Year 6 Basketball Runners up!

This afternoon, the year 6 basketball team showed amazing sports skills at the Three Rivers and Watford Sports Partnership basketball competition. They showed great collaborative skills and with it being their first time playing basketball, excellent risk taking was shown. They pushed each other in all their games and they finished the evening as runners up! Well done to Year 6 and Miss Wilson!

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Year 5 & 6 – Shakespeare Performance

What a fantastic evening at Watersmeet Theatre yesterday, where Year 5 and 6 captured the audience with their performances of Julius Caesar and Macbeth. Throughout the weeks all the children have been working extremely hard in understanding their plays, learning their lines, taking risks, learning as a team and this was evident from their performances. Thank you to everyone involved in creating memories the children will treasure for a long time.

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Visit from Brunel University Students

Today we were joined by students from Brunel University who spent their day exploring Maths in a primary school. They observed a range of Maths from Active Maths and Chatty Maths to Power of 5. They spent their time this morning in EYFS and a year 6 and this afternoon, in KS1&2, ending with joining the Chatty Maths workshop.

Students from Brunel, it would be great to hear your thoughts about what you saw today!

 

 

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Chatty Maths Workshop – Session 2

This afternoon, year 6 and the Chatty Maths leaders led another engaging Chatty Maths workshop. They shared their thoughts on the power of effective questioning and how open questions develop deeper thinking.

After modelling open questions, it was then the turn of our parent/carer learners.

Thank you to all the parents/careers for learning with us again this afternoon.

The afternoon ended with parents/careers sharing what they learnt from the session;

– ‘Open questions are difficult to ask but you get some great answers.’

– ‘Open questions meant that my son looked at the picture and identified other things in the picture I hadn’t asked about.’

– ‘Importance in using open questions to get children to elaborate on their thoughts. It gives parents the opportunity to think about learning in a different way.’

– ‘The need for more open questions when talking to my children, trying not to make questions leading.’

– ‘Will keep an open mind when it comes to homework; will ask more open questions as opposed to closed. Thank you, very good idea to have the parents interacting too!’

 

Great risk taking was shown by all our learners today, both adults and children! Looking forward to our outdoor session next Friday!

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Chatty Maths Workshop

It was great to see so many learners yesterday afternoon, stopping and looking at a picture and then generating lots of mathematical vocabulary.

Thank you to the Chatty Maths Leaders for there introduction to Chatty Maths, year 6 for supporting the organisation and parents and carers for allowing us to learn together.

We are looking forward to learning with you all again next Friday afternoon!

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Maple Cross 2017 Student Council Elections

On Friday afternoon, Year 6 children presented their speeches with great confidence and enthusiasm to the younger years in order to persuade them to vote so they could become a part of the school council.

It was an extremely close election this year, with only a few votes in it. A big well done to all of Year 6 for their well-written speeches and for lots of you, taking a risk and presenting the speech to the whole school.

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Message from Ms Short

Dear the Maple Cross family,

Just wanted to thank you all for your wonderful cards and presents, you’ve all been extremely generous. I’d also like to thank all the children – at Maple Cross – I have loved every minute of the last three years – please keep up with all your sports – especially fit 15!😉 I look forward to coming back and seeing you all soon! Miss you all x

Lots of love

Miss Short

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Year 6 – Trip to Harry Potter Studios

Year 6 had a delightful day yesterday exploring the Harry Potter studios after spending time this year reading the book and watching the film. It was great to see the children noticing the amount of work that had gone into the film and how things were not what they seemed. The children learnt the use of green screen and were amazed at the drawings and planning into the sets.

Year 6 would like to say a huge thank you to Ms Montgomery for taking them to Harry Potter Studios yesterday as a class trip.

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