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In maths we were rounding numbers to the nearest 10s, 100s, 1000s and 10,000s and learning our Roman numerals alongside how to find differences in negative numbers. We then had 'graffiti maths' on Friday, applying all our learning to different problems and sitting in different seats so we have a new talk partner to share ideas with.
In our Literacy lessons we have been planning and editing a chronological report on the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb.
Earlier this week, in science, we were describing the different types of materials and their properties and our home learning is linked to our science lessons next week. In P.E we have been recreating the life of a farmer, slave and pharaoh in a dance by counting the beats of different types of music and making sure our dance fits to the beat.
Mrs Rix then asked Shree and Devika to help teach our RE lesson which was all about the ritual of Puja within the Hindu faith. It was great to see both girls showing how brave and confident they can be!
Our class focus this term is taking responsibility for our own learning by listening to our feedback and making sure we listen to our instructions.
By Ella and Cate
Welcome to the new Maple Class page!
From now on, we will be putting photos up of the children's week at school to ensure parents can keep up with their child's learning but also so you can prompt them to tell you about what we have been doing.
Our topic this term, until Christmas, is Ancient Egypt. This week the children have been writing about Modern Egypt in Literacy and learning about the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in their topic lessons ready to use this in their Literacy next week. We are doing dance this term, looking at the pharaohs and slaves, telling their stories through dance!
Thank you to those parents who came to the Information Evening, it was great to meet you all. The information that was given has been sent home with the children for those parents who were unable to attend.
Mrs Douglas and Mrs Rix
Maple have had a fabulous end of term! We have spent the week catching up with our PE lessons, watching the Year 6 production, creating quizzes and reminiscing about our year. This morning, the children opened the letters they wrote themselves on the first day of Year 5. It was lovely to see the children recognising all the progress they have made this year, we are both so proud of them all.
We had our final assesembly of the year where the end of term certificates were handed out. In Maple the certificates were given to the folllwing children:
Harry Brka-Caswell for Achievement
Mischa Scholtz for Effort
Ioanna Kotsi for Progress
Finally, we would both like to thank you all for your support this year and for the kind and thoughtful gifts that have been given to us this week, they're very much appreciated. We hope you all have a wonderful summer.
Mrs Rix and Mrs Douglas
Maple Class have been busy learning about capacity, volume and all things measure this week! In their maths lessons, the pupils have been exploring how to measure capacity of different containers accurately alongside using a given volume of water to predict the capacity of a container. Their learning was linked to last week's work on fractions and percentages.
In order to build on the children's understanding of measure, we set them the task of baking their own bread this week! The children had a great time baking and were able to use their mathematical understanding to make sure their loafs of bread included the correct amount of ingredients - we hope they tasted nice too!
Over the next week, the children will be writing their own Autobiographies. Their home learning is to talk to an adult in their family about three significant events in their lives so far that they could then include in their Literacy work. They will be using this information in their lesson on Thursday - the home learning is in the Year 5 section of the class pages.
Summer Week 2
The children have been writing letters this week and focusing on independently editing and improving their work. It is always great to see the children talking through their work with others but also learning from their own mistakes. The children focused on evaluating their own work - they did a great job!
We have also been learning about puberty during our PSHE lessons and all the children have shown a mature approach to our learning.
Next week, on Tuesday, the children will be baking bread! They do not need to bring anything in but if they do want to add anything such as cheese, herbs or garlic they will need to bring it in ready prepared. The bread will be sent home wrapped in cling film ready for you to enjoy in the evening, but please could the children bring in a carrier bag to help them carry it home.
We can't believe it's the Summer Term already!
Year 6 are running their Fun Afternoon tomorrow - the children can bring in money to spend which will be spend on props for this production but also any other productions that happen in school. Please could the children's money be brought in in an envelope or purse with their names on.
Over the next couple of weeks, the children will be studying a clip called 'The Piano' by Aiden Gibbons - it is brilliant! They are looking at man's story and his emotions before writing letters next week as the man himself.
