Story Stones

During Maple Cross Explorers Group 3 and Group 5 have had the chance to make story stones. Group 3 used the story The Gruffalo and used their problem solving skills to share out the task. They spoke about having two of the same character when 2 children wanted to paint the same one, and also spoke about what they could do when theyran out of characters. Group 5 spotted a second book in Miss Crowley’s bag and decided to take a vote on which book they would like to use- They voted for Monkey Puzzle. Group 5 then also used their problem solving skills to come up with the solution of halving the image of the butterfly when 2 children wanted to use that character. Both groups enjoyed using their own creations to re-tell their stories.

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Jammy Robots

Today in literacy, Year 1 used their knowledge of ‘bossy’ (imperative) verbs and time conjunctions to write instructions collaboratively. They instructed Miss Crowley step-by-step to make a yummy jam sandwich!

Once they had their instructions, they then went off in partners to follow them and create their own jam sandwich to share- delicious!

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Tall Towers

Last week group 3 worked collaboratively to build the tallest tower. They looked at examples and discussed and evaluated their effectiveness. They then decided on the natural materials they would like to build with- wood was the overall winner. They then gathered logs and resources and used their communication skills to assemble a tower. A great effort! Let’s see if this weeks group can build a taller tower!

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Familiar faces in Year 1

Today Year 1 have have the pleasure of sharing their learning day with some members of Year 3. So far this morning, they have worked collaboratively in groups to take part in some phonics and literacy challenges:

– Writing as many words as they can for special friend sounds

– Reflecting and improving Miss Crowley’s very boring sentence

We have had some amazing literacy language being used and have also had some brilliant examples of commas and conjunctions to extend sentences.

Within our maths learning Year 3 also became learning ambassadors and helped Year 1 to find more and less by working systematically. I have even had to give up my teaching chair for a fantastic reader, who showed great risk taking in reading the snack time story. I can’t wait to see the rest of the learning to follow!


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How much are you selling it for?

Today in Maple Cross explorers, group 3 worked together to create their own nature necklaces. I was very impressed with their collaboration skills! The older children helped the younger children learn how to use the hole punch and showed them how to thread their string through the holes. The children especially enjoyed making up prices for their finished pieces. 

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