Maple Class

Healthy Heroes - Sporting Legends

Sian Peel (speel) on: Maple Class

Maple Class have been working hard since returning to school after the Easter break. We are now working on our topic for this term-Healthy Heroes/Sporting Legends.

We are having our own mini Olympic Games. We are competing against another class in school in games such as the Javelin and Boccia. The pupils are really enjoying getting out in the fresh air and playing the games with their friends. We have produced banners which they take out to the games to help cheer each side on.

The focus for this term is History and Design and Technology with will be linked to our topic theme. In History the class have produced individual Greek vases using different types of medium to decorate them. These were chosen to represent the fact that the first Olympic Games were held in Athens in Greece.

In Design and Technology the pupils have designed their own Olympic torches which we are busy making at the moment. Each pupil explored a  range of materials and demonstrated their own choices.

Some of our pupils will be selecting a sporting hero to learn about. They will then produce a fact file containing the information they have researched. One pupil has already chosen Freddie Flintoff to base his file on as he is local to this area.

For our weekly class community visit we have been visiting a number of garden centres to look at seeds and fruit/vegetable plants and trees as part of the healthy eating aspect of our topic. We will also be visiting an allotment, owned by a member of staff in school, to learn how fruits and vegetables are sown and grown.

In Numeracy we have been leaning about 3D shapes, time and money. The pupils are working well and are developing skills in these areas.

Our sensory learners have been experiencing a disco Music and Movement session. They really enjoy participating in the different physical movements of the session and moving along to the disco music.

As you can see the pupils have been very busy and are working hard in all areas of the curriculum. They are looking forward to participating in the schools Platinum Jubilee celebrations that will be held in school week commencing 23rd May. We are having a number of activities and celebrations including a Jubilee Lunch, Street Party and a Bake Off – designing a cake with a Jubilee theme. Hopefully we will have some lovely photographs to show you in our next blog.


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Busy Busy

Sian Peel (speel) on: Maple Class

Maple Class have continued to work on their topic 'People and Places / Capital Cities'. Over the past few weeks, we have been looking at the country of Scotland. We have taken part in the Highland Games, where we did the shot put, weightlifting and tossed the caber. We used a large cardboard tube instead of a log so the pupils were able to lift and throw it. All the children enjoyed participating in the games and some even dressed up in kilts and “Jimmy” hats for the occasion.

We have also been learning facts and listening to a story about the Loch Ness Monster and have made models of the monster using clay which we will be painting when they are dry.

Some of our children have developed an appreciation for bagpipe music and enjoy playing along to it on different instruments.

We are looking forward to learning about Wales and Ireland over the coming weeks.

The topic for next term is 'Healthy Heroes / Sporting Legends'. Maple Class will be learning about Paralympians together with how to keep themselves fit and healthy, so plenty of exercise and good food to eat!!

 In Modern Foreign Languages we are focusing on the country of Poland. We have made some Polish dishes in cookery and have learned the song 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' in Polish.

We have been making cakes and flowers which we will display in our ‘Warsaw outdoor market’ we will be holding just before we break up for Easter.

In Numeracy we have been looking at 2D shapes. We now know the names of most of the shapes and their properties and have been using shapes to make pictures of houses and different modes of transportation. We will soon be moving on to learning about capacity and directions. We will be using BeeBots, which are an IT resource that can be programmed to move in different directions. The children really enjoy using these and will be learning how to program them themselves.




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People and Places

Sian Peel (speel) on: Maple Class

Everyone in Maple Class hopes you all had a good Christmas and New Year. We are all ready to begin our new Spring Term topic 'People and Places - Capital Cities'.

Maple Class are focusing on the four countries that make up the United Kingdom - England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The first country we have begun looking at is England. We have looked at London and some of its famous landmarks and we will be making a tourist poster for sightseers, highlighting the various attractions there are to see in London. We will also be doing a portrait of the Queen and looking at where she lives. We will be listening to music that originates from the four different countries as well as trying some regional delicacies.

