Welcome To The Maple Class Web Page
Welcome to the Maple Class page!
We are really looking forward to what is always a busy but really exciting and enjoyable half term in the run up to the most wonderful time of the year - Christmas!
Please scroll down for what we hope will be useful information about the Autumn 2 half term.
Keep an eye out for texts and letters with more information about upcoming events!
Mrs Newby, Mrs Renshaw and Mrs Chester
Please note that as part of the school's on-going measures to guard against Coronavirus and following the Government's advice, we need to keep doors and windows open for ventilation so please consider sending your child to school wearing a vest and/or long-sleeved t-shirt under their uniform during cool spells.
Dates For Your Diary
* Monday 1st November: Autumn 2 half term begins.
* Wednesday 3rd November: KS2 day with published poet, Ian Bland. There will be a Zoom assembly between 2:5 and 3:15 for the children to share their poetry.
* Friday 5th November: Order forms will be sent home for parents to order Christmas cards, wrapping paper etc adorned with art work created by their child. More information to follow!
* Monday 8th - 12th November: Maths Week in school. There will be a Zoom meeting for parents in the early evening about Numbots and TTRockstars; more details to follow.
* Friday 19th November: Children In Need; more details to follow!
* Tuesday 23rd November: Flu vaccinations.
* Friday 26th November: First set of HLCs to be returned to school for marking.
* Tuesday 30th November: Pantomime at Oldham Coliseum Theatre.
* Friday 10th December: Christmas Jumper Day! More details to follow.
* Tuesday 21st December: Last day of the Autumn 2 half term.
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 Thinkuknow.co.uk
We will start the term by concluding our studies of the exciting adventure story; 'Stormbreaker' by Anthony Horowitz. The children seem to be really enjoying this book and have already completed lots of excellent pieces of work in their English and Independent Writing books.
As we read to the end of the novel, we will:
* Continue to develop our VIPERS comprehension skills.
* Write as a character in the book.
* Compare the book with the film version of the story.
We will then move on to explore a classic narrative poem called The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes which will involve considering:
* The historical context of the poem.
* The poem's main themes of love, loyalty and betrayal.
* How the poet skilfully manipulates the reader to feel sympathy for some of the characters and antipathy for others.
We will also continue to practise using empathy to write as characters from the poem and will write newspaper reports about the dramatic events at the inn on the moor...
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.
In our SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) lessons, we will:
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 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.
Please contact school immediately if you have any concerns about your child's home reading book or access to Bug Club.
Our main maths topics for this term include:
Our next Science topic is Seprating Mixtures and involves studying:
PE will be taught by the Maple team on Tuesday afternoons and by coach Tyler on Thursday afternoons.
This half term, the children will be playing and developing their basketball and gymnastic skills.
This academic year, PE kits will be left in school so children should come to school dressed in their school uniform and will get changed in class just before and after PE lessons.
Your child will need: a plain t shirt (no football shirts, please), 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).
Our next topic involves studying Christmas Around The World and will continue to be taught by our deputy headteacher, Mrs Johnson.
Our first topic is Valuing Differences and will give us the opportunity to explore:
* Some of the key qualities of friendship.
* Active listening and how to demonstrate respectfulness in responding to others.
* Developing an understanding of discrimination and its injustice.
* The benefits of living in a diverse society.
* How some people post things online about themselves which aren't true.
We will soon complete our Ancient Egypt studies by exploring:
We will then move on to our second topic which is What Was The Impact Of The Industrial Revolution On Children's Lives?
We will be:
* Examining some of the key changes during the Victorian era.
* Researching the differences between the lives of rich and poor Victorian children.
* Exploring Victorian schools and comparing with the children's own experiences of school.
* Researching some of the jobs undertaken by poor Victorian children before comparing their day with that of a modern day child.