We have been awarded The Woodland Trust Gold Award as recognition for all the Learning Outside the classroom that we do at Trimley St Mary.
Well Done Everyone.
Watch this space for news regarding the planting areas outside Year 3 and 4.
The new bug viewers have been installed over the half term holidays. These special posts have magnifying glasses on the top so that we can get a close up look at the objects we find outside.
A HUGE thank you to Poppy, Monty and their Mum for all their hard work over the Easter holidays painting and decorating the chairs and tables in the NEW eco-garden. They look amazing and the children have already been out this term and used them.
Spring has Sprung!
The pond is full of the signs of Spring.
Spring Cleaning in the Wildlife Garden.
Big thanks to Adscape gardening for all their help with maintaining the garden.
Some Spring visitors in the plants near the pond, hopefully this will mean lots of tadpoles over the next few months. Adam was even lucky enough to find our own Trimley Hedgehog hiding in the old leaves. He has been put safely back until the warmer weather arrives. With lots of luck he will stay in his new home.
Tree Planting in the new Eco-garden!
Learning Outside the Classroom: Our School Environment.
“Learning outside the classroom is a unique experience that is highly beneficial to all pupils at Trimley St Mary Primary School. Learning outdoors creates lasting memories, builds a greater awareness of the natural world and encourages children to be more active. It creates the opportunity for children to demonstrate the skills of many of our 8 C’s in a more informal and relaxed setting”.
Extract from Trimley St Mary LOTC policy 2018.
This year we have seen some big changes to our school grounds which is helping us spend more time learning outside of the traditional classroom setting. We are currently in the process of developing a brand new eco-garden at the front of the school to enable the children the opportunity to spend time experiencing different environments and processes such as gardening and looking after animals.
The school wildlife garden includes a pond, a dipping platform, a hedgehog house and log circle and is a great space for investigating habitats and homes, or getting inspiration for a piece of art or writing. On the school field, and available to the children at breaks and lunchtimes we have recently installed a multi-gym, small world zones for imaginative play and our amazing outdoor library – The Cosy Cocoon!
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As Outdoor Learners we have been:
Forest Schools: The children in Year 6 have been experiencing the outdoors every week as part of their new Forest schools curriculum. Every Friday afternoon, its wellies and old clothes on and out to the new fire pit area (previously the vegetable garden, at the top of the steps). The children are learning how to light the fire pit safely, dig areas for planting, manage the trees and using tools correctly. We will soon be taking delivery of our next set of free trees from The Woodland Trust to help enhance the forest school area.
As Great Geographers the children in Year 1 have been colour detectives, as part of their Autumn Hunt around the school grounds.
As Artists we have been using the natural environment and the school grounds to do observational drawings of plants and flowers.
As Scientists we have been exploring the pond and looking for creatures that live in this habitat. We collected data using a tally chart and used the information to make bar charts and picture graphs in maths.
As Ambassadors we have been working alongside the Felixstowe Fairtrade Forum at their Fairtrade Funday. We helped run some fun games at Felixstowe library on Saturday 2nd March. We had lots of fun and learnt some interesting facts about Fairtrade.
As Geographers the children in Early Years have been exploring the local area. They have been looking at key features of the environment and discussing directions to the local shops, the post box and school.
As Mathematicians the children in Year 4 went outside to find arrays! They used natural materials to help them with their times tables
As Historians we have been investigating life in the Stone Age…….we were visited by some REAL cavemen!
The new Trimley Shopping village has been popular!! As Mathematicians we can write shopping lists and investigate how much items will cost.
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