Greenside Avenue, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 6BB

01226 381273

mail@mapplewellprimary.org.uk

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.

Yeti Class - Y4 & Y5

Our class consists of 33 pupils; 16 Year Four pupils and 17 Year Five pupils. In our class Miss Clark support us everyday to learn new, exciting and fun things. Mr Freeman also support us in our learning.  In Yeti Class we support and respect one another and know that we are a team. In class we often work in our learning partners using cooperation and communication to learn with one another. We are always up for a challenge, our class motto is: 

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

Reminders

PE- Our PE is on Monday and Wednesday. Please can you make sure that your child has a suitable PE kit to use. Both an indoor and outdoor PE kit is recommended at this time of year.  

Homework Summer 2- Research Palm Oil. 

Homework

Each week there will be Spellings and Maths homework as well as the ongoing reading logs. These will be due every Thursday. 

 

 

Another fantastic piece of homework, this time a brilliant powerpoint all about palm oil. 

One pupil created a Battle of Hastings Website. She is very proud of it and it is a fantastic piece of work! Well done! 

https://sites.google.com/view/homeworkyeti/home 

Class Reward 

In class we celebrate good behaviour by earning cubes. The cubes go into our reward jar. When it is full the class gets to choose a reward. 

The adults in our are class are:

Our class rules are:

Celebration Awards

 Every week we celebrate our achievements in school. We have lots to be proud of!

 

Class Assembly 

 Over Spring term we worked very hard to create our class assembly all about dragons. We did very well, especially to say we didn't have much chance to practise, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed performing it!

Literacy

Summer Term

This term we will be exploring Orangutans. 

Term 2

Week 3

This week we have written our letters and typed them up ready to be sent off. We have also begun creating posters and leaflets sharing our message. 

Week 2

During this week we have planned our letters, we magpied ideas from other letters and began planning our own. 

Week 1

This week we have started looking at letters as the children decided to write letters to a big company to convince them not to use palm oil. First they looked at formal writing and created a bank of sentences. 

Term 1

Week 4

This week we wrote our orangutan stories and then recorded ourselves reading them  as orangutans. 

Week 3

This week we have begun planning our narrative. 

Week 2

This week we have learnt a lot of GPS, including parenthesis, subordinating and coordinating conjunctions and semi-colons. 

Week 1

We created rain forests thinking about the habitats of the Orangutans. Then Miss Clark and Mrs Wilkinson destroyed the drawn rain forests with water, the children were asked to think about their feelings and emotions and predict why they destroyed them. After watching a clip about palm oil the children thought about what it might be like as an orangutan in the rain forest.

 

We started the week off by researching orangutans. We used popplet to create mindmaps. 

Spring Term 

Term 2

We are linking our writing to the Battle of Hastings this term. First our unit is called...

...Read All About It!            

Week 7

This week we have planned and written our diaries. 

Our Battle of Hastings videos 

We used the zone of relevance to help us plan.

We wrote our diaries in our books, Miss Clark used seesaw to leave verbal feedback for the pupils. Then we listened to the clips to up-level our work. Some pupils uploaded their edited work on seesaw and explained what they had changed. 

Week 6

We have been thinking about the soldiers emotions this week through drama and role play. We have been exploring vocabulary to support us when writing a diary. 

Week 5

This week has been assessment week. We have really focused on GPS, in particular simple sentences, compound sentences and complex sentences. 

Week 4

This week we have written and edited our newspaper reports. We have started to write them up on the computers. 

Week 3

This week we have begun planning our newspaper report about the Battle of Hastings. 

Week 2

We have looked at GPS this week. We looked at passive and active sentences. 

We then looked looked at open and closed questions. We explored the battle and began thinking of questions to ask a solider in the Battle of Hastings. We then interviewed the soldiers aka our partners. 

Then we looked at apostrophes for possession. 

Week 1

We have begun unpicking newspapers this week and comparing them to narratives. 

Term 1

During this term we are going to be writing about Dragons. 

Week 6

This week we will be thinking about our dragons in a scenario. What if a Knight was about to enter their lair? What would they think? How would they feel?

