Performance reads, bookmarks and ‘Los tres cerditos’

It was wonderful to welcome many parents, grandparents and other family members to end our world book day celebrations. Each class nominated a representative who performed a reading. The focus was on volume, intonation, expression and fluency.

It was incredible to see the confidence and passion from all of our readers in front of a packed hall. We also announced the winners of the book mark competition; welcome done to Lois (Yr6), Amelia (Yr1) and Aaron (Rec). The assembly ended with a fantastic performance of  ‘Los tres cerditos’ (The Three Little Pigs in Spanish) from Year 4, 5 & 6. 

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Keep up the passion for reading everyone.

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Year 6 have created power-points in Art today to explore Composition, Scale and The Rule of Thirds.

Year 6 have created power-points in Art today to explore Composition, Scale and The Rule of Thirds, with a focus on the Artist William Turner. This term they will be creating masterpieces linked to the class ‘Transport Topic’ looking more closely at using these techniques.

I was very impressed with their learning today and wanted to share it, so that you can celebrate with your children as well.

Watch this space for our budding artist display soon.

Who is William Turner

William Turner Artist

The Rule Of Thirds

Rule Of Thirds!!! _


What is Composition

The Rule of Scale

Scale in Art


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Careers’ Fair

Yesterday, Year 5 and Year 6 were invited to a careers’ fair at the Reach Free school. Before we went, the children decided which stalls they would like to visit and some key questions to ask. The children thought deeply about what they needed to know.

“What subjects do I need to study?”

“How much pressure is there?”

“How does it affect your mental health to work with sick people?”

The actual event was excellent with the children visiting all the stalls that were important to them and talking to the adults about the careers. They came away full of aspiration for their future and excited about the possibilities ahead of them.


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What is Learning?

Earlier this week, Year 6 joined Year 3 for some thoughtful discussion and debate about the different components of learning.

What actually is learning? What are the most important attributes? How do some of our attributes link together? 

Together, the classes designed their own ‘learning washing line’, showing their thoughts and ideas. Each group had the opportunity to compare and debate with another team.

We even had to consider if any learning attributes were missing? These were explained and justified to other groups.

It was a pleasure to experience the children’s developing views on learning and our wider school ethos.

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Spanish session with Ms Perez

We are really happy to work and build strong connections with the Reach Free School.

This Wednesday,  Miss Perez, the Spanish language teacher at Reach Free, organised a session that was delivered by some of her Spanish students at Maple Cross.  Our children had the opportunity to work as a group, as a pair and individually to explore the Spanish language and culture. There were stickers for the winners and little treats for all the participants.

It was a SUCCESS and we are really looking forward to organising more sessions in the future!

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Christmas has come early…

Thank you so much to everyone who came and joined in with our Christmas card making day. It was so lovely to see so many adults come to make cards with the children. The cards look fantastic and we can’t wait to see what they look like when they are professionally printed. The Year 6 children did a brilliant job preparing all the resources and the PTA were fantastic at keeping the day running (and the room clean!)

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