Developing dialogue and feedback

On Monday 5th November we had a whole school INSET focussing on developing the type of feedback we give pupils to enhance their learning. Each class is leading their own development project based on an aspect of external research, our own thinking and the unique needs of the children.

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Ask the children how they are developing their learning and how feedback is challenging their thinking.

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Pupil Leadership

At Maple Cross, a key priority is developing non-positional leadership. This is the thinking that everyone is a leader and this includes pupils. On Thursday we hosted another Conference led by Equipping Kids. The event brought together a number of people who work in a spectrum of roles within education.

As part of the event, children from school shared how they are developing their own leadership skills using the work of Stephen Covey. They detailed the specific skills of beginning with the end in mind and also being proactive.

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Tea with Mrs T

This Friday’s ‘Tea with Mrs T’ was incredible. Learners from across school blew me away with the articulation of their learning. We had a modelled demonstration of maths using a hundred square, parts of stories read aloud, maths strategies explained and a collaborative learning story talked through.

The children listened to each others learning with genuine interest while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. Congratulations to Robbie, Kieran, Lewis, Nathan, Gracie, Ella, Rowan, Jonathan, Klara and Aleksander.

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Respect and Tolerance of difference

Last week and this week, we have been developing our understanding of what it means to show respect to others and how we can be tolerant of those who hold different beliefs. This is part of our curriculum and helps everyone in our community to understand the British Values we are fortunate to share.

 

Have a look at these photos of incredible women in history. What can they teach us?

How would you describe the differences between respect and tolerance?

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Tea with Mrs T

It’s that time again . . . . the highlight of my week . . . tea with Mrs T. This week another eight learners came to share their learning and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. We had a great time sharing learning and recognising that much of what makes learning successful is the same whichever class you are in.

Congratulations to Kieran, Evie, Flo, Aditi, Toby, Finn, Jayan and Harley.

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R e f l e c t – the riddled is solved!

Today in assembly we arranged letters to discover the attribute word is reflect.

Everyone in school has been challenged to think how we can describe and explain reflect. Using pictures the children are starting to PAUSE and think of other words and phrases associated. How would you describe reflection? Have a discussion at home and add your ideas to the blog.

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2018.19 – Are you ready?

Welcome back to school. Today in assembly, I shared a beautiful book with the children of a collection of untranslatable words from around the world. What a wonderful word by Nicola Edwards and Luisa Uribe

Gokotta – Swedish – to wake up early in the morning so you can go outside to hear the first birds singing

Poronkusema – Finnish – the distance a reindeer can walk before needing the toilet

Nakama – Japanese – friends who are like family

I then explained to the children that there is a special word for us here at school this term. The problem was they were only given one of the letters in assembly. Over the course of the day different classes have been given a different extra letter. Can you work out the word?

_ e _ _ _ _ _

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INSET Monday 3rd September 2018

Today the team gathered together for a day of learning and planning. Everyone, from the office to those who work in classes, had a focussed day looking at our school priorities and how we each play a part in the success.

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  1. Guess who – we all introduced ourselves and shared our roles
  2. S.T.E.M challenge – who can build the highest balloon tower?
  3. SIP priorities – group the definitions, annotate and discuss
  4. Identify the priorities that we each lead, are involved in and those that don’t directly apply
  5. Reflect on the school attributes and introduce new focus REFLECT, LEAD, ASPIRE
  6. Explored what reflect, lead and aspire mean to us at Maple Cross
  7. Shared reflection projects from last year
  8. Begin to think about the class projects for the forthcoming year

We look forward to another successful day tomorrow.

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Sailing – Day 1

Year 5 had a brilliant day out on the lake. They learnt about appropriate clothing before finding out how to rig and de-rig their boats. They were then challenged to remember all this by paddling out around a buoy returning each time to add an extra piece of equipment to rig their boat. It was amazing to see the progress they made in such a short space of time. All the children persevered, even when they found it really challenging, until all the boats were successfully ready for sailing. Luckily, the wind picked up a bit and Year 5 spent the afternoon sailing, exploring how to steer and getting quite wet. What was the most important thing you learnt, Year 5?

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