Learning in the School Grounds

Independent Exploration

Children enjoy using their outdoor learning equipment to explore the natural environment during their lunch time if they choose. They are excited to build and extend upon the skills they have been taught previously.

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Investigating Biodiversity

Children were able to assess the biodiversity of the school grounds by using identification guides to investigate the trees and plants currently in our immediate environment. Children extended the biodiversity of the school by making wild flower seed bombs and dispersing them around the school grounds.

As each class in the school is named after a species of tree, we are buying an example of each species so the children have the opportunity to look after them and watch them grow before planting them in the school grounds. Not only will they then have a diverse selection of trees to explore, investigate and interact with but they will also be able to watch them grow over the years.

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Looking for Insects

Children undertook a range of bug hunting activities using sweep nets, quadrants and a variety of pouters and magnifying equipment to identify and classify insects in the school grounds.

Earlier this year, the Essex Wildlife Trust visited year 4 and they discussed wildlife conservation and its importance. They then spent the morning building a fabulous “Bug Hotel”, thinking about their perfect wants and needs. The children were incredibly proud of what they have achieved and feel they have created something that bugs will be queuing up to stay in!

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During the same activity, children from across the school learnt to use a range of tools. They removed an area of grass and then went on to plant a nectar border in order to extend the biodiversity of the wildlife area.


Encouraging Wildlife

Science club has looked at ways to encourage a range of wildlife into the school grounds. Children used the computers to research habitat needs to a range of British wildlife. They then checked the provision for wildlife and found ways to improve it. Children build a mini pond, added leaves to the hedgehog house, cleaned out bird houses and made bird feeders.

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Investigating Shadows

Children used our outdoor area to investigate the effects of the time of day on shadow length and direction. Children used the playground markings to help them. All children stood on the red circle and measured the length of their shadows at different points in the day.

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Mission X

Year 3 children are taking part in the Mission X programme, collaborated with Tim Peake, to understand space expedition. This links to their topic of ‘All about me’, during which they have explored keeping healthy. Children have undertaken PE lessons outside in linked to gravity, strengthening bones and muscles and improving fitness. This learning links their understanding of science topics in the classroom.

Rocket Launch

Teachers from the Lower Academy came to Greensted Junior School to develop science links. Children in all year groups were able to design and build rockets that were then launched.

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Geography Week

During geography week children took the concepts that they had learn in lessons and were able to represent them independently. The children compared time zones around the world, recreated maps and used diagrams to represent land mass across the World in a visual way!

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Children have used the new vegetable garden to learn about growing foods. Children then had the opportunity to harvest, prepare and eat the vegetables as part of a Roman banquet.

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In the classroom children learnt about the layers of the Earth and the importance of soil. They set up an investigation to study how worms are involved in making compost. They then released the worms and the compost onto the wildlife border in order to boost the plants growth.

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