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Term 3 January 2020

Class 2 have taken inspiration from the RSPB's annual Big Bird Watch. Getting involved with events like this helps the children develop many things including :

🌿Connecting with nature 🌿 Using observation skills 🌿Patience 🌿Species recognition 

🌿Environmental impact and responsibility.

They looked closely at the amazing engineering involved in nest building and tried to make something similar. They thought about the size of the nest relative to the bird that they thought would live in it, the best place for it to built, considering weather conditions and predators. We also have a preserved bird that the children were fascinated by. It is only by studying nature closely that we can be really aware of how amazing it is, when we know something and are in awe of it, we are far more likely to look after it.

We spoke about there not being so much food around in the winter months and how important it is to help out our feathered friends by feeding them and making sure that there is enough water for them to drink. We stuffed pine cones with seeds and lard and hung them on a tree for the birds to eat. Our chickens loved them! 


Term 2 November 2019

Elves and the Shoemaker and Eco School Environmental Review


Learning about:

🍁 connecting with nature 🍁 observation skills 🍁 patience 🍁 creativity 🍁 focus 🍁 self-esteem 🍁 independence 🍁 communication 🍁 fine and gross motor skills 🍁 story telling 🍁 environmental awareness


Stanley Grove is preparing to apply for our bronze Eco Schools award and are undertaking an environmental review of the school to get a base to develop our school action plan. The children worked through a series of questions in the 10 topics that Eco School covers.


Class 2 have been reading the ‘Elves and the Shoemaker’ in class. Have you ever wondered where the Elves went to after they were given their new clothes by the Shoemaker and his wife? Well, the children created beautiful homes, dance halls, aquariums, gardens and all manner of places for the Elves to visit in their finery. Take a look at some of them.

Where will the Elves visit?
This is a dance hall and aquarium.
Such creativity and concentration.
So beautiful.
I want to visit here too!
So many adventures, now it’s time for a rest.

Term 1 October 2019

Lovely Leaves, Fascinating Fungus and Pretty Patterns.

Learning about:

🍁connecting with nature 🍁 patterns 🍁assessing and managing risk 🍁being active 🍁developing creativity and imagination 🍁problem solving 🍁 cooperation 🍁plants


There are so many beautiful things to discover and explore outside. The children donned waterproof trousers and wellies so that the rain wouldn’t “stop play” and we put up a shelter to provide us with some cover during the occasional down pours. We went over the rules that we need to keep us all safe outside and ‘Spun the Wheel’ to see what we could have in mind to think about when we were outside. Today it was ‘being grateful’. We always start our sessions with a time of silent gratitude practice. Once we had taken this time to thankful for all the wonderful things we have, we were off!

The children were very excited with what they found and took lots of photographs.  They really enjoyed finding nature treasures that matched the colour of their clothes. They came up with lots of inventive ideas for what the different types of fungus looked like. One child made a simply stunning ‘Halloween Tree’ and a couple of boys made up a game, “Where’s Wormy?” They took a photo of the worm house they made and took the game back into class. The prize for finding the worm was a piece of a gummy worm. Splitting the gummy worms was a delicious fractions session!

Taking things to ‘base camp’.
What could we hold in in thoughts today?
Our shelter is waterproof.
“Where’s Wormy?”
The Game!
Comparing shades.
Graduated colour.
Similar tones.
“Shines stripes.”
How long!?
“A fairy hat”
“It’s a Halloween Tree.”
‘Marshmallow’ fungus.
‘Fairy Forest’
“Can you see the face?”

Term 6 July 2019


We seem to be working our way through the elements in our outdoor sessions. This time we explored water. In our ‘gratitude circle’, that we always start our sessions with, lots of the children were grateful that they have clean water.  They were grateful that we have enough water in this country, that we can even play with it sometimes, because, for so many people in the world, water is too precious to spill even a drop. We are very fortunate indeed to live in this country.


We explored water by:

  • adding washing up liquid to it to make bubble snakes,
  • making water courses to transport water and have boat’ races,
  • adding herbs and rose petals to it to make perfume and potions,
  • using it to paint with and see how quickly the hot air evaporated the water marks
  • playing with frozen water and trying to melt water balls with salt water and heat to get the treasure inside
  • making environmentally friendly origami paper water bombs - and using them! 
  • Oo, and when you’re playing with water in the summer, sometimes you just have to chill out in a hammock.

