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Roald Dahl Day 25-09-14

Roald Dahl Day 25-09-14 1

Welcome to Maple's Class homepage.


As part of our School Values Maple Class will begin with looking at "Wisdom"

(Forgiveness, respect, compassion)



Proverbs 4:5-7
"Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting get understanding."


Proverbs 24:14
Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.



We will consider the school values in conjunction with the work that we will be investigating in the first term. The Rights Respecting Article which has a similar focus could be "Article 13".




Your team is:


Mr Symons-Chan, Mrs Sansom, Mr Callow (ICT) and Mrs Sponder (music). We are assisted by Mrs Pope, Mrs Ramsay, and Mrs Barrington.


We have spent some of the summer changing the way the class looks and how it will work too.


We are all due back on 04-09-14 and we all look forward to starting a brand new year! We will begin with getting to know the new class and making the rules that we will live by together.


We are lucky to have two Maple tree saplings that we are also going to try to nurture and grow (like our class will nurture and grow together) it will also help us to respect and care for our environment.


In recognition of the centenary of the Great War Armistice, we will look at what we have understood about wisdom to help remember this event. We aim to symbolically plant our Maple trees as an ever lasting memory of this extraordinary point in history (Job12:12 "With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding).


Did you know Mr Symons-Chan visited the battlefields of the Somme? I was there at Mennin Gate in Ypres at the sounding of the last post during a memorable school trip. Something I shall never forget.


Over the long summer holiday I was at LEGOLAND (no surprise), this is really like a second home! I could be found with my boys at the pirate camp and pirate shores! I was also impressed my youngest was able to try out the Jolly Rocker (but he was not impressed with it), but he loved the Dragon's apprentice. My eldest also managed to climb the towers in the pirate camp and go down the longest slide. He also enjoyed the driving school and the boating school. The highlight was definitely getting absolutely soaked in Duplo Valley on one of the many hot days!


Mr Symons-Chan is also the PE Co-ordinator for the school. You can now follow St. Michael's Easthampstead PE on Twitter (PE@StMichEast).


June 2015


1 Corinthians 3:10-15

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.


Proverbs 3:1-26:28

My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.


I would like to say a heart felt and huge "THANK YOU" to all the parents, staff and external agencies (past and present) who have supported me at St. Michael's Easthampstead. I am proud to have engaged and developed a wide range of  new sporting experiences for the children. In addition to this I have enjoyed working within a partnership with parents and external agencies to improve children's learning, abilities, skills and confidence. The success of PE & Sport for the school has had a learning journey too!


There are so many memories and achievements but swimming has been particularly significant, especially seeing children overcome initial fears!  Sad to think this will be my last academic year, but new adventures are on the horizon.



House Team Honesty

House Team Honesty 1

House Team Courage

House Team Courage 1 Courage House Team

Trust House Team

Trust House Team 1

House Team Faith

House Team Faith 1

Spring Term Maths


In Maths we have been investigating time. Here are a few links that we have been using to help us tell the time. We hope you enjoy them.


Maple Class tackling Division

Maple Class tackling Division 1 Challenge showing division & scaffolded with paper
Maple Class tackling Division 2
Maple Class tackling Division 3 Showing the children a division number sentence.
Maple Class tackling Division 4 Understanding the concept with cones to help.
Maple Class tackling Division 5 Division using physical children
Maple Class tackling Division 6 Division using children to groups of 5
Maple Class tackling Division 7 Another group of 5
Maple Class tackling Division 8 Groups of 5 following a division question

Digiducks Visits Year 1 in Cedar's Class

Sainsbury's School Games Website.


This is the National portal for the Sainsbury's sports/games focused website which helps promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles.


We are pleased to announce that our school achieved Bronze level in the Sainsbury's School Games Mark.


Please take a look at our St. Michael's Easthampstead School site, and explore what the other schools are up to as well.


Many thanks.

Maple 2nd Half Summer Term. Local Habitats and Beyond!

Victorians! Spring Term Curriculum map.

Autumn Term 2014. Second Half "Let's Celebrate"



We have begun to look at Who do I believe I am? as part of our R.E. in Maple Class.


We have looked at what makes us special linking it to our school value of Wisdom. As a class we have shared about what makes us special. We also looked at whether we understood who we were. The ideas that came out from the discussion did include belonging to our Families, where we grew up, the Church, the school, the class (Team Maple), Beavers and  Rainbows. The ideas then turned to how they felt they were as a person: kind, caring, funny, happy, special and good friends (this will link us to our next session when we shall start with Luke 10:38-42. Jesus visits Martha and Mary. In this session we shared the story of the lost coin and lost sheep and begun to unpick what it means to us.


The pictures below show our initial ideas and thoughts about who we believe we are and did it feel special to belong.


More pictures of our journey will follow. 


(Proverbs 4:5-7)
"Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting get understanding."

Maple Class Rememberance display

Instructional texts - How to make a poppy.

Instructional texts part 2. How to make a medal.

Year 2 P.E. with Maple Class.


This is an insight into some of the activities we get up to in P.E.

The photos show one of our warm up activities following our Healthy lifestyles talk and Health and safety awareness (looking at the dangers around us). In this session we built upon our prior learning and used a social skills focus.


The children were developing their counter balance skills with a partner, but were tasked to help each other improve their ideas. Their objective for everyone was to find 3 different counter balances,  but some were going to help their partners improve their counter balance, and a few were going to help other groups improve their ideas.


The photos reflect their own ideas in creating and improving on different counter balances. There was also treasure available for the ones that achieved their social objectives. 


