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Isolation News

Well done to everyone in Maple Class who has worked so hard at home while we have been in quarantine for the last two weeks; we are all super-proud of you!


We have enjoyed seeing so many of you at our daily Zoom meetings and also at assemblies and music lessons, but we just can't wait to see you all again on Monday morning and get back to normal!


Enjoy your weekend!


Mrs Newby, Mrs Renshaw, Mrs Nuttall and Mr Walker

Mrs Newby's Friday Zoom meeting on 16th October will start at 11:00 am to help anyone who needs support with the day's learning.

The meeting ID code is 848 725 8831

The passcode is Maple



Friday's Golden Assembly

Please join the Zoom assembly to see who has been mentioned in the Golden Book this week!

ID 737 7273 1882

Passcode 796cp1


Welcome To The Maple Class Web Page


It has been fantastic to be able to welcome our new Maple Class back into school after such a long time. The children are settling well into our new routines and are working hard and starting to make good progress. 


Please note that that the school day for Maple Class begins at 8:40 am and ends at 3:20 pm.

The Friday pick-up is between 12:55 and 1:05 pm.


Also, on PE days (Tuesday and Thursday) please send your child to school dressed ready for PE - a t shirt, school sweatshirt or cardigan, joggers or leggings and trainers - rather than dressed in their school uniform.


Dates For Your Diary

* Two weeks from Monday 5th October to Friday 16th October: the Living Streets Walk Of fame Challenge. All we have to do is aim to walk, cycle, scooter or park and stride to school as much as possible for the two weeks of the challenge to see if we can top the leaderboard of schools nationally!

* Friday 16th October: Wear Red Day. Children wear an item of red clothing and make a £1:00 donation to support work against racism. Please see the letter in the Letters section for full details.

* Monday 19th October and Thursday 22nd October: Parents' Evenings. More details to follow soon. 

* Friday 23rd October: last day before the half term holiday.

* Monday 9th November: first day of the Autumn 2 half term.

* Friday 27th November: the first set of Home Learning Challenges are due to be returned to school. Please scroll down to see a copy of the HLCs.


Please find below some information about the Year 5 curriculum which you will hopefully find useful during the first half of the autumn term. 


Mrs Newby, Mrs Renshaw and Mrs Nuttall


A reminder about online safety:

If you are working 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 



Here We Are Presentation

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Curriculum News


The whole school will start the term by investigating a beautifully illustrated book called 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers which will provide lots of opportunities to reflect on recent events and experiences and also to move forward together in a positive and constructive way.

We will then move on to study an exciting adventure story called 'Stormbreaker' by Anthony Horowitz, who is one of my favourite authors.

The book will allow us to:

  • Explore how the writer creates and builds suspense.
  • To write letters and diary entries in role as a character from the book.  
  • To select key plot points before creating a storyboard.
  • To compare the book with the film version of the story.


From Monday 7th September, the children will receive a new spelling list 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:

  • Revisit identifying and writing subordinate clauses.
  • Practise identifying and writing relative clauses.
  • Practise using apostrophes for contractions and also to show possession.



Since the children returned to school, we have been listening to the children read on an individual basis and assessing their current levels of attainment. A reading book appropriate for your child's reading level will be sent home soon but not Reading Records to minimise the flow of items between home and school. 

The reading book will be changed each week.

Please contact school immediately if you have any concerns about your child's home reading book.



Maths is one of my favourite subjects and I am really looking forward to these lessons and developing our skills together!

Our first topics include:

  • Revising and practising formal column methods for calculating using all four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
  • Applying these methods to solve word problems.
  • Reading, writing and comparing whole numbers up to one million.
  • Rounding numbers (to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 etc).
  • Understanding negative numbers in the context of weather.
  • Finding and identifying factors, multiples and prime numbers. 



Our first Science topic - Earth, Sun and Moon - dovetails seamlessly with the 'Here We Are' book we are studying in English.

It's a fascinating topic which involves studying: 

  • Why we have night and day.
  • Why we have different seasons.
  • Historical beliefs about the shape of the earth and 'what orbits what'.
  • Why the Moon appears to change shape throughout the month.
  • The order of and differences between the planets in our Solar System.
  • The first Moon landing.
  • The achievements of Tim Peake.



This half term's topic is How And Why Do Christians Read The Bible which will involve investigating some key questions which include:

  • How and why is The Bible used by Christians?
  • Do you need a Bible to be a Christian?
  • Why are the so many versions of The Bible?

We will then move on to study the texts which are sacred to other religions and compare these to The Bible. 



Very appropriately, our first topic is all about New Beginnings which will provide lots of opportunities to reflect on and discuss events and experiences since the end of March and help the children to adjust to being back in school.



Our first Topic is another of my personal favourites: Ancient Egypt!

We will be investigating:

  • The location of Egypt and what it is like there.
  • The importance of The River Nile to life in Ancient Egypt.
  • How and why mummies were made.
  • Who Tutankhamun was and why the discovery of his tomb was so significant.
  • Whether it was right or wrong to remove artefacts from Tutankhamun's tomb.
  • Some of the main Egyptian Gods and Goddesses.



I am delighted that our team of professional coaches will be leading Maple Class's PE lesson every Thursday afternoon and the Year 5 teaching team will lead the PE lesson every Tuesday afternoon.


From the week beginning Monday 14th September, please could your child come to school dressed ready for PE (a t-shirt, their school sweatshirt or cardigan, joggers or leggings plus pumps or trainers) on PE days?


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


Home Learning Challenges