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Cool Kennings!


Today we learnt about a particular style of poem called a Kenning. They are a type of riddle where each line only has two words! We looked a few examples, before writing our own about different animals. See if you can work about what each of these Kennings is about, as quickly as we did!


A tree swinger

A banana guzzler

A constant shouter

A vine swinger

A curious dreamer

A jungle climber

A forever fighter

A high climber

A tree hugger

Written by Riley, Gabriela and Jasmine


A shadow flier

A day sleeper

A mouse muncher

A wing flutterer

A head turner

An eye bulger

A night hooter

A nest maker

A learning lover

A beak snapper

Written by Ishika, Owen and Alex


A noise maker

A fin flapper

A fish eater

A high jumper

A fast mover

A big leaper

A peace breaker

A sea diver

A water splasher

A playful swisher

A hoop jumper

A show performer

Written by Jessica, Michael and Kira

A Mighty Battle in Maple!

Today we were captivated by the story of the Battle of Bosworth. After this battle, King Richard the third was killed and England had it's first Tudor King, Henry the seventh. We had great fun acting out all the key events to help us create a comic strip tomorrow.


A New Year's Challenge...

On the last day of term, the children were challenged to make the longest word possible from the letters in 'Merry Christmas'. There was stiff competition from all the children, but our winners were 5 boys with an 8 letter word each, including scariest, charters, stammers and scammers!


If you have a chance, see how many words you can come up with using the letters from 'Happy New Year!' It is possible to make an 8 letter word......

 Our  winning word wizards!

Have a cracking Christmas 4 Maple!

We had a great time making our Christmas crackers in the lead up to Christmas. Hope you and all your families have a lovely break. Looking forward to seeing you all on the 3rd January 2018 for the new year!







Crumble Computing

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A quick test of one of our crumble powered vehicles!

The Anglo-Saxon Express

We've been using our Viking topic as inspiration for some cross-curriculum writing in our afternoons. Read Daisy's terrifying report on the Viking Invasion of Lindisfarne!


Monastery Massacre

Early one morning, in the year 793 AD, there was a terrible disaster on the island of Lindisfarne. Monks caught sight of terrifying wooden dragon heads across the inky blue sea, but had no idea what to expect. It was scary, as if a great thunder storm was looming in the distance. After a while, the boat arrived at shore and the Vikings sprung out of the long boat. The Vikings brought their spears, bows and arrows, shields and helmets to attack the monastery. All of the Vikings took the Monks' jewellery, coins, silver and even their sacred gold crosses. Finally the Vikings burnt the monastery down.


In this week's edition of 'The Anglo-Saxon Express', you'll will also find an advert for a traditional Viking Longhouse from Alex.


Authentic Viking Longhouse for Sale!

Would you ever consider living life in a Viking Longhouse? Well, you can today! It's roomy and cosy, and you can sit next to the blazing hot fire while wearing your fluffy warm fur. Even though people say you'll catch a cough from the smoke, you'll have a hole in your roof so at night you can gaze up at the soaring shooting stars. You can cook with ancient and antique cauldrons, passed down through the generations. Instead of rummaging through cupboards to find things, you can easily hang things up on the wall with the pegs provided with this house, so you can find things as quick as a flash!


Do not delay, buy your longhouse today!

Sven the Viking's Visit!

Today we met Sven Longlegs, who told us all about everyday life as a Viking in a longhouse. We started by practising our war cries and rowings skills to recreate the Viking invasion of London. We also got to listen to the fascinating story of Thor and the Giants, which has passed down through the generations.






It was such an exciting day and we learnt so much about Vikings and the journeys they went on. Thank you for the all effort you put into the children's costumes!

Killer Cakes!

To celebrate a fantastic few weeks reading our class book, Cakes in Space, all the children had the chance to decorate their own scarily delicious cakes. Look at what their imagination and a few ingredients came up with!





Papier Mache Planets

Over the past few weeks, as a class we have been creating our own miniature solar system. Each group started with only a balloon, newspaper and some PVA glue. In the end we had a fantastic and colourful solar system, which we could use to model how the planets orbit the Sun.



Rocket Launch!

We had our rocket show today and it was fantastic seeing how much effort everyone had put into the project. Some of the rockets looked just like the real thing! Others were really imaginative with flashing lights and even some aliens...




Well done 4 Maple on your super rockets! Enjoy a lovely half term.

Class Assembly

It may only be 5 weeks into the new year but we are all excited for our class assembly tomorrow. We will be sharing our learning with the school so far.


Parents are welcome to join us from 3pm onwards and the assembly will start at 3:10pm. Do come along and then you'll find out what these creatures are all about...


Class Charter

As a class, we thought really carefully about what we need to do in the class to all be safe and happy. After a lot of discussion, we agreed to five right and five responsibilities.



Fantastic first day!


We've all made a brilliant start to the year in 4 Maple. We thought really carefully about what would we like to achieve and how we would like to grow as people. As you can see, we've filled a whole tree with our aims!



Adverse Weather: please assume school will remain open as normal unless you are advised otherwise. See Parents/Adverse Weather page for further information..........Year 3 Enabling Enterprise Afternoon: 27th February..........World Book Day: 1st March..........Travelling Book Fair: 7th-12th March