Outdoor Learning

Getting ready for spring

The Ladybirds and the Dragonflies children have started to get ready for 2018. Yes, already! Miss Fernley  worked with some green fingered children to plant up a special Spring Garden with daffodils and narcissi. They will look beautiful when they come up next...

The Great Potato and Bean Harvest

The Ladybirds and Dragonflies have been keeping themselves busy outside by harvesting all the potatoes and broad beans that had been growing in the digging beds. There are some real keen gardeners this year, collecting the food and removing the weeds from the soil and...

Making perfume

The children in the Dragonflies and Ladybirds classes decided to use the last of the flowers in their garden to make perfume. The process is easy enough for everyone to have a go at home. Pick some flowers and herbs. Pull off the petals. Put in some water. Stir. The...

End of term extravaganza

In the last week of term Reception children had lots of special treats. Water fun (in the rain), adventure day (with camp fire food), exploring and finding minibeasts on the top field (the slugs were called Lulu 1 and Lulu 2, in case you were wondering) and an...

Music Madness!

There were some great moves as the children (and staff) strutted their stuff at the summer festival organised by Y6 pupils. The children ‘got down’ to some classic sixties and seventies music. We all had a groovy time and the sun came out too!

World Games Day in Nightingales

The children paraded around the yard with their banners and flags chanting ‘Italy, Italy, Italy.’ Then we had a rendition of ‘Viva Espagne’ from Foundation Stage which we all really enjoyed joining in with. The children took part in a variety...

Summer is here!

The children in Dragonflies have been outdoors enjoying the warm weather this week. They have been finding out about life on a pirate island. You have to find your own food and drink. Build a fire and light it. Write a message to put into a bottle. Then there’s...

Terrific Scientific in Nightingales

Our outdoor science investigation was great fun and lots of learning was taking place. The children loved investigating how they could make a toy car travel further using ramps and blocks. Thank you for supporting your child and the school in our science work to try...

Measuring capacity

The children have had great fun in maths learning all about capacity.  They began be estimating how many 100ml cups different containers would hold then estimating how many ml’s each container held.  They even began to measure in...

Wood you believe it? A gift from the National Trust!

We would like to say a huge thank you to Helen McDonald who works for the National Trust as Head Ranger at Gibside. I contacted Helen as I had spotted some fantastic logs being chopped down at Gibside and I thought to myself how much the children would enjoy them in...

Golden Time Hotel Building

During this weeks Golden Time a group of children built two hotels for mini beasts in the KS1 garden area.  They worked together collecting a variety of materials.  They worked extremely hard using excellent communication skills and team work.  Great fun was had by...

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