First we designed the Knights Journey as a class and described what he might feel and think. 

Then we acted out his journey and created role on the walls. 

Week 5

Over this week we have been planning and writing our character descriptions. We created wanted posters for our dragons as well. 

Week 4

This week we have been learning GPS for our dragon description. We have learnt how to use expanded noun phrases to add more detail to our description and semi colons to make our sentences detailed.  

Week 3

This week we began writing up our scene descriptions. Now we are moving onto thinking about our dragons. First we began by designing our dragons. 

Week 2

This week we have been learning GPS for our scene description. First we started looking at main and subordinate clauses and varying the position of the subordination. Then we looked at different sentence openers, we are fantastic at using fronted adverbials! Finally we looked at lots of new vocabulary. 

Week 1

This week we have begun looking at the wonderful world of Dragons. First we researched facts about Dragons to learn about what they looked like and what made them interesting.

Later in the week we began looking at dragons habitats and discussing what they would need to have in them. We then create our own dragon worlds in teams. 

As a group we started thinking about what each part of our maps looked like by adding adjectives, similes, metaphors and personification. 

Autumn Term

Term 2

This term we are going to be writing about endangered animals. We will be focusing on non-fiction writing. 

Week 7

During this week we have been writing up our Man on the Moon stories. We have written some fantastic narratives and are very proud of our effort. 

Week 6

 In literacy we have been looking at the man on the moon. We answered lots of comprehension questions about the video clip and started describing the man using relative clauses. 

On Friday we put our team work skills to the test and work in new groups to complete multiple challenges. We had to plan our narrative on a big sheet of paper using coloured pens. The rules were simple, everyone's writing had to be on the sheet and each challenge referred to a paragraph or GPS challenge. Yeti Class made Miss Clark incredibly proud, everyone worked so hard no matter who they were with and they had created some fantastic plans. Well done!

Week 5

During this week we are looking at creating leaflets about endangered animals. We have identified the key features of a persuasive leaflet, then started writing our introductions. 

Week 4

At the beginning of week 4 we finished our reports and made sure we had read through it and up-levelled it. We then put it in our final draft. 

Week 3

This week we finished our research and began boxing up our reports so we can write them. We explored what had to go in each paragraph and ways to open the paragraph. 

We did lots of activities to practice our skills at setting up paragraphs and identifying useful sentence openers. We then worked really hard to begin writing up our reports in our books. 

Week 2

This week we have started unpicking non-chronological reports to create a toolkit of what ours needs. 

 

We then started looking at GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) that we might need to use. We looked at modal verbs for a lesson and enjoyed using a modal verb spinner and playing the noun game. Where we had to worked out what the noun was by asking questions involving modal verbs.  

Week 1

During the beginning of week one we looked at poetry based on Armistice day. We have explored aspects of the wars and read poetry based on it. We then wrote our own poems. 

 

We are now doing a topic about endangered animals. Yeti class (and Hippogriff class) have decided  to enter a competition to contact to David Attenborough. We are going to write non-chronological report about Attenborough's favourite endangered animals.

This week we have read all about Humpback Whales and thought about which animals we like and would want to save if there was a natural disaster. 

Term 1

During this term we are looking at horror and began by looking at the book The Viewer. 

Week 8

This week we have been creating our horror/suspense books. We can't wait to show our work off, we have been so proud of it. 

Week 7

This week we got a letter from Mrs Padfield asking us to write a story with suspense for the library. So we planned and wrote a story, some children have begun designing their illustrations too. 

We are all so proud of our achievements, so much in fact that we wanted to stay in class to carry on writing them. 

At the beginning of the week when we planned our stories we also make book trailers to try to hook our audiences. 

Week 6

This week we have been looking at describing rooms and corridors building horror and suspense. We are using the video from Titanium to support our stories. 

