Maple Cross Explorers

We had a fabulous afternoon of Maple Cross Explorers today and we all enjoyed being outside in the glorious sunshine.  Today there were some fantastic houses made for The Three Little Pigs.  Children who took part in the activity said

“We’re a team”

“It’s made out of bricks and leaves. It would stay there if the Big Bad Wolf huffed and puffed.”

“We stared with sticks and then we put cardboard on it so it won’t rain on the little pigs and we put a ramp for their bikes.”

“Me and my friends put sticks and we went to the woods and we put cardboard on and we tested it.”

An adult asked “Why are you testing it?”

“To see if it stays or doesn’t stay.”

I would love to know the answer to see if it stayed or didn’t stay and I would love to find out how you tested this.

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Au Revoir, Mr Cook…

On Friday, we said farewell to Mr Cook after 10 years service at our school. As was evident in assembly, we will all miss him very much (and i’m sure he’ll miss us too).

Mr Cook, in his own inimitable way, inspired and supported children and adults alike – sure, we’re gutted that he’s left, but I think we’re all better people for knowing, working with, and learning with him.

The great news is that he’s not going far away – and we wish him all the best in his new role at the Reach Free School.

Mr Cook wasn’t sure whether he’d have time to post anything on the blog (he’s at PGL this week), so asked me to say a HUGE thank you on his behalf, to everyone, for his leaving gifts.

Au Revoir, Mr Cook! (more…)

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Maple Cross Explorers!

What a wonderful afternoon of learning today! Reception and Year 1 really engaged with their learning during Maple Cross Explorers.  They worked together to create a camp fire, a house for the Three Little pigs and some fabulous art work using natural materials and mud.  What have you enjoyed learning most in Maple Cross Explorers? Why?

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Reception and the Snake Skin

Reception were very fortunate today when Reegan brought in a snake skin that his uncle had given him.  The children had the opportunity to feel the skin and say what it felt like.

“It feels like wrapping paper.” said Yashmeet

“Like balloons” said Emima

“It feels like bubbles.” said Rowan

“It feels like bubble wrap” said Hadley

Reegan reminded us that the skin was very delicate so we had to be careful not to damage it.  Also, as it was from a real animal, we had to wash our hands afterwards.

Many thanks to Reegan’s uncle for sharing this with us.

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Reception What’s in the box?

A beautiful star shaped box arrived in Reception today.  We used our green hats to generate ideas of what could possibly be in it. Is it cookies, writing pens, ladybirds or toys?  Could it possibly be fairy dust, glittery stars or chocolate?  We shook the box and wrote our ideas on post it notes which we then stuck on the box.  Then another star shaped box appeared! Would this have the same things in it?  We weren’t allowed to shake this one though, we just had to hold it.  Then we wrote our ideas for this one and stuck it on the box.

Have you had any more ideas Reception?  Write them down and bring them in tomorrow.

We will then open the box. I wonder what is inside?

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Maple Cross Explorers

Another fabulous afternoon of learning during Maple Cross Explorers this afternoon.  Children learned in groups to create a camp fire, a nature picture, a mud design, a picture of a person and a brick house for The Three Little Pigs.  The children really enjoyed themselves when they were exploring and I could hear many children saying “Look what I have found.”

Why don’t you ask Reception and Year 1 what they found in Maple Cross Explorers and what they have been learning?

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Reception Welly Walk

We enjoyed our Welly Walk today in the glorious sunshine. The children have really developed as pragmatic learners by giving clear reasons for their decisions.  Each child looked at photos to choose where they would like to go and then said why they wanted to go there.  The Welly Walk leader then made the final decision on three places that the group could visit

“We are going to the bird hide so that we can use Jackson’s idea and my idea.” said Tristan

Ask Reception children where they wanted to go and why.

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Marathon Kids at Maple Cross

Well done to everyone for keeping a PMA with their daily run. I’ll be honest, I found it really hard work at first but now i’m finding it much easier. Mr Cook and Ms Short have been telling the people at ‘Marathon Kids’ all about it and it’s fair to say that they are very impressed! They wrote about us in their newsletter, which you can view here.

What’s your experience of our daily run? Do you feel fitter? Do you think it might be helping you in the classroom too?

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Maple Cross Explorers

As we have started a new term, there are new activities to enjoy in during our Maple Cross Explorers sessions.  We have built on learning in the previous terms and today children tried cooking bread on a camp fire, learning a group to create art, finding out how to print using mud, building houses for the Three Little Pigs and using Andy Goldsworthy art to inspire their artistic talents.

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