The benefits of outdoor learning have been well documented in recent years. We are thrilled to be able to provide such a fantastic and enriching experience here for our pupils; they are lucky to experience science first hand rather than only learning about it in class. We are grateful to the PTA who raised funds to purchase equipment for us to use.
The children take part in outdoor learning every three weeks, whatever the weather. Parents should send them in with old tracksuit bottoms, wellies (or a spare pair of old shoes) and a waterproof coat.
Although it has been very cold, we have continued outdoor learning outside in the green zone and in the polytunnel.
Year 3 have been planting peas and onions, making apple bird feeders and learning about soil and compost.
Year 4 created a bug hotel and a dead hedge to provide habitats for insects and small creatures and have been learning about the food chain.
Year 5 have been learning about seeds and potting on the bunny tails seedlings of the seeds they sowed in November. They have also been dissecting daffodils to identify all the different parts.
Year 6 did some pond dipping and found an eft – a baby newt- and have been revising the parts of a flower.
November and December have been busy months for the children in Outdoor learning. Year 3 have been collecting leaves, identifying them and make rubbings of them. Year 4 have been making mini houses with sticks Year 5 have been collecting seeds from the plants in the school grounds and sowing them. Year 6 have been learning about micro-organisms in science lessons and have searched the green zone to find examples
All the children have made decorations out of sticks and wool. This has involved a great deal of concentration and many knots, resulting in some beautiful creations. Years 3 and 4 made jingle sticks, year 5 made snowflakes and year 6 made stars.
During October year 5s made some beautiful Autumn collages; year 3s have been identifiying parts of plants and year 4 have been planing daffodil bulbs for us all to enjoy next year.
We have started the school year by searching for fruits and seeds in the green zone. We found a wide range and discussed the different methods of seed dispersal. We also found many spiders who had made their webs across plants and trees.
March has been very exciting in Outdoor Learning as we have seen a great deal of activity in the pond. We have seen toads mating, newts swimming and plenty of toad spawn.
As well as observing the wildlife, Year 6 have planted potatoes and year 3 have been sowing salad seeds.
Year 4 have been looking at food chains and year 5 have been dissecting daffodils.
In February in outdoor learning we have been sowing seeds. Year 5 have made a mini allotment with peas, beetroot, lettuce and sorrel or rocket.
Year 6 have sown tomatoes, chives and basil. They will be growing them at school with a view to selling them later on to raise money for the school production.
Year 4 have completed their bug hotel and it is positioned in the green zone.
Year 3 have been considering the birds and have made apple bird feeders to hang up at home.
It is muddy in the green zone at times so a spare pair of outdoor shoes is important to keep the school and school shoes clean.
During January, years 5 and 6 have been looking at seeds, and learning what’s inside them. Year 4 have been building a bug hotel in a recycled wooden pallet
We continue to go out whatever the weather, and year 3 enjoyed the icy conditions looking closely at frozen leaves, before going into the polytunnel to look at the composition of soil.
December in outdoor learning has been a hive of activity with all year groups making decorations out of sticks, wool, seed heads and berries.
Year 3 and 4 made decorative sticks, year 5 produced some beautiful snowflakes and year 6 rose to the challenge of the 5 point star with some beautiful results.
In outdoor learning in November we continue to take the temperature at each visit, observing the changes.
Year 6 have cleared the poly tunnel of tomato plants and used the pots and compost to plant bulbs. Some lovely houses were built by year 4 out of sticks and leaves. Year 5 have sown sweet peas from seeds collected from the plants we had in the playground this summer, and have found some interesting ‘jelly ear’ fungus. Year 3 took advantage of all the fallen leaves and created some beautiful leaf rubbings.
During October in outdoor learning, year 5 have made autumn collages from leaves, berries and seeds. They were displayed at our harvest festival assembly for the whole school to enjoy.
Year 6 have been investigating microorganisms in the green zone.
Year 4 have been making news plants for free by making cuttings and sowing collected seeds.
Year 3 have been identifying the different parts of plants.
During September in outdoor learning, years 3 and 5 have harvested fruits and seeds. They have eaten some tomatoes and looked at the way seeds are dispersed.
Year 4 have planted daffodil bulbs in the green zone, to provide a lovely display and food for pollinating insects in spring.
Year 6 have made a classification tree outside and hunted for living things to classify.