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Tree Planting - We All Got VERY Muddy!

Evaporation Presentations

Our Egyptian Shabti

Children In Need

Poetry Workshop With Ian Bland 3rd November

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Welcome to the Maple Class page!

We hope you have all had a fabulous, restful Easter holiday with lots of delicious Easter eggs!

We are all really looking forward to another busy and productive half term in Maple Class and hope that the following information will be useful.


Further to my recent letter, PLEASE could I remind you to ensure that the children only bring the ESSENTIALS needed for the school day into school and leave all of the other bits and pieces, including pens and pencils, which have been appearing in the classroom at home? Thank you!


Mrs Newby, Mrs Renshaw and Mrs Chester


Dates For Your Diary

* Tuesday 19th April: Summer 1 half term begins.

* Friday 22nd April: Home Learning Challenges are due to be returned to school.

* Monday 2nd May: May Day holiday - school closed.

* Thursday 5th May: Election Day - school closed.

* Friday 27th May: Last day before the summer half term holiday.

* Tuesday 7th June: Summer 2 term starts..

* Wednesday 29th June: Maple Class trip to Hollingworth Lake - more information to follow shortly!


A reminder about online safety:

If you are online, don’t forget to be safe and savvy! 

Never give personal information to anyone! Think about the safety of what you are sharing or posting if you are online or on your phone.

Do not share your school log-ins or change your log-in details. We won’t ask you to do that.

Make sure you are accessing online material that is relevant for your age and tell an adult at home if you come across something that is not suitable for you, or if someone is trying to contact/talk to you that is not someone you know.

You can contact your teacher through Seesaw if you feel vulnerable or worried, or contact Childline 0800 1111.

Useful reminders about Online Safety are at 



Curriculum News


Our new book is There's A Boy In The Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar which is about a character called Bradley who tells lies and struggles to believe in himself, until Jeff and Carla arrive at his school and recognise his many positive qualities.

The book will provide lots of opportunities to develop our inference and deduction skills in addition to writing recounts, diary entries and letters as we join Bradley on his journey to self-belief.



The children will continue to receive a new spelling list each Monday and will be tested on these spellings on the following Friday.

There will be opportunities to practise these spellings in school throughout the week but you can also find a collection of these lists for this half term below so that you can support your child's learning at home.



Fluency in reading is hugely important for so many reasons, from the ability to independently find out about things of interest to the joy of 'getting lost' in a brilliant story.

There is an expectation that children in Year 5 read for 15 minutes each day at home. 

All children have access to Bug Club (please contact school if you need a reminder of your child's login details) which has lots of amazing fiction and non-fiction books at your child's reading level and we also provide a Home Reader book each week which is changed every Friday.

In addition, we visit the school library each Wednesday afternoon to give the children the opportunity to choose a book to read either in school or at home. Children are welcome to borrow their chosen book for longer than one week if additional time is needed.



Our main maths topics for this term include:

  • Using coordinates to identify points on a grid.
  • Knowing the difference between translating and reflecting shapes.
  • Understanding the effect of translating and reflecting shapes.
  • Revising how to multiply and divide whole numbers and decimals by 10, 100 and 1000.
  • Converting units of measurement for weight, length and capacity.



Our next Science topic is Materials and will include:

  • Investigating the properties of materials (including absorbency, hardness, solubility and magnetic behaviour).
  • Investigating why objects are made out of certain materials.
  • Exploring which materials are thermal and/or electrical insulators and conductors.
  • Deciding which materials would be best to make an outdoor shelter for a guinea pig.



PE lessons will continue to be on Tuesdays and Thursdays this half term.

On Tuesdays, our PE lessons will focus on developing our athletics skills and be led by the Maple Class teaching team and our Thursday lesson will be led by our professional coaches from EdStart.

Your child will need: a plain t shirt (no football shirts, please), black or blue shorts or leggings and pumps or trainers.

A tracksuit will be useful in colder weather.

Please ensure PE bags and items of kit are clearly labelled with your child's name.

For safety, long hair should be tied back and earrings either removed or taped over (tape is provided by school).



We will study two topics this half term: Jesus The Teacher and also Exploring Through Story Loss, Death and Christian Hope.

RE lessons will continue to be taught by our deputy headteacher, Mrs Johnson.



We will study Rights and Responsibilities this term, which is essential as the children grow and become more independent.

This topic includes:

  • Examining the definition of drugs and understanding ways in which medicine can be helpful or harmful.
  • Defining the terms loan, credit, debit and interest.
  • Suggesting advice for a range of situations involving personal finance.
  • Assessing the reliability of sources of information online.
  • Understanding how to make safe, reliable choices from search results.



After our whistle-stop tour around the continent of North America last term, we are going to focus on the tropical rainforests as we aim to answer the question: Why Should The Rainforests Be Important To Us All?

We will focus on investigating:

* The names and purpose of the many lines which geographers imagine span the Earth.

* Time lines, time zones and time differences between the UK and other countries.

* The location of tropical rainforests and what it is like there.

* Which creatures live in the different layers of the rainforest and the reasons why many of these creatures are becoming extinct.

* The difficulties of trying to balance the economic needs of countries like Brazil with protecting the rainforests for the benefit of planet Earth.



Just a reminder that the current set of Home Learning Challenges is due to be returned to school by Friday 22nd April, which is the first week back after the Easter holidays.

The standard of the last set of HLCs was absolutely amazing so we are really looking forward to seeing what the children have been learning and working on at home!



Home Learning Challenges