World Book Day 2018

Thank you for a lovely World Book Day in the snow, Maple Cross. It has been a pleasure to see so much learning linked to reading today and our whole school story telling of The Three Little Pigs was a real highlight. Thank you to our visitors who came to read stories this afternoon. It was really special to share our love of books and reading with our wider Maple Cross community. Our library ambassadors from Year 6 did a fantastic job promoting a passion and curiosity for reading by first sharing story clues and then revealing the new book to each class in the school. A wonderful reading opportunity!

There are still books to be won as part of our special World Book Day raffle! Come and play tomorrow! Will you guess which books have been chosen by the teachers?

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Read More

The Reach Free Storytellers

On Friday, Year 3 and Year 4 were lucky enough to have some story-telling visitors from Year 8 in The Reach Free School. The Year 8 children had written and illustrated their own stories and came to share them with the children in our school. It was wonderful to see how engaged all of the children were. Year 3 and Year 4 loved the experience.

“It has inspired us to use our imagination more.”

“I spotted that they were “showing” not “telling” in their stories.”

“They were so active. They did more than just read the book. They were so enthusiastic.”

“It was fun to talk to new people who we don’t learn with all the time.”

“I loved how descriptive they were. Their language was quite powerful.”

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Read More

Nursery and Year 3 reading buddies – Week 2

Nursery – Weekly letter 17.11.17
Nursery – Weekly letter 10.11.17
Nursery  – Weekly letter 03.11.17


Today was Nurseries second visit to the Yr3 classroom. The Yr3 children welcomed their reading partner and read a book to them. It was wonderful to see questions being asked and discussions around what was happening in the illustrations as well as one pair acting out what was happening on each page!

After reading, a range of activities continued in the Nursery reading journals. Children wrote lists of the favourite words and characters, others copied illustrations and one pair began to think about creating a story map. Nursery are looking forward to next week.

Read More

Visitors in Reception

Today we had the pleasure of having 4 children from Year 4 sharing in our learning.  The Year 4 children helped us with our phonics and our learning outside.  This afternoon they helped Reception children create a ‘friend den’ outside. Then they played hangman with the children using sounds that they had learnt in phonics.  It was a delight to have them with us today and they are welcome to return!

Read More

Nurseries favourite stories

This morning Nursery selected some of their favourite stories we have read over the year. These books are from our core book box and the children hear them read again and again and again. When we read them as a whole class the children join in, adding expression and rhythm.

Today the children selected a favourite and read it to a friend or themselves. It was wonderful to hear them become such fantastic story tellers.


Read More