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Ferris Wheels galore

posted 23 May 2018, 01:25 by Bow Brickhill   [ updated 23 May 2018, 01:25 ]

Last week saw the Year 6's taking their SATs tests, so we spent the afternoons completing various tasks linked to this half terms topic, "Scream Machine".  One of the tasks consisted of each child making a model Ferris Wheel from lollipop sticks, matchsticks and glue.  The children persevered with the task, with a little adult intervention when using the glue gun.  The children were thrilled to see their Ferris Wheels in motion !  See the photos on our page to see what they looked like.

Roller Coaster rush

posted 24 Apr 2018, 01:18 by Bow Brickhill   [ updated 24 Apr 2018, 01:19 ]

It's turning into a real roller coaster ride this term with the weeks zooming by.  SATS are rapidly approaching and we are still busy ensuring our Year 6's are fully prepared for these.  Any additional work at home to support this is always appreciated.

Our Scream Machine topic is also fully underway, with the pupils designing their own theme parks and creating posters to advertise them.  They have also worked on balanced arguments, discussing whether theme parks should enforce height restrictions on rides, which has lead to some interesting class discussions around the topic.

Scream Machine

posted 9 Apr 2018, 00:20 by C Wallis   [ updated 24 Apr 2018, 01:10 by Bow Brickhill ]

Roll up, roll up! You're going on a day trip to a theme park to soak up the unique sights, smells and sounds of the fair.

Maples new topic this half term is 'Scream Machine'. Throughout the term they will be learning about the science behind roller coasters and writing poems that are shaped as a loop the loop, as well as many other exciting activities! This weeks main focus will be designing their own theme park and making a roller coaster out of a range of different resources. We are very excited to see what the children create!

Time Travels so far...

posted 23 Feb 2018, 03:18 by Bow Brickhill   [ updated 23 Feb 2018, 03:19 ]

Maples have been extremely busy this week learning about this half term's topic "Time Traveller".  So far this week, they have observed how they, as individuals, have changed since they were born, and thinking about what they have learnt on the way.  As well as this, the children have had some fun learning about prepositional phrases which took us on a mini adventure around the school.

Throughout the week, Maples have participated in a variety of conversations about how to keep themselves safe, especially on social media and using technology.  This is something we take very seriously as a school and will continue to revise this half term.

New Topic: Time Traveller

posted 19 Feb 2018, 01:03 by Bow Brickhill   [ updated 19 Feb 2018, 01:03 ]

Tick, tock, tick, tock...... the hands on the clock never stop.  From the moment we are born, from toddler to teen, middle age to elderly, time stops for no man.

In this half term's topic, Maples will be finding out what happens to our bodies and brains as we grow older and how we cope with these changes.  Children will investigate different questions that they have, related to how times have changed, both throughout history and since they were born.

Planets and PE

posted 1 Feb 2018, 01:14 by Bow Brickhill   [ updated 1 Feb 2018, 01:15 ]

In the last few weeks, Maples have been making and designing their own planets out of papier-mache.  It was extremely messy !

In addition to this, they have spend the last few PE lessons creating their very own PE circuits to test the class on.  It was amazing to see how they worked together throughout this process, as well as how they led the circuits and challenged each other to persevere with the variety of tasks presented to them.

African Drumming

posted 13 Nov 2017, 07:01 by Bow Brickhill   [ updated 13 Nov 2017, 07:01 ]

This term, Maples have been enjoying visits from the Milton Keynes Music Service, who have been coming in weekly to teach the children African Drumming.  The children have been learning about pulse, rhythym and basic techniques such as base and tone.  This half term they are composing a class musical piece which they are hoping to perform in a whole school assembly later in the term.  We know that the children have really enjoyed these sessions and many parents have reported requests for African drums for Christmas !!  Sorry parents !

Alchemy Island

posted 30 Oct 2017, 05:47 by C Wallis

In this half terms topic Maples will be exploring Alchemy Island. We will be going on a magical journey to explore the four different areas of this mysterious landscape. Get ready to meet lots of mythical creates, and prepare to unravel riddles to reveal the secrets of this stunning land where the Chief Alchemist lives. 

Terrifying Tudors

posted 24 Sep 2017, 04:09 by C Wallis

In the last few weeks Maples have been extremely busy researching into their new topic  'Off With Her Head'. So far we have:
- Looked into the life of Henry VIII and his sixth wives
- Researched into 'The Battle of Bosworth'
- Created a couple of newspaper articles advertising for a new wife for Henry 
- Looked at a range of crimes and punishments that happened during Henry VIII reign

The children are thoroughly enjoying the topic so far, and are excited to find out more about this period of time, as well as how it has influenced today's society. 

What a Scream !

posted 12 May 2017, 03:54 by Bow Brickhill   [ updated 12 May 2017, 03:58 ]

Our topic this half term has been Gallery Rebels.  We have been researching different artists who, in their day, were very much seen as doing something that was different - they were Rebels !  As part of this work, we have looked at various paintings to explore the emotions that they portray.  One of the paintings we have studied is "The Scream" by Edvard Munch.  The children were asked to write a piece of poetry about this painting and the results were absolutely amazing.  A selection of them have been displayed in the school but here's a few as a little taster of the standard of work that has been produced. 

The Scream

His esteem slowly falls apart, while he screams deep from his heart,
His piercing eyes stare into your soul, like you’re stuck in a black hole,
The flaming sky burns you like a fire, you feel like rubble from a burnt tyre,
The blue waves wash up and down, making you feel like you’re about to drown,
The wooden bridge creaks every time you move, you feel as if your about to drop through,
You look around and what do you see, everyone turning away from me,
Your face turns pale; you look sick and frail,
Then it’s about to happen, you start to shake, then you suddenly quake,
Then it comes out there, it is, it’s the scream,
People turn and stare; they give you looks and glare,
But you just stand there, your hands stuck to your cheeks,
Hoping someone will come get you, lift you right off your feet,
But no-one comes,
You have nowhere to run,
And that is the scream.
Precious, Year 6


The scream lied,
The scream tried,
The scream cried,
The scream loved,
But no one seemed to love him back.
The scream felt,
The scream touched,
The scream Laughed
The scream loved,
But no one seemed to love him back.
Scream only was loved by one simple person,
Who desired the screams wild love,
But the scream loved the bridge watcher so dearly,
But one day there was no bridge to watch,
And no purpose for a bridge watcher,
The scream felt,
The scream touched,
The scream laughed,
The scream loved,
But only one ever loved him.

Isaac, Year 6

The Scream

The water rises higher and higher,
The scream gets louder and louder,
The sky gets brighter and brighter.

Slowly people walk by,
The water gets lower and lower,
The scream gets quieter and quieter,
The sky gets darker and darker.

The piercing scream can no longer be heard,
Everything stops,
No more sky,
No more scream, 
No more water,
No more life.

The scream fights,
It fights for its life,
Cover your ears,
The scream has come back…

Pixie, Year 5

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