This week in Maple

This week we have been very busy again! We have been learning more about Norwich during world war 2, cooking, doing forest schools and PE as well as all our maths and reading and writing.

Soup and bread

We made our own tomato soup and bread rolls. We sat together and enjoyed the meal at the end of the day. We learnt lots of new things especially about what yeast does and why we need it to make our bread fluffy.

All about 10!

Some of us have been learning all about the number 10 and experimenting with different ways of making it. We used a fun activity with 10 fishes to help us.


We made obstacle courses using items from the forest school area. We then had to trust our partners to help us get safely to the other end. We had to really think about what we were saying when we had to guide our friends. It was quite tricky.

The Blitz

We have looked at some parts of world war 2 this week. We have learnt about the battle of Britain, the Blitz and the bombs that hit Norwich. We looked at a map which shows were all the bombs landed in and around Norwich. We also looked at primary and secondary sources and read a news paper article about the bombings in Norwich. We used the article to find information about the bombings.

Maple class this week

Raise a Glass

verse 1

Come with me to Caistor, to see the Roman town

Although it’s very quiet, there’s history all around

Lets catch the boar to Norvic, to where the crossroads meet.

This week we have been looking at verse one of our ‘Come you in’ song. We have researched Caistor St Edmunds and learnt about Celts and Romans.

We compared Roman and Celtic houses and thought about how Norfolk changed when the Romans came.

We also imagined how it would be to live as a Celt and cooked bread over an open fire

We have also been working on team building skills. We had to communicate carefully to lift the hoop together with one finger.

I really liked cooking the bread on the fire because it was really warm. (LE)

I was really excited to be cooking on a fire. I have never done it before (MH)

We made round houses using lollipop sticks. We weaved paper in and out of the sticks like the Celts. (JB)

I like how we were cooking because when we were cooking I felt like as if I was homeless. (NK)

I liked when we were making the walls for our Celt houses. I liked weaving in and out of the lolly sticks. (ZW)

I learnt about Bouddica, she was the Queen of the Iceni. When the Romans came they made peace with them. Then the king died and the Romans demanded their land. Bouddica wouldn’t let them and she got beaten and her daughters got beaten. She didn’t want a war as it would hurt her people. The Iceni fought the Romans 3 times and won. In the final battle they had 10 times more people than the Romans but they were not properly trained and the Romans won. Bouddica got caught and she didn’t want to be a laughing stock so she drank poison. (LE, MH and JE)

I have really enjoyed ‘sitting still like a frog’ it is my favourite thing to do. (DV)

I really enjoyed doing PE on Monday with the Sports Factory. (ZW)

What do different parts of the brain do?

Maple asked the question ‘what do different parts of the brain do?’ We carried out a number of activities and tests to explore the things the brain can do.

We made brain hats that showed us the different areas of the brain and what they do.

We made electrical circuits and made our own switches to demonstrate how the brain passes messages around our bodies using electricity passed on through neurons.

We made brain biscuits and decorated them in different colours to show the different areas of the brain.

We carried out different activities to test our brains ability to taste, touch, hear and smell.

We also played a brain race game where we had to send the parts down the line and then build a puzzle of the brain. We also drew a giant man on the playground and raced around his body to send messages to different parts of the body from the brain.

At the end of the week we talked about what we had learnt and what we had enjoyed.

Matthew: one part of our brain helps us to make plans and decide what to do.

Harvey: I’ve learnt that eyes are needed to help us taste things.

Josh: I didn’t know that our brain passes messages around our body.

Zarah: We iced our biscuits different colours to show different parts of the brain.

John: Neurons send messages

Jayden: the part at the back of our brain controls eye sight. Our body sends messages to make our body move.

Nataniel: One part is called the frontal cortex and you need to use 2 parts of your brain to speak.

Dilmara: I liked our tasting investigation.