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Welcome to Maple Class

All about your class teacher: 

My name is Miss Staggs and I am really enjoying teaching LKS2, this year. When I'm not doing teacher things, I really love to read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Harry Potter series and I am currently reading the crime novels written for adults by the same author, JK Rowling. 

We have a rescue dog called Bella. She's 8 years old and she is scared of everything. She won't settle to sleep unless I put the cool air fan on, and recently, she's started sitting in the shower if it's windy outside. 

 

Out for a walk with Bella.

 

Our Class: 

This half term we are learning about:

 

This half term, our project is called 'Prehistoric Britain'. We will be finding out what it was like to live in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We will be studying some key historical sites, including Star Carr in Yorkshire, Skara Brae in Orkney and Stonehenge in Wiltshire. We have lots of exciting art and DT activities planned so keep checking our art gallery below!

 

In English, we are learning the key features of a Warning Tale. We will be starting with a text called The Canal, then we will begin to make changes to the text and finally, write own of our own.

 

In maths, we are learning about fractions. We will be identifying fractions of shapes and calculating fractions of numbers and amounts. We will be using unit and non-unit fractions and we will be counting, ordering, comparing, adding and subtracting fractions.  

 

In science, we are studying all about living things and their habitats. We will explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment. We will find out how environments can change and how this can sometimes pose dangers to living things. 

 

Our Key Vocabulary:

Prehistoric Britain – Glossary

Overview – a general understanding of a subject.

Prehistory – The period of time before written records.

Archaeologist – A person who studied human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artefacts and other physical remains.

Nomadic – Travels from place to place, often following animals for food.

Settlement – A place, typically one which has previously been uninhabited, where people establish a community.

Stone Age – A prehistoric period when weapons and tools were made of stone or of organic materials such as bone, wood or horn

Bronze Age – A prehistoric period that followed the Stone Age and preceded the Iron Age, when weapons and tools were made of bronze rather than stone.

Iron Age - A prehistoric period that followed the Bronze Age, when weapons and tools came to be made of iron.

Hillfort – A settlement built on a hilltop and surrounded by huge banks and wooden walls to keep enemies out.

Stitching- a stitch is a single turn or loop of thread, or yarn. Stitches are the fundamental elements of sewing, knitting and embroidery.

Textile – any fibre or yarn that can be made into a cloth.

Applique – is ornamental needlework in which pieces or patch of fabric in different shapes and patterns are sewn or stuck onto a larger piece to form a picture or pattern. 

Pattern template – is used as a starting point in order to make something.

Seam – a line where two pieces of fabric are sewn together in a garment or other article.

Back stitch – a class of embroidery and sewing stitches in which individual stitches are made backward to the general direction of sewing.

Cross stitch - is a double stitch diagonally crossing intersections of the horizontal and vertical threads of the fabric.

Upcoming trips, experiences and events:

 

Iron Age Experience Day at Herd Farm - dates and details to be confirmed.  

Important things to remember:

 

Homework

Homework is set on Purple Mash each week. Your child will have an English and maths 2do. This will go live on a Friday and you have until Wednesday to complete it. Please speak to a member of staff if you are struggling to access Purple Mash.

Spellings

Spelling records are sent home on a Friday but are also set as a quiz on Purple Mash.  Children can always access their spellings via Purple Mash.  Children must hand their spelling record book in by Thursday of each week as we have a spelling test every Friday.

Reading

It is very important for your child to build up confidence and fluency in reading. Please read with your child and log this in their reading record book. Your child should read at least 3 times each week. We will check each week and move children along the reading race if they have read at home. 

PE kit

PE is on a Thursday afternoon.  We try to do PE outside, so please send appropriate outdoor PE kit.

Useful links:

 

Oxford Owl for School and Home

This link has access to our Floppy's Phonics programme.

 

Purple Mash by 2Simple

This link takes you to Purple Mash which is our computing programme. We use this programme for our homework but there are lots of activities to support your child.

 

Primary games - BBC Bitesize

The above link has access to games to support learning across the curriculum.

 

Hit the button 

The above link has access to maths games to support times tables in maths.

 

White Rose Maths Resources

This website provides information for parents and carers on how to support your child's learning in maths

Our Learning:

Election Fever - voting for our class School Council Representatives

English - Kevin versus the Aliens

Science: Electricity - making and testing switches.

Book Tasting on World Book Day 2022

Art Gallery

Victorian children's jobs (DT Sliders and levers moving picture).

Here are some of our messages to the children in Ukraine

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