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Important Dates


Meet the teacher- Monday 10th September 5.30 pm- 6pm

Individual photographs- Tuesday 18th September

Parents evening- Monday 8th October and Wednesday 10th October. 4pm-7pm.

Welcome to Maple class and we hope you have had a fantastic summer and you are ready for a new school year. It is going to be a fresh start for us all and it is going to be an exciting journey on getting to know one another!


Our curriculum focus this half term will be:



Numbers to 1,000,000

In this chapter, pupils will be looking at numbers and their place value to 1,000,000. The chapter begins reviewing how to read and write numbers to 100 000, quickly moving onto numbers to 1,000,000. Time is spent using concrete materials to represent numbers to 1,000,000, including number discs and place-value charts. Pupils then compare numbers to 1,000,000 using their knowledge of place value in addition to bar model supports to assist them. Pupils complete the unit by making number patterns and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 1,000, 10,000 and 100,000.




To start off the term we will be looking at slam poetry: a form of performance poetry and other poems about what to do when you grow up. Children will write an extra verse about their dreams. Use poems about not knowing what to write to stimulate writing about everyday little things. We will then hold a poetry slam!




We will be looking at different spelling rules and patterns every week then will be tested on the rule each week. However, children will need to learn the rule as no spellings will be sent out to practise.



week 2: suffix ending 'cious' e.g. atrocious, delicious

week 3: suffix ending 'cial' e.g. social, official

week 4: suffix ending 'tial' e.g. partial, potential

week 5: suffix ending 'ant' e.g. dominant, hesitant

week 6: suffix ending 'ance' e.g. elegance, avoidance

week 7: suffix ending 'ence' e.g. coincidence, insistence





Science- life cycles

In this unit children will learn that plants and animals have life cycles and that reproduction is a part of this cycle. They will recognise that each life cycle has distinct stages but that these can vary between species, for example they may describe and contrast the stages of the human life cycle with three and four stage metamorphosis in insects and amphibians. They will understand the importance of reproduction for the survival of a species. Children will have the opportunity to undertake an educational visit to a botanic garden, zoological garden or a similar site to experience field study related to life cycles.

Working Scientifically, children will plan and carry out investigations and observe, measure and record the growth of animals and/or plants over time. They will use secondary research to develop their understanding of life cycles in different species. They will draw conclusions from their investigations, and present their conclusions in a variety of ways including written and oral presentations.




What was life like over a hundred years ago? The Victorians.

The areas covered:

  • Understanding actually how long ago the Victorian era was and representing this on a timeline with other events that happened between now and the Victorians.

  • Compare their daily routine with a child from the Victorian era.

  • Understanding how to write from a point of view- linking to drama.

  • Investigate the different lifestyles of the poor and rich in the Victorian era.

  • Investigate football clubs in the North West in the Victorian era.

  • Research fashion and design in the Victorian Era.

  • Learn about school life and routines and compare differences and similarities.

  • To create a journal about crime and punishment.

  • To take part in a debate regarding the implementation of a railway in Bury.

  • To design and create an invention ready for the great expedition held at school.



Lessons take place on Monday afternoons (with Rik) and Wednesday mornings (with Mr. Beck and Mrs Trundle).

Please ensure FULL PE kit including suitable footwear is in school on these days, particularly if it has been home for washing or used in an after-school sports activity.

Long hair should be tied back and earrings either removed or taped over for safety.


Guided Reading

Each group will have three guided reading sessions each week. These books won’t be sent home as they will be needed at school. However, the children will have a book from the school library to take home as it is imperative that children are reading for pleasure and continuing to develop their reading and comprehension skills (bring to school on a Tuesday to be changed every two weeks).


Home Learning Challenge: The Victorians.

Please see your child's book for the activities.

To be returned by Monday 10th December 2018.


Maths homework

Please see the links below for the different online games focusing on multiplication and divisions and also your child is registered to Timetables Rockstar's.



Children will be able to choose a book from the school library and will be changed every two weeks, usually on a Tuesday. Please endeavour to complete the schools reading record and leave a comment every time you read your book.


Don't forget to check out the schools twitter page for regular updates and information.



Mr. Beck and Mrs Trundle

September 2018

Slam poetry competition