We strive to bring learning to life through real, hands on, memorable learning experiences, constantly aiming for exciting teaching and irresistible learning.
Here are some of our enriching learning days and events that have taken place so far this year.
Into the woods…
Year 2 were very lucky on Monday to go into the woods and help John and Matthew coppice some trees and then build wigwams to protect the new shoots from deer. We also enjoyed tree climbing, den building, marshmallow toasting and bug hunting. What a fantastic day!
We know that we all learn best when we a genuine purpose and meaning to our learning experiences; Year 6 had just that when they were given the challenge to work out which sugar beet fields Euston Estate needed to harvest first.
Check out the rich Maths skills being put to great use, along with the amazing opportunity to develop greater understanding of factors which affect plant growth, different soil types, map reading skills and some good old physical graft!
Across the school we have been busy finding out all about our current theme of learning
'On a dark, dark night...'
Last Tuesday, the whole school gathered to listen to Paul Stancliffe, an expert from the British Trust of Ornithology. Everyone was mesmerised as Paul shared his knowledge and fascinating information about owls. Did you know... that long eared owls will make their nest in a basket?
After having a chance to ask Paul lots of brilliant questions, including:
Do ringed owls grow out of their leg rings?
Why do female barn owls have speckles on the feathers?
Do long eared owls take over a nest if it has eggs in?
Ask any of the children if you would like to know the answer to any of the above.
The final question: What do owls eat? Led to an afternoon of deep, memorable learning.
Throughout the school, children worked in pairs to dissect owl pellets.
The rich learning skills were evident as children, planned, predicted, analysed, researched, identified and summarised their findings.
Have a look at some of the pictures below.
Here is a little snapshot of conversation heard during the learning experience:
"I think this is a bottom jaw. (Partner replies) Well it must have a top jaw as it would have eaten the animal all at once. Let's keep looking. There is lots of these spoon bones (uses identification chart), no they are pelvis bones. It's here a bottom jaw!" Both children work together to place them on top of another and declare it a full skull from a shrew.
Our learning theme of 'Castles' culminated in our very own medieval banquet in the village hall! Each child was involved in preparing food for the feast, with each class taking to the stage to entertain the audience of children and parents, with rhymes, riddles,dances and musical performances. Our very own jesters had the crowds in the fits of laughter!