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Following our visit from Mrs Ward last week finding out about her childhood, we spent some time this last week learning some traditional singing games.  ‘Oranges and Lemons’ and ‘I sent a letter to my love’ were very popular and we are still working on our clapping games.     Video  link: IMG_1547

Clocks are always more fun in the rain!  Practising half and quarter turns on our chalk clocks between rain showers.




As promised – our finished clay poppies.  A lot of hard work and attention to detail!  A fitting tribute to the soldiers who gave their lives.  LEST WE FORGET

Our new worship theme this half term is Friendship.

As part of our class worship we were set the task of coming up with a ‘recipe for friendship’.  As you can see, there were some very poignant choices.  All the ideas came from the children, but my favourite was definitely ‘5 spoonfuls of Vernham Dean’.  Exactly what makes our school such a special place to be, one big family.

We’ve been  using arrays in multiplication.  Today we created our own array tower blocks to introduce how to use arrays and multiplications to solve divisions too.

Our next step which some children moved onto today was finding all the fact families for a calculation. Buy one and get three free!


Meanwhile year one have been sorting and ordering numbers as well as learning to use the number words.

Square=biggest number    Circle=smallest number    Heart=middle/between number

We have had a busy making week.  We started by creating our own animal wooden spoon puppets to help inspire our instructional writing.  Then we made some fabulous clay poppies for the Millennium Hall next week.  Pictures to follow when they have had their paint job. 

We have been using lots of things to help with our maths this week.  We made arrays from conkers, Cheerios, Lego, bean bags etc and then went on an array hunt around the school.

Thank you Clemmie for sharing your great-great grandfather’s home made play blocks.  Older than Mrs Price! 🙂



We’ve been getting creative!

Peg Dolls – a blast from the past!  We had fun designing and making our own dolls, just like children would have done in the olden days.


And look at our amazing harvest pictures!  We looked really carefully at the different fruits and vegetables and learned to smudge the pastels to blend colours.

Come in to see the full effect.


We had fun retelling and acting out ‘The Enormous Turnip’ this week 🙂

They heaved and heaved but the enormous turnip just wouldn’t budge.

Suddenly out popped the giant vegetable!


Making 21!

We found lots of ways to represent 2 tens and 1 one.  Our snack delivery was a great learning resource.


We have started our new creative curriculum topic

‘Back in my day….’  starting with Toys

We have a toy museum in class with toys from different eras, including mine 🙂

Alice brought along her Mum’s doll to share with the class.  Tommy brought along his Grandma’s special teddy which was filled with sawdust.  A much loved bear with a few mending patches and a smart set of clothes.

Amelia’s old bear was different because it has moving joints and nearly as big as her!



Maths Fun  – We have been exploring numbers in lots of different ways

Odd and Even                                          Ordering numbers                             Making a 100 square

Our Bumper Harvest Unbelievably our vegetables survived not being watered over the summer holidays!   We harvested lots of runner beans,  giant courgettes, kale, several butternut squash and umpteen tomatoes. 

We are leaving the carrots and parsnips for a bit longer and our other plants are still growing fast.


Year 2 Tea Party

A HUGE thank you to the PTA for hosting our Y2 treat, with special thanks to Carol Ward who  organised such a fabulous selection of part food (not forgetting her famous Pavlova).




Balloon Science Homework

Thank you Freya, Saffia and Izabella for these images emailed in to me.  Looks like you had great fun with your homework task.  Link below shows a great slow motion movie of static electricity.

Izabella balloon


Creation Art Work

As part of our Class Worship we went outside and used natural objects from around the school grounds to create a piece of artwork.  Here are our creations:

Science Day – Balloon Science

We had a fabulous day today making and improving our balloon rockets.  Then we attempted to make some cars, hovercrafts and boats, all powered by balloons.  Differing levels of success but great fun all the same. 🙂

Summer Overview  curriculum overview letter for Summer 2018

Triple fun Day!  We dressed up as our favourite book characters, had a disco AND then an Easter egg hunt too! 🙂

Please find new Snow work on our class homework page


Easter RE

We had fun today re-enacting the Easter story.  Can you identify what each of the scenes represents?

Something new!

This week we have begun to use a new RE resource called ‘Understanding Christianity’.  It introduces concepts through Bible stories and pictures.  Our class had some very thoughtful (pretty deep) ideas about how the pictures might be linked to what they understand about God and Jesus.  We look forward to exploring ‘Salvation’ in more detail this coming week to explore the Easter story.

A disgusting sandwich – How better to introduce instructional writing, making our own disgusting sandwiches!  Imogen’s face says it all 🙂


Snow work has been set and can be found on our Homework Page.

There are different levels of task.  Please choose the level appropriate to you.  I have also add new homework sheets if you’d like to start it over the weekend.

Enjoy the snow but keep safe! Mrs P x

We have been watching the curling at the Winter Olympics.  We held our own class ‘New Age Kurling’ competition this afternoon.

Green house: 3 wins      Blue house: 2 wins      Red house: 3 wins      Yellow house: 4 wins

Which makes Yellow our champions today! 🙂


The 1st Year One child to earn a ‘Pen Licence’ – Well done Alice!

We have just started our new ‘Materials’ topic in Science.  We had fun sorting the objects by the materials they are made from.

Recycling Stars

Today we had some visitors from Test Valley Borough Council who came to tell us about recycling.  We looked at how materials can be reused, even old chewing gum!  We also helped to sort some rubbish on a conveyor belt and found out about how rubbish is polluting our land and seas.  They gave us all lots of goodies to help remind us how to do our bit and recycle more.

