It has been wonderful to welcome back all the children and staff after the Easter break and begin what has been an exciting first week back at MAPS.
Our hockey school status began in earnest on Tuesday with our hockey trials and there have been changes to the environment inside the school too. The homework projects which the children have brought in, have continued to fill our display stations around the school and all the children have enjoyed looking at these creations. It is incredible to see how the children have continued and extended their learning at home with these pieces of work. The library areas and working spaces around the school have also developed and the classrooms are busy developing their reading displays. Over the break, new signage has been put up around the school to thread our school vision into the fabric of all we do.
We can't wait for the time when we are again able to invite you into school, but until then, here is a glimpse into the inside of the school.
We have also received some beautiful thank you cards from the residents of Bethany Homestead showing their gratitude for the Easter eggs you all gave to them. Thank you for showing our MAPS virtue of kindness.
We wish you all a wonderful weekend,
Mrs Gaffney and Mr Crick
‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’
On Monday we had a special assembly looking at the life of The Duke of Edinburgh. We learnt about the great things he had done to support young people through the DofE Scheme as well as his many patronages across the arts and sports. We also discovered his love of conservation both here and abroad.
Our bible stories this week have been about two miracles performed by Jesus. The first was healing the blind man and then we heard about how Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. The children have been thinking about gratitude and who they may give thanks for or to. Pupils will be able to write gratitude cards to people they wish to say thank you to, whether that is at home or school, an adult or a fellow pupil. This is something we aim to extend as we move towards the end of this school year and into the next.
Mr S Crick
As many of you may be aware we enter a new exciting time at MAPs with us becoming a Specialist Hockey School. Part of this offer is our partnership with Northampton Saints Hockey Club, who will be providing some of the coaching at the school. This links with the Hockey Specialism being launch at MAA at the same time.
On Tuesday we had our first training session for Year 5 and 6. I’m please to say that the pupils performed well, and all were selected to form part of our training squad. Training will now be on Thursdays and an invite will be sent to all pupils today.
We still have a few places left in Year 5 and are keen to build up our girls’ team so if you are interested, please come and speak to either Miss Headworth or myself.
Mr S Crick
Miss R Headworth
We know that you love reading at home as much as we love reading at school! This week at MAPS, we have launched an exciting new way of recording your child’s reading when they read at home. Scanning this QR code with your smartphone or ipad will take you to a short online form where you can log your child’s home reading every day. Teachers will be adding the code to Google classroom and paper copies have also been sent home. If the code does not work on your phone, you can click on the link below instead.
Northants Litter Wombles
We were proud to hear that Arturo spent time during his Easter holidays showing responsibility and respect for the environment by joining the Northants litter Wombles, clearing ponds and streams of rubbish. What an amazing amount of litter you managed to clear from these spaces. Well done Arturo.
Over the Easter holidays, we made some big changes to how we learn in Reception and we are so proud with how well the children have coped with a different way of working. They have adapted to the change with such enthusiasm and positivity and it is great to see that incredible love of learning. We are incredibly proud of all of the Reception children this week.
Our new Science topic is Plants and Growth. We thought it would be a great idea to discuss our knowledge on how plants grow and plant our very own sunflower seeds to take home and look after. The children loved the activity!
This week in Year 2, we did another science experiment to test if different materials were conductors of electricity. We had great fun adding watches, rings, foil, rulers, pencils and more into our circuits.
The children have been showing great kindness this week by helping their classmates and sharing.
Mrs Pheasant is incredibly proud of Max's work. He produced a brilliant piece of independent learning and talk for reading work where he was asked to answer an inference question. His presentation was great to and he impressed Mrs Gaffney with his work.
Year 4 have been working on their T4R on their new T4W and T4R units this week. We have been looking at Beetle Boy in T4R and Zelda Claw and the Rain Cat in T4W. Take at look at our photos of us acting out sections of the text to help us become fluent.
This week Year 5 have shown us some fantastic learning and it has been great being together as a year group again face to face.
We have a few shout outs for this week, although every pupil in Seals and Penguins have been great.
Bentley - He has started training with the Cobblers this week for their U10s team. We cannot wait to see this develop - what an incredible opportunity!
Fabian - He has worked incredibly hard in maths this week and has shown efficiency with a variety of calculation methods for addition and subtraction!
Joel - He has shown a real improvement in presentation and we’re very proud!
Finally, we welcome Teniola to Penguins. Penguins have ensured that they’ve been good friends and made her feel very welcome.
This week, Year 6 have been studying the poem ‘The Highwayman.’ They wrote riddles to show how well they understood the characteristics of the protagonist. Here are some great examples from Slavi, Adrijus and Bianca: