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.

This week in Maple

Working as artists and historians

This week we have begun looking at the Norman invasion of Great Britain. We studied the Bayeux tapestry and the story that it tells about the battle. We learnt about Harold and William and how they both thought they should be the king of England so had a battle in 1066.

We then had a go at drawing our own section of the tapestry.


We have been thinking about how things look different from other peoples points of view. We had a selection of items on the table and drew what we could see. We found that everyone’s drawing was slightly different because of what they could see.

We thought about how the Battle at in 1066 would have had people from 2 different points of view. We took the sides of the Normans and the English and thought about how they would have felt about the battle and Harold dying and William being King.

This week in Maple class!

This week has been very exciting and busy! We have finished learning about the vikings and we are ready to begin planning our presentations of the school history conference.


On Monday we had a visit from some firefighters from North Earlham fire station. They talked to us about making our homes safe and what to do in an emergency. They also let us have a go with the powerful hose.


World book day

We dressed up as our favourite book characters and took part in various activities. We met an author and she ran a workshop where we played  games and learnt about the character in the book. We enjoyed some poetry in Maple class and made our own poem about a Viking longship journey. We watched a video of a long ship at sea in a storm and then we acted out being Vikings on a long ship in a storm. We then worked individually on lines and then as a class to make it into a poem.

Here is our poem:

The Vikings travel to new lands in their long dragon ships,
the water erupts all over the deck of the wooden boats,
the lightning looks like it was thrown in the sea by a god,
heavy rain, big waves, fish hit by a rope, Viking ships are sinking over here,
heavy rain falling hard, through the cold, cold air, hurting their skin,
dark grey clouds in the sky,
the fish move through the waves with pleasure and the people on the ships are rowing altogether,
the sea water is salty
the heavy, hot lightning bolts are flashing through the wavy water.


Later in the day, we used pasta and twine to create our own Viking jewellery.

Viking inventions

We learnt that the Vikings used a form of compass to find their way at sea. We had a go at making our own version in class floating a magnetised needle in cork on water. Amazingly it worked!


UEA drama students

The week we designed costumes for our ‘Raise a glass’ performance with the help of the students from the UEA. The acted a fun fashion show for us to inspire our ideas.


Long ships

We learnt about how long ships were made and how the Vikings used them to travel long distances. We then designed and labeled our own long ships.


What the children had to say about the week

JE: We have been learning about longships and they were made out of wood overlaying each other. We found how vikings traveled south and north using a compass.

ZW: We painted pasta and made necklaces like the vikings

MH: I like when we drew our own longships. I liked when we researched about the keel underneath the ship.

JP: Today we choose our designs for viking applique. I drew a skier because the Vikings invented skis.

DV: This week was world book day, I dressed as Cinderella.

LE: We met an author and we played some different games. My favourite game was when you had to have castanets behind your back. If you had the castanets you had to lie and it was really funny.

JB: I enjoyed learning about all the things the vikings invented. I liked the compass the used. they had water in a bowl and floated a leaf or special stone on it. and it pointed north, south, east or west.



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)