginal Art. The children have looked at various different styles of Aboriginal Art and the techniques that were used.  They then went on to make their own piece of Art. 

Conscience Alley - Advantages and Disadvantages of having solar panels at the school

Theo's Grandad came in to join us this week, to talk about his love and passion for hats!! He had us all belly laughing and we thoroughly enjoyed sharing in his passion. Thank you for joining us! 

Crossfit Warm-Up

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We have been doing Crossfit this term in P.E. so to warm ourselves up we have be doing squats. Every time you hear the word 'up' you stand up and every time you hear the word 'down' you squat. It looks quite easy but it isn't!

P.E. - Crossfit

Our Second Pets As Therapy Dog (Ted) visited the class today.

One of our TheraPets (Indie) came to visit Maple for the day.

Maple Class had the opportunity to create a day project last week. They were able to choose a subject of their choice and were given the morning to collect the information they needed, using books, laptops and ipads. They then displayed all of this information in a poster form and presented it to the class in the afternoon. We had some fantastic topics, ranging from spit fires, the circus, countries and pokemon. 

Using story maps to re-tell the Iron Man

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Can you solve the problem? There are 3 tables. One table has 3 bars of chocolate. One table has 2 bars of chocolate. One table has 1 bar of chocolate. Each table has a different number of children. If the bars had to be shared equally, which table would you sit on to get the most chocolate? Tip - use equivalent fractions to help you.

Are you for or against the Iron Man

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Even though the Iron Man has caused so much devastation, we talked about whether or not he/she was good or bad. This resulted in some excellent discussion.

Emergency Farmers' Meeting

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We held an emergency farmers' meeting and discussed what we should do about this problem. The farmers came up with some great ideas.

What the farmers think about the Iron Man

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The Iron Man has been destroying the farmer's machinery and making a mess of their fields. We asked the farmers what they thought about him.


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This term, Maple class are studying the Iron Man. The children have made a video as an introduction to this, focusing on strong expression and sound effects.

Before we broke up for Christmas, Miss Jones asked her friend Derek to come in and talk to us. Derek is 90 and he used to be a Fighter Pilot for the Royal Navy. Derek shared about the wonderful things he had done in his life and inspired us to always try hard to achieve our ambitions and dreams. 

Between September and Christmas, we have had the privilege of being able to have a Ukulele lesson once a week. During this time we have become more confident in playing and set ourselves a goal of performing to Birch Class, which we did! To thank us, Birch Class sang us a song to wish us a very Merry Christmas!

As a reward for all of their hard work, Maple Class won a trip to the cinema to see Disney's, Zootropolis. Well done for all of your hard work Maple!
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Our next visitor was Mr Bentley (Luca's step dad) who shared with us his passion for cycling. He rode at a semi-professional level and was able to share stories of both triumph and failure and taught the children that no matter how many times they fall off, they can always get straight back on again. Never give up, even when it's really hard!!  

Our next visitor was Bogusz (Ronja's brother) who shared with us his passion for being a chef and how that skill had enabled him to travel the world. He shared pictures of food, locations he had traveled and yachts he had been employed on, encouraging the children to dream big, work hard and have fun!

We then had the privilege of having Mrs Vincent (Daniel's Mum) coming into class to talk to us about her role as a Police Officer. She shared and inspired the children with her passion for her job and reminded them that they can do anything that they set their minds to. 

We had the privilege of having Mr Palmer (Theo's Dad) come into class recently to talk to us about his allotment. He captivated the children with his photographs, produce and passion for his hobby. It was also lovely to see Theo so heavily involved in this family project. 

We have had some fantastic science experiments since September and these have ranged from the melting process of chocolate to the process of evaporation and condensation. We have focused on the change between solids, liquids and gases. 

We voted for our school council this half term and we challenged our candidates to give a speech to the class about why we should vote for them. They were all brilliant and showed great perseverance and determination. Our winners were Harry Smith and Daisy Nisbet. 

As part of our Ancient Egyptian topic, we have covered Mummification. We were thrilled to be able to practice this on each other. We had lots of fun and made lots of mess!

We have done some fantastic Ancient Egypt homework! We had to choose out of a list of tasks and we were able to be really creative, which we loved!

Our topic this term is Ancient Egypt and recently we had a visit from the Heritage Center. We did some fantastic activities, such as archaeological digs, painting scarab beetles and Egyptian bread making, which we then took home to bake. We had such a brilliant morning! 

We have had a brilliant start to the year, kicked off by a visit from the BFG!! He was able to help us write our Meeting Tale for our first English unit. 

Before we broke up for the Christmas holidays, the children had the opportunity to go to Santa's Grotto. During this time, they played games, had hot chocolate, told Santa some of their best jokes and all came away with a present for being so good. Thank you so much to our PTFA for making this possible.