Welcome to Maple Class
Years 1 and 2
Summer 2019 - Minibeasts and Megabeasts
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Maple Class pupils proudly show off their minibeast creations!
ScootSmart training is Cambridgeshire County Council’s scheme for all Cambridgeshire primary schools and aims to improve basic scooter riding and maintenance skills and increase children’s awareness of safety while scooting, reminding them of the need to be aware of pedestrians, driveways etc. The scheme encourages confident scooter use and supports scooting as a mode of travel to school as well as a healthy recreational activity.
Spring Term 2019
Design and Technology Day
On Wednesday 13th February 2019, everyone in KS1 enjoyed a DT day. We started by looking at how people and animals travel in cold places. We researched using books and the internet and soon the ideas were flowing. Two different sledges were compared and tested, a discussion about the similarities and differences soon started to give ideas about the type of vehicles we could design. Everyone had brought a soft toy passenger to school and was keen to ensure they were safe and warm during their travels across the ice.
“My bear will need a seat belt, so he doesn’t fall out when he hits a bump” - Stan“I have designed a warm and cosy blanket so it won’t get cold” - Mazie
After lunch we began the task of making and evaluating our models. The classes were mixed and the children encouraged to talk through the process with their friends. The older children helped the younger ones and soon everyone had made a vehicle.
“It was hard to cut the cardboard, but we worked together” - Joseph
“I held the string and then Grace cut it carefully, she got the tape and I put it on” - Emily
The testing part was fun and the teddies enjoyed their ride across the carpet and then the playground. After several repairs and adaptations to design everyone compared their designs and evaluated the making process thinking how they could develop and improve their designs.
Our Sledge Designs
Space Place Fun
We have enjoyed exploring in the space place. There have been many expeditions to dress up for and then pack, mostly to cold places with lots of layers! We have been painting and drawing polar animals and making penguin finger puppets. Careful weighing of oats and pasta have helped us become more confident reading scales and following simple recipes.
Autumn Term 2018
This term we have been looking at, describing and testing different materials. Exploring different materials and sorting them into groups before comparing their properties! Consider what it would be like if the tables were made of jelly or the chairs were chocolate! Then recreate the story of the three little pigs and predict what will happen to their houses. Set up an experiment to test materials for absorbency.
- We enjoyed sorting materials into magnetic and non-magnetic. Sia and Clara
- I enjoy talking about what we have found out and putting the things in different groups. Going outside to test things was great fun. Nelly
- I really loved testing materials with water and a teat pipette to see if teddy would get wet. Mazie
- I liked experimenting with water to see if paper, leaves and rocks were absorbent. Oskar
This term we have been using the apples from the school grounds to make apple crumble and apple sauce. It was tricky to peel and chop the apples, luckily Mrs Saul showed how to use a knife and a peeler.
KS1 Trip to Oxburgh Hall
Photos from our trip to Norfolk can be viewed on the Special Events Photo Gallery page.
On Wednesday we got all the people in our group. When we had done that we went to get on the coach. We were all going to Oxburgh Hall. On the bus I sat next to Annabelle it took an hour and a half and I was very excited.
When we got there we had a snack then we put our bags on a table in the tent and we went in the castle. One of the activities was looking at old things in a basket, they were very interesting. We had a picnic lunch. After lunch we went in the Priest hole. My favourite part was the priest hole, it was exciting going inside. We went home on the bus everyone was very tired.
Our Previous Work
Our World - Spring 2018
We are investigating the World around us. We are thinking about the local environment, British wildlife and maps. We are making models of our own homes and thinking about habitats.
We are reading and writing imaginative poems and stories about hedgehogs and owls. In Art/DT we are we are investigating texture and textiles. We are weaving, dyeing and mark-making on fabric.
We have all been enjoying reading lots of different books in Book Week.
The Space Place
There are lots of different activities to try in the Space Place, we all really love working together to make different models and try new things.
Cooking in Maple Class
Every Wednesday, Mrs Saul will be cooking with a group of children. We have enjoyed using some apples from the school trees in our recipes this term.
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