We are all TEACHERS!

We are all learners and we can ALL be teachers! Year 2 have been busy designing and making their own booklets aimed at teaching younger children all about shape!

Year 2 children were all able to lead their own learning by generating ideas and making choices about both what to teach and how to teach it.

We were kindly invited to visit younger children in Reception class and Year 2 enjoyed the opportunity to teach others using all of their shape knowledge. We were so impressed by the listening skills shown by the nursery children and they made us feel so welcome.

Come and visit our maths board to find out more!

 

What would you like to teach others about shape?

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What helps you to learn your number facts?

Today, Years 2 and 3 had the opportunity to share maths learning games. Year 2 children had designed their own games to support them with learning important number facts. Year 3 children enjoyed the opportunity to share some of their favoured games from class and all children were able to give positive and constructive feedback. It was wonderful to witness the children leading their own learning and valuing the opportunity to interact with other classes.

Which games really help you with your maths skills?

 

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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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Toy appeal!

As some of you may know, year 5 have taken upon it on themselves to transform the Courtyard Garden (with the raised pond) into a calm, beautiful place to learn and reflect. They aren’t doing this just for themselves, they are doing it for the whole school community.

They have written to some local businesses to ask for help, but, not wanting to rely on this, have decided to raise some money themselves.

Toy Appeal!

Amman and his team had the great idea of selling 2nd hand (used) toys at the Summer Fair. If you have any toys that your child does not want/use anymore – we’d be really grateful if you could donate them to us.

The toys need to be:

  • In working order
  • Complete
  • Clean
  • Undamaged

This Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (before and after school) there will be a toy ‘drop off station’ in the playground, manned by Year 5. We’d be very grateful for your toy/puzzle/game donations – it will go along way to helping us achieve our aim of a beautiful Courtyard Garden.

 

Garden Fund-Raising Day – Friday 16th June

Year 5 are also planning some fund-raising events on Friday 16th June including: A sponsored fun run, a bake sale and a collection. Look out for more details later this week (they are busy planning them at the moment!)

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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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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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