This afternoon, we kicked off our new topic of 'Time Traveller' by going out into Sutton High Street to see how Sutton had changed over the past 200 years. The children's home learning fed into our discussions - thank you to all the parents who told the children what life was like when they were younger! The children had photos of the High Street 200 years ago and their task was to re-take the same photo today, looking at what has changed but also what was the same! Some of our findings were really interesting!
This week in Maple Class in maths we have been learning about a range of different word problems to do with scaling,time and money. Andy enjoyed learning time problems because it challenged him. Rebecca enjoyed learning money problems because she enjoyed learning something different. Darcy loved doing the hour,minutes and seconds starter because it pushed her and she tried harder. Today(Friday 12th May) as a class we completed a challenge about a camping dilemma. It made us all think but we got there in the end!
In Literacy this week we have been writing our own version of The Night Circus.We have been hard working to finish our editing and then to get our neat version.
In P:E we did cricket skills,which were batting,bowling and fielding and then with Mr Taylor we were trying to throw a ball and hit the stumps.Then in indoor P:E we used our gymnastics skills (which were cannon, mirroring and synchronizing) to create a dance routine to 'Uptown Funk'. Our PSHE lesson was all about 'boyfriends and girlfriends' and we all discussed why it is important for us to have different relationships in our lives.
In science we were learning about forces such as air resistance, friction, gravity and many others. We also learned about gears, pulleys,springs and leavers.
By Rebecca, Darcy, Andy and Dominik
Even though it's been a short week for the children, we have still been busy!
In Literacy, the children are reading a text about a mysterious circus that arrived in a town at night. They have been clarifying some of the trickier words, looking at how the narrator conveys the atmosphere in the town and using inference and deduction to understand the relations of the different people in the town.
Time has been our topic in Maths, more specifically, calculating time intervals. Some of the children have found this tricky and it would be great if they could practise calculating time as much as possible at home e.g. Asking the children how long something needs to cook, calculating what train/bus you need to get somewhere by a certain time, what time they have to get up if it takes 20 minutes to walk to school etc. Asking the children the time generally is also helpful, particularly in the minutes 'to' the next hour as this can sometimes confuse the children.
On Thursday, we had the Sutton Schools Partnership in to discuss the question 'Why do Christians go to church?' with the class. The children talked about how the church is a community to a lot of people and why this can be an important part of someone's lives. They also discussed the fact that the church is a symbol of the community and many different religions are often similar.
Our week ended with the Mayor and Deputy Mayoress of Sutton popping into our Maths lesson during their visit to school. The children showed them their Math task and were showing them how to solve it - a very proud teacher moment! In Golden Time, Mr Taylor devised a scavenger hunt where the children had to find the locations of where 10 photos were taken from around the playground, it was really great fun and a fantastic way to end our week.
Maple Class started the week off as usual, working hard and succeeding! On Wednesday there was a special treat for the Year 5's and Year 6's. Year 5 were asked if they wanted to compete against Year 6 in the General Knowledge Quiz - the only team that came forward (in the whole of Year 5!) consisted of Harry B-C, Nihal, Sithaarthan and Dominik. Not only did they show-off their general knowledge, they actually came joint first out of 8 teams, 7 of which were Year 6! We are very proud teachers as always!
Our Maths lessons this week have given children the opportunity to challenge themselves, using their multiplication and division skills in context - our lesson today was particularly challenging! We looked at the poem ' The Garden at Night' by James Reeves in our Literacy lessons. The children created their own poetry and used their inference and deduction skills to find the deeper understanding within the poem.
In assembly today, the end of term certificates were awarded to:
Noah for Effort
Ananya for Achievement
Melania for Behaviour
Babette for Progress
We have been through both the test papers given for Homelearning and the children should now have taken them home. If there were any gaps, please take some time over the holidays to work on these with the children. There will be no other Homelearning over Easter but the children are still expected to read regularly and all have tailored Mathletics tasks to support their learning.
Wishing you all a happy and restful Easter Holidays!
Week ending 24th March 2017
As always, Maple have had a busy week! They had their final swimming session and have all enjoyed the last 10 weeks of lessons. We will be back to having outdoor PE now on a Wednesday afternoon.
