Maple Cross Explorers

We had a fabulous afternoon of Maple Cross Explorers today and we all enjoyed being outside in the glorious sunshine.  Today there were some fantastic houses made for The Three Little Pigs.  Children who took part in the activity said

“We’re a team”

“It’s made out of bricks and leaves. It would stay there if the Big Bad Wolf huffed and puffed.”

“We stared with sticks and then we put cardboard on it so it won’t rain on the little pigs and we put a ramp for their bikes.”

“Me and my friends put sticks and we went to the woods and we put cardboard on and we tested it.”

An adult asked “Why are you testing it?”

“To see if it stays or doesn’t stay.”

I would love to know the answer to see if it stayed or didn’t stay and I would love to find out how you tested this.

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Maple Cross Explorers!

What a wonderful afternoon of learning today! Reception and Year 1 really engaged with their learning during Maple Cross Explorers.  They worked together to create a camp fire, a house for the Three Little pigs and some fabulous art work using natural materials and mud.  What have you enjoyed learning most in Maple Cross Explorers? Why?

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Maple Cross Explorers

Another fabulous afternoon of learning during Maple Cross Explorers this afternoon.  Children learned in groups to create a camp fire, a nature picture, a mud design, a picture of a person and a brick house for The Three Little Pigs.  The children really enjoyed themselves when they were exploring and I could hear many children saying “Look what I have found.”

Why don’t you ask Reception and Year 1 what they found in Maple Cross Explorers and what they have been learning?

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Maple Cross Explorers

As we have started a new term, there are new activities to enjoy in during our Maple Cross Explorers sessions.  We have built on learning in the previous terms and today children tried cooking bread on a camp fire, learning a group to create art, finding out how to print using mud, building houses for the Three Little Pigs and using Andy Goldsworthy art to inspire their artistic talents.

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Maple Cross Explorers

Last week Maple Cross Explorers took place in the pouring rain.  Today there was glorious sunshine.  What a contrast!  Today some children really took a risk by trying something that they really found difficult.

This was the last week of the current activities and we are looking forward to new learning after the Easter holidays.  What have you learnt during the sessions?  What has been the most challenging area of the learning?

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Maple Cross Explorers

 

Today we have finished a set of five activities and the children have had the opportunity to take part in all five!  What has been your favourite activity?  Why?  What skills have you learnt? I am looking forward to hearing your answers.

How did Miss Crowley’s group solve the problem of what would happen if their cardboard roof got wet on their house?

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Maple Cross Explorers

There was a lot of fabulous, collaborative learning on display this afternoon during Maple Cross Explorers.  The children were able to work together to build a shelter for themselves, a place for the Gruffalo to be safe from the elements, spiders webs and towers.  Another activity involved them using their senses, apart from their sight, to find a tree that they had been taken to blindfold.  Have a look at the photos and see if you can identify which activity is which.  What did you learn today?

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