Welcome to Maple Class!
We have made a super start to this school year, learning all about the Romans! We have been learning about the legend of how Rome began, developing our history skills in terms of the chronology of events both in history generally, and within the Roman era itself. We are also studying the Roman invasions of Britain, looking at the reasons why Britain was desirable to the Romans at that time, and why the Roman army was so successful in their domination as an Empire. Our learning will then focus on the revolt of Boudicca, assessing both the good and bad points in order to draw conclusions in terms of right and wrong. This links really well with our P4C sessions, which allow the children to discuss concepts on a broader scale and really challenge their thinking. Our learning on this topic will then look at the legacy of the Romans in Britain – what did they ever do for us?
In Maths, we have embarked on number and place value. During this term, we will be focusing on ensuring a solid understanding of number and the four operations (and of course, linking with our topic, we are challenging ourselves with Romans numerals too). This is such an important unit to master, before branching out into the other areas of maths. Children are enjoying their Times Table rockstars, with inter-class and year group battles to challenge each other and their weekly Big Maths Beat That challenges.
We are beginning to build on our ball skills and teamwork in PE this term, also with a dedicated session each week to build our overall fitness through circuit-type skills and drills. The children are really pushing themselves to be better, with some fantastic results!
Reading is a huge focus for us this year in Maple class. We have selected a number of children’s books which range from classic literature, to highly acclaimed modern children’s fiction and set up a reading challenge for the children to complete over the year. We have dedicated time each day for independent reading and a fantastic, comfy, new reading area to enjoy. As a class, we voted to read Malorie Blackman’s ‘The Stuff of Nightmares’ as our class novel. Malorie Blackman has definitely become one of our favourite authors!
With so much to learn, and so many activities planned in as part of our learning journey, this is going to be a jam-packed term, but we are so excited to see the end results!
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