Team Maple

Welcome to Team Maple.


              What a fantastic start to Autumn term we have had!

Working collaboratively, our teams have been focusing on getting to know new learners as well as team building activities to develop social skills, communication and build individual confidence within the classroom.

This week, we have launched our Trailblazer topic: Film and Acting. As historians, we have been developing a chronologically secure understanding of film making. We have learnt when the first film was produced and the reason behind the production of this film;  we have learnt about significant people during the 1900s, including Charlie Chaplin and his style of acting; and we have learnt about the evolution of Disney over the years.  

During our DT lessons, we have created our own animation movies, including the use of Flip Books, Zoetropes, Thaumatropes. We recognised that many film directors use stop animation to create their movies and we have been working collaboratively to challenge ourselves to make our own movies using the iMotion app on the iPads. 

                 Mathematical Thinking

Team Maple are really enjoying Maths: we have been using Cuisenaire rods to represent structures.

We have been learning about the importance of being an efficient mathematician and have been working collaboratively to find the most efficient method to solve a calculation.



                   Musicians in the making


Composing or own piece of music using the pentatonic scale has been a real success.

The children have been learning what the C major pentatonic scale is and have shown their knowledge by composing their own musical masterpiece. They are able to use musical vocabulary to explain how their piece is structured and confidently vocalise this to the class when explaining the diminuendo (when it gets quieter), the crescendo (when it gets louder), the tempo (speed) and the pitch.

Did you know that the C major pentatonic scale is also called five note scale or five-tone scale?






We have been looking at the features and purpose of a chair and then designing and annotating our idea, which we are then going to build.  

The children are learning to use tools (hammers and nails, hacksaws, a craft knife and a needle and thread) to create their design. They have created an explosive diagram and are learning to measure materials accurately and think carefully about safety while using the tools.

 We have had to ask ourselves question like:

 - Are all chairs the same?  What are the features and purpose of different types of chair?  What tools will I need to cut and join my materials? How will I make sure I am using the equipment safely?




             January 2022 Trailblazer


    The children chose the topic 'ASTROLOGY AND STAR SIGNS' for their trailblazer this term. They were all fully engaged and enthusiastic in learning about the different star signs and the meanings behind them. We had the opportunity to link our scientific circuit learning into this by making circuits and creating astrological constellations.



                   Scientific Minds

                     How did light help save the war?

Why were search lights and periscopes used during WW1 & 2 and how do they work?

What do we notice about the shape of and object and the shadow it casts?

These are just a few of the questions year 6 have been thinking about.

Using the scientific idea that light travels in straight lines, we discovered why search lights were used to detect planes in the sky during WW2 and how periscopes were used to help soldiers see over the trenches without being spotted in WW1. As light travels in straight lines, mirrors are used to reflect the light around corners.

We also investigated shadows. We designed an experiment to test whether the shape and size of the shadow is the same as the object that cast it. We discovered that a shadow is the same shape as the object, however if the object is closer to the light source the shadow is larger and if it is further away the shadow is smaller. 


Hillcross Primary School, Ashridge Way, Morden, Surrey, SM4 4EE

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