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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Learning in Year 1 has begun

Learners in Year 1 have been exploring the wonderful new resources that have been delivered over the holidays.Yesterday we unpacked the suitcases of items we had brought with us from Reception class.  Since then we have been writing, counting, taking part in performances, going on picnics, building towers, measuring, playing musical instruments and much more as well. It is wonderful to see the learning getting off to a flying start!

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Learning . . . off and running . . .

Today it was a privilege to spend time in classes and join in the learning. The highlights included :

  • new learning resources in year 1
  • Power of 5 maths
  • describing aspirations and dreams for the future
  • exploring new topics through investigations and team work
  • unwrapping books to celebrate new topics

If you have any personal or professional skills that are linked to our topics please come and speak to us. We always welcome talks, workshops and sharing of artefacts. This term we are learning about World Wars, The Rainforest and Plants.

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Story Share

This week Year 1 became authors. They finished writing their own version of the story ‘Monkey see, Monkey do’. Today Year one had the chance to become story tellers, sharing their stories with nursery and teaching them the actions to the story. Nursery had a great time listening and Year 1 loved sharing their learning

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Maple Cross Explorers Groups 1 and 2

Today we explored in the glorious sunshine. Group 1 became detectives and tried to find evidence of different animals that may have visited the grounds. We found lots of evidence of birds and found holes that could have been made by foxes or rabbits. We explored by the pond and saw a beautiful dragonfly gliding over the water.

Group 2, collected items to make a potion with. They then stirred their potions with a special stirring stick. Did your spells work Group 2

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Story Stones

This week group 4 had great fun painting story Stones for the story the Gruffalo.  We didn’t have enough characters for  all the children, so they came up with the idea to work in pairs. We then had the problem of which partner would take the stone home. After great discussion they decided to leave the Stones at school in an area where their parents could see their beautiful learning. Great problem solving!

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Story Stones

During Maple Cross Explorers Group 3 and Group 5 have had the chance to make story stones. Group 3 used the story The Gruffalo and used their problem solving skills to share out the task. They spoke about having two of the same character when 2 children wanted to paint the same one, and also spoke about what they could do when theyran out of characters. Group 5 spotted a second book in Miss Crowley’s bag and decided to take a vote on which book they would like to use- They voted for Monkey Puzzle. Group 5 then also used their problem solving skills to come up with the solution of halving the image of the butterfly when 2 children wanted to use that character. Both groups enjoyed using their own creations to re-tell their stories.

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