Maple Cross Explorers

As we have started a new term, there are new activities to enjoy in during our Maple Cross Explorers sessions.  We have built on learning in the previous terms and today children tried cooking bread on a camp fire, learning a group to create art, finding out how to print using mud, building houses for the Three Little Pigs and using Andy Goldsworthy art to inspire their artistic talents.

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Stay and Learn in Nursery

Today parents and family stayed for a stay and learn session. This is such a valuable part of the children’s learning as it offers parents opportunities to understand the complex way children learn.

We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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What did you learn about your children’s learning this morning?

 

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What is the meaning of the print?

This week Nursery have been print detectives. Over the last three days at school the children have been identifying letters and words, numbers and shape in the environment. Understanding that print carries meaning is vital to the children.

When the children identified words they counted the number of letters in each and tried to spot any letters that also appear in their name.

What can you find at home?

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How does the journey to success feel?

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At Maple Cross, we recognise the primary importance of children’s effort and approaches to learning rather than their academic outcomes alone. What evidence and research show us is that it is the universal skills of learning (learning attributes) that will allow children to develop their potential, broaden their horizons and increase their opportunities.

With this in mind, yesterday’s Buddy Point recognition day was an opportunity to praise those children who show consistently motivated approaches to learning.

This means that the 91 bronze and silver badges that I handed out are not to be seen as medals of success, but more powerfully, they identify role models for the rest of the community. Learning role models: Children who can share ideas on how to learn even more effectively.

I took the opportunity, building on our Emotion Coaching development, to ask the children how the journey had felt. Did successful learners have different emotions?

Have a look at the pictures and judge for yourself.

The simple idea that was reinforced was that we all have the same feelings, it is how we manage those feelings through our actions that can make the difference. If you haven’t already, have a look at the earlier post on Emotion Coaching. What do you think?

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