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Visit to the allotment

posted 26 Jun 2018, 06:45 by Bow Brickhill   [ updated 26 Jun 2018, 06:46 ]

Maples, today went on a visit to the Woburn Sands Allotments as part of our Allotment topic.  It was a very hot day but fortunately we left school quite early and therefore, the walk to the allotments was quite pleasant as the temperature hadn't risen too much and we were in the shade for the majority of the walk.

We were greeted at the allotments by Colin, the Chairman of the Allotment Society.  He showed the children the allotment site and talked to them about some of its history, before showing them some of the crops that he grows on his plot and talking to them about the type of crops that can be grown.

After a shady break for a drink and a snack, Colin then explained to the children how the allotments are measured in "poles" and where the measurement of "poles" originated.  Did you know that its a very ancient measuring system dating back to Henry VIII ??

After having lunch in some shade at the allotments, we returned to school via the Bow Brickhill woods.  All of the children seemed to enjoy the trip and were paying close attention to the information Colin told them.  A great day out for all and a very big thank you to Colin for giving up his time to talk to the children.

What a "souper" day

posted 12 Jun 2018, 07:03 by Bow Brickhill   [ updated 12 Jun 2018, 07:03 ]

Yesterday, Maples had a fantastic time making vegetable soup.  First we all helped to prepare the vegetables, peeling and chopping them ready for cooking. We prepared potatoes, onion, carrots, courgettes, tomatoes and peppers.  Next, Mrs Wiemer cooked them all together then blended them to make the soup.  (Nearly!) everyone in the class tried the soup and the majority of the children came back for seconds !  Surprisingly though, of the children who said they enjoyed the soup, the majority of them said that there was one or other of the ingredients that they did not like !  Which just goes to show, if your children don't like vegetables - disguise them !

Book Day

posted 8 Jun 2018, 06:07 by Bow Brickhill

What a day Maples have had !  The day started with everyone coming in dressed as a book character - we had some fantastic costumes - well done everyone.

Next we had a visit from Paul from the School Library Service who came in to share some of his favourite stories with the class - he read an extract from Grandad and John by Jeanne Willis.  The class were hanging on his every word !

Book reviews, and a book scavenger hunt followed and the day was finished off with our Book picnic to which parents were invited to come in and share a book with their children.   The class have had a great day !


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 !

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