Spanish Day

On Friday, Years 3, 4 and 5 were treated to a day of Spanish. They took part in five different activities including some Spanish food tasting, salsa dancing, Spanish storytelling, Spanish art and translation. The children participated fully in all learning stepping outside their comfort zones to try new things. It was fantastic to see them learning together in mixed year groups. The children shared some great reflections on their learning.

The Spanish story telling was amazing. It’s not every day you get to learn a traditional tale in Spanish.

Days like this help us learn about cultures we would maybe never visit.

I am surprised in a good way. At first I thought I couldn’t do it but I did.

I feel really proud that we learnt something new and challenging like the salsa.

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Equipping Kids Conference – connected learning

Today Maple Cross hosted an Equipping Kids conference as we welcomed colleagues from schools across Hertfordshire as well as other professionals from around the UK.

Under the theme of connected learning we explored how children engage with learning and the language they use to do so. There were opportunities to see Year 6 leading a practical outdoor activity with Year 3 and 4, visit classrooms and then in the afternoon for the children to present their learning.

It was commented on “what you are doing here is a green beacon on an educational desert”. Good to see Maple Cross on the cutting edge as they lead, share and build networks. It was repeatedly commented upon how well the children articulated their learning as well as their passion and enthusiasm for it.

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No marking feedback

On Friday afternoon a pupil from Year 4 shared a detailed update about how non-marking feedback is changing and supporting their learning development. This insight is just a sneak peak of what is to come! Next week pupils across school will be sharing more of their learning with colleagues at a conference hosted by Equipping Kids.

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The pupil shared their thoughts on learning  . . . . .

“I used to feel confused and frustrated in my writing. I had ideas . . . . they were no good ideas. This time I select my targets in the morning. The target can not be too hard or too easy, it has to be just right.”

“You have to stop, think . . . . reflect back. I took ideas from Michael Morpurgo, our Kaspar book and then started to write short sentences to impact the reader.”

“Writing my targets gave me time to think, I need less distractions, music helps me.”

“I used to worry that I can’t do it, now . . . . . . I don’t worry, I know the teacher is around, being frustrated and confused doesn’t happen any more or if I do worry I’ll ask again.”

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Televisions . . . . . do they damage our brains?

Today in assembly Key Stage 2 were presented with an emotion graph from Ms Thanki. They noticed how it only contained negative emotions. Ms Thanki shared some ideas about the graph . . .

“Its something I do most days”

“I do this after school but not before school”

“Sometimes I do it on my own and sometimes I do it with my family.”

“It something I enjoy but I notice how it is having a negative impact on my brain.”

 

Each class have been given an envelope with questions to discuss. What do you think?

  • Should children have televisions in their bedroom?
  • What is too much television?
  • How does television affect children’s brains?

 

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Y2 & Y4 learning together: Kahoot

Y2 showed Mrs Bailey and Y4 how to do a Kahoot today! First of all they showed the children in Y4 which website to go to and how to join the game. They then showed them how the game works. We discussed how else we could use a Kahoot – someone had the good idea that they could link it with their topic.

After the first game, we left Y4 to it. Mrs Bailey took a risk and ran the game by herself. Then (and i’m so excited by this), she decided to start to run with the earlier suggestion by creating her own Kahoot quiz to tie in with Y4’s topic.

Y2 and I had previously talked about how it feels when you help someone. I enjoyed helping Mrs Bailey; it made me feel valued and I was glad to be able to help her add a new angle to Y4’s learning. Y2, how did it feel when you helped Y4? Y4, how did it feel to be helped by Y2?

I wonder if there is a class out there that would like Y4 to demonstrate Kahoot?

 

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Rod Rhys-Jones Visits Maple Cross

This week, a real life Antarctic explorer came to visit our Year 3 and 4 children.

It was an incredible experience to learn about this unique environment from someone who has lived and breathed it. We enjoyed experiencing a range of photographs, stories and artifacts to add to our knowledge and understanding of this magical continent.

Come and ask us what we learnt!

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Year 3 and 4 RE trip

London Central Mosque

It was a pleasure to have a day full of learning outside the classroom with children who were so respectful and eager to learn about other cultures and religions. We were made to feel incredibly welcome and were given every opportunity to ask questions to further understand the beliefs of those among us. I was so proud of the attitudes shown by all children throughout the day and all that we have learnt will benefit us greatly going forward in our learning of the world and those that live in it.

 

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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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