Week 5

During this week we started to transform the room into a spooky cemetery. We role played characters in a grave and created some very scary scenes. We then watched The Ghosts of pere la chaise. We predicted how it might end before watching the clip. Then we started considering which other ghosts might have been in the graves. We are now planning and writing our inner monologues as our regretful spirits. Well done everyone for helping to decorate the class and thank you to everyone who went above and beyond to make and bring in decorations. 

Week 4

Over this week we have explored subordinating and coordinating conjunctions and relative clauses. After finishing off the viewer we wrote our own alternative ending including all of the GPS features that we have learnt. Our endings were very spooky!

Week 3

This week we finished our autobiographies. We have learnt so much about one another. Then we continued reading The Viewer and started thinking about the main character Tristan. 

On Friday we received an email from Tristan asking for advice whether or not he should look through the viewer again after seeing some peculiar sights. We brainstormed reasons for and against, then did a conscience alleyway before writing Tristan an email back. 

Week 2

This week we have started writing our own autobiographies. Our homework was to find out information about ourselves. It has been brilliant to share some pictures and facts about ourselves. 

Week 1

During the first week we looked at biographies and autobiographies. The children explained that a biography is a report written about someone else, it is in third person. An autobiography is when you are writing about yourself so it in is 1st person. 

Transition Week 

During transition week we are completing work based on the book Tuesday.

During our final lesson we created our own stories or storyboards explaining what might happen if pigs could fly. We came up with some very funny ideas. 

During our third lesson we wrote newspaper reports based on the frogs visiting Barnsley. We had to think about what people might think and say about the flying frogs. 

During the second lesson we started thinking about what would happen if the frogs flew over Barnsley. We wrote stories from the frogs perspective and described all the wonderful things they would see and do in Barnsley. 

In our first lesson we summarised the story of Tuesday in storyboards. We watched a video about Tuesday and then had to decide what the main parts were for ourselves. Jess said that it was fun! During the lesson we decided whether the story was fiction or non fiction, we all agreed that it was fiction because frogs can't fly.

Maths

In our maths lessons we believe children learn best through a mix of concrete apparatus, pictorial representations and abstract problems. All topics incorporate each aspect to support our pupils to develop a deeper level of understanding. Whilst the hands on, active discussion and mix of tasks try to develop a love of mathematics within our class.

Summer Term

Term 2

Week 3

This week we have looked at rounding decimals and then began recapping percentages. 

Week 2

We have looked at adding decimals with different place values, finding equivalent fractions and ordering/ comparing decimals. 

Week 1

This week we have started looking at decimals. We explored adding and subtracting them.  

Term 1

Week 4

This week we looked at multiplication and division, we explored inverse, showing remainders and algebra. 

Week 3

This week we have begun looking at area and perimeter. We created houses which we had to find the perimeter for and are moving onto finding the area of the rooms. 

Week 2

We have continued looking at addition and subtraction. We moved onto multiplication and division. We looked at answering multiple step word problems and creating our own.  

Week 1

This week we have started looking at addition. We have explored column method, adding decimals (money) and explored addition through perimeter. 

Spring Term 

Term 2

Week 7

This week we have been learning converting between measurements. We have looked at units of length - mm, cm, m and km and then looked at mass (g and kg). 

Week 6

This week we have been learning about percentages. We have explored percentages as part of a hundred and converting between fractions, decimals and percentages. 

Week 5

Being assessment week, we have completed tests and practised arithmetic. On Friday we went outside and did a treasure hunt answering word problems along the way. 

Week 4

This week we have looked at place value including decimals, ordering and comparing decimals and then began rounding decimals to whole numbers and tenths. 

Week 3

This week we have explored prime numbers. 

Week 2

This week we have explored multiples. 

We completed an investigation that looked at the number of legs on aliens. Knowing some had three legs and some had seven we had to work out how many aliens there might be if there were 52 legs. We tried really hard and worked out there were multiple answers. Next we are looking at factors. 

then we looked at factors and common factors. 

Week 1

We have begun this term looking at multiplication and division. We have explored multiplying numbers by 1 and 2 digit numbers. Then we looked at formal division and completed an investigation working out when you have remainders. 

Term 1

Week 6

This week we are looking at converting between days, weeks and years. 

