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Welcome To Maple Class


The Maple Class team: Mr A Langley & Mrs S Rasmussen

Welcome to Maple Class’ page of the website! Here we are taught by Mr Langley and Mrs Rasmussen. Out Topic in year 5 at the moment is the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and we’re always learning something new! We discover more about the Sutton Hoo burial and the Norse Gods.


In maths we’re often challenging ourselves to solve word problems, calculate difficult additions / subtractions and much more! At the moment, we are exploring angles in Geometry.


When we do English, it’s often planning, writing or assessing / improving Big Writes. A Big Write is when we are given a picture or prompt, then produce a piece of writing that includes it. Normally, we do them on Thursdays and up-level them the following day. But, that’s not all we do! We also learn about a variety of SPaG skills like Generalisers, Contractions and Conjunctions. At the moment we are exploring Benjamin Zephaniah’s performance poetry.


By Violet

——— Please explore some of our learning below! ———

January English


We've just started looking at 'The Longest Night of Charlie Noon' by Christopher Edge in our English lessons. In the first chapter he spends a lot of time describing how light is filtering into a forest our two main characters are entering. We thought it was so good that we could have a go ourselves! Below you will find Georgia's amazing writing:


As I walked I saw a sea of bluebells reaching over the dry, old leaves. Some had purple petals, some were dark blue and some had electric blue veins but most were bright with the sun shining on through.


The sun burst through the tall trees as the wind blew past. The sun was setting over a purple and blue sea of bluebells, making everything happy and light, bathing on the forest floor and dancing on the sun panelled leaves.


The trees were tall, short, thick, thin, light and dark as the sun set. They had leaves of all sorts. Emerald, light, dark, luscious and royal leaves made a large canopy over the bluebells. The birds in the trees made tweeting and pecking noises as the warm wind blew by.


The wind was warm in the sun and cool in the shadows. Animals galloped through the crunchy dry leaves that slept on the forest ground. The wind whispered and whistled as the sun got lower. Birds made liquid melodies and the deer munched on the bright green grass that swayed in the gentle wind.


The whole forest looked magical and enchanted, with the sun setting, the gentle warm wind and the sound of the wildlife. 

January Video Editing


In our Computing lessons we have been exploring video editing using Movie Maker. Here is a video Abi made for the fictional country of Searland. Check it out!

Visit Searland.m4v

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December Christmas Fair


We had an amazing time today at the Christmas Fair. The stalls were full of amazing activities, run by amazing parent volunteers (and some fantastic Year 6 volunteers) and much fun was had by all. Thank you FOWPS!

December Donkey


So, a donkey came to visit today. That is all…

December Gymnastics


With Ethan’s (extremely capable) help, we’ve continued to explore a variety of different skills in gymnastics. This week we got to have a go at the wall apparatus included climbing poles using a mixture of techniques!

November Bikeability


We had an amazing time this week learning how to stay safe on the roads around Woodcote. Here are some photos from our first day when we were practicing some skills in the playground before venturing out into the big wide world!


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November Circuit Training


We have started exploring Circuit Training in PE (thinking about personal challenge, 1:1 contests and strengthening a variety of fitness skills). This week we’ve been trying out slaloms, plank and squats!

October Science Day


We spent time exploring forces and the effect they have on the world around us. We measured force using Newtonmeters and explored what shape, material or size of parachute would be the most effective. Check out some of the photos below!

September THE Vault


We present the four stages of vault…

Superb job from our young lady!


English - Diary Entries


We've been reading the book, The Templeton Twins, by Ellis Weiner in our English work this week. Earlier in the week we had a go at writing diary entries, particularly trying to make good use of time related language. Here is a great example from Noah!


Dear Diary,


Over the last few days Abigail and I have been trying to think of ways to persuade Papa to get a dog. As you know we have both wanted one for a long time because it would make us feel better. So... we came up with a plan. Tonight we made dinner for papa, Abigail moved the table and put Papa opposite where he normally sits so that our device would work. The idea we had was to use a fishing rod with a sinker and we attached a photo of a dog to it. While Papa was eating, I started to unwrap the fishing rod but it got stuck on the light so Abigail had to quickly climb up and untangle it. I then managed to lower the rod with the photo in front of Papa, he looked up and asked us why we weren't eating and then he noticed the picture. We asked if we could get this dog of one like it, he noticed what we had invented and said it was very clever and then he said that a dog would be such a change and he was thinking about it. We all went to bed so I still don’t know if we can have one of not, fingers crossed.

