Shakespeare Evening

Year 5 and 6 blew us away with their stunning performances of Shakespeare. It was so incredible to see how hard the children worked, how many risks they took and how well they supported each other to put together such a brilliant evening for everybody. I was so proud of every child, the commitment they made to their learning and the enthusiasm they showed for Shakespeare and acting

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Year 5 & 6 – Shakespeare Performance

What a fantastic evening at Watersmeet Theatre yesterday, where Year 5 and 6 captured the audience with their performances of Julius Caesar and Macbeth. Throughout the weeks all the children have been working extremely hard in understanding their plays, learning their lines, taking risks, learning as a team and this was evident from their performances. Thank you to everyone involved in creating memories the children will treasure for a long time.

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Chatty Maths Workshop – Session 2

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!

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Cast Workshop

Today, Year 5 and 6 visited the theatre where they will perform their Shakespeare plays. They thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, which was run by two actors. We spent time working on a small section of our play, trying out new ideas and seeing how they looked. I was so impressed by the ability of our children to take risks and explore ideas even while on a stage in a real theatre. Come and see our finished productions on 2nd November!

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Chatty Maths Workshop

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!

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Julius Caesar

Rehearsals in Year 5 are well under way. The class have been incredibly creative with their ideas and have taken risks to try new things and suggest ideas. They’re finding learning the lines quite hard. What could help them to learn their lines?

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Stig of the Dump

Year 5 have done a very impressive job of picking up on their learning from the end of Year 4. We acted out our stories to remind us of our learning and then took time and care over the drafting and editing process. We have finally written our version of what happens next in Stig of the Dump and they are ready to be posted to the original author. I wonder what he will think of our versions…

 

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Maple Cross 2017 Student Council Elections

On Friday afternoon, Year 6 children presented their speeches with great confidence and enthusiasm to the younger years in order to persuade them to vote so they could become a part of the school council.

It was an extremely close election this year, with only a few votes in it. A big well done to all of Year 6 for their well-written speeches and for lots of you, taking a risk and presenting the speech to the whole school.

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Y3 Fire Safety

Linking in with the sad events of the Grenfell tower fire, Y3 has been discussing and exploring what to do when in a fire. The children went around the school looking for objects that would help keep us safe. We have also discussed what to do if there was a fire at home.

What would you do, Year 3, if there was a fire at home?

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