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Maple Class

Welcome to Maple class. We hope you have had a fantastic summer and you are feeling nice and refreshed. I am looking forward to teaching you this year and I can't wait to get started on Monday 4th September.


Our curriculum focus this half term will be:



We will be focusing on number and place value, decimals, written and mental subtraction, shape, equivalent fractions, written and mental multiplication and division.



The grammar focus will be: speech punctuation, conjuctions, commas to indicate parenthesis and avoid ambiguity, expanded noun phrases and relative clauses, 


Writing- we will be looking at slam poetry, classic fiction- Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling and recounts focusing on UFO's and aliens. 



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 1: tious suffix e.g ambitious/ cautious 

Week 2: cious suffix e.g delicious/ suspicious 

Week 3: coal suffix e.g superficial/ artificial 

Week 4: tial suffix e.g essential/ partial 

week 5: ant suffix e.g dominant/ expectant 

week 6: ance suffix e.g relevance/ elegance 

week 7: ence suffix e.g obedience/ audience 



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. 



Why do so many people go the Mediterranean for their holidays? 

We will be focusing on:

Where is the Mediterranean Sea?

How does the Mediterranean climate compare with the UK's? 

What can we learn from studying maps on different scales? 

What could visitors to Rome or Sorrento do?

How could we persuade people to visit our chosen venue? 

What is a typical Mediterenean diet? 

How can we make fish inspired by Andrew Ruffhead's work? 




Lessons take place on Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings (with Mr. Beck, Mr. Clarke and Mrs Saxon).

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

Why do people go to the Mediterenean for their holidays will be sent out shortly and dates will be confirmed. 


Maths homework

Please see the links below for the different online games focusing on multiplication and division. 



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 Saxon 

September 2017