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Welcome to Maple Group!


Welcome to Maple class

Spring 1


We are a mixed class predominantly Key stage 3. We have 6 enthusiastic and energetic boys who are encouraged to influence their curriculum wherever possible. We have Annie-Rose Morris, the class teacher as well as Sue Best and Joyce Emerson who are learning support assistants. This year we are determined to learn through trips, visits and class based learning.


Our new topic is “Early Civilisations: Indus Valley (Bronze Age)”. During this topic the children will learn about why the Indus civilisation ended and the challenges faced by historians in answering this question; discover the cities of Indus valley and everyday life. We will look at the creativity of the Indus Valley people and try our hand at making some of the artefacts that we study; we’ll learn about the daily task of farmers, the crops that were grown and the animals that were raised. Finally we will look at some similarities between modern religions in the Indus Valley region.


In maths the children will be learning about using mental strategies for addition and subtraction; revising column subtraction and solving 4- digit and 5-digit equations. We are also going to look into shape having a deeper understanding of 3D shapes; properties of polygons and quadrilaterals; Draw/reflect shapes on co-ordinate grids; Recognise, measure and draw angles and Angle theorems; draw angles in polygons.


In English this term, we will be learning about short stories and recounts. During the unit on short stories we will be reading Short! A book of very short stories by Kevin Crossley-Holland. We will investigate adverbials and develop use of perfect form to indicate time/cause. We will have opportunities to write predictions and short stories. In our next unit we will be creating recounts from the book Tuesday by David Wiesner. There will be opportunity to write speech, play scripts, speech bubbles, direct and reported speech. We should be able to use modal verbs; learn about cohesion and write newspaper reports.

PE will alternate with cooking on a weekly basis and this will take place on Wednesdays so your child will need to bring in their kit or sportswear.


We will send out newsletters every half term so please keep an eye out on the school website. Should you wish to receive a paper copy, please let the office know. You will also receive a curriculum grid every half term; this outlines what your child will be learning in school.