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!
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.
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.
This morning in Nursery, we welcomed parents and family members into the hall to join our learning. We read a counting story and then used number formation rhymes to speed-date-write! Every thirty seconds the children moved on to the next number to write it as many times as they can before they had to move on again!
This morning, Year 6 have come across an obstacle. They have run out of money to buy resources for the class from their class fund.
Solutions have been discussed however they would like to hear any other ideas.
What could Year 6 do?
Today we were joined by students from Brunel University who spent their day exploring Maths in a primary school. They observed a range of Maths from Active Maths and Chatty Maths to Power of 5. They spent their time this morning in EYFS and a year 6 and this afternoon, in KS1&2, ending with joining the Chatty Maths workshop.
Students from Brunel, it would be great to hear your thoughts about what you saw today!
This afternoon, year 6 and the Chatty Maths leaders led another engaging Chatty Maths workshop. They shared their thoughts on the power of effective questioning and how open questions develop deeper thinking.
After modelling open questions, it was then the turn of our parent/carer learners.
Thank you to all the parents/careers for learning with us again this afternoon.
The afternoon ended with parents/careers sharing what they learnt from the session;
– ‘Open questions are difficult to ask but you get some great answers.’
– ‘Open questions meant that my son looked at the picture and identified other things in the picture I hadn’t asked about.’
– ‘Importance in using open questions to get children to elaborate on their thoughts. It gives parents the opportunity to think about learning in a different way.’
– ‘The need for more open questions when talking to my children, trying not to make questions leading.’
– ‘Will keep an open mind when it comes to homework; will ask more open questions as opposed to closed. Thank you, very good idea to have the parents interacting too!’
Great risk taking was shown by all our learners today, both adults and children! Looking forward to our outdoor session next Friday!
It was great to see so many learners yesterday afternoon, stopping and looking at a picture and then generating lots of mathematical vocabulary.
Thank you to the Chatty Maths Leaders for there introduction to Chatty Maths, year 6 for supporting the organisation and parents and carers for allowing us to learn together.
We are looking forward to learning with you all again next Friday afternoon!