We were lucky enough to have Wellington College students assist in supporting our children in developing their ideas.


Year 1 children will get a similar approach to P.E. too.


We hope you enjoy looking at the photos.

Year 2 Dynamic Balance to Agility with Wellington College.

Year 1 P.E.


The Year One were having Pirate training today. They were working on Static balance and moved it onto side stepping. We looked at trying to work together to help each other improve on their skills.


Here are some images that we were able to capture of the Pirate Training.


We hope you enjoy them.

Dynamic Balance to Agility - Pirate Training continues for Year 1.

Year 1 Pirate Training.


Dynamic Balance to Agility with a social cog emphasis.


The Year One continued Pirate Training today. There was an emphasis on helping others and listening to each other. This is designed to help each other improve socially within their P.E. session whilst still developing their skills.


We hope you enjoy the pictures. 

Year 1 Co-ordination with Equipment.

Maple Class Cross Curricular Maths & Science - Measuring Ourselves.

In our Maths session we have used our Science topic to support our learning in both areas. We discussed how it would be difficult to measure fingers and feet easily. So we came up with the idea of using string/wool to help measure our fingers and hand spans, and drawing round our feet and then measuring from our heel to our big toe. We now have a collection of data when we move onto creating bar charts and data handling.

Problem Solving - 30 is my answer, what are my questions?

Problem Solving - 30 is my answer, what are my questions? 1
Problem Solving - 30 is my answer, what are my questions? 2
Problem Solving - 30 is my answer, what are my questions? 3
Problem Solving - 30 is my answer, what are my questions? 4

3D shape investigation at school.

Maple Homework section.


In this section I will endeavour to upload a copy of the homework provided for the Maple class children. Homework is issued on a Friday and due back Wednesday.

The latest homework will be on top and dated.


Many thanks!



Maple homework 24-04-15

Homework for 06-02-15 is just to have some fun with time tables for Year 1 & 2.


The web link I have included below is just one fun way to explore times tables.



Homework for Year 1 & 2



Following a busy swimming schedule homework for Maple Year 1 & 2 will be a book review. You have 2 weeks to share and discover a new book.

My apologies for not handing out the books after swimming. I will give out homework books on Monday ready for your two week block.

Any eager reviewers can find the templates within the homework history. Speaking of History, perhaps you could investigate either a Victorian story or a non-fiction book about Victorians.



Year 1 Homework 09-01-15 Days of the Week

Year 2 Homework 09.01.15 Months Of the Year

Nativity project initial idea

Nativity project initial idea 1
Nativity project initial idea 2
Nativity project initial idea 3
Nativity project initial idea 4

Homework for Maple Class 20/11/14


This week for 2 whole weeks (due back on 05-12-14) I would like a new book review.

Rather than dictate which book I would like you to review. I would like you to explore the library together (or within your own book collection) a text you would both like to share and discuss.


Look at your previous book reviews and see how you might be able to improve it.


Please discuss:

1. Whether the book is fiction or non-fiction.

2. Where they can find out who the author is and who might have illustrated the book.

3. What the book is about.

4. Writing the answers in full sentences that make sense.

5. Extend them by asking if they wrote the story, how would they end the book? Perhaps challenge them to write an alternative ending. Or discuss what they would change to make the book better.


Have fun exploring books together and sharing a book that you might not have tried before.

Maple Class toy investigation 17.11.14

3d Shape investigation in the home. 07.11.14

Self Care Week 2014


Homework this week involves a chance to win swimming tickets!!!


Yes that's right "Swimming Tickets"


Last year Tigers Class won this competition within the schools involved in Bracknell Forest. This year, we are hoping Maple Class will do the same again.


Please support your child to design a poster promoting self care week.

We will supply the A3 paper.


Good Luck!

Self Care Week Homework 17/10/14

Maple Maths Extension Homework 10-10-14 (Linked to our measuring).

Maple Class Year 2 - Homework 10-10-14

Maple Year 1 Homework 10-10-14

Homework 03-10-14


Thank you to all those children who had completed a book review. There was a 2 week window for the book review so this week would have counted towards time on the book review.


Please feel free to write a further book review of any book they really enjoyed and try to get your child to explain in further detail and include their own opinions about why they enjoyed the book. Perhaps include how they might have ended the story if they were writing that book.


The deadline for all children to have completed at least one book review is Wednesday 8th October 2014.


Many thanks.



The Literacy homework 26-09-14 was missed being placed in the homework book due to the Roald Dahl day.


Please could you try this homework, and I will endeavour to send a text out over the weekend as a reminder to look at the Maple webpage. There would be no requirement to print out the page. However, if you could follow the structure into the homework book that would be great.


The book reviews can all have a 2 week window in case your child would like to share a Roald Dahl story with you.



Maple Literacy Homework 26-09-14 (Sorry this was not issued during Roald Dahl day)

Dear Parents,


I have stuck into the Homework books the relevant book review information. This is the first time Maples Class will have done a book review for homework. We have done some reviews on a Friday to get used to them. However, please could you support your child in trying to write a book review.


Perhaps following today's Roald Dahl Day your child may want to read one of his books. If so, you might want to take your time looking at the book review and perhaps for this first one share the experience of writing a book review together (with the view your child will be able to write subsequent reviews with less help).


I have issued this at the same time as the Literacy homework to give you more time to read and then review a book over the coming days/weeks. This initial book review has a 2

week time limit at the moment.


Many thanks.

Y2 Homework 19.09.14