Greenside Avenue, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 6BB

01226 381273

mail@mapplewellprimary.org.uk

Welcome to Mapplewell Primary School. Thank you for the support received during our reading exhibition and the much appreciated sponsorship money. So far we have raised £717.20!

Mapplewell Primary School

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

Dr Seuss - Y4 & Y5

Mr Powell

Dr Seuss class is a mixed year 4/5 class of 33 pupils (15 Year 5 and 18 Year 4). We are very proud of all the work we complete, working together with our peers allowing everyone to achieve their full potential. As a class, we are very creative and imaginative, enjoying participating in drama lessons and practical, hands on maths. Miss Heckler supports us with our literacy work and Mrs Vella supports us with our maths. We value each others opinions and aim to promote a positive learning environment where everyone feels welcome and included.

   Mr Powell        Miss Heckler        Mrs Vella

 Miss Heckler - Classroom Support

 

News

  • Please remember your PE kit every Monday and leave it in school until Friday
  • Key Stage 2 Sports Day - Tuesday 12th June 2018
  • Key Stage 2 music festival - Thursday 21st June 2018, 10:30am at the Metrodome Barnsley. Tickets are available for £2.50.
  • Homework is due in on the week beginning the 25th May (if you have lost your sheet you can find another one at the bottom of this page)
  • Keep learning your timetables using TTRockstars

 

SUMMER TERM

English - Summer Term

 We have started reading a new book in literacy called "The song from somewhere else." So far, we have used our inference skills to analyse the illustrations from the book and develop our own story lines as well as making inferences about the different characters we have been introduced to.

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We created freeze frames and thought tracking to re-enact scenes from the book. We also used illustrations to make predictions about what we thought the book would be about.

English - Summer Term

In English this term we have started looking at a book called Varmints. We produced some drawings of Varmints and then wrote some descriptions about what they look like and the problems they bring with them. Have a look at some the descriptions we have produced this week.

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We created the Varmint Liberation Campaign linked to the book we have been reading and wrote persuasive letters persuading people to support and join our campaign. To help us with this we organised a protest around the local village and made an assembly to inform the rest of key stage 2 about what the VLC is and why it was created.

This week we have been doing some drama called 'thought tracking' to get into role as the main character from the story Varmints. We then used this drama to write some dairies in role, creating empathy for the character.

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Maths - Summer Term

 In our maths lessons, we combine a mixture of activities involving concrete apparatus, pictorial representations and abstract problem to allow all pupils to deepen their understanding. Below are a few examples of the work we have been conducting over the last half term on shape, angles, direction and area and perimeter. In maths this term we have been focusing on multiplication. We have been making arrays to find factor pairs of numbers, using standard written methods for multiplication and using our knowledge of place value to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 100.

Topic - Summer Term 2 - Bright Sparks

Electricity is an energy that flows along wires in our homes, schools, offices, towns and cities to power
lights, televisions, computers, cars and trains, and hundreds of other things that we use every day. Let's
find out what we can do with electricity.

Topic - Summer Term - The Nature of Life

 From frogspawn to frogs, from caterpillars to butterflies and from seeds to plants, all living things grow and change, feed and reproduce. But how does life begin for living things and what effect does the environment have?

The Nature Of Life

World Book Day

 We didn't let the snow ruin our World Book Day fun, we came to school in our pyjamas and focused on the theme of sharing stories. As part of this, we brought in our favourite story books from home and enjoyed sharing these with our partner class Jill Murphy. We also decorated potatoes, turning them into different book characters as you can see below.

World Maths Day

  As part of this years world Maths we became rockstars and began our mission to learn our times tables and achieve Rock God status. We spent the day working with each other completing various mathematical investigations and completed some artwork looking at different patterns.

Friendship poems

As a class we created friendship poems. Each person write their own line for a poem on the importance of friendship and what makes a true friend. Following this on our tables we put our lines together to make a stanza. We then edited our stanzas and compiled them together to make a class poem.

English

We have been using the book Varjak Paw within our literacy lessons to inspire our writing. So far we have explored the different characters and themes of the book using different drama techniques. We have then used this to write a diary entry as Varjak Paw and a newspaper article explaining the mysterious 'Vanishings' that have been happening throughout the city. Throughout this unit, we have really enjoyed contacting the author S.F. Said on twitter and hearing his thoughts  on our learning.

 

This week we have been using drama to recreate the 'Seven Ways of Jalal' - can you spot which is which?


Can you recognise which of the Seven Ways of Jalal this is?

Can you recognise which of the Seven Ways of Jalal this is?
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Readers theatre - we performed a description of Sally Bones, a character from Varjak Paw

Readers theatre - we performed a description of Ginger, a character from Varjak Paw

A newspaper article on 'The Vanishings'

A newspaper article on 'The Vanishings'

Here is our conscience alley that we did, acting as Varjak's conscience to advise him on his dilemma - should he stay at home with his family or leave the safety of his home to find a dog and defeat the mysterious gentleman and his sleek black cats?

Mathematics

 In our maths lessons, we combine a mixture of activities involving concrete apparatus, pictorial representations and abstract problem to allow all pupils to deepen their understanding. Below are a few examples of the work we have been conducting over the last half term on shape, angles, direction and area and perimeter.

In maths this term we have been focusing on multiplication. We have been making arrays to find factor pairs of numbers.


After measuring the angles using a protractor, we created a set of directions to navigate the car to the hospital

Topic - What's on the menu?

 Our topic for the Spring term is 'What's on the menu?' We have been learning about different food groups as well as where different food comes from. We have researched different foods that are produced locally as well as food miles, investigating how far the items in our pack lunch have travelled. In addition to this, we have look at what makes up a healthy balanced meal and we carefully analysed the school lunch menu before designing our own version. Finally, we have been designing our own restaurants and we created some adverts for them which can be seen below.


Fancy trying a new Italian restaurant?

How about Ninja Chef? An all variety restaurant for adults and children?

Or Restaurant Italiano?