Maple 3

Welcome to Maple 3!
2019 - 2020
Mrs Smith - Class Teacher
Mrs Calloway - Teaching Assistant

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Spring 1
Tribal Tales
Autumn 2
Underground, Overground
Take One Author - Aaran Becker
We are continuing with gymnastics this half term on Friday morning. Children are starting to develop their balances now to form a sequence of movements within a group. 
Maple 3 have been extending their understanding of the French language by building upon their knowledge from last half term and are now focusing more on the spoken and written element. 
Here are some photos showing Maple children using a combination of reading, listening and speaking skills. Hopefully we will continue to progress well!
Maple 3 have been learning how to read maps and locate canals on them.  Working in pairs they measured and calculated the distance between locations. Noticing where they are and when they cross over other canals. 
Maple 3 working in teams to use the new innovative IT equipment to mix mathematics skills with their computing. The children worked on a range of times table questions to test their knowledge and communication skills.
After the success of Autumn 1 we have entered Autumn 2 with enthusiasm and excitement.

This half term our theme is Underground, Overground which is a history based theme around the local canals and mining. The children enjoyed an amazing hook day where we discovered a hidden time capsule on the playground, it contained a letter from our mystery friend and many clues.

Over the course of the half term we will be learning about the canal system, water safety and the construction of the canals. How important they were for days gone by and the laborious  jobs of the adults and children hundreds of years ago. Additionally we will be exploring the mining history of the local area and how dangerous, important and essential mining was for the local area and beyond. What was it like to be a miner? What age did people start going down the mine? And many more questions will be answered.
Journey by Aaron Becker

A picture adventure book to invoke the imaginations of the children in Year 3! We have chosen this book to allow the children to develop their inference skills, apply their own ideas to interpret this glorious book applying a range of English genres along the way.

We will follow a little girl (who the class have named Josephine) on a magical adventure of her own making, encouraging our children to imagine her feelings and thoughts throughout.

Aaron Becker is a famous illustration author who has produced many wordless books. Captivating children and adults by the turn of each page.
Here is a brief overview of our learning for this half term:

This half term we have moved away from Hinduism and are embarking on a journey through Christianity. We are concentrating on Lent and the importance this has on Christians throughout the world.


Outdoor Games - please ensure children have outdoor PE clothes on Tuesdays this half term. We will be going out and learning a range of different skills outdoors. Dressing appropriately is important as the weather is not always fine.

Friday Gymnastics- the children will be continuing on their gymnastics lessons. So please make sure PE kits are in on Fridays for this. It is important that any child who has earrings brings plasters to cover them.

Our learning for this half term involves digital literacy.  Building on our Internet Safety knowledge from Autumn 1, we feel it is important that our children have the ability to find, use and create information online in a beneficial and useful way. To link with our Underground, Overground theme, Year 3 will have the opportunity of creating their own fairy tale, or retelling a traditional fairy tale, with an underground/overground message such as Jack in the Bean Stalk or Alice in Wonderland.  We will be using Book Creator on iPads to support this.


