Signs of Spring!
The children in Early Years went on a spring safari and found signs of spring in the school pond.
RHS Gardening for Schools
Level 3 Award.
A huge congratulation to the staff and children who attended childcare club during Lockdown. Their hardwork on the raised beds has helped us get Level 3 from the RHS.
Fairtrade Fortnght 2020
Well Done and Thank you to the children in Year 6 who helped at the Felixstowe Fairtrade Funday on Saturday 29th Feb at Felixstowe Library. The volunteers helped to run a selection of small games and spoke to the public about Fairtrade.
We were very lucky to have a Bala Fairtrade Football donated to our breakfast club this week as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.
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 our outdoor space at Trimley St Mary has been more important than ever as a place for purposeful, safe and engaging learning for the children at our school. During Lockdown 1, the children of key workers were based outside for the majority of the week, using the field, gardening beds and picnic areas as their base, and winning us a gardening award! Since January 2021, children who attended school during Lockdown 3, and since 8th March the rest of the school, have been using new climbing equipment, a market stall role play and a range of new playground resources, perfect for re-kindling friendships and giving vital time outside in the fresh air.
Outdoor singing assemblies are planned for warmer afternoons and all year groups are planning in learning outdoors across our broad and balanced curriculum.
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:
As Super Scientists: The children in EYFS went on a Spring Safari around the school looking for signs that the warmer weather is on its way. They saw: Daffodils, Violets, Crocus flowers, Frogspawn in the pond and some tiny buds on the hawthorn trees. Great Spotting Reception! They also stopped off at the eco-garden to look at the chickens as a fabulous way to finish their week on farm animals and the story Rosie’s Walk.
As Groovy Gardeners: The children in Years 3 and 4 have been prepping the vegetable beds ready to be replanted with new delicious vegetable plants! The onions are going in this week. Great work!
As Road Safety Officers: We have been very lucky to have been given a new “No Idling” banner donated by the Felixstowe Youth Forum and Felixstowe Town Council. We will be putting this up to remind us all how important it is to turn off our car engines outside the school. The pollution from cars is not only damaging to the local environment it also can also seriously effect people’s breathing.
As Marvellous Mathematicians: The mathematicians in Year 6 have been using the natural resources outside to help them record decimal numbers. Sticks and stones have become number and decimal points.
Forest Schools: The children in Year 6 have been experiencing the outdoors every week as part of their new Forest schools curriculum “Forest Fridays”. During the phased reopening of schools this has continued and the area has continued to be used for building, tree climbing, collaborating, inventing and cooking.
As Gardeners: At the start of Lockdown in March the children in Childcare Club spent some time designing and planning a new vegetable bed. They worked in teams to germinate and care for the vegetable plants and then planted them into the new raised beds. I think you will agree that with the love and care they have given the plants the vegetable bed looks amazing.
As Artists….. the staff have been busy getting the school ready for September by giving some of the outdoor spaces a lick of paint.
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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