We finished the week by moving onto squared and cubed numbers. 

Week 5

Over this week we have been looking at time. We have looked at reading time on analogue and digital clocks and converting between the two. Then we looked at 24 hour clocks before starting to convert between seconds, minutes and hours.  

Week 4

This week we have been looking at word problems and answering them using RUCSAC. We have worked very hard at picking out the calculation. 

On Friday we took part in number day. We enjoyed created mazes and labyrinths and describing the journey through them using translation. 

Week 3

We are looking at addition and subtraction again. First we looked at adding up and subtracting large numbers using formal methods. Then we moved onto missing number problems. 

Week 2

This week we have started looking at Roman Numerals. We started by writing random facts down about different Roman Numerals and wowed Miss Clark with our knowledge. Then we were challenged to create a clock or calendar using Roman Numerals. We bossed it!

Week 1

This week we have been learning about statistics. First we looked at different types of graphs, charts and tables. We were challenged to match graphs to their names then create our own. 

Autumn Term 

Term 2

Week 7

In maths we looked at translating shapes and then moved onto reflection. 

Week 6

 This week we have begun looking at area. We have been finding area by counting the squares in shapes and by multiplying the length by the width. 

We moved onto coordinates and translation. In one lesson we looked at the vocabulary behind translation. The way we explored it was by playing human chess where two people had to direct their team through the maze using left/right, forward/backwards. Then we moved onto line dancing. We definitely shared some giggles. 

Week 5

We have looked at multiplying fractions by whole numbers. Now we have moved onto Measurement- identifying perimeter and area. 

Week 4

This week we are looking at adding fractions. We are really challenging ourselves by adding fractions where the denominators are different. 

Week 3

This week we discussed prime numbers and are looking at division using the bus stop method. We are practising dividing up to 4 digit numbers by 1 number. 

week 2

We have begun looking at converting mixed fractions to improper fractions and vice versa. 

 

Then we recapped finding fractions of amounts. We have used physical resources, diagrams and written explanations. After applying the skills we started answering reasoning and fluency problems. 

Week 1

We are looking at fractions this week. We have begun by having a discussion  fractions, practising adding and subtracting them and decided that fractions of shapes must be equal parts. We have started looking at equivalent fractions. 

To find equivalent fractions we have been multiplying and dividing the numerator and denominator by the same number. 

Term 1

Week 8

This week we have all looked at multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. We are such experts that we have even started using decimals. Yeti has wowed Miss Clark this week. 

 

week 7

This week we have looked at lots of things. First we looked at expanded multiplication.

Then year 4 looked at multiplying by 1 and 0, and multiplying 3 numbers together. Year 5 have begun doing long multiplication. 

Week 6

In maths we are using formal methods to work out subtractions and additions. We have been looking at missing number problems and answered a lot of odd one out questions. 

Week 5

We have begun looking at addition. We have been using the column method to add some very large numbers up. We then looked at the sport flugtag and began working out how much it would cost to build our very own flugtags. 

Week 4

This week we have continued exploring rounding with year 5 looking at rounding up to 10,000 and 100,000. We have explored rounding problems and cracked some codes and then we looked at rounding for estimation. 

Week 3

During week three we started place value. First we looked counting up to 100 thousand and the value of each digit in these numbers.

Then we moved onto rounding. At the moment we are looking at rounding to 10, 100 and 1000. 

Week 2

This week we looked at naming and classifying shapes. We first looked at 2D shapes and moved onto 3D shapes. 

Week 1

During the first week we are looking at geometry. During the first lesson we looked at naming different angles and then sorted angles into these groups. 

We then looked at lines of symmetry in 2D shapes. We discovered that regular shapes had as many lines of symmetry as they do sides. 

Then we looked at completing symmetrical figures. 

Transition Week

During transition week we are looking at art through mathematics. 

On Thursday we have been looking at polygons. We have made patchwork paper patterns from these polygons. These are some of our wonderful creations, you can see how much fun we had working together.

