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Meet The Teacher Meeting

Maple's Meet The Teacher meeting will take place via Zoom on Tuesday 13th September at 6:00 pm.

The Meeting ID is 76364578369

The password is Maple 

Please turn your cameras on and mute your microphone!

Thank you!


Our Egyptian Shabti

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Welcome to the Maple Class page!

We are looking forward to a happy, busy and productive half term in Maple Class and hope that the following information will be useful.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.


Mrs Newby and Mrs Trundle


Dates For Your Diary:

* Monday 5th September: Autumn 1 half term begins.

* Tuesday 27th September: Individual and family photographs.

* Monday 17th and Wednesday 19th October: Parents' Evenings - more information to follow shortly.

* Friday 21st October: Last day before the half term holiday.

* Tuesday 1st November: Autumn 2 half term begins.

* Friday 25th November: Maple Class trip to Quarry Bank Mill - more details to follow.

* Monday 28th November: First set of Home Learning Challenges are due to be returned to school for marking.



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


We will begin the term by using Pie Corbett resources to re-visit and improve our narrative writing skills before moving on to study an exciting adventure story called 'Stormbreaker' by Anthony Horowitz, which was a firm favourite with last year's Maple Class. The book will allow us to: explore how the writer creates and builds suspense; to write as a character in the book; to create a storyboard; and to compare the book with the film version of the story.



The children will 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 research things of interest to the joy of 'getting lost' in a brilliant story.

In addition to the reading practice at school, 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:

  • To read, write, compare and order whole numbers up to one million.
  • To round whole numbers.
  • To add and subtract whole numbers up to one million using mental and written methods.
  • To identify and find factors (including common factors), multiples, prime numbers and composite numbers.
  • To identify and understand cube and square numbers.
  • To multiply whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.
  • To use written methods to multiply 2, 3 and 5 digit numbers by a single digit.



Our first Science topic is Earth, Sun and Moon and will include the study of:

  • The different planets in The Solar System.
  • The orbiting of the Earth and why we have seasons.
  • The spinning of the Earth and why we have night and day.
  • Why the shape of the Moon appears to change during the month.
  • Historical ideas about what orbits what in The Solar System.



Our PE days will be on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

This half term, our PE topics are dance and jag tag and both of these sessions will be led by our professional coaches from EdStart.


For PE lessons, your child will need: either a school logo PE shirt or a plain white or pale blue t shirt (no football shirts, please), black or royal blue shorts or plain black or navy leggings and pumps or trainers.

A plain black or navy 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; please provide your child's hair bobble).



We will study The Bible and and also the books and texts which are sacred to other religions.



We will study Me and My Relationships this term, which includes:

  • Exploring negotiation and compromise.
  • Examining the key qualities of friendship.
  • Investigating how to respond to a wide range of feelings in others.
  • Identifying what makes a relationship unhealthy.
  • Identifying risk factors in given situations.



Our first Topic is How Were The Wonders Of Ancient Egypt Rediscovered?; which is one of my absolute favourires!

We will focus on investigating:

* Where Egypt is and what it is like there.

* Who Tutankhamun was and why the discovery of his tomb was so significant.

* Whether or not it was wrong to remove his mummy and belongings from his tomb.

* What mummies are and how and why they were made.

* Why shabti were placed in tombs and how to create one out of clay.



The first set of Home Learning Challenges will be sent home by Friday 9th September and are due to be returned to school by Monday 28th November.


The standard of the last year's Autumn 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