Food Bank Donation

Huge thanks to our Maple Cross community for raising a magnificent £231.30 at the KS1 Christmas performance and Christmas Celebration at St Thomas’ church.

Our School Council agreed that this should be donated to the local food bank so that we can help local people who, for a variety of reasons, don’t have enough money for a decent meal. Iris, from the food bank, explained to the School Council how the food bank works and showed them how they organise all their food. It’s quite an operation!

Mr Roberts often talks about ‘making a difference. By making your donation, you helped us to help Iris and her team to make a big difference to nearly 70 people/families in the WD3 area.

Thank you, and Happy Christmas!

 

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Nursery and Year 3 reading buddies – Week 2

Nursery – Weekly letter 17.11.17
Nursery – Weekly letter 10.11.17
Nursery  – Weekly letter 03.11.17

 

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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