Welcome to Maple Class Page!
After a rather exciting discovery in the hall after Christmas, this half term we will be finding out ‘How to train your dragon’. We are learning about instructions, so we will be able to create a manual that explains how to train your dragon. We will also be creating our own dragons, describing their characters in detail and creating a story about them.
We are also practising our inference skills in our new inference sessions and guided reading, which will include several dragon-based texts. Come to our Junction on January 24th for more information and a pack to help your child at home, which will be differentiated to match their current reading skills.
We are exploring different habitats around the world (where should a dragon live?) and food chains (what does a dragon eat?) as well as investigating the properties of different materials and finding out about rocks.
We are learning about money and time in maths, as well as continuing our work on multiplication and division. In R.E. we are discovering what being part of a faith family means to Christians and how they celebrate important events – we have had our own class ‘wedding’ recently, where we all felt part of our Maple family (come and see our photos!) We are also discovering pointillism in art and creating our own pointillist pictures using ICT and learning about musical notation.
We are hoping to have a fang-tastic half term! (sorry, it was the closest dragon related pun I could think of!!)
If you have any problems or concerns regarding your children (or want to share something positive too – we like good news!), please feel free to come and talk to us.
Mrs A Adams, Mrs L Morris & Mrs S Stayton
Maple Mundford Junction Dates:
- 21/11/17 – 9.15
- 24/1/18 – 9.15
- 15/3/18 – 9.15
- 9/5/18 – 9.15
- 19/6/18 – 9.15
P.E. is on Wednesday. P.E. kit will be needed on this day. Tuesday is also our adventure playground day when outdoor trainers will be needed. Please ensure earrings are out on all these days and long hair is tied back.
Spellings are tested every Friday morning and new words are given out for children to learn for the next Friday. Spellings are linked to the phonics we are learning and are also linked to handwriting. This means that the words children are learning are more relevant to them. They also include high frequency words.
Homework will also be given out on Friday to be handed in by the following Thursday.
We aim to hear your child read and change their books at least twice a week, but this can only be achieved with your help! We will also be doing group reading and comprehension work.
Please try to hear your child read every day and talk about the story they have read. It is important to record this in the yellow book that comes home with the reading book, also to record comments about their reading. If they have shared a book with you at home, please also include this in the yellow book as we like to know what else they have been reading. Please note that we will not change their reading books if you have not written in the yellow book.
Children will need outdoor trainers, or boots in wet weather, to change into at lunchtimes. This is because they will be on the field and we do not want to bring mud into the classroom. They will change in the cloakroom area before going out.