Y3/4: Kew Gardens Visit

To tie in with our topic, years three and four visited Kew Gardens this week to get as close to a rainforest as we’re likely to get without leaving the country! we felt how the air changed as we moved from the outdoors into the humid environment of the Palm House. We compared air and soil temperature, and measured the humidity and light. Some of us even met a Water Dragon!

We also had time to do a tree-top walk (where we got an excellent view of some parakeets that have made Kew their home) and some of us experienced the hypnotic thrum of ‘The Hive’.

What a fantastic day of learning.

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Pause, wonder, reflect, question…

I stumbled upon these amazing photos on the BBC website, and had to share with you; they stopped me in my tracks and lots of questions popped into my head. What questions pop into your head when you look at these images?

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Amazing competition photos – CBBC Newsround

This year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition attracted over 45,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries. The exhibition goes on display on 19 October at the Natural History Museum in London.

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FGB: 9th July 2018

Prior to FGB, our governors were treated to a ‘Festival of Learning’ where numerous staff and children shared their learning projects (separate post to follow). It was fantastic to see our learning community sharing their thoughts.

After that, despite the heat, our governors kept cool heads, didn’t get hot under the collar and got down to business. Topics covered:

  • We congratulated Ms Trickett on her appointment as Head Teacher.
  • We welcomed Ms Scourfield to the FGB in the role of Staff Governor.
  • The staffing & structure for next academic year was clarified.
  • We received Mr Roberts’ final Heads Report.
  • An update on a variety of projects across the school (tbc) was heard.
  • We thanked John Reynolds for his unyielding support as a Governor over the last 12 years. He has made a fantastic contribution to our school community

Finally, we thanked Mr Roberts for his passion, endeavour and good humour and wished him all the very best for the future.

Should you wish to speak to Amanda Erasmus, our Chair of Governors, please email chair@maplecross.herts.sch.uk

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Date Change for Y6 Production

Due to the England football team exceeding all expectations, we are all facing an unfortunate  clash on Weds evening: watching England v Croatia in the World Cup semi finals, or watching the Y6 production.

FIFA are reluctant to change the date of the Semi- Final, so we have decided to move the Y6 production from Wednesday evening to Tuesday evening (10th July).

The Monday daytime performance is unaffected.

#itscominghome

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Y2 & Y4 learning together: Kahoot

Y2 showed Mrs Bailey and Y4 how to do a Kahoot today! First of all they showed the children in Y4 which website to go to and how to join the game. They then showed them how the game works. We discussed how else we could use a Kahoot – someone had the good idea that they could link it with their topic.

After the first game, we left Y4 to it. Mrs Bailey took a risk and ran the game by herself. Then (and i’m so excited by this), she decided to start to run with the earlier suggestion by creating her own Kahoot quiz to tie in with Y4’s topic.

Y2 and I had previously talked about how it feels when you help someone. I enjoyed helping Mrs Bailey; it made me feel valued and I was glad to be able to help her add a new angle to Y4’s learning. Y2, how did it feel when you helped Y4? Y4, how did it feel to be helped by Y2?

I wonder if there is a class out there that would like Y4 to demonstrate Kahoot?

 

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Y2: Manipulating Electronic Images in Andy Warhol Style

Y2 have been extending their computing skills by creating folders and copying files [and putting them into their newly created folders]. They then used an outline of the Queen (to fit in with our topic) and learnt how to use the fill tool to turn them into Andy Warhol style pieces of art. We then learnt how to add text to our image, so that we could out our names on them. I am so impressed by how much Y2 have learnt in such a short space of time!

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