Light and shadow is the focus this half term. The children will begin investigating the difference between different sources of light, the way light is made and the terms connected to it such as reflections, beams, translucent and transparency.
Our focus this half term will continue to expand but parents can help children by practising their 4, 8 and 3 times tables. Helping your children with quick recall. The children adore the attached clips.
In addition to this support, helping your children with continuing to work on addition and subtraction using the column method would really help them. If any assistance is needed please let me know!
After the wonderful success of our hands on reading session where a great many parents came into school to see the techniques we are using in class to help your children gain more from reading, I am glad to be able to attach the following to assist. 
Remember all children have a reading target of 4 times a week. We haven't yet managed to meet our reading target for the class and are desperate to get a tea party. 
I gave all parents a copy of these at parents evening however if you misplace them attached is a copy for you to refer to. These are the Statutory spellings for year 3/4.
Also for those who are still needing some assistance with the HFW (Those words most commonly found in sentences spoken and written) attached is a copy of those.
I will put a link up here for the handwriting we are using in class as many parents have asked. I know we have many children looking to aim for their first pens and some for their second. So please watch this space.
If you have any questions about anything please grab me on the playground or leave me a message via the school office and I will be more than happy to meet with you.
Autumn 1
Lost in the USA
We have been having such a wonderful time since the start of the year!
Our theme is Lost in New York. We have been following Larry around the USA where he keeps getting lost. During his travels we have helped him with postcards, letters and so many geography lessons. In addition we have been participating in so many practical math's activities, our favourite was the Now Press Play lesson! Where we went on an adventure helping to solve a crime in New York!
The children have had French, computing and even RE lessons. Here are some of our beautiful elephant photos to show their Hindu masks.
On Mondays the children have been participating in dance lessons with Embody dance and every child has really shown off their creative talents during these sessions. We cannot wait to get the whole dance finished.
English has seen the children working on a number of different areas of Literacy, based on the theme books and Snow White lost in New York. We have wrote character descriptions of the Evil Step mother and acted out many parts of the story during guided reading sessions. There have been many improvements in the children's confidence and approach to these sessions.
Science we are working on Animals including humans and looking at the differences and similarities of their skeletons and how they work.
We have to say that the children are showing amazing attitudes to their learning and are participating wholeheartedly in all their tasks!
Well done Maple 3!
Mrs Smith and Mrs Calloway
Welcome to Larch 2!
2018 - 2019
Mrs Clarke/Mrs Bayliss - Class Teacher
Mrs Short - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
Oh The Places You'll Go
Summer 1
Street Detectives
Take One Author - Roald Dahl
Spring 2
Fiery Flames
On Tuesday Year 2 travelled back to 1666 when they visited Blakesley Hall to learn about Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London. All of Year 2 had a brilliant time exploring the house, dressing up as people from Tudor times, including King Charles II, Samuel Pepys and Jane (Samuel Pepys’ servant) and learning all about how the Great Fire of London started. The children also had the opportunity to write using a quill and ink, look at artefacts, build a house and complete brass rubbings. During lunch the children were able to play with toys of the time, they thoroughly enjoyed racing on their horses. A great day was had by all and the children were at their Birchwood' best.
Fire! Fire! London's burning! Larch 2 are travelling back in time to solve the mystery about how The Great Fire of London started using evidence from Samuel Pepys' diary to discover more about London at this time. Have you ever considered roaring, ferocious fire breathing dragons may know more than we think? Was it all their fault?
'A dragon landed on the playground on Tuesday early in the morning,' Isla.
'Mr Jackson, the school caretaker recorded a video of the dragon,' Alfie.
'The dragon wants to lay its eggs here because it can't find any where else,' Elsie-May.
'What happens if it eats people?' Stanley.
Spring 1
On the Ocean Wave
Year 2 had a Skype conversation with the authors, Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler, of the book they are reading "Sam Silver Undercover Pirate Skeleton Island". The authors got the children to guess what was in the pirate sack by giving them clues, the children were able to ask the authors questions and finally Year 2 were lucky enough to have an extract from one of their books read to them by the authors themselves! Year 2 loved it and now can't wait to write more stories using all the tips they have learnt!
Ahoy There! It’s time to set sail with Captain Redblood himself and join his pirate crew. Do you have what it takes to become one of his shipmates? Join Sam Silver to travel back in time to explore what life as a pirate on the open sea was really like and discover more about these famous pirate’s and their Caribbean home. 
'We found a bottle with a message in it,' Elsie-May.
'Redblood sent us some frozen treasure and we had to get the treasure out of the ice,' Isla.
'Sugar doesn't really melt ice,' Bobby.
'Flour does not melt ice,' Martyna.
'My group discovered that rock salt melted the ice quite quickly!' Finlay.
'Why did Redblood choose us and not another class? That confused me!' Elsie.
Autumn 2
The Enchanted Forest
Our mysterious book character, Jub, is proud of her unusual job, to collect Happy Endings from the enchanted woodland ready for children’s bedtime stories.  We join her in her woodland habitat learning about the creatures we meet, the changes to the seasons and the effects on the wildlife living there.  We will capture images and collect artefacts to make our own texts and to help Jub find her own Happy Ending.
Autumn 1
Into the Lion's Den
On Friday 12th October our Year 2 classes competed brilliantly in the Infant Agility at The Polesworth School. Children launched, leapt and balanced their way through several obstacles. Pupils and staff from the school commented on the behaviour and manners of the children. Well done Year 2 and good luck!
Welcome to Elm 1!
Miss Lowe - Class Teacher
Mrs Tucker - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
Where The Wild Things Are
Year 1 wrote to Julia Donaldson and we have had our reply! She sent a letter back with some answers to our questions, she also picked 5 children's letters and sent them a signed photo with their name on. The whole class all received a sticker. We were very pleased and excited to hear back from our favourite author. 
As apart of their new theme, 'Where The Wild Things Are', year one had a visit from the Wild Encounters team.  We learned about lots of different wild animals such as giant millipedes, fat tailed gerbils, tarantulas, meerkats and many more.  During the session the children had an opportunity to handle the creatures and ask questions.  Everyone agreed it was one of their favourite experiences so far.
Summer 1

