Year 1 had a fantastic time at the Christchurch multi-skills event. They all persevered through the heat and put 100% of their efforts into each activity- Sunny smiles all round!
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
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
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!
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.
In Maple Cross Explorers today, one group were using natural materials to help them tell the story of ‘Where the wild things are.’ They encountered many problems and had to keep testing new ideas to try and find a solution to their problems. Why not ask children in Reception and Year 1 how they overcame their difficulties?
The rain did not stop us from taking part in Maple Cross Explorers. One of the challenges today, was to build a camp fire. We hunted for dry sticks in the woods. The sticks had to be as long as our arm and about the width of a pencil. Then we managed to light a camp fire. One child said “I never thought we would be able to light a camp fire in the rain.”
To conclude our STEM fortnight, on Friday, we were privileged to have Mr Dion-Fehily, a medical engineer, visit us at Maple Cross. He spent time inspiring our Year 5&6 learners of a career in engineering, time in years 1&2 creating lights at the top of a castle and Year 3 showcased their Viking longboats. A great morning of engineering!