Dogs Helping Kids – Day 2

The learning has continued and it is now the start of a long, three year process. Mrs Trickett will be sharing information with Governors, children and staff in the run up to the summer holidays ready for a new school arrival in the next academic year. On Friday, Mr Trickett was learning how dogs can read!

Here is a poster to start thinking about and discussing as a family . . . . . .


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Dogs Helping Kids – Day 1

On Thursday 21st, Ms Trickett spent the first day of training at DHK HQ in Devon. It was great to hear from a local school who shared their experience of having a school dog and the impact it has on school. With a pass rate of only 30% in the first year, of three years training, the focus is on choosing the appropriate bread for school and home. A lot of work to do but we hope we will be bringing a dog to Maple Cross in the new academic year. Be warned, in Year 1 the dog is behind the scenes and in training.

Check out more info on the DHK website –

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Year 5 leadership: Playground developments

Over the past 10 days a group of Year 5 pupils have independently acted to improve their lunchtimes.

  1. The children started talking to each other about what they don’t like about lunchtimes
  2. They spoke to their class teacher who encouraged them to speak to Mrs Trickett (being proactive)
  3. The children shared their vision (begin with the end goal in mind)
  4. They described what they wanted
  5. Working together they created an assembly (Win – Win)

The Year 5 children’s project links to Mrs Bone TLDW (teacher led development work project) and they will be collaborating to bring their vision to life. Watch this space for the next developments or speak to Reuben, Charlotte, Conor, Flo or Beth for more information.

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Local schools collaborating – developing leadership

Tonight, colleagues from school joined others from local primary and secondary schools. They continued developing their action plan and collaborated with colleagues to refine their ideas. Ms Stickley and Ms Bone are leading projects across school aimed at enhancing the quality of experiences for children and developing the practice of others. Speak to them to find out more.

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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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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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