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November 2015

Maple class have been so busy since coming back from our half term holiday! Last week we finished our Traditional Tales unit by looking at the story of the Gingerbread Man. We thought of different ways that the story could have ended, and even designed and made our own gingerbread men! They were delicious. Our handwriting is getting better and better, and we are working really hard to make sure we write on the line, and remember our finger spaces and full stops. This week we have been looking at rhythm and rhyme, particularly in nursery rhymes. We have been creating our own nursery rhymes by changing the ending of the sentences! Encourage your children to recognise rhyming words by seeing if they can finish the sentences in the stories you're reading at home (Julia Donaldson stories are particularly good for this).


In maths we have tackled place value and looked at tens and units within numbers. We have done lots of practise but some of us are still finding it a little tricky. We need to keep practising this at home mums and dads! Perhaps Maple children could be given the task of buying something small at the shops using the right number of 10p and 1p coins. There are also many place value games on the internet. Here are some to try...



http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/maths/games/place_the_penguin/big_sound/full.shtml (LEVEL 1)


We have also been thinking of our Hindu friends this week as they have been celebrating Diwali. We looked at the different ways in which we celebrate, and how there are similarities and differences in the way people celebrate special occasions. We enjoyed making Diva lamps, drawing Mendhi patterns and creating a big Rangoli pattern outside!


This week has been a special time for remembering aswell, and we created some beautiful poppy pictures to remember all those who have given their lives for our freedom.


Well done on all your hard work and good behaviour Maple class.


Mrs Manwaring and Mrs Rai