Learning Festival 2018

Tonight the school hosted their second annual learning festival where members of school community shared projects and updates. Teachers and LSAs discussed through what developments have been happening and the impact it is having on children, them as professionals, the wider school community and beyond the school community.

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The Governors asked questions to find out more. Come and find out!

 

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Nursery get out and about

This week Nursery had planned to visit our local farm. Unfortunately due to the extreme heat their little legs tired and we changed the plan! Walking around our local community children shared their journeys to and from school as well as pointing out other personal landmarks.

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At the park the children had an opportunity to create maps and drawings of the park. We then went to McColls where every child bought an ice lolly. We soon discovered we needed to head back quickly as ice lollies don’t last long in the sunshine!

 

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Meet an Expert

To conclude our STEM fortnight, on Friday, we were privileged to have Mr Dion-Fehily, a medical engineer, visit us at Maple Cross. He spent time inspiring our Year 5&6 learners of a career in engineering, time in years 1&2 creating lights at the top of a castle and Year 3 showcased their Viking longboats.  A great morning of engineering!

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Reach Free Site Visit – Written by Year 6

Today we visited the brand new Reach Free building site, where most of us will be joining in September. We looked inside the structure and also went up on the roof!

We all felt amazed because it was a once in a lifetime experience. We watched a video of what the current students attending the school thought about their current building and  how excited they are about the new building.

During our visit, we learnt that everyone makes mistakes. They shared some of their obstacles they faced and how perseverance enabled them to move forward.

We would like to thank everyone involved.

They are building not just a building. They are building our future!

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The Reach Free Storytellers

On Friday, Year 3 and Year 4 were lucky enough to have some story-telling visitors from Year 8 in The Reach Free School. The Year 8 children had written and illustrated their own stories and came to share them with the children in our school. It was wonderful to see how engaged all of the children were. Year 3 and Year 4 loved the experience.

“It has inspired us to use our imagination more.”

“I spotted that they were “showing” not “telling” in their stories.”

“They were so active. They did more than just read the book. They were so enthusiastic.”

“It was fun to talk to new people who we don’t learn with all the time.”

“I loved how descriptive they were. Their language was quite powerful.”

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Visit from Brunel University Students

Today we were joined by students from Brunel University who spent their day exploring Maths in a primary school. They observed a range of Maths from Active Maths and Chatty Maths to Power of 5. They spent their time this morning in EYFS and a year 6 and this afternoon, in KS1&2, ending with joining the Chatty Maths workshop.

Students from Brunel, it would be great to hear your thoughts about what you saw today!

 

 

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Message from Ms Short

Dear the Maple Cross family,

Just wanted to thank you all for your wonderful cards and presents, you’ve all been extremely generous. I’d also like to thank all the children – at Maple Cross – I have loved every minute of the last three years – please keep up with all your sports – especially fit 15!😉 I look forward to coming back and seeing you all soon! Miss you all x

Lots of love

Miss Short

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Year 6 – Trip to Harry Potter Studios

Year 6 had a delightful day yesterday exploring the Harry Potter studios after spending time this year reading the book and watching the film. It was great to see the children noticing the amount of work that had gone into the film and how things were not what they seemed. The children learnt the use of green screen and were amazed at the drawings and planning into the sets.

Year 6 would like to say a huge thank you to Ms Montgomery for taking them to Harry Potter Studios yesterday as a class trip.

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