EYFS collaborative cooking has begun.

Today the first two groups from Nursery and Reception worked collaboratively to create and cook their own pizzas. The children talked to each other to share their ideas and discuss how to decorate their pizza.

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Their was lots of discussion about hygiene and the health benefits of all the different vegetables on offer as toppings. We explored the seeds inside the peppers and the different textures of the mushrooms.

In the afternoon Reception put their mathematical thinking to the test to solve the problem. How do you share four pizzas between twelve children. How do you think we did it?

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Developing fine and gross motor strength

In Nursery we spend a significant amount of our learning developing both fine and gross motor strength to prepare for the early stages of writing. We tackle this in lots of creative ways!


Gross motor skills are involved in movement and coordination of the arms, legs, and other large body parts and movements.

Tree climbing (or any other climbing!)


Double handed drawing

Chalk writing on a horizontal (wall, board)

Fine motor skill (or dexterity) is the coordination of small muscles, in movements—usually involving the synchronization of hands and fingers—with the eyes.

Picking up small objects


Using tweezers

Developing scissors skills

Balancing small items (marbles, golf tees etc)

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Cast Workshop

Today, Year 5 and 6 visited the theatre where they will perform their Shakespeare plays. They thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, which was run by two actors. We spent time working on a small section of our play, trying out new ideas and seeing how they looked. I was so impressed by the ability of our children to take risks and explore ideas even while on a stage in a real theatre. Come and see our finished productions on 2nd November!

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Ballet at the Royal Opera House

What a wonderful day we had!

Year 3 and 4 children enjoyed the incredible opportunity of attending a ballet at The Royal Opera House in London. The children travelled to London by train and were thrilled to see all the sights along the way.

We arrived at Green Park where we all enjoyed some free time among the beautiful tress and falling leaves. As we walked past Buckingham Palace, we were lucky enough to see part of the changing of the guard ceremony.

We had an early lunch stop in St James’ Park before walking past Trafalgar Square on our way to Covent Garden.

The ballet was wonderful! All children were amazed and full of questions about the effects and how the story of Alice in Wonderland was brought to life.

The children were a credit to Maple Cross School and represented us all with outstanding kindness, manners and respect.

Thank you to everyone involved for making this a day to remember.

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