Reception were visited by a dentist today and were shown how to look after their teeth. They all were able to practise brushing model teeth and saw what happens if they do not brush their teeth properly. They were very knowledgable about which foods are good to eat and which are not. Also, the children learnt a way of protecting their teeth whilst eating chocolate and sweet food. Ask a child in Reception what this is so that you can enjoy sweets occasionally as a treat.
It has been a very exciting afternoon as Maple Cross Explorers has returned! Today group 2 used the natural environment to retell the story of Where the Wild Things Are. When they discovered a problem, they used their black hats and then, by using green hats, came up with ideas to solve the problem.
This term the children in EYFS are using their cooking sessions to prepare snacks for the other children. This week they have created frozen fruit kebabs. We began by making a list of all the fruit we would be using (this really tested our phonics!).
Working as a collaborative team they chopped, peeled and sliced various fruits. They then skewered the fruits before we placed in the freezer to allow them to chill.
Later in the morning the children shared the snacks with everyone else. They were a super chilly treat on a very hot and sunny day.
In our KS1 assembly today we carried on thinking about what effective learners do. We looked at the word ‘discombobulate’. At first, we weren’t sure how to say it so we had to look at it more carefully. Then, we segmented the word – breaking it up into syllables. After that, we practised saying the word.
Then we hit a problem…
Mehdi asked, ‘what does it mean?’. So, I put into a sentence:
“I found maths really challenging today. It was really discombobulating!”
Putting the word into a context helped us understand what it meant. Finally we proved that we understood the word by putting it into our own sentences.
So according to this activity good learners: look carefully, break down problems into smaller parts, practised, asked questions, added context (other relevant details) and then proved their learning by trying it out themselves.
Do you agree that this is what a good learner does? Is there anything else that should be added? Let me know.
Thank you for a lovely World Book Day in the snow, Maple Cross. It has been a pleasure to see so much learning linked to reading today and our whole school story telling of The Three Little Pigs was a real highlight. Thank you to our visitors who came to read stories this afternoon. It was really special to share our love of books and reading with our wider Maple Cross community. Our library ambassadors from Year 6 did a fantastic job promoting a passion and curiosity for reading by first sharing story clues and then revealing the new book to each class in the school. A wonderful reading opportunity!
There are still books to be won as part of our special World Book Day raffle! Come and play tomorrow! Will you guess which books have been chosen by the teachers?
Today group 2 read the story of The Magic Bojabi Tree and added to the snake coiled around the tree created by other groups. They recognised the colours of the snake in the illustrations and set about looking for these colours in the school grounds.
They worked together by helping each other look for colours. At the end of our time we all PAUSED. We pressed the pause button to slow our brains down. We had been thinking so much we needed to stop and notice our learning.
The children reflected on what had been the most challenging parts of the learning and began to give reasons why.
Today group 1 explored outside in the icy winds. After reading the book, The Magic Bojabi Tree, they set about creating their own snake coiled around the tree.
After adding to the snake from week 1 the children PAUSED and REFLECTED upon their learning. They noticed that it was difficult to add detail to the snake where there was lots of other items and so it was best to find a new space. They also reflected on the challenge of running about the school ground and trying to carry items. It was suggested that sometimes it is best to walk!