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Welcome to Maple Class! 




This half term our topic will be:

Seaside Fun!

We hope you have had a lovely half term break and are feeling refreshed and ready for the last part of term.  We have another busy and exciting term ahead with lots of new learning to do!



Our topic will investigate how families had fun in the past and whether this has changed in the year 2017.



Children will be taught to:

· Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products including sand sculptures

· Colour mix to produce beach paintings

· Use observational skills to draw own seaside  landscapes

· Create paintings in the style of Raoul Dufy and Laura Knight

· Make seaside postcard/billboard posters to advertise Weston-super-Mare



Our focus will be on sorting and classifying natural and manmade materials and objects. Children will compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials for particular uses. We will also find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.




We will investigate changes over time with visits to the seaside. Children will also be learning about railway builders including George and Robert Stephenson and The Rocket Locomotive.





Lots will be covered during this topic including:

· Weather

· Physical and human features of  Taunton and Weston-super-Mare

· Fieldwork skills including compass directions, interpreting maps, drawing own maps and  using                                          aerial photographs.




Athletics, summer/ beach games will be covered this half term.








In RE we will be continuing the unit ‘Why is our world Special?’





Children will continue to bring a reading book home every night. Please sign and date the reading diary as you hear your child read. Little and often is the key to reading success. Each time your child reads at home, he/she is automatically moved up to the next level (pink) on our class chart. We will check this every morning.

Please continue to use the home phonics learning packs and weekly word sheets to practice the sounds, reading both alien and non alien words.



We are in progress of making a new ice cream parlour role play area. Please can you save empty ice cream containers (washed) and empty cardboard ice lolly packs? We will put them to good use!





Forest School will continue to be led by Miss Davis on a Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate clothes and footwear in school. Wellies can be left in school but please name them





Maple Class will be doing P.E. on Thursdays and Fridays. PE Kit is needed in school every day as this may change depending on weather and other circumstances. These are best left in school on your child’s peg




This half term we will be looking at ‘seaside’ themed stories including ‘The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’ and writing our own versions. Children will write their own postcards and seaside picnic invites.

Please continue to use the home phonics learning packs and weekly word sheets to practice the sounds, reading both alien and non alien words.




We will be focussing on the spelling patterns the children have brought home as spellings. Please continue to practise these at home ready for the spelling test on a Monday morning. We have introduced a ‘Lily Pad’ challenge which is displayed in our cloakroom area. Each time your child gets all the spellings correct, their frog jumps onto the next lily pad. Children that have made it all the way across the pond will be rewarded with a certificate and small prize.




This half term children will continue to extend knowledge of:

  • Number: The Four Operations
  • Measurement: Money
  • Measurement: Weight and Volume


Maths Minutes will continue to be sent home weekly. These focus on the rapid recall of calculation facts. Please support your child in practising these skills.




The children’s home learning this half term is a series of different activities. Please see separate home learning sheet. Your child is welcome to complete as many activities as they would like, but must complete at least two.  It’s lovely for the children to share their home learning in school.



If you have anything you wish to discuss, please let us know. Thank you in advance for your support.
Mrs Powell- Thomas and Mrs Munro

Home Learning Activities -Topic Focus - Seaside Fun!

How did families have fun in the past? The Seaside

Date due: Friday 21 July 2017 (or any time before) 



Research the history of the seaside and what it used to look like in the past. What are the difference and similarities between the past and present seaside?


Make a powerpoint presentation about things you can do at the seaside.




Go to the seaside on a fossil/interesting shell hunt.

 Bring the fossils or shells into class to share what you have found with the class. Maybe you could find out some facts about the objects you find.


Can you make art using objects found at the seaside or in the garden?

For example:

  • Shells
  • Stones
  • Flowers
  • Leaves
  • Sand
  • Sticks



Create a poster about what we can do to stay safe when we visit the seaside.





Make a boat that can float on water.

Use any materials you want to but think about what materials are better at floating.



Write a magical story about finding an object on the beach. It can be anything you want. What might happen?

Don’t forget your capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.


Create poem or song about the seaside.



Please try to do at least two of the above.  Share your home learning with us! Bring items, pictures or photos into school. All home learning is celebrated with the class and put on display. Happy home learning!

Reading at home for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1