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Maple Class [Years 3 and 4]

Welcome to Maple class.

Topic Webs:

Term 1 2018-2019 - Ancient Egypt

Term 2 2018-2019 - Ancient Egypt

Term 3 2018-2019 - Rainforests

Term 4 2018-2019 - Rainforests


Term 5 2017-2018 - Anglo-Saxons

Term 6 2017-2018 - Anglo-Saxons


Hello and welcome to the Maple class web page! Take a look at all the things we have been learning about and the activities we have been doing. We enjoy learning outdoors and we love being part of the Longvernal family! We update the page regularly with photos and information, so please check-in often.
Some useful information:

  • We have Forest on Monday afternoons, so please remember long-sleeved clothing, waterproofs and wellies.
  • Maple class will be swimming every Friday afternoon, so please remember your swimming gear on Fridays.
  • Homework will be set each Friday and will be due in the following Friday. Please try to learn the spellings on more than one occasion. All children are expected to complete their homework, otherwise they will complete it during breaktime.
  • Children in Maple class are expected to read 3 times per week (minimum). This needs to be recorded in the KS2 reading records (green).

The teaching team in Maple this year is: Mr Thomson, Mrs Reid and Mrs Haywood (Tuesdays). If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to come and find one of us. We are looking forward to a fantastic year of learning!


Term 3 in Maple Class

Rainforest
This term we have started to learn about rainforests. When learning about where rainforests are located, we made mud globes, with yarn to locate the parts of the world where we can find rainforests. During our forest school sessions, we used our knife and whittling skills to make hunting spears, while imagining we were in the rainforest hunting for food. When learning about the 4 layers of the rainforest, we made mixed media collages and identified the plants and animals at each layer.

Cooking
As part of our normal winter forest sessions, we have built on our previous cooking experience by cooking a variety of bread based recipes over the fire, including: dampa dough, quesadillas and traditional bread dough. The class enjoyed making the dough, learning to start and maintain the fire, whittling the sticks to cook the dough and cooking watchfully over the fire (whilst managing their own risk).

Fractions
We have continued to apply our classroom learning to an outdoor context in maths. Term 3 has been all about fractions. We have enjoyed learning collaboratively and creatively to set fractions problems for each other, whilst utilising concrete and pictorial resources in the outdoor setting.


Term 2 in Maple Class

Outdoor Maths

   

We enjoy learning outdoors as much as possible in Maple Class. We have been applying what we have learned in maths about addition, multiplication and division using concrete objects. We have loved using ‘Chunky Chalks’ to make pictorial representations of numbers.

 
Outdoor Science

During our science topic on light and shadow we went on a ‘tree-top’ walk using mirrors. It felt like we were walking in the tops of the trees. We had to trust our friends to guide us, so that we didn’t trip over anything!

     

Making Poppies

   

During Forest School, we each designed and made a Poppy for Remembrance Day. We used a bow saw to carefully cut a wooden disc. Then, we sanded our discs until they were smooth and painted them red, before drilling a hole into them. Finally we threaded through a piece of yarn to allow us to wear them as medallions.

     

Guy Fawkes

   
In anticipation of Guy Fawkes day, we all made a Guy Fawkes from organic materials and bought them in for a very special Forest School bonfire. We retold the story of ‘The Gunpowder Plot’ and we carried on the tradition of burning our Guy Fawkes.
   
Ancient Egypt  
As part of our Ancient Egypt topic, we made a ‘Pallet Pyramid’ using recycled pallets. The entrance to the pyramid was faced north and we made a small passage to ensure people could enter in and out of our pyramid!


Outdoor learning - Term 1

We have had a brilliant first term in Maple class. We enjoy all of the seasons at Longvernal and we love to incorporate the seasons into our outdoor learning. We have enjoyed some fantastic Autumnal activities so far, including: making conkers, creating calming lavender bags, comparing and discussing leaves. We have also been learning to start and build our own fires- to enable us to cook bread and keep warm on some of the chillier afternoons. We have focussed on place value in our maths lessons, using this topic as our focus when learning outdoors. We have used materials in the world around as ‘place value counters’ to help us represent and compare 3 digit and 4 digit numbers.

     

Year 3 and 4 Sleepover

Year 3 and 4 enjoyed a wonderful sleepover on the Longvernal grounds this week. The children were brilliantly well-behaved as they played, had a BBQ dinner and gorged on s'mores around the evening camp-fire. An evening film and hot chocolate rounded off the events for the first day before a mass sleepover in the school hall. Forest School activities continued on the second day of the sleepover, where the children cooked bread around the fire to make camp-fire hot dogs. To round off the sleepover on a high note, Maple class headed to our weekly swimming session.


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