Greenside Avenue, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 6BB

01226 381273

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.

Pegasus Class - Y3 & Y4

Welcome to Class Pegasus!



Our class consists of 33 pupils: 20 Year 3s and 14 Year 4s.


The adults in our classroom are:

Class Teacher: Mr Edwards                                        Teaching Assistant: Mrs Vella                                        Teaching Assistant: Miss Jones



P.E. Kits

P.E. is now on a Monday and a Tuesday. Please make sure that your child has a suitable P.E. kit to use. At this time of year, we recommend both an indoor and outdoor P.E. kit.


Reading Books

Reading Books should be returned on a Monday or a Friday so that they can be changed - all of Class Pegasus are now set up on MyBookBlog. All children now have their very own reading journal which should be filled in every time they read and should be returned to school on a Friday, along with their book, to be checked.

Every student also has a password to access MyBookBlog at home and at school. If they have finished their book, we recommend completing the fun activities on their own private page!



Homework is set every Friday and should be returned to school every Wednesday. Homework will comprise of a Maths sheet, a list of 5 spellings from the Year 3 and 4 Statutory Spelling List, which will be tested on a Friday morning.






Rewards Day

As part of our behaviour policy, the children are able to gain reward cubes which they can then use to buy celebration time. What happens in celebration time is completely up to the pupils. This week, we watched Alvin and the Chipmunks and took part in creating some Christmas decorations!


House Day


The new houses were named after the four elements: Earth, Air, Water and Fire. House Mascots were also created and a school mural was designed and painted by all the children in school.

Eden Camp

Everyone in Class Pegasus and Class Werewolf thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Eden Camp in North Yorkshire! The links they made to our work in topic were so insightful and a fun day was had for all!

As a class, we chose a Class Motto.

Our Class Motto is:



We also created our very own Class Rules.

Our Class Rules are:

1) No Bullying!

2) Always pay attention and be ready to learn.

3) Always put your hand up - Don't shout out.

4) Always be kind and respectful towards other people.

5) Keep your hands and feet to yourself.

6) Keep our classroom tidy.

7) Be a good friend!

8) Always try your best!


Keep checking our page to see what fun things we are up to!

In Week Two, we celebrated our first Attendance Award!

Look at our amazing projects from the Readathon!

We have been lucky enough to have had a special visitor in Class Pegasus and Class Werewolf!

We were happy to welcome Derek to Mapplewell Primary School for a fun and educational Chocolate Day!

The morning session was based around the history and geography of chocolate and the afternoon session was all about the manufacturing, advertising and making of their very own chocolate bar!


Summer 1

Week Four


Week Three


Week Two

This week, we will be beginning to write our Non-Chronological report. We will start by looking at the vocabulary, including technical and emotive language, to create a persuasive piece.

Week One

This week, we have begun to gather all the information we will need to create a non-chronological report on Plastic Pollution.

This is the first time that our writing pieces will be closely linked to our Topic.

This term, we will be basing our work in Literacy on The Thai Cave Rescue!


The children will be creating a Newspaper Article in the first 4 weeks and a Cave Description in the final 2 weeks of this term.


Week Three



Week Two

We have now been looking at creating quotes for our article. This week we have been able to take part in some Hot Seating, and really dove into the thoughts and feelings of everyone involved in the event.

We even got to act out some of the scenes as a class!


Week One

We have been learning all about the heroic Thai Cave Rescue in which 13 boys were trapped inside a cave with their football coach. 

We have dissected different newspaper articles in order to uncover the key features and ordered the events of the story.


Autumn 2



This term, we will be basing our working in Literacy on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

The children will be creating a story as though they have won a golden ticket to visit Willy Wonka's chocolate factory!

While they are there, they will be visiting an undiscovered room and something terrible will happen to them when they don't listen to Mr Wonka's warnings!

The children will be creating a first person narrative which includes direct speech.


Week Six

Week Five

We have now begun our work on Instructions.

