Welcome to Maple class!

Hello and a Warm Welcome to Maple Class!

Maple Class is taught by Mr Edmunds and Miss Fisher 
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We Invite You To...
Scroll down to find information, star of the week, letters and our most current class blog!
For work from our previous half terms, select from the menu bar on the left<
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Star of the week = Louis

Louis has been outstanding this week in all he has achieved. He continues to show a high level of engagement in all lessons, always going that extra mile. His writing is fantastic, using all the features we have discussed in class and has transferred his skills in this to his topic work (You can read an example of his work below). In maths Louis has been taking on challenges by investigating new areas, he has already showed a great understanding of ratio after only two lessons! Both myself and Miss Fisher are so proud and impressed with how well he has been doing! Louis also has a caring and gentle side. He has shone this week during our lessons around anti-bullying week and has really proven himself a role model for everyone at St Josephs. Well done Louis, keep up the outstanding work!

Last week's star of the week was Evan
This week's spellings...
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Our Class Blog:
I hope you enjoy visiting and using the site. Listed below is information about what the class has been learning, challenges for the children and lots of interesting pictures and facts to look at and read! The web page is updated at least once a week, so keep revisiting for more!
Our next Key Text in English is...
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We look forward to learning a brand new story map and exploring action sequences...
Lethal Lightning
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 As part of our topic learning this week, Maple class have found out what causes lightning. We talked about how the particles of dust and ice in a cumulonimbus storm cloud bash and rub together to form static electricity. This electricity then shoots towards the ground from the bottom of the cloud...
Below is a diagram Louis and Cameron found to explain this. You can click on the diagram to be taken to their presentation about lightning...
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We Remember Them...
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Optional Homework
Can you create a graph of the change in wind speeds/temperature using google sheets like we did in class?
You can find data at windy.com (click image below to go to windy.com).
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Search for Exmouth then select the temperature icon to see the data at the bottom of the page.
The image above is a very special... Can you tell what event it is showing?
Lucy and Chopin
It was fantastic to see how inspired the children were after watching a video in class to find out more about the composer Frederic Chopin. We watched the video as part of our English lesson in order to write an innovated "scary situations story". The children were very enthusiastic and we got some fantastic vocabulary and writing in the lesson. You can watch the video below.
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In the video below you can listen to 18 year old Polish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki performing Nocturne in C Sharp Minor by Frédéric Chopin. He is performing at the Proms (2013) an annual classical music festival...
This week we were scientists, trying to make our own salt crystals. We slowly added teaspoons of salt to warm water until it started to form crystals. We left them to form and hopefully attach to pipe cleaners. We have left them in school over the weekend and we will check on them on Monday.
Keep your fingers crossed!
We are meteorologists...
This week maple class were innovating the story of Zelda Claw. We used our previously created story maps to create our own stories involving scary situations. As a class we "boxed up" a story about a boy called Justas who gets trapped inside a haunted house. After hearing some very scary noises he decided to hide inside a cupboard. Poor Justas was eventually grabbed by the monster that was plaguing him! 
Some of the children extended themselves even further, creating their own characters and locations. We had a boy called Jack being chased through an abandoned airport by gangsters, several children lost in forests and a rather unlucky chap that ended up lost in a subway!
The children have really enjoyed innovating their stories, using the maps as a structure for their writing. Come in and have a read of some of them - IF YOU DARE!
All Saints and All Souls Day
Maple class enjoyed joining in with the dressing up on all saints day. We all had fun learning about how special the different saints were. Mr Edmunds came as St James and we reflected on our learning about pilgrimage. 
On all souls day we remembered those we have lost with a special reflection. We have been thinking about our journey through life and how we are "born again" in heaven when we die.
Please read and look at our photos and our shared reflections below... 

Gone From My Sight

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. 

Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone."

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me -- not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"

We are meteorologists
Today in class we explore the weather in many ways.
We first discovered how clouds were made by evaporation, something we will look into more tomorrow with Miss Fisher when we research the water cycle. We also looked at the different types of cloud we can get, recognising that today there were cirrus, alto-stratus and alto-cumulus clouds overhead!
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We then looked at synoptic charts and the different symbols used in a weather forecast, we investigated mapping techniques and explored the weather each cloud may bring. We looked at what warm and cold fronts are and will be keeping a close eye on weather forecasts in the future. Next week we hope to start working on planning our own weather forecasts! 
We watched this clip from 2015 to revise our skills and hope to use them in our homework this week by keeping a weather diary..
Can you spot the warm and cold fronts?
Can you list the weather vocabulary used?
Here are some more diagrams to explore...
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Click on the link below to explore a live weather map...
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You can see the wind directions and speeds, click to see the temperatures and precipitation (rain). 
Click on the picture below to revise your knowledge of the water cycle...
 Can you explain it to someone else?
Zelda Claw
You can click on the link below to read our class text... Zelda Claw by Pi Corbett. We have enjoyed making story maps of our story and acting out all the suspense-filled sentences!
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You can also watch us performing our story on the first day we have heard it!
As you can see, we use pictures, actions and emphasis to help us remember the patterns, structure and writers features.
Next we will deconstruct the text, building up a toolkit for suspense writing!
Our Next Topic Is...
"What's Out There In The Darkness?"
You can view the topic web below to see what fantastic learning we have lined up for our next half term...
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