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This year has been great! The children have worked hard and have shown true strength of character as they returned to their new school routine.

Their work has taken us all on a wonderful journey! We would like you to take a look at the amazing activities Maple Class have been doing. We are so proud of their determination and enthusiasm which has created some amazing results! Join with us in celebrating their achievements.

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  • Harmonious Hieroglyphics.

    Published 15/09/21, by Alison Kendell

    An Ancient Egyptian topic would not be complete without trying out some Hieroglyphics. We did and we loved it!

    Before we began our cryptic hieroglyphics, we had to make our papyrus paper. To make our paper look more authentic, we began by tearing brown paper into strips.  Next, was the messy stage! (We like messy in year 3!) Each strip was coated in diluted P.V.A glue. We then layered the strips on top of each other using a criss-cross design. Our paper was then set-aside to dry.

    What is papyrus?

    Papyrus is a kind of paper that was used in Ancient Egypt for writing. It was made from a reed plant which was originally grown in marshy areas around the Nile river. The plant had a variety of uses. The Egyptians also used the papyrus plants to make boats, mattresses, mats, rope, sandals and baskets.

    What is hieroglyphics?

    Although hieroglyphics are Egyptian, the word hieroglyphics is Greek. “Hiero” means “holy” and “glyphics” means “marks” or “writings” — so the word means “holy writings“. The Egyptians believed there was great power in a name. If someone’s name was remembered then he or she would survive in the afterlife. That’s why pharaohs’ names were written in hieroglyphics in their tombs! The Egyptians used hieroglyphs on their temple walls and public monuments.

    Try using the hieroglyphics to see if you can send a friend a message.

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  • Mummification of A Tomato! Eeek!

    Published 15/09/21, by Alison Kendell

    Our topic this term is the amazing Ancient Egyptians! We started the term by getting messy and gooey mummifying tomatoes. We are looking at how it changes, weekly and recording the results.  The 'control' tomato has not been preserved, so we can use this to compare the differences.

    Did you know?

    By removing the inside 'organs' of the tomato, you are taking away a lot of the moisture that would otherwise allow bacteria to break down the tomato. Natron also helps by quickly drawing away all the water from the tomato and making it harder for bacteria to live. This type of preservation is called mummification!

    What is Natron?

    Historical natron was harvested as a salt mixture from dry lake beds in Ancient Egypt and has been used for thousands of years as cleaning. We made ours by mixing salt and bicarbonate of soda.

    What is preservation?

    Preservation is to look after something to stop it becoming ruined.

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  • Maple's Architects in the Making.

    Published 23/06/21, by Alison Kendell

    To link to our All Around the World theme, we looked at all the different styles of building around the world. They are amazing!

    Did you know the Eiffel Tower was built in record time? It took 2 years, 2 months and 5 days. From late January 1887 to March 31, 1889. Compared to St. Peter's Basilica, located in Vatican City, Rome, which took a total of 144 years to build!

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  • Science - Extra Special Xylems

    Published 16/06/21, by Rachael Jurkiw

    In Science, we have been looking at plant parts and their purpose. Plants have tubes called xylems, that run though their stems and roots. These tubes carry water, minerals and sugars. 

    We thought about how we could represent this using coloured water. Here are some of our thoughts:

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  • Maple's Marvellous Adventure Around the World in Eighty Days! (Almost)

    Published 16/06/21, by Rachael Jurkiw

    What a Journey we had!

    Inspired by Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg, Maple Class, travelled around the world to learn about all the different and exciting biomes.

    biome is a large area characterised by its vegetation, soil, climate, and wildlife.

    We voted for the poster we felt represented its biome the best. Which do you think does that? Why?

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  • Biographies — Amazing Amelia Earhart

    Published 16/06/21, by Rachael Jurkiw

    What is a biography? 

    biography is a true story about someone's life. Biographies tell about famous people, or ordinary people who have done exciting things. They usually centre on one person's life and how they have contributed to the world.

    Take a look at some excerpts of our biographies about Amelia Earhart.

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  • Express Yourself!

    Published 16/06/21, by Rachael Jurkiw

    In Maple class we love celebrating ourselves! We love our unique appearances, personalities and skills and wanted to show these off! Take a look at some of the art work we have completed which shows just how individual we are! 

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  • Awesome Art Work!

    Published 16/06/21, by Rachael Jurkiw

    We have had so much fun creating wonderful pieces of art work. We have been inspired by our Vikings and Dragons topic and hope you love our pictures as much as we do! 

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  • Iron Man Art Work

    Published 15/12/20, by Rachael Jurkiw

    Silhouette

    Maple class have been working really hard to create some really effective pieces of art work using silhouettes. We hope you agree that these look absolutely stunning! Well done Maple!

     

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  • Iron Man Stop Motion Videos

    Published 08/12/20, by Rachael Jurkiw

    Maple class have been working super hard to create stop motion videos. We had to create scripts, props and learn how to use new stop motion apps. We hope you love our final pieces as much as we do! 

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  • Maple class create their own Marvellous Medicine labels

    Published 10/10/20, by Rachael Jurkiw

    Maple class had to think carefully about the label for their Marvellous Medicine. Who was their target audience? How would they make their label stand out? What must they include so it can be sold in shops? Take a look at some of their creations!

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  • We love maths!!

    Published 10/10/20, by Rachael Jurkiw

    We have been having so much fun in Maths Fluency sessions. We love playing mathematical games, discussing different strategies and wondering about the patterns we can notice! 

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