What an amazing World Book Day that was!

Thank you to everyone for making World Book Day such a success. It was a wonderful to witness so many children reading for pleasure and experiencing a range of stories read by different staff members. Our first book raffle was a popular event with many children finding a winning ticket and choosing from a selection of brand new books!

Please remember to come and visit the spectacular classroom door designs after assembly tomorrow!

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This morning, Year 2 children experienced their very own fire. We made predictions, asked quality questions and observed what happened through the different stages. It was wonderful to witness the children’s own links to their learning and the vocabulary that was generated will support the children as they continue to learn about the Great Fire of London!

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Learners make decisions

Gerald knew he wasn’t great at dancing but rather than letting this decide his fate he made a decision. Learning is the same, do you give up when you find your learning or dancing difficult or do you use it as an opportunity?

How do your feelings and emotions impact your decisions?

How do the thoughts in your head impact your decisions?

What decisions will you make in your learning?

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Take a moment…

Here are some views from our playground  that literally made me stop in my tracks.

The ones with the lines going across the sky were taken at about 7.45am this morning. If you look carefully, you can still see the moon.

The other photo was taken at about 4.30pm from virtually the same position.

What is similar about the photos? How do they differ? What questions come into you head?

When was the last time you just took a moment for yourself and just thought, ‘wow’.

(update – I just added one taken at around 5.30pm a few days later – what do you think?)

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Christmas Celebration Service – War Child Donations

I really hope everyone enjoyed a good sing down at St Thomas’ Church earlier today. I thought you were all in fine voice!

At the end of the service, we read ‘Refuge’ by Anne Booth & Sam Usher. This is a beautifully written and illustrated re-telling of the famous nativity story. The donkey and it’s precious load simply needed the kindness of strangers when they were in danger: a very topical theme.

Lots has been written, and many opinions have been shared about the plight of the refugees; it remains a contentious issue. However, what my class, year 5, unanimously agreed is that the children caught up in dangerous situations are innocent and really should be helped.

This is why we took a collection for War Child at the end of the Carol Service. War Child is a charity that gives aid, support and education to children who are caught up in dangerous and frightening situations; whose lives have been torn apart by war.

If you didn’t manage to donate at the end of the Service but you still want to donate, please see any member of staff and they’ll make sure your donation gets added. Also, if you’d like to buy the book, you can buy it online here. £1 from every book sold goes to War Child. You can get a sneak preview below.

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Year 2 visit Westminster Abbey

We had a wonderful visit to London and the historic Westminster Abbey. The children experienced a special tour and saw the Coronation Chair. We were able to stand together in a circle and sing as way to spread peace and joy! Each child was able to create their very own Westminster Abbey Christmas star to be hung up as a reminder of all that they learnt.  The most special part of the day was hearing a special prayer for Maple Cross School read out to the whole of the Abbey! A wonderful day of learning.

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