It’s Good to Grow.
This week our wonderful new tools arrived from the Morrisons token scheme. They are already being used by Environment Club who are busy tidying up the wild flower bed and planting spring vegetables.
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 .
Since the start of the Covid pandemic in 2020 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. Our recovery programme enabled us to use the school grounds for the majority of our learning and to challenge staff and children to teach and learn in a creative way. It continues to be accessed by children from across every year group and across the 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! Raised beds have been installed throughout the school to provide a growing space for each year group to grow and the forest schools area has been transformed, with a new fire pit, tunnel, wild flower banks and storage shed. The Early Years children have access to a new playground area for learning throughout the day and the KS1 playground has been re-painted and new climbing equipment installed. Plans for this year are to revamp the KS1 small worlds with bright new containers.
The new Fire Pit in the forest school area.
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As Outdoor Learners we have been:
As Marvellous Mathematicians: The children in Year 3 and 4 have been out and about measuring. Using 30cm rulers they were carefully counting the cm to see how long objects in the outdoor environment are.
As Super Scientists: The children in EYFS have been looking for signs of Spring. They went on a wildlife walk to look for flowers, buds and frog spawn.
As Excited Engineers: During the Spring term each phase was given some STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities to complete. Each activity was designed to encourage teamwork , communication and resilience. The children did a great job working in teams and great determination to complete the tasks….even if they didn’t go quite as planned to start with.
As Happy Historians: The children in Year two went on a history trip to Framlingham and Orford Castles as part of their Medieval Mayhem topic. They got to explore the castle and walk along the high walkway just like the soldiers used to do to keep watch.
As Marvellous Mathematicians: The mathematicians in EYFS have been learning their doubles! This term they have been making doubles on butterfly outlines to make sure they had the same number in each wing.
Forest Schools: The forest schools area has had a make over! It now has a wonderful fire pit for story telling, roasting marshmallows and whole class sessions. There is a tunnel, wildflower banks and a brand new storage shed.
As Gardeners: Gardening club will be starting up again this term. With the help of staff members and our new tools from the Morrisons “Its good to grow” scheme we will once again be filling our vegetable beds with cabbages, beans and peas! Watch this space……..
As Environmentalists: We have been clearing the weed from the pond to make some space and let the light through to the pond plants below. It was hard work, but with some collaboration and co-operation we got the job done.
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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