PE - Gymnastics


This week in gymnastics we found ourselves...upside down?

World Book Day


Lots of amazing costumes, ideas and contributions today! Hope you've all had a great World Book Day!

PE - Dance


Last half term we spent some time working with Ethan on a dance to the intro track from the Greatest Showman. We're hoping to get a video up to show you soon but in the meantime, here are some photos showcase your amazing children!

Newspaper Reports


After our recent visit to the O2 for Young Voices, we took the time to write newspaper reports recounting our day. Below you will find two examples that sum up what an amazing time we had!

Young Voices


Earlier this year we attended the Young Voices concert at the O2 Arena in London. We had an amazing time and wanted to share some photos. Be sure to check out our Newspaper Reports above to learn about the whole day! Stay tuned for more.



Non-Chronological Reports


In November, we were working hard on Non-Chronological Reports based on a fictional creature we invented. We used the book 'The Lost Thing' by Shaun Tan to inspire us and here are a couple of our finished projects!

Science - Air Resistance


This week we have been exploring the effect air resistance has on objects we running an experiment. We tested different sized or different shaped parachutes to discover what we cause our payload to slow down the most.

October Break Activities


While first and foremost out message right now is, "HAVE A GREAT BREAK!" our next message is feel free to play a few of the games we've added to the Homework page. Lots of things to keep your brains sharp over your holiday.



Welcome to Year 5 2019-20


Our plan this year is to keep you all updated with our 'goings on' through this web page. Keep checking back for photos, updates and examples of the work we've been doing.


If you were unable to attend 'Meet the Teacher' you'll find any useful documents on the Class Information page.


Thanks, and do let us know if you have any questions, queries or concerns.


Mr Langley and Mrs Rasmussen

World War II Projects


This term in Maple class we have been learning about World War II with a special focus on the Battle of Britain. For homework, we researched different aspects of the war and created a variety of different projects. Here are some of the projects we made:


Chinese Visit 2019


Last term, we were exceptionally lucky in Year 5 to be visited by children from Guangzhou in China. We had 26 guests aged between 8 and 11 who spent time in and amongst our class, learning with us and even teaching us a little about their school and language.



We took on a variety of different tasks throughout the week including maths investigations, reading comprehensions, research tasks, sketching and lots of PE!




We also had a chance to go to the woods and see bluebells in bloom (very British!) and we even walked down to St Leonard's church to show our guests some of our older buildings.


We had a fantastic couple of weeks and were really sad to say goodbye!



TOPIC - Rationing during World War II


Here are links to some websites that may help in your research:

Rationing Information -

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WW2 Recipes -

WW2 Recipes -


You can also search for more information online.

Maple class celebrate the Royal Wedding

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We enjoyed a tea party on our school field to celebrate Harry and Meghan's marriage.

Maple Class Open Afternoon, 2pm - 3.15pm, Thursday 10th May. We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you Maple Class, your positive thinking made the sun shine all weekend! Love from, Mrs Neville :)

E-Safety Week!

Glorious weather!

Maple springs back into school!

Bench Ball for Sport Relief

Battle of Britain Trip to Bentley Priory

To see more photographs of our trip, please visit our gallery.

Happy World Book Day!

Growth Mindset

We’re watching a video series about how students can develop a growth mindset! Watch it at:, and ask your child these questions tonight.


1. What was the biggest challenge you faced today?

(Ask your child, and then have them ask the question back!)


2. How can you and I think about these challenges in a new way?


3. What can we do differently tomorrow if we face similar challenges? 

Growth Mindset for students - Episode 1/5

What could Year 5 be investigating for Science Week...?

Young Voices 2018

The Battle of Britain - do you have any World War Two artefacts at home?

Snow much snow!

Anglo Saxon Workshop - making copper brooches.

Year 5's Reindeer Encounter

Year 5 are learning about materials and their properties

In Science we are learning about materials. Today we experimented with tea, coffee, salt, sugar and sand to find out which materials dissolved to make a solution, and which materials were insoluble.