Nursery and Year 3 reading buddies – Week 2

Today was Nurseries second visit to the Yr3 classroom. The Yr3 children welcomed their reading partner and read a book to them. It was wonderful to see questions being asked and discussions around what was happening in the illustrations as well as one pair acting out what was happening on each page!

After reading, a range of activities continued in the Nursery reading journals. Children wrote lists of the favourite words and characters, others copied illustrations and one pair began to think about creating a story map. Nursery are looking forward to next week.

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Year 3 Reading Leaders

Today Year 3 started their first reading leadership session with Nursery. Year 3 carefully selected books, and then read it to their partner. Afterwards the reading leaders and Nursery worked collaboratively to add to their reading journals. There were illustrations of favorite characters and settings as well as Year 3 recording on speech bubbles what Nursery had said.

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Year 3 were incredible. They patiently asked questions and  considered how best to involve their Nursery partner. We look forward to carrying this on every Tuesday morning.

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School council and members of school visit Palace of Westminster

Today members of our school council and representatives from each class visited the Palace of Westminster. We travelled by public bus to the station and then hopped on the tube to Westminster. On the way back the children shared their most inspiring/surprising/though provoking moment of the day. Their responses were wonderful to hear.

“I was surprised that the Queen puts her own crown on” (at the state opening of Parliament)

“We got to go to parts that the Queen isn’t allowed in”

“We saw the marks Black Rod makes at the state opening of Parliament”

“They didn’t finish the paintings in the robe room so after 16 years hung paintings instead”

“Parts were so gold and very posh”

“I can’t believe how old the hall was, it was built in 1097”

“The most interesting part was the secret door to the Queen’s private toilet!”

 

Here are some photos; due to tight security we were only able to take photos in a few areas of the Palace of Westminster.

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Ballet at the Royal Opera House

What a wonderful day we had!

Year 3 and 4 children enjoyed the incredible opportunity of attending a ballet at The Royal Opera House in London. The children travelled to London by train and were thrilled to see all the sights along the way.

We arrived at Green Park where we all enjoyed some free time among the beautiful tress and falling leaves. As we walked past Buckingham Palace, we were lucky enough to see part of the changing of the guard ceremony.

We had an early lunch stop in St James’ Park before walking past Trafalgar Square on our way to Covent Garden.

The ballet was wonderful! All children were amazed and full of questions about the effects and how the story of Alice in Wonderland was brought to life.

The children were a credit to Maple Cross School and represented us all with outstanding kindness, manners and respect.

Thank you to everyone involved for making this a day to remember.

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Familiar faces in Year 1

Today Year 1 have have the pleasure of sharing their learning day with some members of Year 3. So far this morning, they have worked collaboratively in groups to take part in some phonics and literacy challenges:

– Writing as many words as they can for special friend sounds

– Reflecting and improving Miss Crowley’s very boring sentence

We have had some amazing literacy language being used and have also had some brilliant examples of commas and conjunctions to extend sentences.

Within our maths learning Year 3 also became learning ambassadors and helped Year 1 to find more and less by working systematically. I have even had to give up my teaching chair for a fantastic reader, who showed great risk taking in reading the snack time story. I can’t wait to see the rest of the learning to follow!

 

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Chatty Maths Workshop

It was great to see so many learners yesterday afternoon, stopping and looking at a picture and then generating lots of mathematical vocabulary.

Thank you to the Chatty Maths Leaders for there introduction to Chatty Maths, year 6 for supporting the organisation and parents and carers for allowing us to learn together.

We are looking forward to learning with you all again next Friday afternoon!

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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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