Welcome to Maple Class page. We hope you enjoy looking at some of the fantastic things we've been learning about.
2013 - 2014
It's the Summer Term!
The children are all enjoying the warmer weather and have been using the outside area as much as possible. We are now having a regular forest afternoon on a Wednesday, where the children have enjoyed creating outside art in a style similar to Andy Goldsworthy. A few weeks ago they even set up an outside café where they sat in the sun eating scones!
This term we've opened a snack café. We take turns to be waiters and waitresses and make sure we are polite and respectful to each other. So far we've enjoyed rice cakes, scones, soup, corn cakes and toast.
To celebrate 45 years since The Very Hungry Caterpillar book was written we had a brilliant Hungry Caterpillar Tea Party. We all brought our homemade caterpillars into school to join us at the tea party. Thank you to all our parents and carers for working so hard in supporting the children's learning, it is very much appreciated.
This term our topic is the author Eric Carle (please click the picture above to visit his official website and find out more about him).
Each week we have focused on a different book he has written. This has given us the opportunity to read lots of amazing books, including:
The Bad Tempered Ladybird
The Hungry Caterpillar
10 Little Rubber Ducks
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear?
The Busy Spider
We spent several enjoyable weeks planning, filming, editing and reviewing our own version of the book Polar Bear, Polar Bear. We called the book we created 'Maple Class, Maple Class, What do you hear?' The children decided they wanted to film their version of the book and this resulted in a parent film afternoon. During the afternoon parents, carers and siblings enjoyed watching the children's film. They also had the opportunity to try our homemade cakes, gingerbread men and hot chocolate as refreshments. We all loved showing our parents around our classroom and helped them to learn through play in the different areas. We even found we knew more about Numicon and how to use it than they did!
We are lucky to be able to use the woodland area to help us in all areas of learning. During Forest Schools sessions we have investigated in all areas of the curriculum. We have used our Forest Schools sessions to develop our skills in measuring, counting, capacity, cooking, team working, listening and much more whilst still having lots of fun!
Highlights include hunting for minibeasts, making ice art works, creating a tea party for Danny the dragon and paying for hot chocolate drinks using leaves.
We are still developing our skills in all areas of the classroom and using these to help us become fantastic problem solvers.
In the Autumn we had a great time on our trip to Colchester. We visited Pizza Express and made delicious pizzas for lunch. We then walked to the post office and bought stamps for our letters. Finally our letters were posted in the post box in Colchester. We guessed how long it might take for our letters to get from Colchester to our homes.
"A few days" Tiffany
"Not long" Roxi
"1 week" Kayleigh
"10 days" Rhys
If your looking for activities for your children to do at home, try these websites:
A selection of stories for your child to read and listen to - includes traditional and fairy tales.
A brilliant website to practise numbers, counting, adding and more!
A website to practise phonics, blending and segmenting.
Useful ideas for games parents can play with children to improve reading, speaking, listening and phonics skills.
Remember to keep checking back for new photos and information on Maple Class.