For the 'People' part of our topic, we will be looking at the different areas where people live, the variety of buildings they live in and the density of populations - cities, towns and villages.

We have also done our Family Trees which show our immediate families. We have either coloured or collaged our trees and added the names of our family members to the leaves. We will be using these on a class display.

Some members of Maple Class have been rock climbing at the Leisure Centre. We have had two sessions so far and the children are doing well. Their confidence has grown, and they have moved from the practice wall onto a climbing wall already!! All the children are enjoying it and are looking forward to future visits.

The children continue to work hard and make us proud as they deal with the ongoing changes that have again been implemented to keep us all safe.

We hope you enjoy reading our blog and looking at the pictures of some of the things we have been doing this term.


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Welcome back

Sian Peel (speel) on: Maple Class

Maple class are really happy to welcome all our pupils back to school after the summer holidays. We have three new pupils in class who have settled well and have adapted to the changes in routine.

We would like to welcome our new teacher Claire to Maple who is covering Steph’s maternity leave. Steph is now 'relaxing' at home with her baby son and we wish her all the best. Claire was a former TA here at the Coppice so many of you will know her or will have seen her around school, we all wish her well in her new role.

The topic for this term is Space - rockets, forces and aliens. We have already started working hard on it. We have learned some facts about the planets, had a planet hunt in the playground and made alien slime and astronauts. Our Music and Movement session also features a variety of different songs and resources all about space.

Some children have begun learning new life skills. They make their own toast at tuck time, which they butter and cut up themselves. Afterwards they wash, dry and put away their pots and cutlery. We will be practising our cookery skills such as peeling, chopping and grating over the next half term. 

As you can see we are going to be very busy and working hard. We look forward to showing you our progress in future blogs.


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The Masked Singer

Sian Peel (speel) on: Maple Class

Class 6 have been making their own version of the TV program The Masked Singer. The children have been busy making some beautiful and very colourful masks, so they can disguise themselves. They used papier mache, pipe cleaners, feathers, paint and glitter to create different insects, a clown, a skull and a tiger mask.

We are currently making a PowerPoint of the children wearing their masks, which we will be sending to some other classes in school, to see if they can recognise who’s behind the mask.

Below are pictures of some of the children wearing their masks. Can you guess who they are?


For our topic “Out and About” we have been pirates onboard a ship on the high seas!! The children made pirate hats which they wear while they play along, on drums and tambourines, to sea shanties in our Music and Movement sessions.

We also wave our flags to the song The Jolly Roger, dance on the deck of the ship to other pirate songs and we explore our treasure chest of gold and jewels. Everyone enjoys this session especially now that they have become familiar with the songs.

The children are settling into class following lockdown and are working well. We are glad to have them back in school.



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Class 6

Music Mosiac

Sian Peel (speel) on: Class 6

Class 6 has changed quite a lot this academic year. Seven new pupils have joined us from Classes 4 and 5 and we have a new pupil, Laura, who has come to us from another school. She has settled in really well and we hope she will be very happy here at the Coppice.

Steph is the new class teacher and we have a new teaching assistant, Celeste, who along with Ashleigh, Moira and Josie make up the staff team.

Our topic for this term is Music Mosiac. We are looking at music across the decades from the 1950’s to the present day. For the 1950’s we have focused on Elvis Presley. We have looked at the costumes he used to wear on stage and we made our own white sparkly material like the one used to make his famous white suits.

We have also been listening to a lot of his songs. One of our favourites is 'Bossa Nova Baby' which Elvis sang in the film 'Fun in Acapulco'. We have watched Elvis singing this song and have then made a video of ourselves playing along and dancing to it. Each of the students chose a musical instrument to play and they dressed up in sunglasses and flower garlands similar to the ones Elvis used to wear. We had great fun making the video and are hoping to show it to everyone in school when it is our class assembly.


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