The children have a reading comprehension and maths test this week for their home leaning. We will be marking this in class then the children will bring these back home again. If there are any gaps, please could we ask you to help by working on these areas over the Easter Holidays.
Our week ended with the fabulous RHJ Talent Show. The afternoon was amazing and it was simply wonderful to see all the fantastic talents we have in our school. From Maple Class, Dominik and Nadryn performed. Dominik asked a volunteer from the crowd to come and scramble his Rubix Cube then managed to solve it in only 1 minute and 5 seconds! The whole hall was cheering him on! Following this, Nadryn took the piano and performed the Harry Potter theme song without any music. It was an outstanding performance which ended in a very loud round of applause from the school.
Well done Dominik and Nadryn, we're very proud of you!
Maple are testing the conditions needed to successfully grow cress. The children made their predictions earlier this week and will be testing their theories next week! Our text in Literacy has been Kafka's Metamorphosis - the children studied the text then created their own stories where the discover they have turned into a bug overnight! Their work has been fantastic.
In maths, the week ended with a tough investigation which involved a lot of paired learning and challenging strategies. As always, our children were brave when tackling the problem and eventually were able to discover the answer. We looked at the idea of 'Body Image' today and how our media can portray many unrealistic expectations! We will be looking at this further throughout our topic.
The children have been having a fantastic day so far. All the teachers swapped classes this morning and and read one of their favourite books with the children. After break, the children followed a book trail around school working in teams to find the answers then we had a quiz in class where the children had to guess the theme song from the film. This afternoon we have 'Book Dating' then the children will be listening to Year 4 read.
Thank you to all the parents for helping the children get their costumes ready.
Week beginning 09/01/2017
Maple class showed just how numerate they can be by showing their understanding of translating shapes as well as showing symmetry in the PE lesson. The children came up with some very creative ideas which then supported their maths work.
Their Literacy lessons continued working on personification which let the children be more creative in their writing. Next week we will be writing journals from the viewpoint of someone living during the Black Death. The children’s first swimming lesson was successful, thank you for helping them be so organised.
First week back from the holidays
We have had a fantastic first week back. In our Literacy lessons, we have been using personification to bring the ‘Black Death’ to life linked to our topic this half term. The children came up with some very creative ideas!
Our Maths work was linked to 2D and 3D shape, looking at their properties and nets.
We had a insightful Circle Time about our dreams and goals linked to our PSHE topic and will be creating our own Dream Tree for the classroom. Rather than staying indoors, we headed out to the school quad and gardens to go bug hunting during our Golden Time! The children had a wonderful time, better than they had all thought they would and found some interesting animals and bugs aswell as having fun.
This week in Maple class (w/b 12/12/2016)
This week, the children have made us all very proud. They performed to both our school and Homefield, who commented on how inspirational the show was. The two performances to the families were wonderful, it was lovely to see so many of you there. Thank you to all the parents and family members who helped learn lines/sing songs/get costumes so that the show could be amazing. The children’s show was truly fantastic and enjoyed by everyone.
In Literacy, the children switched from being actors to play script writers, creating play scripts based on their mystery stories. They have been editing and improving their writing today and will have the chance to perform them next week. We have been focusing on our computing skills, learning how to create a game using ‘Scratch’. The children have had to develop their understanding of writing programming script which has resulted in some very creative games! They are all saved in their google drives. Get the children to show you and explain how their games work. The children will need to sign into their google drives first, open up Scratch, then upload their games from their drive.
This week in Maple class (w/b 28/11/2016)
We have been tackling mixed numbers and improper fractions in Maths as well as looking at whether money makes you happy in PSHE and asking how we know the Christmas Story is true in RE. The children’s Mathletics is updated regularly with areas we are working on in school so please encourage children to log in after school and get some practice in.
The class projects are looking amazing! The children have clearly been working hard to show their understanding of our topic so thank you for your support. We are looking forward to seeing as many parents as possible at the exhibition which starts at 2pm tomorrow. There is no rush, if you want to sit and have some coffee and cake after school and look at the children’s work with your child, there will be refreshments from Coffee Republic in Mango Classroom until 4pm.
