Tea with Mrs T!

The highlight of my week is ‘tea with Mrs T’. Every Friday, children from each class come and share their learning over a cup of hot chocolate. It is so wonderful to hear the children discuss and explain their learning and recognise the impact it has had on them as a learner.

This week the children shared . . . . .

  • using the black hat to recognise a problem/barrier in their learning
  • independently seeking resources (sound mat) to support writing
  • taking on the role of a character in drama to support reading and writing
  • sharing a planning model and story based on a character from a text
  • using the comfort / challenge / panic circles and identifying how this changes over time
  • using actions and reactions to structure writing
  • developing independent strategies to use in learning (3 before me)
  • developing different strategies to explain learning to a partner

Congratulations to Szymon, Ellie-Mae, Hadley, Liam, Carter, Emma, Emily and Matthew.

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Year 6 – Exploring in our woods

To support our Literacy writing, Year 6 explored what it would be like to not have the sense of sight, like the main character in our text, The Silver Donkey. The children relied on their other senses to imagine what it would be like for the soldier who was in the woods and they are going to use there ideas to support their writing of the soldiers journey.

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Rosh Hashanah

This week we welcomed Rabbi Aaron into school to share details about he and other members of the Jewish community celebrated Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year. He shared songs on his guitar, taught us actions and words and played the Shofar. The shofar is a rams horn which is blown to make a loud sound.

We look forward to welcoming more members of our Jewish and other faith communities into school over the year.

Happy Rosh Hashanah to all members of the Jewish Community.

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Pause, wonder, reflect, question…

I stumbled upon these amazing photos on the BBC website, and had to share with you; they stopped me in my tracks and lots of questions popped into my head. What questions pop into your head when you look at these images?

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Amazing competition photos – CBBC Newsround

This year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition attracted over 45,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries. The exhibition goes on display on 19 October at the Natural History Museum in London.

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Learning . . . off and running . . .

Today it was a privilege to spend time in classes and join in the learning. The highlights included :

  • new learning resources in year 1
  • Power of 5 maths
  • describing aspirations and dreams for the future
  • exploring new topics through investigations and team work
  • unwrapping books to celebrate new topics

If you have any personal or professional skills that are linked to our topics please come and speak to us. We always welcome talks, workshops and sharing of artefacts. This term we are learning about World Wars, The Rainforest and Plants.

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2018.19 – Are you ready?

Welcome back to school. Today in assembly, I shared a beautiful book with the children of a collection of untranslatable words from around the world. What a wonderful word by Nicola Edwards and Luisa Uribe

Gokotta – Swedish – to wake up early in the morning so you can go outside to hear the first birds singing

Poronkusema – Finnish – the distance a reindeer can walk before needing the toilet

Nakama – Japanese – friends who are like family

I then explained to the children that there is a special word for us here at school this term. The problem was they were only given one of the letters in assembly. Over the course of the day different classes have been given a different extra letter. Can you work out the word?

_ e _ _ _ _ _

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Date Change for Y6 Production

Due to the England football team exceeding all expectations, we are all facing an unfortunate  clash on Weds evening: watching England v Croatia in the World Cup semi finals, or watching the Y6 production.

FIFA are reluctant to change the date of the Semi- Final, so we have decided to move the Y6 production from Wednesday evening to Tuesday evening (10th July).

The Monday daytime performance is unaffected.

#itscominghome

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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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