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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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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Y1 & Y5 Joint Learning: Speaking & Listening

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Y5 have shown a huge amount of focus this week as they prepared to read their ‘Tinga Tinga Tales’ stories to Y1. Year 5 – you have achieved a huge amount over the last 8 days. You have:

  • Written and redrafted a story in literacy based on our learning about adaptation in science.
  • Created a ‘before and after adaptation’ piece of art.
  • Manipulated a scanned image of your art – cropping it, resizing it and super-imposing it on a background in computing. You then laid text over the top of your newly created image.
  • You then rehearsed performing your story to eachother and listened to eachothers constructive criticism.
  • Then we read our stories to Y1 and helped them in their learning by asking them to predict what might happen next and asking them to identify beginning, middle and end.
  • Some of you took huge risks and read your stories out in front of whole class, and even the whole school (many of you wanted to – but there wasn’t enough time!)

Year 1, you were superb and tried really hard to listen to the stories and answer the questions put to you by year 5. Well done you! Did you enjoy year 5 visiting your class? How did you feel about answering all their questions?

Year 5 – how do you feel now we have completed our mini-project? What challenged you the most?

 

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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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Maple Cross Explorers

Last week Maple Cross Explorers took place in the pouring rain.  Today there was glorious sunshine.  What a contrast!  Today some children really took a risk by trying something that they really found difficult.

This was the last week of the current activities and we are looking forward to new learning after the Easter holidays.  What have you learnt during the sessions?  What has been the most challenging area of the learning?

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