Maple Cross Explorers – Den building

This week group 1 and 5 worked collaboratively to create a new den. After reading the book Home by Carson Ellis we were inspired to build a shelter that would offer both practical and aesthetic appeal. The real challenge was making it strong enough to hold me!

I was blown away with the team work and sharing of ideas. All the children offered ideas and supported each other with the build.

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Nothing could dampen our spirit!

Year 1 had a fantastic time on their trip to the Ruislip Lido. We wanted to explore the weather and we certainly got to…Bright sunshine, grey skies and then strong down pours of heavy rain. However, nothing could dampen our spirits! We enjoyed exploring summer activities in the differing weather conditions instead: riding the steam train, playing on the beach, having a picnic and even enjoying the treat of an ice cream. A beautiful day in the beautiful British weather!

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Which way do I go?

This week Year 1 have been exploring directional language. They have focused on left and right and have now started to explore types of turns. They greatly enjoyed their collaborative outdoor learning on Monday and loved to write their own directional instruction map. If you see any Year 1 students, ask them to show you and explain about their direction hands!

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Maple Cross Explorers

Again we have been fortunate to have a warm, sunny afternoon to explore in.  One group have been using natural materials to make animals masks.  Here are some of the things the children said.

“I’m going to  rip the leaf to make the sharp bit of the ears, I’m going to do the outside first.”

“I’m going to make a bird, oooo that’s an orange leaf, I’m going to use this for the feathers.”

Another group made a picnic for the teddy bears.

“I’ve got stones for the cup cakes and berries and flowers for the salad.”

“We’ve been collecting some leaves and sticks to make the cake.”

“We have been collecting grass, leaves and daisies. Making the teddy bears picnic.”

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Montell Douglas Visit & Assembly

Who inspires you? Sports people? Athletes? Olympians? Former GB 100m record holders? Well, you’re in luck!

Montell Douglas is all of those things and she’s coming to Maple Cross JMI tomorrow to inspire, motivate and mentor us. She’ll be doing a special assembly at 1.15pm (parents, if you’re free, you’d be more than welcome) where i’m sure she’ll tell us more about her journey and how she can help us.

Do you think Montell uses the same learning attributes as us, to help her? I can’t wait to find out.

 

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New activities for Maple Cross Explorers.

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Today children took part in a new set of activities and each child will take part in a different activity for the next few weeks.  Children were able to explore how beans grow, to create a teddy bears picnic, make animal masks using natural materials, build a raft or become animal detectives.  Have a look at the photos and see which activities you can spot.  What clues do you think we found to help us discover what animals visit our grounds?

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