Outdoor Learning

The Great Outdoors

Hedgehog Home Building

Classes have been out and about in the school grounds building much needed shelters for the decreasing population of hegehogs in Britain. As a team, small groups from each class were given the opportunity to go out and construct a hedgehog home using a cardboard box, some bin bags and lots of leaves!

Look at our photograph of how to build one at home!


Habitat building

We have ben busy building habitats around the school grounds over the past term. In small groups we have been exploring the surroundings, creating log piles and frog dens. 

The RHS Tatton Vegetable and Fruits Trug Competition

Some specially selected Gardening Club members where invited toTatton with Miss Hughes and Mrs Dowler to view our vegetable trug. Over the past school year, the Gardening Club worked really hard to sow, grow and care for fruit and vegetables to send in to the RHS Tatton Veg and Fruits Trug comeptition for primary schools in the local area.

While we were there, we made our own floral display, planted some left over space rocket seeds, made dream catchers, explored the school gardens and made some seed pockets.

We did very well and managed to clench 4th place!

Rocket Seed Experiment for the RHS

Year 5 participated in a nationwide experiment set up by the RHS involving rocket seeds which had been sent to space with Tim Peak in 2015. The Year 5 class had to sow the seeds, record different stages throughout the growth including germinations dates, first true leaf, average height and the average amount of leaves per seedling.

This information was recorded on a large chart in the classroom so that the children could interact with the data collected. 

Look at the photographs of what we did:

Pond Area

Over the past few years we have been redeveloping the pond area on the field at school. Miss Hughes, with the help from Reception and Year 4, have replanted the area with some water loving plants including lily pads, iris and forget-me-nots to encourage wildlife to come and inhabit our ponds ready for us to investigate!

Here are some photographs of what we got up to!  



Bulb Planting

At the beginning of the year, every class went outside with Miss Hughes to the front of school to indiviually plant either a tulip or daffodil bulb to signify new beginnings. 

Keep your eyes peeled for our bulbs in the Spring and please don't walk over them.


Year 2 Trip to Lower Moss Wood

Year 2 went on a class trip to Lower Moss Wood to explore the surroundings and learn more about nature.

The photographs show how much the children, Mrs Cox, Mrs Brown, Miss Hughes and the parent helpers enjoyed their day which involved a nature walk, feeding the ducks, an assault course at lunch time and pond dipping.


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