Autumn 2021

Welcome to Maples we are a mix of year 3 and year 5 children. There are two adults in Maples, Ms Whelan the class teacher and Miss Williams the teaching assistant.

Our first mini topic this year was Inside Out. During this topic we learnt lots about each other and the different ways that we like to learn. We enjoyed lots of PSHCE activities and we learnt how our emotions can affect our ability to absorb new information.

Our main topic for this term is Rainforests. We will be finding where rainforests are in the world, what the environment is like and the features that make it an important habitat to lots of species of animals.

In maths we will be following the White Rose scheme of work starting with place value and then moving on to addition and subtraction and then money later on in the term. The children have a weekly session using Mathletics and will be given their details to be able to use their account at home if they wish.

In English we will be writing some poetry based on the poem ‘If I were in Charge of the World. We will then be writing a non-chronological report, information text and a story linked to our topic.

We will be learning all about Plants during science lessons. Maples will be finding out about the requirements needed for plants to grow and thrive, how water is transported as well as the life cycle of a flowering plant.

Maples are really lucky to be working with an artist this term who will be helping us to develop our skills every Monday. We are looking forward to completing some printing activities as well as creating a model of a rainforest environment.

In PE Maples will be concentrating on developing our orienteering skills on a Wednesday. We will also have a ‘Boogie Bounce’ lesson on Tuesday, swimming lesson on a Thursday and outdoor learning on a Friday. Please can you make sure that you send a full PE kit into school with trainers, which will be sent home at the end of every half term.

We expect every child to read at home at least 4 times during the week. Children who achieve this will be rewarded with a weekly raffle ticket and will be entered into a prize draw at the end of term where there will be the opportunity to win a variety of prizes.