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Right Angle Hunt – Year 2

Year 2 have been learning about right angles. They know that these are where 2 lines meet and they measure 90 degrees.

The children made their own right angle catcher and enjoyed looking around our school grounds to find as many right angles as possible …

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Planting Sunflowers – Year 2

Year 2 were delighted this week when Mr Scannel came to help them plant some sunflower seeds …

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The children answered many maths questions linked to this…

  • How many sunflowers can we grow in this tray?
  • If we had 2 trays how many could we plant?
  • Can you estimate how far down we need to plant the seed?

Problem solving in the Garden – Year 2

Year 2 have been continuing to develop their addition skills and have worked with numbers that bridge through 10. The children began by using dienes blocks as a visual aid, they then moved to just using number.

Following this, the children were then able to solve some problems which all linked to problems in the garden …

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Young horticulturists – Year 3

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Our latest visit to the raised beds saw us plant a lot more things.  We planted lettuce, cauliflower, brocolli, lavender, peas and some herbs.  We read the planting instructions and then used our fingers to make sure we planted them far enough apart and in straight lines.  We found that the peas were different and needed to be planted in zig zags.

We are so lucky to have a water barrell next to the outdoor classroom or we would be making lots of journey’s back to the classroom to fill our watering cans!

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We have been extremely lucky to get a plant donation from Jack and Jo’s.  They gave us quite a few plants that needed a bit of extra care and attention and we thought that we were up to the challenge!  Thank you very much!

Year 3 – Green Fingers

We are so lucky here at St Mary and St Thomas Aquinas to have such beautiful gardens around our school. This term we have decided it’s time to grab our garden spades, pop our wellies on and get dirty! We have decided to get planting to see what we can grow. Unfortunately our raised beds looked untidy after the cold, wet winter and so we planned to dig them out and get weeding.

Our first week saw our mini gardeners work through the snow and rain to prepare the beds ready for planting.  The children were so keen and didn’t grumble at getting their hands dirty.

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The following week, we managed to garden in our shorts as the weather was absolutely glorious!  We needed to do a bit more weeding as the pesky weeds had started growing back.  A parent had kindly donated some onions, so Tony and us set about our first real planting experience with these.

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Creating Potions – Maths in the Garden – Year 4

Year 4 enjoyed making potions today in their outdoor learning session.

In our potions topic we have been looking at instructional writing as well as some weird and wonderful uses for different potions.

Today it was our turn to make potions from the natural resources we could find around school.

Mr Kennedy challenged us to make potions with the most unique smell and colour. We were given a list of things to include in our potions which all included mathematics vocabulary. We had to do lots of counting, measuring and calculating to get it correct!

We also had to think of what our potions would do if they were consumed!

There were some fantastic smells created by crushing the petals of the spring flowers. Interesting colours were made from the berries and fruit trees which are hidden away in our nature garden.

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