This week in Maple class (w/b 21/11/2016)
In class we have been reading ‘The Mummy’s Finger’ by Ian Macdonald to inspire our writing. The children have been planning their own mystery story and will start writing it next week!
They have come up with some fantastic ideas, ask them to tell you about it. Rehearsals are in full swing now so thank you for your help with getting the children their costumes, we appreciate your support.
Maple really enjoyed their session in the I-wonder space on Thursday. There were lots of different areas set up to help the children reflect on their feelings and emotions.
All the areas were thought-provoking and the children all got involved in the various activities such as:
Manga doodles - "I wish I hadn't..." "I'm sorry I...." "I didn't mean to..."
Who could help you? - who in your life could you look out for? What could you do to help them?
Worries and fears - take a stone and hold it in your hand, think about what you are scared of or worried about then drop it into the bag, watching your worries fade away.
As it was Anti-Bullying week, the children looked at how they could use their ‘Powers for Good’ to prevent bullying happening and give advice to anyone who may be experiencing bullying. We have also been looking at different settings and characters that we could use for a mystery story set in Ancient Egypt in Literacy.
The Metropolitan Police Christmas Tree Project 2016
Ananya and Sam were both runners up in the Sutton Police Christmas Card Competition - we are such proud teachers!
This week in Maple Class (w/b 31st Oct)
We finished looking at the fantastic home learning projects this week and proudly have them up on display in our classroom. Our Computing work was also completed and have a Maple Class website where the children uploaded their own work and files. Maths this week was focused on problem solving, the children produced some fantastic work and were working hard as you can see!
Home learning projects
Maple spent part of this morning showing off the results of their ‘Creative Home learning’ tasks, showing their understanding of our topic this half term. The projects were so amazing that we didn’t get time to get through them all, we have 7 more to show and I apologise for running out of time! Thank you very much for helping the children this half term.
We are both very proud teachers. The class have produced some brilliant learning this half term including their own poems on light which were so good Mrs Douglas cried! In computing, the children have been creating their own webpages which are starting to look good and showed us that Maple class have a lot of resilience!
The rest of the projects as well as the class poetry work will be put up at the beginning of next half term. No home learning for half term but please continue with the reading and spelling as well as Mathletics – we want a Maple pupil on the school top 10!
This week in Maple class
Our week in Maple class has been brilliant. We used ideas from the home learning in our Circle Time last week, then decided to create our own display to use in our PSHE lessons. The children had some really insightful comments about the rights and responsibilities of children and adults.
On Thursday, the NSPCC visited us to talk to the children about how to keep themselves safe. The workshop was delivered in a way that was accessible to the children and the children all gave really mature and thoughtful responses. The visitors were really impressed with the children’s knowledge on keeping safe and commented on their fantastic behaviour.
The children have been writing a diary entry as Tim Peake or a member of his family this week. They worked hard today editing and proof-reading their work, using some fantastic vocabulary and a range of different adverbials. In Maths, they have been looking at fractions and decimals ending the week with a challenge – see if the children can explain this to you, it was tricky! Finally, we ended Friday with some more sewing. The children are definitely improving and using their patience to create beautifully sewn moon collages – pictures will be up next week of their final piece.
Year 5 Eco Workshop
We were lucky enough to have an Eco workshop run by Ecolocal on Thursday. During our workshop, the children were asked to think about all the different ways which they use energy in the home on a daily basis and what our lives would be like if we didn't have this energy at the touch of a button.
The children then sorted the ways which we use power into their different purposes. Some of the results were shocking!
Finally, the children looked at the different ways in which energy is used in our homes - see if the children can give you some tips of how to save energy. The children have a booklet to take home with them and a poster competition at the back. They have to two weeks to bring that back into school where there will 3 prizes given for each class.
The children created fantastic free-verse poems about the moon and space. They then practiced their speaking and listening skills by performing these in pairs in the studio. They enjoyed it so much that most of them then wanted to squish up on the stage and perform them again!