Does it take less force to mould Plasticine when it is warmer ?

We decided to investigate this question by warming the Plasticine in our hands.   We enjoyed using the datalogger to help us record the temperature of our piece of Plasticine every 3 minutes.  We had planned to stretch and bend the Plasticine to test it but soon discovered it was too cold for that. So we adapted our test to see at which temperature it could be rolled into a ball.  The smaller bits were much quicker and bizarrely didn’t need to be as warm as the larger pieces to mould a ball.







Michael Rosen Book Review

This is our working wall showing how we found out about the author and learned the skills needed to write a good review.

We loved hearing him read his own stories, especially Going on a Bear Hunt and his new Chocolate Cake book.


Exploring Vernham Dean using Google Earth

We have been zooming in from space to find and walk around Vernham Dean.  We have been locating places in the village using the four compass points.


An Arty Afternoon

While a lot of our class were performing at the O2 we spent the afternoon exploring different art techniques to design our own season cycle.



Remembering – Passover

We shared a Passover Meal and tried some Charoset, and Matzah bread.  We washed it down with some grape juice (the non-fermented variety).




We have been learning about height and length.

Who is the tallest and shortest?

Which of our towers is the tallest?

The taller the  tree the wider the trunk – true or false?

False – the Oak tree was the shortest but it was wider than the Ash tree.

The best way to measure the height of a tree: Looking for the top between your legs and using a trundle wheel to count the metres.  Imogen and Margo bravely stepped up to measure the Silver Birch trunk.

curriculum overview letter for Spring 2018

It was a bit chilly this morning but we still enjoyed working outside.

Thank you very much to the PTA for our amazing Bee Bots!  As you can see we are enjoying learning how to program them.  🙂


We went looking for push and pull forces.


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

This week we followed the bear prints around the school and wrote our directions.  We found Bob Bear in the library.  Mrs Black made a brilliant Bear Hunt role play tray for our class to enjoy.  We have also been learning to use compasses and find North, South, East and West.

We earned a marble party!

We filled our marble jar!  We enjoyed our pass the parcel and decorating cakes.

Balloon Pop Contractions

Learning where to put an apostrophe in a contraction.  We put the apostrophe where the letter pops out.

Some brave children held the balloons for our demonstration:

Before – he is                      The i literally pops out- he’s

Before – they are              The a literally pops out- they’re

We had a great time today watching a Punch and Judy show, just like they did when children visited the seaside in the Victorian times.


We have started to work on shape this week and have been sorting shapes, making shape pictures and have been on a shape hunt in Y1. 

In Y2 we have been making regular and irregular shapes and starting to spot the lines of symmetry.

We all enjoyed apple pressing on Friday.  Lots of sticky fingers and fresh tasty juice to try.


  • Please be advised that our second PE session has now moved to Monday afternoon.

Internet Safety

We have been learning about how people might not be who they seem online so we never offer our personal details.  To role play this we made some masks to pretend to be someone else. We have had a very busy week this week with Science Day on Wednesday and The Fire Brigade in on Friday.

Science Day – Which is the best chocolate to make chocolate chip cookies from?

We decided on three tests to check how fast the chocolate would melt:

  1. Mouth test- how long did each take to melt? ( no chewing or turning!)
  2. Melt test
  3. Make test




We found out that Dairy Milk was the best at staying chunky and we could even read a C after our cookies had cooled.



We started our new English unit this week – The Gingerbread Man

So of course we needed to make our own first!  Mrs Ward came to help us out too.

Then we started to retell the story with some little puppets, ready to write next week.


Number bonds

We have been using the bar model to share out amounts to find all the possible number bonds.

We also made our own number bonds to ten rainbow.  Try doing it with other numbers too!




Welcome to a new school year and to our three new pupils; Tara, Elizabeth and Emmanuel!

We have been starting to make use of our new outside learning area. 

We have already been out for a Welly Walk to develop our descriptive writing.

We found a ‘cluttered’ oak tree, a’delicate’ spiderweb and very stingy nettle!

Luckily the rain held off just long enough for us to get back to school.


Curriculum overview letter for Autumn 2017 

Maple Class weekly timetable Autumn 2017


 Curriculum overview letter for Summer 2017

Thank you to all our lovely parents who made cakes and made donations for our cake sale in aid of our school guinea pigs.  We raised all but £97!

  Chalk Suffixes!  A fun way to learn our est, er, ing, ed, ful, ly and s/es words.

We have been finding out about the sorts of habitats different animals like to live in.  We went on a woodlice hunt and then designed some different habitats of our own to see which one they preferred.

We all had a great day dressing up and making this fabulous book cover on our classroom door.

 Curriculum overview for Spring 2017

Welcome to 2017!

We have been really busy already this term, finding out about Julia Donaldson and her books.

This last week we were shocked to find a planning application (wink wink) for new housing at our favourite area by the fairy tunnel above the school.  We have decided to send some letters to the developers and planners to tell them why it should not go ahead.  Some very heated views! 😉

We found some very healthy lichen too which proves how clean the air around Vernham must be, plus lots of signs of animal life.

We also discovered why it might not be a good idea to leave Maple and Willow outside at the moment – guinea pig ice pops .


Tristan has made a fab label for our school: 

As many of you will have noticed Mrs Venn has now joined Mrs Ryder and myself in Maple.  Always good to have another pair of hands – so a big welcome back!

Please feel free to catch me after school or book an appointment if you have any queries or concerns.

Kind regards

Clare Price

Here are some useful links for you to support learning:

Phonics Play  – great phonics site with some free phonic games

Maths zone – lots of free maths games