26th March 2021
We tried a new activity today - guided art. This is where we watch an artist draw with his son and follow along, step by step, to draw an item.
The children had never attempted this before, and the focus, concentration and confidence each and every one of them showed was brilliant. Every single child focused and listened for over 20 minutes and drew some amazing shape dinosaurs! This was the perfect way to calm and relax after playing on the school playing field!
As this was the first time, we used whiteboards - we will use paper next time so that the pictures can be kept.
We were very lucky today to enjoy a virtual visit with American children’s book author Sue Fliess!
Sue is the author of over 35 books for children. She read her book to us called SADIE SPROCKET BUILDS A ROCKET and we got to ask her questions too! The children really enjoyed the visit and we hope to have more interactions like that in the future. Talk about the author visit with your child—it’s a great way to encourage reading and writing in the classroom and at home. If you’d like to read more about Sue and see her other books, please visit www.suefliess.com
Welcome back everyone to Maple class - March 2021
It is funny writing this in March, as several of you have been in all the time, and for some people, you only came back this week!
The children have been amazing this week and have really settled in well and have rekindled friendships and played together - it was as though they'd never been apart!
Our topic this 1/2 term will begin with Space - we have lots of exciting activities including making and launching bottle rockets, designing and building space ships, lots of roleplay and make-believe as well as reading and writing about Space - we definitely have some budding astronauts in Early Years!
Parents Evening this 1/2 term will be on Tuesday 30th March and will be via a phone call. If you have any issues or questions beforehand, as always, we are always available for a chat or please ask the office if you would like a longer talk and we can arrange a phone call.
Thank you again for your support at home and at school, especially in these difficult times. Your children are amazing!
Mr Ross and the Maple Team
One of the goals for Reception is for children to talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.
A project that we did last year which the children really engaged with was creating a family tree.
Hopefully you have made a start or even completed this and I would love to see what you have made next week in school.
If you have not had chance there is still time to make your family tree, label who the people are and show it at school next week. This is a fantastic opportunity to discuss your family with your child and where they 'fit in' to the wider family group.
The tree can be as elaborate or simple as you like, people can be drawn and labelled or photographs of family members can be used - how they make it is up to them - it can be as big or small as you like - go wild!
If the Family Trees could come into school next week (Week beginning 15th March) that would be great.