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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.

Ancient Egypt's Got Talent

posted 25 Oct 2018, 06:28 by Bow Brickhill   [ updated 25 Oct 2018, 06:28 ]

This week in Maples, we challenged the children to a Ancient Egypt's Got Talent competition.  Each child had to choose their favourite Ancient Egyptian God and persuade the other children that their God was the best of all the Gods.  A panel of judges decided whether the God had "Talent" and went through to the next round, or whether they got the red cross of doom !

SPAG Presentation

posted 4 Oct 2018, 05:23 by C Wallis

As the expectation of year 5/6 pupils have increased in the last couple of years, we will be holding a SPAG information morning for parents to update them on the increasing expectations of both year 5 and year 6 students. As well as this we will be informing parents on what can be carried out at home to help the children in this particular area. 

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.


posted 27 Sep 2018, 06:26 by Bow Brickhill

Carrying on with our Ancient Egypt topic, and extending the fun we had with "Mummies" at the beginning of term, this week the children have started the process of mummifying a tomato !  They had to weight the "body", remove the "internal organs" (seeds!) and then treat the body with Natron (salt).  We will see how they turn out in two weeks time.  In the meantime, the children have then used this experience to write a set of instructions explaining exactly how to "mummify a tomato". 

Welcome Back!

posted 4 Sep 2018, 08:40 by C Wallis   [ updated 27 Sep 2018, 06:22 by Bow Brickhill ]

Welcome back! I hope everyone has had an amazing summer holiday and is feeling rested and refreshed! 

This half term Maples will be studying the topic 'Pharaoh's' based on ancient Egypt. So far we have located where Egypt is, as well as other tourist attractions, created pyramids, designed Egyptian coffins and turned some of our children into mummies! For the rest of the week the children will be exploring more about this interesting place, and begin to look at different key events in the history of ancient Egypt. 

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 !


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