Excellent fun.

As ever, there were so many learning opportunities in ‘playing’ in this way, from science to problem solving, teamwork, being creative, persistence and having lots of fun outside. We are blessed indeed.

Herby perfume
Can you get the treasure out?
It’s harder than it looks
Ta dah!
Making bubble blowers. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Bubble snakes
Water courses
Origami water bombs
Or a plant pot, you choose!
Just chillin’ 😎

Term 5 April 2019


Class 2 are learning about the Great Fire of London this half term and so we linked this to our outdoor session.

The children made Tudor style houses with which to recreate Pudding Lane where the Great Fire started. They filled them with materials such as wood and straw that would have been in the real houses, making them even more flammable. They learned about the 'Fire Triangle', fire safety and different ways fires can be extinguished.  We made a human chain, as they might have done in the past, to transport water to the fire; it was hard, heavy work and not very effective.

When the fire was started, we tried to save some of the houses but the fire spread too quickly and all was lost.

We spent a long time discussing the importance of being absolutely sure that fires are completely out before leaving them and the possibility of 'reignition'. We decided that charcoal was the original face paint and did a little body art! 

Collecting sticks for the houses.
Recreating Pudding Lane.
Pudding Lane
Up in flames!
Human water chain.
Can we save any of it?
Charcoal, the original body paint.

Term 4 March 2019

Keep Britain Tidy’s Big School  clean is almost upon us so class 2 have spent some time thinking about the impact of litter on our world. They were very knowledgeable about the impact of litter on wildlife. We spoke about what we do with our waste and talked about recycling, reusing things and reducing the amount of waste we produce.  Some children have challenged themselves to try and keep the same reusable water bottle until they leave our school. They also thought about bringing a snack that they had made at home like flapjack or cheesey bread sticks, rather than something in a non-biodegradable wrapper. Happy baking everyone!   We spoke of landfill sites and how we might run out of space if we don’t reduce the amount of rubbish going in it and decided to build our own. The children searched our grounds to find a piece of biodegradable and non biodegradable litter, then dug a hole and put them in. We will dig them back up next year and see what, if anything, has gone. While we were digging we found a couple of pieces of pottery that Edward thought was probably from around the time of the war when he believes the school field was part of a farm. 

Sorting biodegradable and non-biodegradable litter
Digging our landfill site.
Good-bye or See you later?
Until next year!

Term 3 January 2019

Class 2 have taken inspiration from the RSPB's annual Big Bird Watch. Getting involved with events like this helps the children develop many things including :

🌿Connecting with nature 🌿 Using observation skills 🌿Patience 🌿Species recognition 

🌿Environmental impact and responsibility.

They looked closely at the amazing engineering involved in nest building and tried to make something similar. They thought about: the size of the nest relative to the bird that they thought would live in it, the best place for it to built considering weather conditions and predators. The children didn’t think that it would be safe for birds to nest on the ground in this area because foxes could eat them, but they were interested to learn that there are ground nesting birds in some areas where there are fewer or no natural predators.

We found some beautiful nature treasures when we were out and hung up some fat balls that had been made in Breakfast Club to feed the hungry birds. Our birthday girl wore a sparkly ice crown until it gently melted in the sunshine. Lovely times.

Term 2 November 2018

For our outdoor sessions this half term, Class 2 had the task of planting the bulbs that we received from Bulbs4Kids. This is a company based in the Netherlands that provides bulbs, trowels and information booklets to children. Through this activity we were learning about:


  • connecting with nature
  • seasons
  • bulbs, their different parts and what they need to grow
  • ecosystems
  • being active
  • maths - measuring and estimating depth
  • using tools safely


Bulbs are fascinating.
Preparing the ground.
Oo, this one is twins!
Working hard to get the job done.
Team work.
We need to dig some more!
“If we add water,  it’s easier to dig.”
“I’ve found some beautiful rocks.”

