BlueBots have arrived… (Thanks PTA!)

img_2554Computing Club were eager to get their hands on our new, PTA funded, BlueBots. BlueBots look very similar to BeeBots but they have many extra functions – the main one being that you can operate them on an iPad via a bluetooth connection. They are also able to carry out quarter turns and, via the iPad, display a simple code sequence.

Computing Club seemed to relish the opportunity to try them out and we discussed what the potential problems would be when using them in a class environment and how we could overcome them.

We haven’t asked anyone to apply to be a ‘Digital Leader’ yet but some of the children in Computing Club have shown that they have all the necessary skills to rise to the challenge!

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Maple Cross Explorers

The second session of Maple Cross Explorers took place this afternoon. The children engaged in a different activity to the one they took part in last week.  They are still in the same groups and are developing the skills of group work by listening and taking account of what one another says.  Together a beautiful piece of art was created and a wonderful camp fire.  Children also made wonderful journey sticks and found conkers and walnuts to go on them.  Elaborately decorated stones were made and also nature decorations.

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Learning Attributes on the Bouncy Castle

Year 2 received their Bouncy Castle session to recognise their outstanding 97.8% attendance for last year. We spent a lot of time thinking about how the Learning Attributes can apply to everything the children do – including bouncing on a bouncy castle. The children were asked to observe their peers and note down evidence of when they saw the attributes in action! What do you think?

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Library time in Nursery and Reception

Nursery and Reception have already enjoyed three library sessions with our school librarian Mrs Storms. We have read three different picture books and identified the key features.

Nursery have been using front cover, author and title.

Reception have been using front cover, author, title and blurb.

The three books we have already read are The little gardener by Emily Hughes, Ready Steady Mo! by Mo Farrah and Kicking a ball by Ahllan Ahlberg. Nursery and Reception can you tell your family about the stories?

The titles still to come this half term are Quack quack Quentin, Cat’s colours, nothing and Oi Dog!


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Get ready for cake!

big_coffee_morning-630x468On Friday 30 September, we will host a Macmillan Coffee Afternoon. This will take place straight after school in the library. Please come by to enjoy some tasty treats, chat with friends, and enjoy the new library.

To make the most of this annual fundraising event, we are asking for donations of baked goods. All items should be brought into school on Friday morning before school. These will be stored in the library.

Thank you in advance for any help!

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Parent and Carer Invitation (The 80%!)

This week the children have celebrated global diversity and they would love to show you what they have been doing.


Further to the newsletter, we invite you to see how a display-table of books and artefacts turns into learning in the class-room.

On Friday, after Celebration Assembly, we will dismiss the children as normal and then welcome you into school, via the front door, to celebrate your children’s achievements so far. It is also an opportunity to  see where your child spends their day and what else they get up to.

Open Afternoon for Parents and Carers

3:15 – 3:45 this Friday 23rd September 2016.

I look forward to seeing you.


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Multicultural visitors

We welcomed Father Jairo and some of his friends to the school today: The Reverend Emily from East Hertfordshire; The Reverend Sam from Barnet; Helen from Sweden and Bishop Phillip from Belize!

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The children in Years 1 to 6 explored their own ideas of ‘Angels’; learned that the word angel means messenger and were asked to think of a message an angel might come and tell them. My personal favourite was, ‘clean your room!’

This week we have been celebrating diversity across the world and we look forward to welcoming parents to a short open afternoon on Friday, after Celebration Assembly, to come and see what the children have been learning.

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YES I can!

Today Nursery started to use their yellow hats. Our yellow hat helps us think positively about our learning. We tell ourselves – YES I can! We never give up, no matter how difficult our learning is and how many attempts in takes. The children are continuing to learn to dress for PE independently and not give up when it gets difficult.

Our outside writing area has been very popular today with lots of children creating party invitations. Tomorrow we will be taking this further to make birthday cards and other party items.





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