Maple Class (Yr 1 and Yr 2)

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Welcome to Maple class where we love to learn in an eclectic way, through art, yoga/dance, videos, practical exploration and investigation topped off with a bit of Spanish. We will begin to learn how to be independent learners. We will understand that although we will have a choice at times during our learning time, we will have to work hard to ensure this learning is rooted or connected with something that we have learnt or are learning. Most importantly, Maple will be a safe place where we will be able to start making connections with the wider world.

Maple class is taught by Mrs Leru from Monday to Thursday and by Mrs Withers on Friday.

This term our learning will be focused around the question: What makes a good home? We will be finding out about different homes here in the UK as well as looking at homes from around the world. We will also be looking at how our homes have changed over time.


In English this term, we will be doing story writing and fact files. We will also be reading a range of poetry and non-fiction texts linked to our key question to build on our comprehension skills.

Our key texts this term will be: The Three Little Pigs and Iggy Peck Architect.


Reading: In Maple, we want everyone to love reading! We encourage you to read to your child as well as listening to them read. The books that they bring home will be from our scheme Oxford Reading Tree.  We would encourage you to listen to your child as a minimum 3 times a week, however the ideal would be 5 times a week, with a huge focus on understanding. You can check this by asking them questions about what they are reading. Please find recommended questions in the link below.


Children will be encouraged to independently change their books once they have read it at home and you have signed it. However, there will be allocated days where children will be reminded to change their books. This will be on a Monday and Wednesday. If you would like to access free ebooks from our scheme please click on the owl.


If your child is in Year 2, we  will be talking a lot about SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) There is a huge focus on this this year, but don’t fear as we will make it as fun as we possibly can! If you would like to help your child there are some useful places you can go to help them with their understanding.

For those who love activities there are some useful practice booklets you can buy.


Everyone in Maple has been set up with a Spelling Shed login where they will be able to practice the spelling rules assigned for the week as well as the common exception words we need to know by the end of the year. There logins will be coming home with them Week 5 (Week beginning 30th September). Click on the bee to login.


In Year 1, we will be using the resource Letters and Sounds. Here the sounds are split into Phases and not in sets as they are in  Read, Write Inc. The children will be sitting a Phonics Screening check at the end of the year where they will have to read forty words with all the sounds revised in Year 1. These words will be a combination of real words and alien words. The idea behind this is that if the children are secure in their sounds they should be able to decode words that they might be unfamiliar with as they move forward with their reading.

A resource that we use in Maple during Phonics is the website Phonics Play. They have a couple of games that are free if your child would like to practice at home. Click on the frog to access.

Articulation of sounds (Phonics)

This video is a great tool to ensure that when reading with your child you are supporting them in the best way possible by enunciating the sounds correctly.

What we are reading in class: The Giraffe, the Pelly and me by Roald Dahl

Maths: In Maths this term, we will be learning about the value of number and understanding their place amongst other numbers. We will be learning about addition and subtraction and will be starting multiplication. If your child is in Year 2 you might have noticed that they already have a TT Rockstars login. They will need to know their 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s timetables by the end of the year. Please encourage them to practice at home as they will be getting a certificate from Miss Crooke every week if they are amongst the top three in the school. If your child is in Year 1, we will be starting with the basics of multiplication by counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. A TT Rockstars login has not been signed to Year 1 children, however, if they are ready we would get them setup.

Science: This term we will be exploring different materials that can be used to make a home.

History & Geography: In History and Geography we will be looking at homes from around the world and understanding how our homes have changed over time.

Art: Artist of the term will be Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi where we will be looking at how nature influenced his architecture. We will be looking the homes he designed and how he made them stand out as one of a kind.






PE: PE will be every Tuesday this term. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school as well as making sure their items are labelled.

Music: Thanks to the Friends of Ditcheat, we are incredibly lucky to have Mr. Large teaching us this term! He has been teaching us about percussion and we are having lots of fun already. This will take place every Thursday afternoon.

Teach and Tell: In Maple class, we want to encourage children to make connections outside of school with what they are learning in class. We would like to invite children to bring a photograph, book or an item that will fit in their tray. This should be connected to our key question: What makes a good home?

Teach and Tell sessions will be on Thursday 10th October for Year 1 and Thursday 7th of November for Year 2.