Greenside Avenue, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 6BB

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Welcome to Mapplewell Primary School

Mapplewell Primary School

We provide excellence in learning; encourage a growth mindset
in all pupils and promote independence and motivation to succeed.

Jackalopes Class - Reception

Meet The Team 

Mrs Dry, Mrs Flemming, Miss Walker and Mrs Bailey.

Our Maths Learning

This week we have started to do lots of maths learning. We have sung songs and used different apparatus like number lines and the counting stick to count numbers to 10 and sometimes 20. We have also been learning more about the numbers one to five. First, we rolled the dice and used the dots to help us identify the number we had rolled. Next we found the matching number card. After that we counted out objects to represent the numeral. The adults working with us were so proud of how well we did. Our partner work was excellent and we made sure that we helped each other.

Inside the classroom we used the interactive whiteboard to play a game where we counted the spots on a ladybird and chose the correct numeral to show the number of spots. It was lots of fun.

Homework 14/9/18 Read Write Inc.  Please ask your child to read the sounds that they know. We will be sending a sheet home for you to practice on Monday.

Our Key Story - The bus is for us!

Our First PE Day - Thursday 13th September

Today we have had our first PE lesson. The children practised putting on their PE kit independently and they practised doing this in silence so they could concentrate.  The children did really well, some of them managed to fasten and unfasten buttons and put on tricky socks.  Please practise these skills at home as this will help your child to become more independent.  Some children managed to get ready in less than 10 minutes which is a great achievement for their first time.  Once in the hall the children practised their good listening skills and following instructions.  We played musical statues including balancing and making shapes with our bodies.  Then we played a game with the hoops where the children had to problem solve and organise themselves into pairs.  Here is a slideshow of our first PE lesson.

Our Jackalope Day - Tuesday 11th September

Today we have explored what a Jackalope is. The children have used their imaginations to think about what a Jackalope is, what it can do, what it's special powers are and what it likes to eat. They decided that a Jackalope is 'a bit like a bunny but it can fly;' that it 'looks like a reindeer because it has horns next to its ears' and that ' it has magic feet.' Like a rabbit, a Jackalope likes to eat grass but not just any grass, special rainbow-coloured grass! Finally the children thought that the Jackalope's strong legs meant it could jump a long way like a kangaroo.

The children have worked in small groups to begin creating a Jackalope mural. Today we have collaged the Jackalope itself and we hope to complete the other aspects of the picture this week. We have also created a Jackalope song so please listen out for the children singing it.

In the outside area children explored building a Jackalope house. Of course the house can fly and lots of children got involved with its construction. Meanwhile inside, children had lots of fun designing their own Jackalope. They took great care to try to stay inside the lines when colouring and enjoyed telling adults about whether their Jackalope was good or naughty and the reasons why.

Homework Friday 7th September

Please practise retelling the story, 'The Bus is for Us' by Michael Rosen. Click on the images to enlarge the text map.

This week has been all about buses. We have drawn buses, written text maps about buses, made junk model buses and made buses in our outdoor area.

In maths we have been counting to 10.

First Day Back to School

We have all had a wonderful first day at school, settling in very quickly. We have enjoyed exploring the new areas and resources. We have been busy playing and learning independently and with our peers. We have discussed our class rules and expectations. We practised going into the dinner hall for lunch and we went outside into the big playground to have a play before lunch time so that we knew what and where to go later on. It was great fun having the whole big playground to run in without the older children. We managed lunch time in the dinner hall with confidence and independence and we had a circle time after registration to talk about how lunch time went.

We have continued to be interested in bees and we have been looking closely with magnifying glasses at the differences between a bee and wasp which was found on the floor outside. We were also surprised to find a very large spider who had built his web inside one of the large tyres! We read the story "The Bus Is For Us!" We talked about different ways we can travel and we drew pictures of what we could travel on and we used the large construction to make our own buses and go on holidays. We have particularly enjoyed exploring the different maths resources, using them creatively and using more mathematical language.

It has been a lovely day seeing everyone getting to know each other again and saw the start of some new friendships and interests.

Transition Week

 During transition week we have been busy getting to know the children they have been learning the story "We're going on a bear hunt". We have also been busy singing and having time with each other making new friendships and for some children getting used to the new adults and classroom areas. We have been into the dinner hall and had our first experiences of eating school lunches. There have been lots of empty plates and happy faces and it has been lovely to get help from the new school lunchtime supervisors as well as some of the older children in school helping us if we are unsure of where to go.

We have had quite a few bees come and visit our lavender plants and some bees have struggled in the heat so we have put a little water out in a milk bottle top to try and help encourage the bees back into the air. We know not to touch or get too close to them so we have been using binoculars and magnifying glasses to look at them from a safer distance.

September Topic : Magical Me

In September our topic is Magical Me. We are looking forward to exploring our own interests and learning all about our bodies and how we are alike and how we are all different and special in our own way.  We will talk about our favourite stories and our families and people that we love. During transition week we practised 'We're going on a Bear Hunt story.' If you have this book please read it to your children over the summer and let them retell the story using the pictures from the Text Map below. Have a wonderful summer holiday.