KS1 Assembly: Learning can be discombobulating!

In our KS1 assembly today we carried on thinking about what effective learners do. We looked at the word ‘discombobulate’. At first, we weren’t sure how to say it so we had to look at it more carefully. Then, we segmented the word – breaking it up into syllables. After that, we practised saying the word.

Then we hit a problem…

Mehdi asked, ‘what does it mean?’. So, I put into a sentence:

“I found maths really challenging today. It was really discombobulating!”

Putting the word into a context helped us understand what it meant. Finally we proved that we understood the word by putting it into our own sentences.

So according to this activity good learners: look carefully, break down problems into smaller parts, practised, asked questions, added context (other relevant details) and then proved their learning by trying it out themselves.

Do you agree that this is what a good learner does? Is there anything else that should be added? Let me know.

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World Book Day 2018

Thank you for a lovely World Book Day in the snow, Maple Cross. It has been a pleasure to see so much learning linked to reading today and our whole school story telling of The Three Little Pigs was a real highlight. Thank you to our visitors who came to read stories this afternoon. It was really special to share our love of books and reading with our wider Maple Cross community. Our library ambassadors from Year 6 did a fantastic job promoting a passion and curiosity for reading by first sharing story clues and then revealing the new book to each class in the school. A wonderful reading opportunity!

There are still books to be won as part of our special World Book Day raffle! Come and play tomorrow! Will you guess which books have been chosen by the teachers?

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KS1 Science: Food Chains & Habitats

Food Chains

KS1 will be extending their learning about habitats and food chains this half term. BBC Bitesize have put these excellent resources together to help us learn about those habitats that are a little further away. Which habitats below could we easily  explore for ourselves?

We’ll be using these resources over the next few weeks – feel free to look at them at home too. Read on…


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KS1 Science Trip to ZSL Whipsnade.

What a fantastic time KS1 had at ZSL Whipsnade on Friday. We learn’t so much and can’t wait to apply that learning in the classroom. The children were in small groups which mean’t they were able to decide which animals they went to see. I saw lots of groups being democratic when choosing where to go next!

We also had a session with staff from ZSL Whipsnade where the children learn’t more about classifying animals and even got to touch a snake!

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KS1: Making Wormeries!

KS1 had great fun making wormeries this afternoon. There were lots of steps to follow but we stayed focussed and navigated our way through. Our science and literacy will be based on these wormeries so we’re looking forward to seeing how they change over time? What do you expect to happen to the wormery over the next day, week or weeks?

We’ll be setting up a ‘worm exhibition’ soon… watch this space!

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R/KS1 Assembly – What has Tiddler got to do with integrity, honesty and truth?

In our assembly today, we thought about the words integrity, honesty and truth. We discussed a few ideas about what the words might mean but agreed that we need more time to discuss with our classes.

We then read the opening of Tiddler, by Julia Donaldson and considered what these words have to do with the story.

Maybe you can think about some different words that mean the same thing (synonyms) or maybe you could give an example of what this word might look like in the classroom? I look forward to hearing what your class thought about your word.

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Y2: “Lets go fly a kite…”

It wasn’t the activity that i’d planned for the second half of the afternoon, but the terrific gale that was blowing this afternoon was difficult to ignore! we decided to be impulsive and made some kites! I love the pure, unbridled joy on the children’s faces!

What did we learn?

‘…that the wind gets blocked by the trees.’

‘…that the kite flies better when we stand still.’

‘…that the kite flies better the higher you hold it.’

‘…that you need to grasp opportunities as they arise!’



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