This week in our class

We have had the most wonderful start to the new year. Maple have worked so hard and have tried lots of new things.


In maths we have been learning about numbers. We made the numbers in lots of different ways and learnt that we can show numbers in numerals and words. We played a fun game where we had to guess what number was hiding under the squares.


Sensory circuits

We started a new activity which we will do every morning before we start our work. We will use our bodies in different ways and strengthen our muscles including our brain!


Choosing times

We worked together to build a tower out of magnets. We had to help each other and solve problems.

Hand gym

Everyday we work on making our hands and fingers stronger to help up with writing. We try to unlock all the locks quick as we can or screw in as many screws as possible. We also practice threading and use peg boards.

JB: I have enjoyed everything this week. Our classroom has moved around and I really like how it has changed.

CD: I have enjoyed everything. I really liked using loom bands and learning about the colour monster.

BC: I liked the elastic loom bands. I liked painting the colour monster suns.

LE: I have enjoyed being back at school and I have enjoyed hand gym and sensory circuits.

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 reading cafe

On Friday Maple class invited parents, family and friends in to share stories and to make dinosaur dioramas.


We had a lovely afternoon sharing stories and having drinks and biscuits with the adults.

Thank you to all those adults that came along.

Were dinosaurs real?

In Maple class we answered the question…Were dinosaurs real?

We answered this question by looking at what we can learn from fossils and how fossils are made.

First we studied the process of how fossils are made and we made our own fossils using a similar process. We learnt that fossils are bones that have become rock.

Next we looked at how paleontologists find fossils. We went out side on a fossil hunt. We had to dig carefully in the soil and use tools to brush away the dirt carefully so we didn’t disturb the fossils. We drew what we found before taking the fossils out of the ground, cleaning up the fossils and then putting the bones together to create a dinosaur.


Where do diamonds come from?

In maple this week we have been answering our question…Where do diamonds come from?

We have carried out some investigations to learn more about how they form. Before half term we had looked at how rocks are made and how our earth has many different layers.

How do diamonds or crystals form?

John: I learnt how to make fake diamonds.

Nataniel: I was interested to learn that diamonds grow on rocks.

Jayden: We put some Alum powder and hot water in a mug. Next we put a pipe cleaner on some thread and tied it to a pencil. We hung the pipe cleaner in the mixture and left it for 24 hours.


The next day there were crystals in the mug.


Matthew: I was interested to learn that lava helped to make diamonds.

Joshua: Diamonds don’t come out pretty and shiny or shaped, they come out bumpy and rough and they are cut using other diamonds.


Different types of rock

We used starbursts to learn about the rock cycle.

Dilmara: we opened the sweets and chopped them up and squished them together. We put it in a bag and squished them up even more. Next we melter them and waited for them to cool. The sweets were now brown and hard.

First we cut the rocks (sweets) up. This created sediment which in nature is created by wind, rain and erosion (matthew)

The sediment comes together and is compacted to for sedimentary rock.


Next with more squishing and some heat the sedimentary rock becomes metamorphic rock. (jayden and Matthew)

The rock melts with lava (Harvey) and it becomes igneous.

Some bits broke of of the igneous rock and we saw that there was more sediment so we learnt that the process can start all over again.

Natural and man made rocks

Zarah: I enjoyed finding stones. We looked for man made and natural stones.

We went out into the playground and found that not all stones and rocks are natural. We found some things such as bricks, and the road and paths are made by people. We also found lots of natural stones outside and washed them. We saw that there were lots of different types of stones with different colours and patterns in.

Why do volcanoes erupt?

In Maple class this week we have asked the question… “Why do volcanoes erupt?”

We watched videos of volcanic eruptions and talked about where the name volcano comes from. John was very excited to learn that it came from a Roman god called Vulcan who was the god of fire.

We then coloured and labeled a diagram of a volcano.

We used Plasticine to create all the layers of the earth. We started by making the core and then wrapped it in the outer core and then wrapped it in the mantle. Finally we added the earths crust with sea and land. We then cut them open so we could see all of the layers.     

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.


Defying gravity with bottle rockets

In maple class we asked the question: How do you build a rocket?

We researched rockets and watched rocket launches and then designed and made our own bottle rockets.

We filled the bottle with a little water and then used a pump to increase the air pressure then…..whoosh!!!!

We learnt that if we want to launch a rocket we need to beat gravity. Gravity pulls things down and we needed the air pressure and the water jet to push the rocket up.

We then drew a diagram of our test and labeled it.

Meet the brain!

In maple class we asked the question…What do different parts of our brain do?

Me made our own brain hats and explored what different parts do.

We learnt that one part of our brain in the middle controls our breathing and our heart beating Another part helps us make sentences. Another part stores the words and a bit on the top controls our movement.

We are going to explore more of the parts and jobs of the brain over the next week.