Tudor Dancing:  Linking to our topic learning around castles, we have been focusing on Tudor Dancing within PE. The children watched a video and then worked hard on following the steps and getting the routine in time. 


"It is fun to do something different in PE. We got to learn about a new kind of dance with a new jump (one foot then onto the other)," Elsie. 


RE Day, Sikhism: As part of our RE learning we had a day focusing on Sikhism. We roleplayed looking after a new born baby and then learnt about how babies get their name. We compared the Christian naming ceremony to the Sikhisms. We then looked at our name and what it means, we each created our own name meaning card. 


In the afternoon, we then concentrated on the Guru Granth Sahib, the special book for Sikhs. We discussed all of the ways they care for and respect their special book. We then created a poster explaining how we would care for our special book. 


"I liked learning about how different people name their baby," Bobby.


"I liked practicing with a baby doll. It is important to be kind to them," Evan.


"I would wash my hands before reading my special book. I would also make sure I read it everyday," Isla.



Our theme this half term is Take One Author, Julia Donaldson alongside castles.
On Monday morning as part of our Hook for Julia Donaldson we explored as many of her books as possible, commenting on things we liked, things we were not so sure of and how many of her books were bright and colourful. Throughout this week, we are working towards writing letters to Julia Donaldson explaining how we love her books and also asking her some questions about how she became an author etc.
In the afternoon, we had our hook into castles. Over the easter holidays, the children were given the homework of creating either a cardboard castle or a poster. They did an AMAZING job so we spent time looking at each others castles, commenting on what we liked and if we had any improvements. We then began to learn about the different parts of a castle. The children are looking forward to seeing a real life castle when we visit Stafford Castle in May.
Year 1 explored how people celebrate new babies and show respect to special objects such as holy books.  As part of this we; talked about our own experiences, watched and discussed both a Christian baptism and a Sikh naming ceremony, learned how Sikh communities show respect to their holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, before creating our own set of actions for how we would respect an object precious to us.
Spring 2 
This half term we will be covering our theme No Place Like Home.
In RE this half term we explored the origins of the Purim festival.  It is a Jewish celebration which is based on the story of Esther.  We retold the story and made grapers (a shaker) to develop our understanding.

In science, we investigated the question; What can our hands do?  We discovered that they can identify different sizes, textures, temperatures and weights.

In Literacy, we used the 'Now Press Play' resources to follow a fairy tale mystery story.  We were the main character and had to help put back all the full stops and capital letters to help save our favourite fairy tales.


Here Comes the Aliens


When the children returned to school from the summer holidays, they discovered a very strange scene in the hall.  There were tubes, control panels, screws, wires, sparkly rocks and other unusual objects strewn about.  It appeared as though an alien craft had crashed in our school.  This half term the children will be investigating materials, light, building space vehicles and reading the books 'Here come the Aliens' by Colin McNaughton, 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy and 'Beegu' by Alexis Deacon to support their investigations and to help them compose a message to the aliens that crashed.