Maple Cross School Parliament

This morning, members of school parliament and their teams went into classes to introduce themselves and share the Maple Cross goal – To improve our school and local environment. This is an extremely big challenge, so school parliament have decided to carry out set projects in classes and this morning they began listening to ideas of classes, as well as sharing some ideas they had thought about.

We are looking forward to hearing about the class projects in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, if you have any more ideas let your MP know or make a comment on the blog!

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Benches have arrived!

This afternoon we took delivery of 10 benches which have been made by HS2. We are working with HS2 on a number of projects around school and look forward to more developments over the next eighteen months. We will keep updating you once we have firmer plans and timescales. We are looking to develop the woodland/nature area, create a wild flower area and some other projects which are top secret at this stage!

These benches are the start of a quiet area we are creating for the children to use at lunchtime as well as before and after school. This will provide a quiet space to sit to reflect.

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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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