Reach Free Site Visit – Written by Year 6

Today we visited the brand new Reach Free building site, where most of us will be joining in September. We looked inside the structure and also went up on the roof!

We all felt amazed because it was a once in a lifetime experience. We watched a video of what the current students attending the school thought about their current building and  how excited they are about the new building.

During our visit, we learnt that everyone makes mistakes. They shared some of their obstacles they faced and how perseverance enabled them to move forward.

We would like to thank everyone involved.

They are building not just a building. They are building our future!

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WOW! Find the total

Today a group of boys in Nursery invented their own game. On Monday we will be formalising the rules to share with the rest of the class but here is a summary of how to play.

  1. Roll two, three or four dice at one go
  2. Line the dice up and count the total number of spots
  3. Count that number along the number track to find the numeral
  4. Find that number in the pile of number bean bags
  5. Put the bean bag in the correct order

The children were incredibly collaborative, taking turns and encouraging others. They had to really focus as there were so many steps to the games and the boys never loss focus or concentration.

It took a long time to roll the total of 15 and they kept rolling 14, 17 and 18!

They are very keen to share it with their peers on Monday.

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Year 3 and 4 RE trip

London Central Mosque

It was a pleasure to have a day full of learning outside the classroom with children who were so respectful and eager to learn about other cultures and religions. We were made to feel incredibly welcome and were given every opportunity to ask questions to further understand the beliefs of those among us. I was so proud of the attitudes shown by all children throughout the day and all that we have learnt will benefit us greatly going forward in our learning of the world and those that live in it.


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Bread making in Nursery

Today Nursery made bread rolls. They took a warm bread roll home for lunch and we have kept the other rolls for snack time tomorrow.

The children had to measure the dry ingredients and pour the wet. They had to mix everything together and then get really sticky and knead the dough into rolls. We left the dough to prove for over an hour and noticed how it increased in size before placing in the oven to cook.

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Leadership – leading projects across school

Tonight four members of Maple Cross were joined by colleagues from Rickmansworth School and Watford Grammar School for Girls for an evening workshop. The focus of the workshop was reflecting on the impact of leadership, the value of networking, analysis of our emerging stories and identifying the ripple effect of impact.

It was a privilege to be part of such high quality dialogue and reflections. The true collaboration between schools is leading to many exciting developments.

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Year 5 Hertfordshire Maths Competition

I was incredibly impressed by four of our Year 5 children who represented Maple Cross at the Hertfordshire Year 5 Maths competition for the first time last month. The children showed fantastic positive mental attitudes and demonstrated outstanding teamwork. Congratulations to our team who will be ambassadors to next Year’s competitors.

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Dear Everyone,

Following consultation with other local heads, a slippy drive home and a fall on my backside, we will not be open tomorrow.

While we do everything we can to open, I cannot guarantee the safety of the staff travelling to or from work and wanted to give parents as much notice as possible.

Thank you for understanding this decision. We look forward to seeing you on Monday, all being well!

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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?

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