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Spring 2

6th March 2024


Today Explorers played the Gruffalo game, they were given a creature (mouse, fox, snake, owl) and when their creature was said in the story they had to run around the circle back to their spot. We had some very tired mice who will definitely sleep tonight!

28th February 2024

This week we learnt about how important bees are to the environment and made our own little bees using Alder seeds, yellow thread and tissue paper for the wings.

Spring 1

7th February 2024


Today the weather was finally good enough to carry out the Big Schools Birdwatch. We found a quiet spot around our site and counted all the birds we saw. We even saw a lapwing which is on the conservation list as a threatened species.

24th January 2024


We had intended to carry out the Big Schools Birdwatch today, however 39mph winds meant that it wasn’t really Birding weather. We decided to utilise the time by refilling our bird feeders and we played a new game called ‘Roosting Starlings’.

17th January 2024


Today we made bird feeders spreading fat onto empty toilet roll tubes and rolling them in bird seed. We are trying to encourage the birds to come ready for our RSPB big bird count next week.

10th January 2024


Today Hetty Hedgehog came to us telling us that her home had been destroyed in the recent storms and asked that the children make her a new one. We had a think about the sort of things she might need in a home. The children told Mrs Powell that Hetty should be hibernating and that she is nocturnal and should not be out during the day. They said that she would need a safe and secure home that was insulated, waterproof and windproof.

We also looked at a skull of a rabbit from a skeleton that year 6 found on the field. The children were fascinated to see what it looked like. 

Autumn 2

1st November 2023

Explorers dressed dolly pegs using found natural materials creating clothes. They made lots of different characters.

Autumn 1

18th October 2023


We read the story Leaf Man and went off to see if we could find our own Leaf Man. Some children made a self portrait using things they found around our school site.

11th October 2023


It was a wet drizzly day today. We stayed in the hall and made conker comets using our found conkers and crepe paper streamers. Then we raced them to see who could get them to go the farthest.

Slow motion video of the winners race.

Still image for this video

4th October 2023


We read the story “123 Where are you?…123 Here I am!” and practiced hiding quietly so that we would know what to do when observing wildlife, while playing a hide and seek game.

27th September 2023


We made flipper flappers today that spin in the wind. The children loved making them spin as they ran around the field.

13th September 2023

For our first Forest School session we all got to know the new reception children a little better and the Year 1 children helped them to learn the Forest School rules and introduced them to their favourite Forest School game 'Squirrels Scamper'. We also sang a new Forest School song.

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