Frozen Fruit Kebabs

This term the children in EYFS are using their cooking sessions to prepare snacks for the other children. This week they have created frozen fruit kebabs. We began by making a list of all the fruit we would be using (this really tested our phonics!).

  1. blueberries
  2. bananas
  3. strawberries
  4. raspberries
  5. watermelon
  6. grapes

Working as a collaborative team they chopped, peeled and sliced various fruits. They then skewered the fruits before we placed in the freezer to allow them to chill.

Later in the morning the children shared the snacks with everyone else. They were a super chilly treat on a very hot and sunny day.

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Nursery have been learning the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Using oral story telling they have learnt the story by heart and act it out with actions.

This week we had goats come to visit. The children had opportunities to feed the goats and stroke them. They have used the photos from this week to create an information poster. Did you know goats have four stomachs and only one row of teeth?

Within our PE session the children took on the role of both the goat and the troll. They began by exploring under the equipment like the troll who sits under the bridge. They then took on the role of the goats and trip-trapped over the bridge. At some points there was a troll and a goat, “Who’s that trip-trapping over my bridge?”

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WOW! Find the total

Today a group of boys in Nursery invented their own game. On Monday we will be formalising the rules to share with the rest of the class but here is a summary of how to play.

  1. Roll two, three or four dice at one go
  2. Line the dice up and count the total number of spots
  3. Count that number along the number track to find the numeral
  4. Find that number in the pile of number bean bags
  5. Put the bean bag in the correct order

The children were incredibly collaborative, taking turns and encouraging others. They had to really focus as there were so many steps to the games and the boys never loss focus or concentration.

It took a long time to roll the total of 15 and they kept rolling 14, 17 and 18!

They are very keen to share it with their peers on Monday.

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Bread making in Nursery

Today Nursery made bread rolls. They took a warm bread roll home for lunch and we have kept the other rolls for snack time tomorrow.

The children had to measure the dry ingredients and pour the wet. They had to mix everything together and then get really sticky and knead the dough into rolls. We left the dough to prove for over an hour and noticed how it increased in size before placing in the oven to cook.

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Leadership – leading projects across school

Tonight four members of Maple Cross were joined by colleagues from Rickmansworth School and Watford Grammar School for Girls for an evening workshop. The focus of the workshop was reflecting on the impact of leadership, the value of networking, analysis of our emerging stories and identifying the ripple effect of impact.

It was a privilege to be part of such high quality dialogue and reflections. The true collaboration between schools is leading to many exciting developments.

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LARGE SCALE mark making!

Last Friday Nursery had an opportunity to explore mark making on a large scale (a very large scale!). Often we talk about size as an abstract concept and it is vital young children explore the differences for real. The children could run up and down as they made marks or choice to focus on a smaller area.

The hall floor was covered in very long strips of paper. The paper was different colours and textures and the children had to decide whether to use crayons, pens and florescent pencils.

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Small worlds

Over the past half term Nursery have been fascinated by blocks, bricks and boards. Block play enables children to develop their problem solving skills and persist in finding solutions – for example balancing different shapes in a structure or finding the right block to place next.

There has been significant language development as the children consult with their peers about what to position and where. There has also been opportunities for pupils to create costumes and outfits for the small people and include items from the transient art to add details. By consultation and decision of the pupils we also added some mirrored blocks earlier this half term.

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The Magic Bojabi Tree

Today group 2 read the story of The Magic Bojabi Tree and added to the snake coiled around the tree created by other groups. They recognised the colours of the snake in the illustrations and set about looking for these colours in the school grounds.

They worked together by helping each other look for colours. At the end of our time we all PAUSED. We pressed the pause button to slow our brains down. We had been thinking so much we needed to stop and notice our learning.

The children reflected on what had been the most challenging parts of the learning and began to give reasons why.

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Leading and learning

Tonight colleagues from Maple Cross travelled to Amwell View School to join the HertsCam Network event. Ms Heydarzadeh shared a poster about a project she is leading in Reception. Ms Heydarzadeh is using Edward DeBono’s thinking hats to support and develop pupils self-regulation. She spoke with a range of other practitioners from primary, secondary and specialist provisions to gain insight and ideas into her project.

Ms Thanki, Mr Flint and Ms Scourfield led workshops around their project themes including developing reasoning skills, use of technology and the computing curriculum and creating music makers and pupil leadership.

Speak to them to find out more.

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