Caring for our Crops

Posted by brakefieldm on Monday May 16, 2016 Under Uncategorized

This morning, Bethan, Leo, Harry and Abigail helped out in the garden, taking care of our peas, planting some red onions and doing a spot of weeding. Unfortunately, some of our peas are not growing as well as we’d like. We think it’s because they haven’t had enough water, especially with some of the warm weather we’ve had recently.

The tomatoes and strawberries inside the classroom are looking very health, and the sunflowers are really beginning to grow now! Keep an eye out for more updates.

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Love A Tree Day

Posted by brakefieldm on Monday May 16, 2016 Under Uncategorized

In Willow Class, we celebrated by exploring the trees in our school grounds. We spotted some oak, ash and beech trees, to name just a few. We identified them using their leaves and a Leaf ID sheet to help.

 

Blog Question: What trees do you have at or near your home?

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Out into the Garden!

Posted by brakefieldm on Tuesday May 3, 2016 Under Uncategorized

As we enter May, we’re all hoping the frost is long behind us and the sunshine is here to stay. So today we planted our peas in the planters outside Willow Class, using twigs to support them as they grow. They are all labelled with our names, so if you have time please take a look. Be careful though as they are still young plants and could be fragile.

 

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Blog Question: What do you enjoy most about gardening?

 

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The Garden is Growing!

Posted by brakefieldm on Thursday Apr 28, 2016 Under Uncategorized

Our Willow Class indoor garden is growing and we have planted our latest plants. This time we’ve gone for tomatoes and strawberries in a pair of grow bags. We’re just hoping that they grow in time for us to sample them!

Next up, sunflowers!

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Blog Question: What would you like to grow in our class garden?

 

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We are Scientists!

Posted by brakefieldm on Wednesday Apr 27, 2016 Under Uncategorized

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Thanks to the Royal Microscopical Society, at GLPA we currently have 8 microscopes on loan until the end of the summer term. This afternoon, Willow Class were given an opportunity to use the microscopes to get a closer look at a number of everyday things, such as sand, sugar, flowers and even a wasp. There were a few ‘Wow!’ moments as the children saw the tiny details that the eye can’t normally see. In the coming weeks, we’ll continue to explore the microscopic world, focussing on our plants topic.

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Blog Question: What would you like to see under the microscope?

 

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Into the Garden…

Posted by brakefieldm on Monday Apr 25, 2016 Under Uncategorized

The Willow Class indoor garden is beginning to take shape and we have already begun to plant some vegetables. Today we began by each planting a pea shoot, which will eventually make their way outside to grow some big, juicy pea pods.

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Blog Question: Are you growing anything in your garden at home?

 

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A moment of reflection.

Posted by brakefieldm on Monday Apr 25, 2016 Under Uncategorized

In Willow Class this week we will be ending each day with a guided meditation session to help the children unwind from their busy day. This session will give the children the opportunity to reflect on the events of their day and leave their conscious thoughts behind for a quiet moment. For some, it might just be a chance to enjoy some peace and quiet, for others it might actually help them develop their concentration in the classroom and beyond. Either way, it’s a very beneficial experience for everyone involved.

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Blog Question: How does guided meditation make you feel?

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Cress Challenge Success!

Posted by brakefieldm on Monday Apr 18, 2016 Under Uncategorized

We’ve had a great first day of the summer term in Willow Class and found out all about what we’ve been up to in the holidays. Lots of us have been busy growing cress as well as other plants, such as tomatoes and strawberries. However, we were all wowed by Abigail, Daisy and Olivia Wood who brought pictures, books and writing all about their cress growing, with them to school this morning.

Abigail was rightfully proud of her efforts.

Abigail was rightfully proud of her efforts.

Abigail ate her cress with a delicious looking couscous dish.

Abigail ate her cress with a delicious looking couscous dish.

Daisy wasn't sure about the taste of cress but did well to grow it.

Daisy wasn’t sure about the taste of cress but did well to grow it.

Olivia used her ICT skills to create an amazing information book.

Olivia used her ICT skills to create an amazing information book.

 

Well done, girls! We all appreciated your efforts and especially enjoyed seeing your pictures.

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The Cress Challenge

Posted by brakefieldm on Sunday Apr 17, 2016 Under Uncategorized

Welcome back, Willow Class! I hope you all had a great holiday and are now ready for the summer term. I wonder how many of you have successfully completed the Cress Challenge set at the end of the spring term. Maybe someone helped you. Perhaps you began to grow other plants at home too. It’d be great to hear your stories on the class blog!

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Positive Post-It Day!

Posted by brakefieldm on Tuesday Mar 29, 2016 Under Uncategorized

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Today is Positive Post-It Day and what a welcome we all received this morning. Both staff and children have written a positive message on a post-it note to brighten up everyone’s day and remind us all how awesome we are.

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