Maple Class Storytelling Project

After many weeks of writing and learning (and a bit of snow!), Maple Class finally performed their alternative Little Red Riding Hood stories.

This week the class performed their group stories to each other and then assessed them based on some performance success criteria. The children gave each other feedback using the 3 stars and 2 wishes approach. They could speak confidently and learnt how to use actions to tell their stories.

We managed to whittle down the 12 groups to 6, who then performed a second time to the rest of Key Stage 2. They were all fantastic performers and the rest of the children loved hearing the stories.

Now we will spend time perfecting these ready to perform on a bigger stage in June!




Maple Class had a great tennis coaching session this morning. We improved our catching and throwing skills and worked in partners to practice using a tennis racket to play some tap  rallies.

We all had great fun and learnt lots about the positioning of our rackets and how hard to hit the ball.

Tea Negotiations

This afternoon, Maple Class became tea farmers and tea buyers.

We looked at the process of picking and producing tea. After this we investigated the negotiation process and learnt about how difficult it is to get a balance and a fair price for a product.

The children were really involved and excited when they sold and bought their tea. However, this did prompt some questions about the costs involved.

Look at the Fairtrade website for more information and to play the game at home.

Also follow the link to find out more about how tea bags are made. (BBC Inside the Factory- Tea Bags)

Storytelling Project Day 1

Today, we were visited by two story tellers, Cat and Mike. Mike told us a fantastic story about a tailor and his sons. We all joined in with the actions and sounds to help re tell the story.

We then split into groups to re tell a story. Most groups wanted to re tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We worked for half an hour preparing our performances, before performing to our class.

After break, we talked about how we could improve our retelling and turn it into a story retelling rather than acting out the story. We looked at adding details, standing in one spot and looking at one person in the audience.

Mike and Cat gave each group a different perspective to retell the story from: the wolf, grandma, the police man, and a boy instead of a girl as the main character. We worked in a group to think about how the story might be told from different characters eyes and by changing some parts of the story we know and love.

After lunch, Mrs Ackland modelled using a story map to retell the story from the point of view of the wolf. We then made our own story maps for the wolf. Over the next couple of weeks we are going to look more closely at fairy tales and write our own version, changing different parts ready to perform our stories.

Before half term we will perform and then choose some class champions who will then prepared their stories ready to perform them on stage in Andover in June at a Story telling Celebration. We are very excited by this project and are looking forward to work in groups and as a class to write stories, learn how to perform and evaluate our own and each others work.

Look out for examples of our stories here soon!


Fantastic Cricket, Wonderful Worlds and Perfect Place Value

Over the last 3 weeks we have been looking at the book The Land of Neverbelieve. Using the fantastic pictures we have written setting descriptions using  noun phrases and we have planned and written stories using powerful verbs.

We created lists of alternative verbs for boring verbs and used these in our story writing about an adventure to the island.

In PE we have be working as a team to create gymnastic routines and also we have been learning the skills of catching and throwing in Cricket.

In maths this week we have been finding 10 more and 10 less than any two digit number (Year 2) and finding 10 and 100 more and less than any three digit number. We have been using the diennes and physical resources as well as showing we know the value of each digit by recording our calculations on a number line.

Next week, we going on our trip to Romsey to carry out some fieldwork. We are really excited to find out more about our local town.


Poems, sketches and map skills in Romsey

On Tuesday we had a fantastic trip to Romsey.

The children used maps to find their way to find a secret location- the library!

We also looked at the the poems scattered around Romsey before writing our own.

We visited the Abbey and sketched some of its features.

Some children used the trundle wheel to measure the distance across the park from benches to the bandstand. A few people we able to measure the length of the aisle in the cathedral, it was approximately 25 metres long!!


Welcome 2018!!

Welcome back!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year break.

Maple have had a great start to the new term. On Thursday and Friday we continued our work on Monet. We learnt how to mix colours; creating secondary colours from primary colours and mixing tints and shades using white and black.

We matched colours to complete Monet’s famous Waterlillies painting and then created our own river image in the style of Monet.