Maple Cross Explorers – Den building

This week group 1 and 5 worked collaboratively to create a new den. After reading the book Home by Carson Ellis we were inspired to build a shelter that would offer both practical and aesthetic appeal. The real challenge was making it strong enough to hold me!

I was blown away with the team work and sharing of ideas. All the children offered ideas and supported each other with the build.

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Early Years Quality Standard – GOLD

Today some of our Early Years team traveled to Stevenage to collect our Gold award for the EYQS. This was part of the journey and not the end! It has been two years of hard dedication by the whole team to transform the EYFS into a learning centered environment.

Our consultant described the project as follows . . . . .

A very cohesive and reflective team who work tirelessly to improve the learning opportunities for their children. Over the last two years, they have developed and transformed the EYFS into an inviting and accessible environment that reflects the individual needs and learning of each unique child. Their ‘gold’ project enabled children in the nursery and reception classes to improve the achievement and outcomes for their children. The EY Leader is inspirational in driving forward the Early Years practice and enables all practitioners to be part of a cohesive and dedicated team. Well done to all the team!

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Maple Cross Explorers

Again we have been fortunate to have a warm, sunny afternoon to explore in.  One group have been using natural materials to make animals masks.  Here are some of the things the children said.

“I’m going to  rip the leaf to make the sharp bit of the ears, I’m going to do the outside first.”

“I’m going to make a bird, oooo that’s an orange leaf, I’m going to use this for the feathers.”

Another group made a picnic for the teddy bears.

“I’ve got stones for the cup cakes and berries and flowers for the salad.”

“We’ve been collecting some leaves and sticks to make the cake.”

“We have been collecting grass, leaves and daisies. Making the teddy bears picnic.”

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New activities for Maple Cross Explorers.

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Today children took part in a new set of activities and each child will take part in a different activity for the next few weeks.  Children were able to explore how beans grow, to create a teddy bears picnic, make animal masks using natural materials, build a raft or become animal detectives.  Have a look at the photos and see which activities you can spot.  What clues do you think we found to help us discover what animals visit our grounds?

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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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