During our second lesson we have been looking at tessellations. We then made art using tiles that we made ourselves. After creating the tile we tessellated it across the page to create pop art. 

Jessica said tessellation involves moving the polygon across the page without leaving gaps or overlapping. 

Alistair explained that the tessellation can look like optical illusions.  

During our first lesson we created modern art, Brody said it looked like pixel art. When we created our own modern art we then did some calculations. We worked out the percentage, fraction and decimal of each colour. Emily said she really enjoyed the session because she liked looking at percentages and seeing which calculations she could do. Hayden said he could tell everyone worked hard in the lesson. Below are examples of some of our work, don't we look proud!

Our Curriculum

Summer Term

We're going through changes...

This half term we will be exploring changes in animals and plants. 

Term 2

Week 3

We have moved on to look at the changes that can occur to teeth and have planned an experiment looking at negative changes that can occur from poor dental hygiene. 

Week 2

This week we created videos about the human digestive system. 

Week 1

This week we will start looking at changes that occur in humans. The first change we will look at is how food becomes energy in the body, focusing on digestion. 

Term 1

Week 4

This week we researched Jane Goodhall, a scientist that lived with chimpanzees. We were inspired by her to create videos about orangutans. 

Week 3

This week we have learnt about the life cycles of amphibians and insects and started comparing them. We have learnt that both go through a metamorphosis. 

Week 2

We have learnt about human development and mammal life cycles. 

Week 1

In science we dissected flowers and tried to identify the parts. Then some people tried to investigate the sections

Spring Term 

Term 2

This half term we are finding out about the Battle of Hastings and Battles through time. 

Week 7

This week we have learnt about the Battle of Agincourt.

 

Week 6

We have explored why William invaded England. 

We published our amazing websites in computing (on seesaw) and commented admiration and questions about them. 

We explored the Tour de Yorkshire and created bunting and a bike decoration. 

Week 5 

This week we had house day. We learnt about Easter. 

Week 4

This week we have found out about the Bayeux Tapestry and then we started drawing our own. 

Week 3

Because year 5 have been invited to take part in a competition year 4 and 6 from Yeti and Hippograff Class have taken part in a research and design project. They have researched Norman shields and started designing their own. They have started making their own shields in groups. 

Week 2

This week we are researching the Battle of Hastings based on the questions we asked last week. 

Week 1

This week we began looking at Artefacts found at Mrs Wilkinson's. We thought about what they might be and started looking at the battle of Hastings. Then we thought about questions we had to research in the future after looking at open and closed questions. 

Term 1

This half term we are exploring Art Around the World. We will be exploring different cultures and look at their art. 

Week 6

This week is our class assembly. We have been working very hard to learn our lines. 

Week 5

We have been applying our mark making this week. We have been using pencils to replicate animals skin. 

On Thursday it was Chinese New Year, we enjoyed working in our houses to create dragons and create some Chinese artwork. 

Week 4

This week we will be creating our African Masks. 

Week 3

We designed our own African masks. Then we practised mark making with paint and pencil so we are ready to create our masks next week. 

Week 2

This week we have started looking at being HTML editors in computing. We are looking at internet safety and web design. 

We created posters about African Masks. 

Week 1

In RE we started looking at New Year celebrations around the world and started thinking about our own resolutions. 

In PE we are now  learning about Gymnastics.  During the first lesson we learnt how to do balanced bunny hops and then put them in a routine with travel and balance.

Autumn Term 

Term 2

This half term we are exploring The World Beyond our heads. We will be exploring the features of our world and then looking out to space. 

Week 7

This week we looked at traditional Christmas compared to modern Christmas. 

Week 6

This week we researched the planets and created posters.

Week 5

In topic we started looking at science. We compared the different arguments for the shape for the world- spherical vs flat earth theory. We all agreed that the world must be spherical as the scientific evidence strongly supported the argument. 

In PE we have learnt a routine and have been running through it using different formations. 

Week 4

This week we are practicing our Christmas song lots ready for our performance. 

We looked at time zones around the world and how time was different in the Polar regions. We have worked incredibly hard.

