Welcome to Maple Class 2021/2022
Last updated 20th March 2022
We are a mixed class of Year 2 and Year 3 children. We are sparky, creative and have thirst for learning; we always work hard being the best version of ourselves that we can be.
Our teachers are Mrs Yockney, Mrs Cole and Mrs Jackson with our super LSA - Mrs PW.
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Another busy few weeks in Maple Class - the weather has gradually got sunnier and warmer and the children have come to school dressed as book characters and on Friday wearing red clothes and red noses. It's so lovely to see them enjoying their school life but adding that bit extra to help those not so fortunate as they are.
Our topic is the history of Ashford Hill so we have used our walk in the village to inspire our writing. Following a letter from the local council who had seen us walking in the village taking photographs we were charged with creating a leaflet about the village as part of the Queen's Jubilee. Using a book 'A Walk in London' as our starter we have begun our work. We began by writing a recount of our walk and are now adding facts to each page to emulate 'A Walk in London'.
What a busy half term we have had!
The children have spent a long time learning words, songs, actions etc for our nativity The Big Little Nativity - sadly Covid put a stop to us being able to perform to an audience of parents, grandparents, friends and family. We delayed the play for as long as we could hoping case numbers would fall - this did not happen. Today we performed to Oak and Hornbeam Classes whilst Mr Walker filmed the whole thing. Your children were amazing - we had several key characters away so the other children filled in the gaps and did an amazing job. My understanding is that you will be sent a link to be able to share this production. I would like to thank you all for your help in costumes, learning lines etc
Some of our children have been taking part in Phonics sessions with either Mr Walker or Mrs PW - this is proving to be very successful with the children making good progress. After Christmas we will be rearranging groups based on this.
The children remaining in Maple Class have been working on Michael Morpurgo's book 'Coming Home' - this was the theme for Waitrose's Christmas advertisement from a few years ago. We have worked on the journey of this plucky little robin making his epic journey from Scandinavia back to England. We have discussed and worked on what the word 'home' means to them, we've listened to the robin's song, explored the feelings and thoughts of the main character, created story maps for the robin's journey and written our own version of 'Coming Home'. We are at the publishing process at the moment.
We have worked on addition and subtraction, time and fractions this half term.
We are currently using our measuring and accurate drawing skills to create nets which we will be building into boxes to hold the Christmas cakes we have been making and decorating.
I will not be setting spelling homework over the Christmas period but we will be back on pre-tests, learning new spellings and testing in January.
HALF TERM APPROACHES:
As we come to the end of our first half term we feel that we have come a long way already. The children have settled into Maple Class routines as have the teachers.
We have introduced Read, Write, Inc as a new phonics / early reading scheme for some of our children - this is already making a big difference to their knowledge and understanding. For this the children are grouped according to their ability and work with either Mr Walker or Mrs Gundry. Those remaining in Maple Class for English lessons are currently completing their learning journey based around Once Upon a Wild Wood so are writing their own mixed up fairy tale - some of these are looking great. We particularly liked Amber's beginning - 'Once upon a fairy tale...' can't wait to read the rest.
This half term we have worked hard on place value, measurement, money and are currently working on multiplication and division. Any practice at home using money and measuring would be helpful to all the children.
We are exploring the affect the Romans have had on Great Britain. We are looking forward to our trip to Reading Museum on Tuesday 8th November.
What a wonderful beginning to the school year. The children have settled into the Maple Class routine really well. They come into class each day to an early morning challenge so settle quickly to their work.
We began the term with a whole school trip to Gow's Farm where the children had the opportunity to hand feed lots of animals, collect eggs from the chickens, go on a farmyard trail and end with free play on the hay bales after a quick treasure hunt. We had a super day out, the first school trip for many of the children, they were very well behaved - a real credit to our school and their families. A big thank you to Nicola Stanley for coming with us.
PE: - we will be doing PE twice a week. Once on a Monday - this is a teacher led session focusing on REAL PE, the second session is on a Wednesday when Steve from Gol will be running a football session. After half term we will be moving on to a different sport. PE kits should come into school every Monday and we will send them home on a Friday. Please ensure long hair is tied up and any earrings either removed or tape is provided to cover them.
Spellings - we are trying something new with spellings this term. New spellings will be given on a Friday. Before introducing and teaching these new spellings we will have a pre-test. This will highlight the words the children really need to work on. The following Thursday we will be carrying on the spelling test in readiness for the next new set the following day.