Circus extravaganza! 4th & 5th July 2015

circus logoWinning first prize at the Rickmansworth Parade for our circus themed entry was a good start – now we can begin getting excited about the real thing coming to us, right here at Maple Cross JMI! We will also be having a themed circus week in school with all manner of circus based learning going on. There is even a rumour that Mr Cook is going to get fired out of a cannon!

Important Ticket Info:

There will be 4 performances: 2 on each day at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are £9 each. If you are intending to come please make sure you buy your ticket in advance. Not only does this ensure you a seat, but it generates money for the school. We don’t get a share of the ticket price for any tickets bought on the day.

How to buy:

  • online: click here
  • From the library, on Friday, after school.
  • In the playground, from the PTA, after half term.

Exciting times – There will be lots more info to follow but for now, book your ticket for the hottest show in town!

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Kindness Day: 12th June 2015

wonderbook‘I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I mean, sure, I do ordinary things. I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I play ball. I have an XBox. Stuff like that makes me ordinary. I guess. And I feel ordinary. Inside. But I know ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. I know ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.

Wonder, by RJ Palacio. Published by Random House.

What is kindness?

Can you think of a time when someone was kind to you? Can you think of a time when you were kind to someone else? How did it make you feel? How about when people treat you unkindly – how does that make you feel? Maybe you have said or done something unkind to someone else. On reflection, how did it make you feel?

August, the main character in ‘Wonder’, can’t help the way he looks but other people can decide how they will react to him. How would you react to him walking into your classroom? Be honest with yourself. The week beginning 8th June 2015 is ‘Kindness Week’ and we will be taking part in various activities relating to August’s experiences, to help us empathise with him. We will be analysing and reflecting on how our own reactions could be viewed by others, so that we do not unintentionally upset people that look or act differently to ourselves.

If you would like to read ‘Wonder’ by RJ Palacio, it is available from Chorleywood Bookshop and we hope to have some extra copies in school to share.

Lots more to follow…


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Nursery and Reception Home Learning

To help kick off our new topic, the children have been asked to create a poster, at home, about a Mini Beast of their choice. This can be presented in any style. Think outside the box! Can you make your poster an unusual shape, colour or texture? You can include pictures, posters, photographs or anything you want. Here are some ideas.

In our first week we will be using the story, I Love Bugs by Emma Dodd to support our learning.

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On the first day of summer year 6 with the help of some children from year 5 played in the Watford and Three Rivers Sports Partnerships Kwik Cricket festival. The festival took place at Chorleywood Cricket Club on Chorleywood Common and we entered 3 teams. The day was a real success enjoyed by all with many of our children hitting 4’s and 6’s and some taking magnificent catches. Well done to our first team for finishing second.



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