We have been identifying the key features of an instructional piece. Instructions should be written in 2nd Person (you), and should include the following elements.

Title and Subheadings

Introduction - Rhetorical Question

Main Body - Basic Steps

Time Connectives

Chronological Order (Time Order)

Closing Statement (Exclamation)

Week Four

Week Four is Assessment Week.

We will also be beginning our work on Instructions!


Week Three

This week, we will be creating a storyboard for our very own story!

We will also be creating the speech for our characters and then we will be putting our characters into a delicious dilemma inside the chocolate factory!

Week Two

This week, we have been picking apart the WAGOLL (What A Good One Looks Like) of a newly discovered chapter from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Our character entered a liquorice themed room where piranhas were swimming in the liquorice lava!

By not heeding Mr Wonka's advice, our character found themselves in a spot of bother! (but was luckily saved by those pesky Oompa Loompas)

Week One

This week, we have been introduced to the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

We have been picking apart the chapter: August Gloop goes up the pipe!

We have been looking at all the different characters, their feelings, their movements and their speech.

We have also been looking at the relationship between characters.


Autumn 1



Our first term will be based around a short movie clip called The Lighthouse.



Week Seven


Week Six

Letter Writing

This week, we have been finishing off our letters to Mrs. Padfield.

In GPS we have been looking at coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.


Week Five

Letter Writing


This week, we will be looking at persuasive writing.

We will be discussing the importance of homework and why we should be able to hold our very own chocolate tasting day next term.


Week Four

Letter Writing


We have been looking at the key features of a formal letter of complaint.

We used everything we have learnt so far to write a letter of complaint from the point of view of the lighthouse keeper to the mayor of the town. We made it very clear that we we're tired of the excessive noise constantly coming from the town and asked the mayor to put something in place to stop the racket.


Week Three


Final Draft

We have been writing up our amazing narratives of The Lighthouse story! We have been working together in small groups and pairs to edit our own work. We can always learn from our mistakes!


Week Two


We have been writing the story of The Lighthouse up as a narrative.

We have broken the story down into:

The Opening

The Build-Up

The Conflict

The Resolution

The Ending





Summer 1

Week Four


Week Three


Week Two

 This week, we will be going back to addition and subtraction, moving on from what we already know, and solving problems in a number of different ways!

Week One

This week, we have been solving problems involving place value with increasingly difficult numbers. We have been able to stretch this to include 4-digit numbers, numbers with decimals and problems involving weight and money.

Week Three



Week Two

This week, we have begun looking at Time. Time is a tricky subject which should always be practiced at home if you have the chance. We have been looking at telling the time to: o'clock, half past, quarter to, quarter past, in five minute intervals and in 1 minute intervals.


Week One

This week, we have been continuing our work on graphs! We have been collecting and analysing our own data in the form of pictograms, bar charts and tally charts.



Autumn 2


This term, we will be: classifying 2D and 3D shapes; working with fractions and starting to analyse bar charts, line graphs and statistics!

Week Six

Week Five

This week, we have been finding, ordering and comparing unit and non-unit fractions. We have also been looking at ordering and comparing fractions with different denominators. This involved converting them all to the same denominator before ordering them.

Week Four

Week Four is Assessment Week.

We will also be continuing our work on fractions.

This week, we will be adding and subtracting fractions.

We will also be finding fractions of amounts and looking at the difference between proper, improper and mixed number fractions.


Week Three

We have been starting our work on fractions.

We have been recognising, identifying and naming fractions.

We have also been finding a fractions of a shape.

Week Two

After all of our hard work with shapes last week, we took this chance to begin looking at angles of a shape!

We learnt that wherever two straight lines meet, an angle is formed. We also learnt that a 90 degree angle is called a right angle. Any angle that is smaller than a right angle is called an acute angle, and an angle which is larger (up to 180 degrees) is called obtuse!

We also took this time to recognise angles as a property of a turn.

