Visit from Brunel University Students

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!




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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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EYFS collaborative cooking has begun.

Today the first two groups from Nursery and Reception worked collaboratively to create and cook their own pizzas. The children talked to each other to share their ideas and discuss how to decorate their pizza.

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Their was lots of discussion about hygiene and the health benefits of all the different vegetables on offer as toppings. We explored the seeds inside the peppers and the different textures of the mushrooms.

In the afternoon Reception put their mathematical thinking to the test to solve the problem. How do you share four pizzas between twelve children. How do you think we did it?

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Developing fine and gross motor strength

In Nursery we spend a significant amount of our learning developing both fine and gross motor strength to prepare for the early stages of writing. We tackle this in lots of creative ways!


Gross motor skills are involved in movement and coordination of the arms, legs, and other large body parts and movements.

Tree climbing (or any other climbing!)


Double handed drawing

Chalk writing on a horizontal (wall, board)

Fine motor skill (or dexterity) is the coordination of small muscles, in movements—usually involving the synchronization of hands and fingers—with the eyes.

Picking up small objects


Using tweezers

Developing scissors skills

Balancing small items (marbles, golf tees etc)

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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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Ballet at the Royal Opera House

What a wonderful day we had!

Year 3 and 4 children enjoyed the incredible opportunity of attending a ballet at The Royal Opera House in London. The children travelled to London by train and were thrilled to see all the sights along the way.

We arrived at Green Park where we all enjoyed some free time among the beautiful tress and falling leaves. As we walked past Buckingham Palace, we were lucky enough to see part of the changing of the guard ceremony.

We had an early lunch stop in St James’ Park before walking past Trafalgar Square on our way to Covent Garden.

The ballet was wonderful! All children were amazed and full of questions about the effects and how the story of Alice in Wonderland was brought to life.

The children were a credit to Maple Cross School and represented us all with outstanding kindness, manners and respect.

Thank you to everyone involved for making this a day to remember.

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Y2: Gorillas & Butterflys

I had an idea. I was a little worried that people would laugh but I decided to tell them anyway. I told all of year 2, Mrs Manser and Mr Watson; they didn’t laugh. They pitched in their ideas and the idea started to grow. The jumbled idea isn’t mine anymore, it’s ours (more of the jumbled ideas to follow).

I don’t think we’re ready to share any more of the idea yet; we need to get to know our idea abit more. However, I will share this picture with you. It’s really for Y2 but i’d welcome thoughts from everyone. What does it make you think about? What words come to your mind?

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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!

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Familiar faces in Year 1

Today Year 1 have have the pleasure of sharing their learning day with some members of Year 3. So far this morning, they have worked collaboratively in groups to take part in some phonics and literacy challenges:

– Writing as many words as they can for special friend sounds

– Reflecting and improving Miss Crowley’s very boring sentence

We have had some amazing literacy language being used and have also had some brilliant examples of commas and conjunctions to extend sentences.

Within our maths learning Year 3 also became learning ambassadors and helped Year 1 to find more and less by working systematically. I have even had to give up my teaching chair for a fantastic reader, who showed great risk taking in reading the snack time story. I can’t wait to see the rest of the learning to follow!


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