Snack Shack is open!

Every Thursday the children in EYFS prepare a healthy snack for others. Today’s snack was toasted crumpets with a choice of toppings.

  1. Menus written to include all the topping options (yogurt, cream cheese, cucumber, tomatoes, raspberries and strawberries)
  2. The children prepared all the toppings

3. An orderly queue is formed!

4. Each child counts 5 pennies to pay for their snack

5. Crumpets are toasted (by the children)

6. Children add their toppings of choice

7. The crumpets are enjoyed in the sunshine

Two children in Reception decided to create a sign to advertise the snack shack and detail todays offerings and costs.

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SPAG Revision Creations

This morning, Year 6 have designed and begun creating SPAG board games to support their SPAG revision. The children have been extremely reflective and have thought about the aspect of SPAG they find challenging. Using this, they have researched and asked for support on the particular area of SPAG. We are looking forward to playing these board games in the coming few days!

Year 6, what mathematical skills did you have to use in creating the board games?

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WOW! Find the total

Today a group of boys in Nursery invented their own game. On Monday we will be formalising the rules to share with the rest of the class but here is a summary of how to play.

  1. Roll two, three or four dice at one go
  2. Line the dice up and count the total number of spots
  3. Count that number along the number track to find the numeral
  4. Find that number in the pile of number bean bags
  5. Put the bean bag in the correct order

The children were incredibly collaborative, taking turns and encouraging others. They had to really focus as there were so many steps to the games and the boys never loss focus or concentration.

It took a long time to roll the total of 15 and they kept rolling 14, 17 and 18!

They are very keen to share it with their peers on Monday.

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Small worlds

Over the past half term Nursery have been fascinated by blocks, bricks and boards. Block play enables children to develop their problem solving skills and persist in finding solutions – for example balancing different shapes in a structure or finding the right block to place next.

There has been significant language development as the children consult with their peers about what to position and where. There has also been opportunities for pupils to create costumes and outfits for the small people and include items from the transient art to add details. By consultation and decision of the pupils we also added some mirrored blocks earlier this half term.

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Leading and learning

Tonight colleagues from Maple Cross travelled to Amwell View School to join the HertsCam Network event. Ms Heydarzadeh shared a poster about a project she is leading in Reception. Ms Heydarzadeh is using Edward DeBono’s thinking hats to support and develop pupils self-regulation. She spoke with a range of other practitioners from primary, secondary and specialist provisions to gain insight and ideas into her project.

Ms Thanki, Mr Flint and Ms Scourfield led workshops around their project themes including developing reasoning skills, use of technology and the computing curriculum and creating music makers and pupil leadership.

Speak to them to find out more.

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