 

Week 3

This week we have looked at changing our sprites in computing. We have had some very colourful inventions. 

 

In PE we continued looking at freeze frames and dance. This week focusing on the transitions between freeze frames. 

In Topic we learnt about longitude and latitude and worked really hard to find the coordinates of different Country's and Cities. 

Week 2

During week 2 we are going to the mining museum. 

Children in Need

On Friday the children came in non uniform to support children in need. They made art related to the day. 

Computing- our computing display is looking very  full! This term we have been exploring programming using scratch. We have all worked very hard unpicking what quizzes need, what blocks we will need and programming our own quizzes. This term we are going to continue programming our maths quizzes, debug them, test our peers then make our quizzes look more appealing. As you can tell, we are computing whizzes! 

PE this half term will focus on dance. During our first lesson we looked at freeze frames. We were acting out freeze frames that related to James Bond and had the theme tune playing. At the end of the session we performed the freeze frames to the class. 

Week 1

During the first week we chose to look at Armistice day and what it means. We have focused on Poppy designs and learnt different ways to use water paints. 

 

We have also drawn silloutes of different people from WWI and II and filled them with Poppys. 

You can see all of our hard work in the conservatory at the KS2 end of school. 

Term 1

Week 8

This week we have researched buildings in Barnsley and created leaflets about them.

 

While year 4 have had music lessons with Mr Dodd, Year 5 have stayed with Miss Clark doing lessons of their own. This term they have learnt to sing and perform a song. 

Week 7

This week we have created news reports about the Oaks Colliery disaster. 

Week 6

In computing we have been debugging algorithms. We are making quizzes using scratch. Everyone has been wowing Miss Clark with their computing knowledge. 

Week 5

This week we finished off our amazing art and then began looking at the history of mining lamps. We were very lucky because some of the members of class have lots of knowledge of them and even brought in their own lamps. Thanks to everyone who has been so enthusiastic that they have done extra work at home and brought in props to show us. 

Week 4

We have begun looking at art this week. We explored how to use water paints and made some lovely mine shaft shadows. Then we looked at using different pencils and different pencil strokes to created a shaded image. 

Week 3

This week we looked at mining jobs. We were interested to find out about children in the mines. We tried to imagine what it would be like to be a trapper and described what their responsibilities were. We then created poems imagining what life like a trapper would be like. Our poems were fantastic!

Week 2

This week have created  a timeline of the closures of Barnsley's mines. We looked at the kind of mines found around Yorkshire and discussed family members who worked in them. We discovered lots of us had links to the pits. 

Our topic this term is called Local Footsteps of the Past. In this topic we will be exploring Barnsley's history. 

Week 1

We have begun looking at Barnsley's geography. We discussed towns, cities and Counties and found South Yorkshire on a map. As well as this we shared rhymes to help us remember where North, East, South and West are. We used this to work out which County Yorkshire was which. 

Then we research facts about Barnsley and made our own fact files. 

PE

We have looked at dribbling. We learnt how to dribble with a football, basketball and hockey sticks. 

 

PSHE

This week we have begun PSHE, we looked at what makes us feel calm.

RE

This week we looked at what belief means. As a class we created a definition:

  • Belief is when you trust something or someone is true. It means having faith even when there is no proof.

To explore having belief in someone we played a game. We really enjoyed telling the blindfolded person instructions and they really have to believe the person in charge. 

Transition Week 

We are learning lots out about one another in topic this week. We have already discussed what we think a good teacher is like and decided on our own class rules. 

We learnt about some mythical beasts and voted as a class to decide on our own class name. Welcome to the Yeti Class!

In topic we have been learning out about one another. On Tuesday we took part in team bonding games outside. We also created fact files about ourselves that we will turn into a Yeti Class book.

We completed a game of friendship bingo on Wednesday and found out lots of facts about one another that we did not know already. We have found out we really are a talented bunch. 

On Thursday we played a variety of games. Millie says she likes them because she feels that she is able to communicate better. Brandon agreed that it helped him to get to know one another. Today we played capture the flag, pass the hoop and line up.