Parachutes

This term, Year 5 have been investigating parachutes. After having a go using whatever materials they wanted, Year 5 generated their own questions and set up their own experiments. Most children chose to investigate the different canopy shapes. They were fantastic at learning to use a protractor and accurately drawing and measuring the shapes to make the canopies. We even had a few heptagons! We tested the shapes this afternoon. Which shape made the best parachute? How do you know?

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Year 6 – Biscuit Dunking

This afternoon, Year 6, were given the question: Which biscuit is the best dunker?

They spent time looking at the texture and dimensions before testing the range of biscuits in the hot chocolate.

They tested: Party Rings, Chocolate Digestives, Digestives, Custard Creams, Bourbon, Fruit Shortcake, Fox’s crunch, Rich Tea and Oreo’s.

Which do you think was the best biscuit to dunk and why?

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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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STEM Fortnight

STEM fortnight is coming to an end tomorrow but what fantastic learning has been happening! At the INSET day last Monday, members of staff took part in a stem activity and then prepared learning for their classes. After school today, from 3.30pm you are welcome to visit your child’s classroom and see their learning. We look forward to seeing you then.

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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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