Maple Cross Explorers

Last week Maple Cross Explorers took place in the pouring rain.  Today there was glorious sunshine.  What a contrast!  Today some children really took a risk by trying something that they really found difficult.

This was the last week of the current activities and we are looking forward to new learning after the Easter holidays.  What have you learnt during the sessions?  What has been the most challenging area of the learning?

Read More

Reception visit the Natural History Museum

What a fabulous day Reception have had! We travelled from Rickmansworth to South Kensington on the train to visit the Natural History Museum.  We visited to try and identify a piece of bone found in January which we thought may be from a dinosaur.  We found out today that it wasn’t from a dinosaur and we were extremely fortunate to be able to hold a real dinosaur bone part that is over 200 million years old.  The Natural History Museum are going to identify the bone for us and let us know next week what animal it is from.

We saw dinosaurs and lots of different mammals in the museum.  Reception can you remember what a mammal is?

The children were impeccably behaved and we were very proud of them.  They thoroughly enjoyed travelling on the train and exploring the museum.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Read More

EYFS fly kites

Nursery and Reception took advantage of the very windy weather to create kites to fly in the garden.  At first we used plastic bags and then made kites with paper bags.  We made sure we had written our names on them so we know who they belong to!

Josie-Mae said “I went on the hill to make it go higher.”

Jayan said “Kites go really high because the wind pushes them up.”

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

We learnt to hold onto the kites tightly otherwise they flew away.

George said “My kite was floating away but I ran and got it.”

Ralph said “It flew away but I catched it.”

Hadley said “It flew away and it is in the pond where the lily pads are.”

“My kite flew away because it came out of my hand.” said Eleanor

The children flew the kites in different areas of the garden.

 

Read More

Maple Cross Explorers

 

Today we have finished a set of five activities and the children have had the opportunity to take part in all five!  What has been your favourite activity?  Why?  What skills have you learnt? I am looking forward to hearing your answers.

How did Miss Crowley’s group solve the problem of what would happen if their cardboard roof got wet on their house?

Read More

EYFS Chinese Feast

In EYFS we continued our celebrations of Chinese New Year by enjoying a feast together.  We tried a variety of Chinese food including, noodles, prawn crackers, hoi sin sauce, black bean sauce and sweet chilli dip.  Also available to sample were water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and lychees.

The prawn crackers and noodles were very popular with the children.  Although the lychees looked strange to the children, those that tried them said that they were delicious.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Read More