We went outside and were guiding our learning partners around the playground to collect 3D shapes!




Week One

This week, the children have been identifying the properties of 2D and 3D shapes (2D shapes have sides and vertices. 3D shapes have faces, edges and vertices).

We then had the chance to do some outdoor learning while classifying 3D shapes using VENN diagrams.

Autumn 1

Week Seven

Column Multiplication

This week, we will be looking at column multiplication to help us solve multiplication problems with larger numbers!

   H   T   O

   4   6   3

x           8

3   7   0   4

5   2

Week Six

Column Addition and Subtraction

We have expanded our ability in relation to column multiplication and subtraction and even move on to working with Inverse Operations!


Inverse Operations

The word Inverse simply means opposite and it is a way that calculations can be checked.

5 + 3 = 8


8 - 5 = 3      and      8 - 3 = 5



Week Five

Written and Mental Methods

This week, we looked at written and mental methods for addition and subtraction.

We will be learning how to use inverse to check operations.


Week Four

To be able to count on in multiples of 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

To identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations.

We have also had a really fun day learning all about Roman Numerals and how we can use them to develop our problem solving skills.


Week Three

Assessment Week


Week Two

Place Value



 This week we have been working on how to:

number sequences.

rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.

finding 10 more, 100 more and 1000 more.




Summer 1

Our new topic this term is all about Plastic Pollution and Humans effects on the environment!

Week Four


Week Three


Week Two

 This week, we will be superheroes looking at ways in which we can help save the planet! We will be answering the question, How do we save the planet? looking at various ways to reduce our use and reuse what we already have!

Week One

This week has been an introduction to the topic. We have been looking at all the items that we take for granted on a daily basis and how they all affect the environment.

We have also look at Our Planet clips and learnt about The Plastic Whale.

Week Three



Week Two

This week, we received a letter from the National History Museum which explained that some of their valuable and precious artefacts had been stolen!

We used our impressive map reading skills to locate an ancient spear which we believe is from the Stone Age.


Week One

Our new class topic is The Savage Stone Age!

This week has been an introduction to the topic. We all wrote 3 questions that we would like to be answered by the end of this topic, and created a table poster of everything we already knew!



Autumn 2


Our new class topic is Chocolate!

Week Six

Week Five

In Science, this week, we have been learning all about the Water Cycle!

Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation, Run-Off.

In Topic, this week, we have been looking at Fairtrade and how it effects the farming of the cacao bean!

Week Four

Week Four is Assessment Week.

We will also be continuing our work on Chocolate by looking into the history of Cadbury's and how it has grown over time from a small shop run by two brothers, to a company on a gigantic, global scale.

Week Three

We will be researching global companies in relation to chocolate distribution and how this links to Fairtrade and trade links around the world.

In science, we will be looking at tooth decay and how sugar affects our health!



Week Two

The History of Chocolate!

Where did chocolate come from?

Where was it first discovered?

How did it come to Europe?


Week One

Our focus in Topic this week was based around Armistice Day.

We learnt all about why we celebrate Remembrance Day and why the Poppy is the symbol used to remember the fallen soldiers.

We also looked at the poem 'In Flanders Field' by John McCrae and even had a go at writing our own war time poetry in honour of the fallen soldiers.

We then created a poppy each in art using different shading, hatching and colouring skills for a giant display in our conservatory.


Autumn 1



Our first class topic this year will be: The Rainforest.



We have been learning all about where the rainforests are.

We have built on to our knowledge of the equator by learning about the tropics of Cancer and the tropics of Capricorn.

We have also began to look at the different parts of a flowering plant.

We now know what the four different layers of the rainforest are, what they are called, and which animals live in each layer!

We have also looked into trade links and the Fair Trade brand.

To finish off the topic, we will be looking at deforestation and its effects, not only on the lives of the animals and people who live in the rainforest, but also on the wider world.

We will be becoming News Reporters and having a class debate on the positive and negative effects of deforestation.