Yesterday, Year 5 had a brilliant visit to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. The journey itself was an adventure eliciting gasps of amazement as we exited the tube at Canary Wharf and headed over the Thames on the Docklands Light Railway. After a steep climb up to the Observatory, we were rewarded with an incredible view of London. The children explored the museum hunting for facts that no-one else would notice. Did you know that when you look in space, you are looking into the past? Did you know that Jupiter has a hurricane twice the size of Earth that has been raging for 350 years? After our fact finding mission, we were treated to a journey through our universe at the planetarium. It was filled with incredible visuals to help us understand space. We then stood on the meridian line before heading up a narrow, spiral staircase and into the observatory dome where the huge telescope was waiting. It was a brilliant trip where our children represented our school beautifully and they have come back filled with information. Today, Year 5 have begun presenting their findings.
Today Year 1 visited White Plains care home.
We took the mini bus which was very exciting!
We prepared 3 carols to sing for the residents. We also wrote down questions to ask the residents about what Maple Cross and our local area was like in the past.
Thank you for having us. We had a great time!
Today children in Reception were developing their understanding of the world by exploring outside. Some children made a zip line, others explored sound by talking through guttering tubes. Another group explored how things sink and float.
This morning pupils in Year 3, 4 and 5 met with students from The Reach Free for a morning of art. The Reach Free students demonstrated the use of line and tone from The Formal Elements of Art. The pupils of Maple Cross learnt some new skills and were very enthusiastic about the experience. Thank you Reach Free for a lovely morning.
This evening the full governing body met. The Chair started the evening by leading the governors in a short training session on finance. During the main body of the meeting, the Headteachers’ report was received and curriculum subject reports on Reading and Science. An update on Pupil Leadership, including School Parliament was received.
Minutes from the last meeting were approved and signed and actions arising were discussed.
Governors were updated on training opportunities that are available in the New Year.
School policies were reviewed.
The next meeting will be on Monday 27th January 2020.
What a pleasure it was today to welcome so many nursery parents to join in with some learning activities this morning. They played dominos, I spy, read books together, matching games and puzzles. When the parents had left, the children told us how much fun it had been.
In year 1 we are reading How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffries.
Today, during a literacy lesson we were ‘star catchers’ on the hunt for stars hidden in our woods!
We practiced staying in role and writing about how we would catch stars.