Y5: Sailing – RYA Level 2 Qualification

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Well done to everyone in year 5 for achieving their level 1 and 2 RYA sailing qualification. This means that you can go and sail independently on inland lakes. Why not take advantage of this by going sailing over the summer holidays at the aquadrome (opening times).

We had one day of good wind, survived the heat and Mr Cook and I got to soak you all! A great way to round off a fantastic year!



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Nursery have graduated!

Today Nursery graduated from Nursery and shared their learning journals with their families.

Nursery have taken part in many planned transition activities over the past few weeks including; joining the rest of school at playtimes and lunchtimes, stayed for lunch and completed some of their learning in the Reception classroom.


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Something to reflect on during your summer…

Dear Everyone,

Further to my end of year letter coming out today, I wanted to share a section of the Headteacher’s report to governors that we can all be extremely proud of. Our Awe and Wonder Section shares the things the school community does that we don’t have to; the things the school community does that adds something extra to Maple Cross; the extra things we do to make the difference. We can all be very proud of our Community. Enjoy your summers and thank you.

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We are ready for the summer reading challenge!

Big friendly readThe summer reading challenge has started! If you haven’t registered already, go to your local library (Maple Cross’ closest library is Rickmansworth Library) and sign up for the fun. You can read paper books or ebooks borrowed from the library; the important thing is to read six books.

I heard a rumour that the class in September with the most participants in the summer reading challenge may be recognised with some sort of award…

Have a great summer of reading!

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Summer Holiday Learning Activities





Year 4 (nearly Year 5!),

I hope you have a fantastic summer, you have all worked extremely hard this year. You deserve a break, but, to make sure you are ready for that first day of year 5, here are some fun, interactive games and activities to keep your mind active.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar games – brush up on your nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, adverbial phrases, commas, apostrophes, contractions and ellipses! If you’re not sure what some of those words mean, then these activities are definitely ones which you need!

Maths – This is a link to the very popular ‘Woodland site’. It has a massive range of interactive games and is sorted into categories. The maths investigation section is particularly good, if you want a challenge!

Maths (times tables) – still unsure of some of your times tables? Then keep practicing using these interactive games.

General – This is a good resource centre for a little bit of everything; maths, spelling, writing, phonics, grammar, PSHE, art etc.

If you have got access to a smart phone or tablet then there are literally thousands of games to be found under the education section of the app store (for apple users) or google play store (for android users) – Make sure you check with your adult before making any purchases!

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Y5: Sailing Day 1

Y5 had a fantastic day learning how to name the rigging, rig their boats, called ‘Picos’, and learning some basics. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much wind so we learnt how to safely capsize and then right the boat again. A dip in the aquadrome was a welcome relief from the heat!

The children were fantastic. A few were very worried about the capsize drill but they kepy a PMA, took a risk and with the encouragement of their friends, faced the challenge and beat it!

Now – fingers crossed for some more wind tomorrow!

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