Continuing with our theme this week of The Gingerbread Man, Nursery made their own gingerbread men today. We followed a recipe but found it tricky to measure the ingredients correctly. We took turns to measure and mix and then roll and cut the gingerbread shapes. Once cooked and cooled we wrapped them up to take home. The children told us that they’d be eating them as soon as they could to make sure these ones don’t run away!
Nursery have been reading The Gingerbread Man and came in today to find that the gingerbread men that Mrs Biss had made had gone! We sat down and thought about where they might be. Some children thought they’d run away and some thought they might be hiding. It needed investigation! The children took magnifying glasses to look closer and clipboards to note clues. Some drew maps so they knew what parts of the classroom/playground had been explored.
The Nursery children came in today to find the little people characters had been frozen in ice – how were they going to free them? Some children thought it was a good idea to bang the ice while others decided it might help if they added water to them. Finally the ice melted and the people were freed – what could they have used to speed up the process? Watch this space ….
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.
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.
This week in Nursery the children have been putting their shape knowledge to the test and looked for shapes around the school. We were so surprised to see that many things are squares, circles or rectangles. We did find a pentagon hard to find though!
This week, Nursery have been learning all about nocturnal and diurnal animals. Among other things, they have made paper plate owls, sorted and identified different shapes, helped to compile a story map of the book ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell and separated animals into two groups, nocturnal and diurnal.
The children in Nursery and Reception had a campfire today. Firstly we needed to find a safe area clear of leaves to place our fire. We collected sticks for kindling and then safely lit the fire making sure we didn’t stand too close. Once the fire was burning well, we toasted crumpets on it. The children told us that we shouldn’t get too close or we might get burnt and of course, at the end we poured cold water onto it so it didn’t continue to burn.
In Nursery the children learnt about Remembrance Sunday and why poppies are used in remembrance. Then they made some poppy pictures using potato printing, a skill they learnt a few weeks ago.