[Years 3 and 4]
Welcome to Maple
Term 1 2018-2019 -
Term 2 2018-2019 -
Term 3 2018-2019 -
Term 4 2018-2019 -
Term 5 2018-2019 -
Term 6 2017-2018 -
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
- Maple class will
be swimming every Friday afternoon, so
please remember your swimming gear on
- 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
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!
We enjoyed a busy
term in term 4, including book week
(see whole school page) and science
week (see below). We continued to
use and apply our mathematical
understanding in an outdoor context.
In addition, we loved reading,
studying and writing about
Maple Science Week
Who can make the most
Can we break the world record of 69m?
reactions by designing and making rockets.
Which rocket will fly the highest?
Planting potatoes -
which variety will be tastier in 13 weeks
electricity to make paper newts fly!
Term 3 in Maple Class
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.
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).
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
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
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
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 -
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
Year 3 and 4
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