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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 2017-2018 - Extreme Earth

Term 4 2017-2018 - Extreme Earth

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!

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.

Year 3 and 4 London Trip 2018

On May 22nd and 23rd 27 pupils from Year 3 and 4 travelled to London for their residential trip. First up was the Natural History Museum where the children explored the Dinosaur, Mammals and Human Biology zones. The lifelike 3D moving Tyrannosaurus Rex proved to be a big hit!

After lunch in the vaults of the Natural History Museum, the children experienced hands-on interactive Science at the Wonderlab in the Science Museum including rising high up in the air whilst exploring pulleys, zooming down a slide to investigate friction and playing music with Theremin bollards.

On May 23rd we visited the Tower of London. We saw the Traitors’ Gate and had our picture taken with Beefeaters. The Crown Jewels did not disappoint and we climbed many spiral staircases in the various towers and ramparts. The Royal Armoury including Henry VIII’s armour was impressive.

En route to and from the YHA Rotherhithe, we carried out some sight-seeing, spotting The London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, Hyde Park Corner and Horse Guard Parade as well as crossing Tower Bridge.

All in all, it was a fantastic experience and one which we hope the children will remember for years to come.

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Cooking at Norton Hill School

As Longvernal is a part of the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership, we are provided with lots of additional opportunities. One of the most recent opportunities we have taken involved walking to Norton Hill to cook! All of children have enjoyed being at Norton Hill and learning to cook. Firstly, the children made a delicious pasta salad, followed by a batch of tempting Fairy cakes. Bon appetite!

Term 5: Football Festival at Somervale School

Recently, we walked to Somervale School to be a part of the year 3/4 football festival. All of the children in Maple class had a great time learning new skills and enjoying the 3G football pitch at Somervale. By the end of the afternoon, all of the class had dribbled, passed and scored lots of goals!

Winter Cooking

During the cold, winter months we cook as often as possible at Forest School. We have enjoyed cooking pancakes, fire-pizza, bread and banana-splits. Everybody enjoys learning about food hygiene as well as eating the tasty food that can be cooked, enjoyed and shared around the fire.

Mothers' Day Daffodils.

For Mothers' Day this year we utilised our Forest School skills. We started by using a bow saw to cut 2 different wooden discs. Then we vigorously sanded the wood until it was smooth enough to paint. After we had carefully painted the discs yellow, we attached them to green sticks to make our special Forest School Daffodils.

Term 2- Roman Baths 2017

Maple class had a wonderful time exploring the Roman Baths in December.

We had a tour of the historic baths, followed by workshops discovering how the Romans lived. Some of the highlights included: dressing up as Romans, creating mosaics, speaking to a Roman lady and learning about Roman architecture.

Maple Class Outdoor Learning Term 1 2017-18

We have had a brilliant start to the new school year in Maple Class. We have been keeping busy in the classroom and outdoors as well! Some of our highlights have included: harvesting Lavender and creating tactile, strong-smelling Lavender bags, and conducting a leaf-burning experiment using different coloured Autumnal leaves.

We have enjoyed creating Roman Numerals and Roman weapons, such as, spears, bows and arrows as part of our Romans topic.

Outdoor Maths

This term, we have focussed on place value in our maths lessons, including when learning outdoors. We have used materials in the world around as ‘place value counters’, we have made Roman Numerals from sticks, and we have started adding the numbers we have made together.

Year 3/4 Overnight Camping

We had a brilliant time camping overnight in late September on the Longvernal school grounds. The children enjoyed playing, exploring, and deepening friendships over a 24 hour period. Some of the highlights included: a BBQ, songs around the campfire, making bread and hot dogs around the fire, swimming and having time to relax.

Year 3/4 Tri Golf

Year 3 and year 4 participated in the small schools Tri Golf competition at Farrington Park Golf Club. All of the children enjoyed playing golf on a beautiful sunny evening. Matty won the individual prize for male player of the day!

Chelwood Camping

Year 3 and year 4 had a fantastic time camping at Chelwood. The weather was warm and the 30 acre secluded camp site was beautiful. The children rode their bikes, played, explored, canoed, swam ate, drank and even slept for a few hours! The stunning woodland provided the perfect playground for everyone. Year 3 and 4 worked well as a team, tried new activities and behaved brilliantly for the whole 3 day camp.

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Outdoor Classroom Day

On Thursday 18th May, we enjoyed joining over 1 million children around the world to take part in ’Outdoor Classroom Day’. We’re outdoors all the time at Longvernal, so it wasn’t a huge change for us. But we did enjoy being part of the important movement to get even more children learning outdoors - which really is the best classroom!

We started the day continuing to learn and understand the times tables. We found daisies, rocks and leaves were ideal in helping us make arrays - a pictorial representation of the times tables.

We practised punctuating direct speech on the playground using chunky chalks as part of our activities.

Naturally, we began to get hungry around mid-morning, so we started a fire and cooked some healthy vegetable kebabs on the fire in our Forest School area.

Next day in our writing lesson, we wrote a set of instructions explaining how to make vegetable kebabs.

3D shape (and bananas)

As part of our outdoor learning time, we have been constructing 3D shapes using cocktail sticks and mini-marshmallows. We didn't want to waste the marshmallows, so added them to some bananas and cooked them in our fire!

Angles Outdoors

As part of our Forest School time, we have been exploring angles in the natural world around us. We were searching for acute, obtuse and right angles using protractors to help us measure each angle.


Magnets is our topic in science and we have been learning to find magnetic materials in the outside environment . All the children enjoyed discovering that the magnets were attracted to the metal wire running on the inside of the climbing frame rope. We also made a compass using a floating magnet.


Maple class love writing! The children edit their writing and see how many points they have scored after each piece of extended writing. The children then like to challenge themselves to beat their previous score and achieve a new personal best score.

Maple Class News

In the Autumn term, Maple class enjoyed learning outdoors. We loved having so many leaves in the school grounds, and we enjoyed making seasonal leaf art. In addition, we made excellent use of the apple press to make apple juice.

The children were skilled at making Christmas decorations using bow saws to cut wooden discs, before sanding and painting.

We had a brilliant time learning to cook popcorn around the fire and then writing step by step instructions on how to complete the process of making fire and cooking popcorn.

During circle time, we enjoyed making a web of kindness - taking turns to say something kind to one another, then passing the wool to the next person to create a web of kindness.


After Christmas, Maple class continued to enjoy learning outdoors! As our topic was rainforests, we made rainforest headdresses using the natural resources from the school grounds.
Our science topic was rocks and soil, so we made salt dough fossils, we hunted for worms and we found soils samples for different kinds of soil. In addition we made clay faces using clay we dug out from the orchard area. 
  To make hammers, we used bow saws to cut pieces of wood. We then used craft knives and pieces of wood to chisel out handles before sanding the handles to make them smooth  

We love to create excellent art work in Maple class. We used Henri Rousseau’s paintings about the rainforest as an inspiration to draw our own rainforest and animal pictures using oil pastels.

Overnight Camp & Forest Day September 2016

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