Maths Games

Year 5 have worked so hard for the past few weeks and have demonstrated determination and perseverance through their Shakespeare Production. Now that the play has come to an end I wanted to ‘reward’ the children by having a ‘fun learning’ day with many different activities that enhance their learning, especially after the long-exhausting evening at the theatre.

Year 5 have played a game called “Mathopoly” which helps them with their Maths skills. I was really pleased to see the excitement on their faces and the eagerness to get as many correct answers as possible. Year 5 think that this is such a fun way of practicing their times tables and being challenged at the same time.

 

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STEM Week – health bodies, healthy minds

This week started with a bang (literally, with an exploding balloon) and finished in style! Everyone in school has been learning how to keep their bodies and minds healthy. Over this week there has been lots going on including . . . . .

  • creating safeguarding posters
  • teaching others about the NSPCC and what to do with a worry
  • trying yoga
  • mediating
  • creating healthy snacks
  • investigating the human digestive system
  • learning how to keep safe online and how our words can hurt others
  • bulb planting
  • fruit tasting
  • creating smoothies using bike powered smoothie makers
  • reducing down drinks to discover amounts of sugar hidden inside

Remember to always talk about how you feel and share your worries. If you need any support please head to the NSPCC website or give them a call on 0800 1111.

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Y2: Learning value through money

Today in maths year 2 were looking at the value of numbers. Using Dienes blocks and fake money, students showed a variety of different ways they could show and explain the value of certain numbers. After showing me all the images they captured themselves, students reflected on the images and used this time to understand the links between coin and block, understanding that the coins had a certain value they could show by counting the blocks they had used and vice versa.

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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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