Phonics, Reading and Spelling

Everyday, all the children from Reception to Year 3 begin their day (after Power 5 maths to get the brain started!) focussing on phonics and spelling patterns/rules. They learn new sounds and apply them in their reading and writing. This focus time uses a mixture of group and whole class teaching as well as pupils teaching each other.

In Year 3, pupils we applying the spelling rule ‘a’ when it makes an ‘or’ sound. Using what they learnt as a whole class they applied it in sentences and then explained the difference between WHAT they are learning and HOW they are learning.

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Developing dialogue and feedback

On Monday 5th November we had a whole school INSET focussing on developing the type of feedback we give pupils to enhance their learning. Each class is leading their own development project based on an aspect of external research, our own thinking and the unique needs of the children.

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Ask the children how they are developing their learning and how feedback is challenging their thinking.

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Safeguarding – Who and what are DSPs?

During STEM week, Year 5 took the lead on designing and teaching the rest of school about safeguarding. They revised last years assemblies from the NSPCC which focussed on speaking out. They gave each pupil a card with all the details of the NSPCC and explained what the NSPCC do. The NSPCC will return next year.

In addition, the pupils also designed a poster to be put up around school which explains who our DSPs are and their role. After the half term the pupils are excited to see which poster has been chosen to be professionally printed and displayed in every classroom. Have a look at some of the posters . . . .

 

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STEM Week – health bodies, healthy minds

This week started with a bang (literally, with an exploding balloon) and finished in style! Everyone in school has been learning how to keep their bodies and minds healthy. Over this week there has been lots going on including . . . . .

  • creating safeguarding posters
  • teaching others about the NSPCC and what to do with a worry
  • trying yoga
  • mediating
  • creating healthy snacks
  • investigating the human digestive system
  • learning how to keep safe online and how our words can hurt others
  • bulb planting
  • fruit tasting
  • creating smoothies using bike powered smoothie makers
  • reducing down drinks to discover amounts of sugar hidden inside

Remember to always talk about how you feel and share your worries. If you need any support please head to the NSPCC website or give them a call on 0800 1111.

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Pupil Leadership

At Maple Cross, a key priority is developing non-positional leadership. This is the thinking that everyone is a leader and this includes pupils. On Thursday we hosted another Conference led by Equipping Kids. The event brought together a number of people who work in a spectrum of roles within education.

As part of the event, children from school shared how they are developing their own leadership skills using the work of Stephen Covey. They detailed the specific skills of beginning with the end in mind and also being proactive.

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Tea with Mrs T

This Friday’s ‘Tea with Mrs T’ was incredible. Learners from across school blew me away with the articulation of their learning. We had a modelled demonstration of maths using a hundred square, parts of stories read aloud, maths strategies explained and a collaborative learning story talked through.

The children listened to each others learning with genuine interest while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. Congratulations to Robbie, Kieran, Lewis, Nathan, Gracie, Ella, Rowan, Jonathan, Klara and Aleksander.

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Respect and Tolerance of difference

Last week and this week, we have been developing our understanding of what it means to show respect to others and how we can be tolerant of those who hold different beliefs. This is part of our curriculum and helps everyone in our community to understand the British Values we are fortunate to share.

 

Have a look at these photos of incredible women in history. What can they teach us?

How would you describe the differences between respect and tolerance?

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Tea with Mrs T

It’s that time again . . . . the highlight of my week . . . tea with Mrs T. This week another eight learners came to share their learning and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. We had a great time sharing learning and recognising that much of what makes learning successful is the same whichever class you are in.

Congratulations to Kieran, Evie, Flo, Aditi, Toby, Finn, Jayan and Harley.

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