Term 1 September 2018

Lovely Leaves, Fascinating Fungus and Pretty Patterns. There are so many beautiful things to discover and explore outside. The children donned waterproof trousers and wellies so that the rain wouldn’t “stop play”.  We went over the rules that we need to keep us all safe outside and then they were off.  The children were very excited with what they found and took lots of photographs.  As ever with outdoor learning, the children developed the adult initiated ideas and demonstrated fabulous creativity, problem solving, focus and engagement. They really are inspiring, 

Lovely Leaves.
Look at the veins and changing colour.
“They’re all different colours and shapes.”
Fascinating Fungus.
Lots of different types.
“This one looks like a fairies ball gown.
Pretty patterns are everywhere!
“How old was this tree when it was cut down?
Stars, flowers  inside apples!
And berries.
”Swirly and sparkly.”
This little creature made ........
.... this incredible pattern while having a meal.
A seed pod wrapped in spiders web.
A heart shaped conker casing.
“You can see the hooks on this, Miss.”
‘Trees’ on the inside of a conker shell.
Outer, middle, inside.
“I’m squeezing apples and making juice!”
“Welcome to our shop.”
“I’ve made conker soup.”
Making apple juice.
Look at all the beautiful things we found.

Term 5 May 2018

The rain has stopped and we have started planting, yeah! The children did a stirling  job of planting out some trees that had been waiting patiently in pots around the school site. We  planted a Royal Oak and wondered how big it will be when they leave Stanley Grove.

At the beginning of the session we played a cooperation game. The children stood holding hands in a circle and they had to work together to get a hoop all the way around the circle without letting go of their hands. When they had worked out how to do it, we tried it again in silence so they had to use different skills to work together and they thought about which way was the most effective.

It was fascinating to see how the children interacted with each other and they were able to explain what had gone well and why, and what they had to do as a group to make things even better.

Working cooperatively
It can be tricky sometimes
Using tools and beautifying our environment.
Focus, concentration
And lots of fun!

Term 4 March 2018

The focus for this years National Waste Week is food waste. We had a Food Waste Fact Hunt and found out some startling things. Did you know that in the U.K. families throw away about £700 worth of food every year! Also, it is believed that there will be more plastic (by weight) than fish in the sea by 2050.

We talked about what we could do to help this problem and then did a litter pick round our school. The children sorted it out into biodegradable waste that could be composted, recycleable waste that should be put in the recycling bin and litter that will end up in a land fill site. They then created their own landfill site so they can see first hand what will happen over time. We will dig it up next year to see what has happened to the things we put into it. 


Litter Fact Hunt.
Look what we found.
Creating our own landfill site.
Mixed up litter can’t be managed properly.
What will still be here after a year?
More landfill.
Some of class 2 at their land fill site.

February 2018.

Class 2 took inspiration from the RSPB annual Big Bird Watch and looked at birds.

How do birds weave these with only a beak?
We love binoculars.
Identifying different birds.
A make shift bird hide.
We also saw some beautiful fungus.
Another hide, another sighting.
These two found a quiet corner to watch for birds.
We could see nests clearly in the leafless trees.
This week we made woodcraft Christmas decorations. The children learned how to use hand tools safely, working within the safety 'blood bubble'.  They found parts of the making process quiet tricky but showed great resilience.  We have a saying to help us keep going when things get hard and we want to say,"I can't do it!"  We remember, "The power of 'yet." We say, " I can't do it -  yet." Everyone managed to create a beautiful decoration in the end. Well done!
Creative engineer at work.
Fixing the 'G' clamp.
Using the hand drill.
Some of the creations.
Very proud!
More woodcraft creations.
Ta dah!

The title of our session was, "What do we share our school with?"  

We started with a time of quiet so we could listen carefully to what we could hear around us and take a moment to be grateful for the wonderful world we live in.

We played a game called "What's my animal." We had to think about how we could describe them and thought about how to classify different creatures; birds, mammals, fish, insects, spiders and reptiles.  We had to think about what they eat, if they are awake in the day or night and where they live to help us guess them. This introduced words like herbivore and nocturnal, who knew playing games could be so educational!

We explored the site and shared interesting things we found.

Miller (the chicken) enjoying a little snack.
We share our school with each other.
And some of the most basic life forms!
Having a ride on the "see saw tree"
This looked like a snail but was a curled up worm.
We share our school with plants and trees.
And wood worm. They are beautiful artists!
The lowly worm.
We found some charcoal so had a little draw.
"What are these?"
The snail came out to say hello.
Trees beginning to grow.