Maple Class

Maple class pupils are active learners and learn best when they have opportunity to physically practise everything they see and hear within the curriculum. Most lessons will start with the class working together as a whole but the majority of learning happens within small groups and individually as targets, activities and equipment is differentiated for each need. Many of the pupils have high anxieties related to their sensory integration difficulties and social and emotional needs and therefore the class provides a high level nurturing environment and approaches to help them self- regulate their sensory and emotional difficulties.

 

2020 Spring Term 1

We have started our new unit of work titled ‘Thank you for the Music’ which focuses on Creative/ DT, Science and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural). This unit of work is part of the new ‘Linked Curriculum’.

Expected overall outcomes:

  • Creative/DT focus
  • Exploring different genres of music
  • Exploring tempo, volume and pitch
  • Exploring different instruments and how to play them
  • Exploring rhythm
  • Exploring emotion in music
  • Science focus
  • Exploring cause and effect
  • Exploring sound
  • Exploring and categorising instruments/sounds
  • Making instruments
  • SMSC focus

Exploring different music genres related to culture and communities from around the world including the countries Morocco and Spain

Exploring different music for different celebrations or parts of life including Chinese New Year which occurs on 25th January 2020

We will be working across the levels of Discoverers, Explorers and Investigators.

We aim to make regular community visits to reinforce and generalise the skills learnt within the classroom. We already have trips planned for the Music Gallery at the Horniman Museum as well as a visit to Wing Yip Chinese Supermarket.

The children will have daily opportunities to explore and create their own music using a variety of instruments as well as making instruments from a range of materials. We look forward to forming our very own Maple Class band!

Your child may be coming home with information and visual resources. It is important for your child’s learning that these resources are displayed, used and discussed.

During the Spring term we will also be focusing on Relationships and Health which will be embedded in daily activities. This will include work on healthy and unhealthy relationships linking Zones of Regulation® and Healthy lifestyle.

 

2019 Autumn Term 1 & 2

Dear Maple Class Parents,

We have started our new unit of work titled ‘Water, Water, Everywhere’ which focuses on Geography, Science and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural). This unit of work is part of the new ‘Linked Curriculum’.

Expected overall outcomes

Geography focus

  • Different uses for water in our life, local area and world.
  • Where would we find water in the local environments and further?
  • What would you find in/at bodies of water?
  • Who uses water as their habitat?
  • Different habits and how they vary with the presence of water.
  • Undertaking and reporting on geographical exploration

Science focus

  • Exploring water as a liquid
  • Floating and sinking
  • How water can change its form from liquid to gas or solid

SMSC focus

  • How not everyone has access to clean water around the world.
  • How can we improve water for people in poorer countries?

We will be working across the levels of Discovers, Explorers and Investigators.

We aim to make weekly community visits to reinforce and generalise their skills learnt within the classroom. As well as seeing these environments first hand they will have regular opportunities to role play their experiences when back at school.

Your child may be coming home with information and visual resources. It is important for your child’s learning that these resources are displayed, used and discussed.

We will also be focusing on Relationships and Health which will be embedded in daily activities as well as explicitly taught. Such as relationships of family and friends, respectful relationships in class, across the school and accessing the wider community on trips.

Sincerely,

Maple Class Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

We cannot thank you enough for all the time and effort you have put into our son. You are amazing and we appreciate everything you have done for us as a family.

Parent – 2018

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