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posted 26 Apr 2021, 06:31 by H Rolfe

Despite the cold weather we have been recently having in Milton Keynes, our new topic is taking us south to the warm, wonderful and wild continent of Africa! We have already enjoyed discovering more about the countries which make up this incredible continent, with the children creating their own presentations about 30 of the 54 countries. The presentations were excellent and helped us to learn more about these fascinating countries which sit either side of the equator. 

We have also been lucky enough to have a whole range of fascinating fabrics, sculptures, clothing and jewellery lent to us by a very kind parent. The class is very excited to look at the objects in more detail, which should help us to learn more about the country of Kenya and its unique culture and history. We have used some of the items to help make our new classroom display, which will help the children immerse themselves in our new topic when they enter our room each morning. 


posted 26 Apr 2021, 06:03 by H Rolfe

Over the Spring Term, we had a wonderful time learning all about World War Two. The children thoroughly enjoyed looking at this topic and learnt so much about all different aspects of this time in history. We were lucky enough to have some wonderful books donated to us from a member in the village, which really helped support our learning. Additionally, we were able to finally hold our topic day where the children came to school dressed as people who may have lived between 1939 - 1945. One of our topic day tasks was making a traditional vegetable soup (which would have been eaten during rationing). The children loved it and had a great time preparing the vegetables. 

Frozen Kingdom

posted 2 Nov 2020, 06:18 by Bow Brickhill   [ updated 2 Nov 2020, 06:19 ]

The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are starting to drop!  With Christmas just around the corner, we will be studying "Frozen Kingdom" this half term.  We will be "exploring" the Arctic and Antarctic, looking at the differences and similarities between the two regions.  We will also be exploring the impact that climate change is having on these regions and how changes in these areas affect the world.

Hola, Mexico

posted 12 Oct 2020, 04:17 by Bow Brickhill   [ updated 12 Oct 2020, 04:18 ]

This term we are learning all about Mexico - its traditions, culture and georgraphy.  We have looked at the traditional festival, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) which takes place at the end of October/beginning of November.  We have learned that, unlike our Halloween festival, the Day of the Dead is very much a happy festival where the lives of loved ones are honoured and celebrated.  Altars are created and decorated in bright colours and flowers, parades take place, people dress up as skeletons (but always with smiling faces) and sugar skulls are created and decorated.  We've also had a go at creating our own sugar skulls (not edible) and decorated them in class.

Blood Heart

posted 9 Mar 2020, 04:31 by Bow Brickhill   [ updated 9 Mar 2020, 04:31 ]

Our new topic for this half term is Blood Heart.  We kicked off our topic by asking the children to come to school dressed as medical professionals; we had a huge variety of medics in school for the day, physiotherapists, surgeons, audiologists, MRI technicians, X-ray technicians etc.  

We have started learning all about how our body works, specifically looking at the organs in our body and the role they play and investigating what our blood is made of and how it is moved around our body.  We will also be dissecting a heart to look in more depth at the function of this very important organ.

We will then go on to investigate the life of Marie Curie, a very important scientist, who developed X-ray machines and was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.

The children are very engaged in this exciting topic - you never know, we may be developing the surgeons of the future !

Mission Outer Space

posted 7 Nov 2019, 01:31 by Bow Brickhill   [ updated 7 Nov 2019, 01:32 ]

Over the next seven weeks, Maples will be learning about our incredible galaxy and the planets that make our Solar System.  We will look closely at the most recent scientific discoveries surrounding our universe and consider what is yet to be found out.

We kicked off our topic with a range of fun activities relating to the planets, making up our own mnemonic to remember the order of the planets, researching information to do with the planets and enjoying a virtual reality experience in the classroom, examining the planets in detail.

See if you can come up with a mnemonic to remember the order yourselves !
Mercury                My
Venus                   Very 
Earth                    Eager
Mars                     Mother
Jupiter                 Just
Saturn                  Served
Uranus                  Us
Neptune               Noodles 

The Terrible Tudors

posted 9 Oct 2019, 06:42 by H Rolfe

The children have really enjoyed learning about our topic of the Tudors. During the term, we have looked at a range of different monarchs and their ruthless reigns! Most recently, we have looked at Henry VIII and his 6 wives. We have been particularly interested in the life of Anne Boleyn and her unfortunate fate. 

The Blitz

posted 7 Feb 2019, 05:47 by Bow Brickhill   [ updated 7 Feb 2019, 05:47 ]

For the last couple of weeks, Maples have been exploring The Blitz and how it would have felt to live during this period of time.  This has resulted in the children producing some incredible art work, as well as writing, to show the impact of this event on the lives of civilians during the war.  We are very proud of the work that they have produced; their hard work has resulted in a display within school showcasing their artistic and writing ability.

A Child's War

posted 9 Jan 2019, 01:10 by Bow Brickhill   [ updated 9 Jan 2019, 01:10 ]

This half term, Maples will be learning all about World War II from the perspective of children who lived through the war.  We will be looking at what it was like to be evacuated, how the children felt about being removed from their families and how they felt in their new homes.  We will also be considering how rationing affected daily life as well as looking at the life of Anne Frank and the holocaust.

We started our topic off with a day where the children were able to make their own gas mask boxes from scratch.  This involved them measuring and drawing out the net for the box, colouring and cutting it out and then constructing it, together with the instructions for storing the gas mask. They also thought about the design of the Spitfire aeroplane and looked at a map of the world and worked out who was or was not involved in World War II.

The children are really engaged with this topic and we look forward to them learning lots about the subject.

Frozen Kingdom !

posted 8 Nov 2018, 00:56 by Bow Brickhill   [ updated 8 Nov 2018, 01:17 by C Wallis ]

Brrrrrrrr... It's time to put the heating on!  As the weather is becoming much cooler and Christmas is around the corner, we have decided to study the topic 'Frozen Kingdom' for this half term.  So far the children have explored the differences between the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as making some igloos from marshmallows.  This week has mainly been based on independent research and working as a team which the children have thoroughly enjoyed.  Yesterday, the children produced some incredible Haiku poems, which we look forward to showing you at tomorrow's open door.

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