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: How do the weather and seasons affect our world? We will be finding out about how the weather and seasons impact on the way plants, animals and humans live. We will also explore how plants, animals and humans adapt depending on where they are in the world.
In English this term, we will be doing description writing and non-chronological reports. 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: Otto Blotter Bird Spotter and Lila and the Secret of Rain.
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.
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.
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.
Maths: This term, we will be continuing with addition and subtraction, multiplication and division.
If your child is in Year 2 they will 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.
If your child is in Year 1, we will continue with the basics of multiplication by counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. A TT Rockstars login has not been assigned to Year 1 children, however, if they are ready or keen we would get them setup.
Science: This term we will be observing the change across the four seasons and what causes the length of the day. We will also be exploring and identifying basic flowering plants including trees.
Geography: This term we will be looking at seasonal and daily changes as well as the difference in these in other parts of the world.
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.
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: How do the weather and seasons affect our world?
Teach and Tell sessions will be on Thursday 13th February for Year 1 and Thursday 2nd of April for Year 2.