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Maple Class 2018 - 2019

Miss Darlington

Welcome to Maple Class! Our class is made up of 28 very clever year threes, fours and fives. Our teacher is Miss Darlington and we are very lucky to also have Mrs Stanaway and Miss Turner working with us at different times as our Teaching Assistants. We are super busy  this year and are excited for the challenges and learning that lies ahead.

This term our topic is 'Earth and Space'.  We are enjoying learning about what space is and about the universe that we live in. We are finding it interesting to learn about the different planets that are in our Solar System and also how we have night and day. We have learnt about how and why we have seasons and also about the star constellations. We are going to now look at the history of space exploration. We have started by looking about Neil's Armstrong's mission to the moon.

This term we have also been working hard on our geography skills by finding out about Europe in detail. We have then decided to focus our learning on Spain which we are studying and comparing to England.

 

Life in Maple Class

A typical day in Maple class looks a bit like this:

Children come straight into class and work on their reading skills. They also spend this time changing books and enjoying the different reading books that we have in the classroom.

We then have a spelling lesson which is followed by maths and English. Just before dinner, we all compete in Times Table Rockstars which we love!

We also have assembly every day, some are at the start of the day and some are straight after break-

Monday – Rev Atkinson

Tuesday – Mrs Massen

Wednesday – Celebration Assembly

Thursday – Mrs Winterton

Friday – Singing or class assemblies.

PE day is a Tuesday. Please ensure that you have your P.E. kit in school.

Music takes place each Friday afternoon with Mrs Brown - if your child has an recorder, please encourage them to practice at home and remember to bring it into school each Friday.  We have three focused sessions on reading and SPaG throughout the week. We also explore other areas of the curriculum such as art and design technology, science, history, geography and RE each week.

 

The Curriculum

This term our topic is the Earth and Space. We have been reading the class novel, Aquila, which we have been really enjoying. We have also been writing our own poetry based on space, researching about Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake, and writing their biographies. In our guided reading lessons, we have been reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes which we will also be looking at in our English sessions to help us to get excited about writing.

How can I help and support my child at school?

There are so many ways in which you can help support your child's learning at home.

* Reading - please listen to your child read as often as you can and talk about what they have read. Children will most likely have a school reading book and we do ask them to read this regularly. However, there is also nothing to stop you and your child finding other interesting texts to read together e.g. articles in the local paper, non-fiction books about a hobby or another story they enjoy from home.

* Maths - tables tables tables! Chant them, test each other in the car, do them backwards, find the corresponding division facts, make up games with thousands of points for the winner! Please help your child to know their times tables inside out - this will help them so much in all other areas of maths.

Homework

Homework is given out on a Friday and is due in the following Wednesday. Children will also be given a spelling challenge, which we encourage them to work on at home with a family member. 

Homework will have different focuses each week; reading, SPaG, maths, writing and will often link with what they have been learning in school. Should the children have any questions or concerns about homework then they are welcome to attend homework club which is on Monday lunchtimes.

Class Blog

Our class blog is updated regularly, please take a look as often as you can as we love to let you all know what we have been doing, with videos and photos too! Our class blog is found below.

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Get In Touch

Address

Church Street, Mow Cop

Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 3NQ


Telephone

01782 512323

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