R e f l e c t – the riddled is solved!

Today in assembly we arranged letters to discover the attribute word is reflect.

Everyone in school has been challenged to think how we can describe and explain reflect. Using pictures the children are starting to PAUSE and think of other words and phrases associated. How would you describe reflection? Have a discussion at home and add your ideas to the blog.

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Learning . . . off and running . . .

Today it was a privilege to spend time in classes and join in the learning. The highlights included :

  • new learning resources in year 1
  • Power of 5 maths
  • describing aspirations and dreams for the future
  • exploring new topics through investigations and team work
  • unwrapping books to celebrate new topics

If you have any personal or professional skills that are linked to our topics please come and speak to us. We always welcome talks, workshops and sharing of artefacts. This term we are learning about World Wars, The Rainforest and Plants.

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2018.19 – Are you ready?

Welcome back to school. Today in assembly, I shared a beautiful book with the children of a collection of untranslatable words from around the world. What a wonderful word by Nicola Edwards and Luisa Uribe

Gokotta – Swedish – to wake up early in the morning so you can go outside to hear the first birds singing

Poronkusema – Finnish – the distance a reindeer can walk before needing the toilet

Nakama – Japanese – friends who are like family

I then explained to the children that there is a special word for us here at school this term. The problem was they were only given one of the letters in assembly. Over the course of the day different classes have been given a different extra letter. Can you work out the word?

_ e _ _ _ _ _

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INSET Monday 3rd September 2018

Today the team gathered together for a day of learning and planning. Everyone, from the office to those who work in classes, had a focussed day looking at our school priorities and how we each play a part in the success.

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  1. Guess who – we all introduced ourselves and shared our roles
  2. S.T.E.M challenge – who can build the highest balloon tower?
  3. SIP priorities – group the definitions, annotate and discuss
  4. Identify the priorities that we each lead, are involved in and those that don’t directly apply
  5. Reflect on the school attributes and introduce new focus REFLECT, LEAD, ASPIRE
  6. Explored what reflect, lead and aspire mean to us at Maple Cross
  7. Shared reflection projects from last year
  8. Begin to think about the class projects for the forthcoming year

We look forward to another successful day tomorrow.

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Nursery go sailing

Today Nursery went sailing. We walked to the bus stop, jumped on the bus and then walked to the lakes. The children had a safety briefing and then put their bouncy aids on before heading into the boats. They started the morning with a paddling and ball game before the boats were tied together and they were towed around the lake.

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After a quick break the children headed back on onto the tug boat which they got to steer!

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Buddy Family Day – BLUE BLUE BLUE!

Today the newly structured buddy house teams spent the day together led by Year 6 pupils. The children took part in a bingo game getting to know each other, developed their trust while completing a blindfolded course, created a poster about what their team represent and created chapattis.

They then spent time back in class in the afternoon drafting logo designs for their new team as well as reflecting and enjoying an intergenerational assembly at the end of the day.

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Learning Festival 2018

Tonight the school hosted their second annual learning festival where members of school community shared projects and updates. Teachers and LSAs discussed through what developments have been happening and the impact it is having on children, them as professionals, the wider school community and beyond the school community.

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The Governors asked questions to find out more. Come and find out!

 

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Bats!

On Friday, a pupil from Nursery woke to find a bat in their bathroom! They came to school to share their news and this created a buzz in Nursery and the children were desperate to find out more. They drew pictures, made books, researched on the Ipad and during their library visit with Mrs Stroms used the non-fiction books to find out more.

They started to make models and paintings too.

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Nursery stay for lunch

This week Nursery are staying for lunch to support their transition into Reception. Today they selected either lasagne or a cheese wheel. They queued up, ordered their food and topped up from the salad bar. They then sat in the hall and ate their lunch before being joined by the older children.

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Equipping Kids Conference – connected learning

Today Maple Cross hosted an Equipping Kids conference as we welcomed colleagues from schools across Hertfordshire as well as other professionals from around the UK.

Under the theme of connected learning we explored how children engage with learning and the language they use to do so. There were opportunities to see Year 6 leading a practical outdoor activity with Year 3 and 4, visit classrooms and then in the afternoon for the children to present their learning.

It was commented on “what you are doing here is a green beacon on an educational desert”. Good to see Maple Cross on the cutting edge as they lead, share and build networks. It was repeatedly commented upon how well the children articulated their learning as well as their passion and enthusiasm for it.

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