EYFS Welcome workshop

It was great to meet many new (and known) parents/carers this morning/tonight at our EYFS welcome workshop. We aimed to provide more information about what learning in the EYFS looks like and how this can be supported at home. Below are the resources we used today.

If you were unable to attend please make sure you sign up for a home visit and come and speak to us about any questions or queries you may have.

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Year 4 – Active Maths

This morning in Year 4, we showed how we value our learning during active maths. We were practicing counting in different multiples and from different starting numbers. We were counting as we were hitting, throwing, catching and skipping. Mrs Francis was impressed with our multitasking!

Year 4, what was the trickiest multiple you counted in?

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PGL 2018

Thank you to those who were able to attend the PGL meeting yesterday evening. I hope it was useful. For those who were unable to attend, the children will be coming home with a detailed letter explaining the payments for the trip. If you have any questions at all, please come and speak to either myself or Mrs Wilson before the 6th July 2017 as we require final numbers by this date.

As requested, the PowerPoint used is uploaded.

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Y3 Fire Safety

Linking in with the sad events of the Grenfell tower fire, Y3 has been discussing and exploring what to do when in a fire. The children went around the school looking for objects that would help keep us safe. We have also discussed what to do if there was a fire at home.

What would you do, Year 3, if there was a fire at home?

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Y3 and Y5 ICT

Today Y5 came into Y3 as ICT experts to show us how to use the explain everything app which links to our class project of fire safety. Y5 used everything they know about communicating clearly when explaining, to help the Y3 children use the app.

Year 3, what was your favourite feature you learnt to you on the app?


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Montell Douglas Visit & Assembly

Who inspires you? Sports people? Athletes? Olympians? Former GB 100m record holders? Well, you’re in luck!

Montell Douglas is all of those things and she’s coming to Maple Cross JMI tomorrow to inspire, motivate and mentor us. She’ll be doing a special assembly at 1.15pm (parents, if you’re free, you’d be more than welcome) where i’m sure she’ll tell us more about her journey and how she can help us.

Do you think Montell uses the same learning attributes as us, to help her? I can’t wait to find out.


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Maple Cross Explorers

What a hot afternoon it has been but that did not stop us exploring outside.  Today we learnt in the shade to protect us from the sun.   After the session today I asked the children what they had been learning.  Here is one of the replies.

“We made a teddy bears picnic. I found leaves. We found feathers for carrots and berries that birds eat we used for grapes.”

I have a challenge for you.  Could you create a picnic for one of your toys in your garden or in the park?  What could you use for the plates? What food would the toys eat?  You could take a photo of it to show me or draw a picture of your picnic.  I am looking forward to seeing what you create.

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Parent Friday – Reading focus

Thank you to all the parents that came to see what reading looked like in the classroom. A great turn out from the lower years but, parent feedback suggested, the parents of older children think their children can already read. If that is accurate, I wanted to quickly explain how reading is not just decoding (making the right sounds to match the letters) but far more important is the understanding behind the words – Why did the author use that word? Could you use a better word? How does this make you feel? What do you think will happen next? What do you think happened before? and before before? How did the character feel? Why did they do that? How do you know that from the text?

Age appropriate bookmarks have gone home with all the children – please spend a minute to glance the ideas on the bookmark and use as a handy reminder when you are reading with your children. Together we make the biggest difference.

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