The Big Debate 2018

The Big Debate 2018 paradoxical conclusion:

We need to treat disabled people differently so they can be treated the same!

The Debating Club planned, organised and ran our 2018 debate on their chosen theme: how  do we and should we treat disabled people. They offered the following options:

We treat them the same and we should do

We treat them the same and we shouldn’t do

We treat them differently and we should do

We treat them differently and we shouldn’t do

Not sure about any of those positions.

I was amazed at the level of consideration, reflection and debate that children from years 1 to 6 were able to demonstrate. Some critical points were raised – we want them treated the same – we are all human. But we want them treated differently because they might need a wheel chair. But we want them treated the same because we don’t want them to be bullied or made fun of. The over-riding final decision (the centre of the hall) became, it depends on the individuals and their situation and own desires. A favourite response from one child in Year 6, ‘I think we should ask them how they want to be treated rather than deciding for them!’

Well done to the debating club and all the children for another stimulating, inspirational and considerate debate.

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Nursery stay for lunch

This week Nursery are staying for lunch to support their transition into Reception. Today they selected either lasagne or a cheese wheel. They queued up, ordered their food and topped up from the salad bar. They then sat in the hall and ate their lunch before being joined by the older children.

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Equipping Kids Conference – connected learning

Today Maple Cross hosted an Equipping Kids conference as we welcomed colleagues from schools across Hertfordshire as well as other professionals from around the UK.

Under the theme of connected learning we explored how children engage with learning and the language they use to do so. There were opportunities to see Year 6 leading a practical outdoor activity with Year 3 and 4, visit classrooms and then in the afternoon for the children to present their learning.

It was commented on “what you are doing here is a green beacon on an educational desert”. Good to see Maple Cross on the cutting edge as they lead, share and build networks. It was repeatedly commented upon how well the children articulated their learning as well as their passion and enthusiasm for it.

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