Welcome to Maples we are a mix of year 3 and year 5 children. There are two adults in Maples, Ms Whelan the class teacher and Miss Michel the teaching assistant.
Our first mini topic for this term is The Great Fire of London. We will be finding what London was like at the time of the fire, how the fire started, how long it lasted for and the impact the fire had on the city.
In maths we will be following the White Rose scheme of work continuing our fraction work and then statistics followed by the properties of shape. The children have a weekly session using Mathletics and will be given their details to be able to use their account at home if they wish.
In English we will be writing diary entries based on our topic. We will look at two books, The Great Fire of London by Emma Adams and Vlad and the Great Fire of London by Kate Cunningham.
We will be learning all about ‘Everyday materials’ during science lessons. We will learn to recognise and identify materials, look at their uses, how some materials can be changed and look at the sustainability of certain materials.
In Art we will be developing our drawing skills looking at the houses and streets of London from around the time of the Great Fire.
In PE Maples will be concentrating on developing our Strike and Field skills on a Wednesday. We will also have a ‘Boogie Bounce’ lesson on Tuesday and our daily ‘run a mile’ challenge. Please can you make sure that you send a full PE kit into school with trainers, which will be sent home at the end of every half term.
We expect every child to read at home at least 4 times during the week. Children who achieve this will be rewarded with a weekly raffle ticket and will be entered into a prize draw at the end of term where there will be the opportunity to win a variety of prizes.