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Tree Party


Over the last few weeks the keyworker children and staff have been working towards gaining the last 2 points needed for our Platinum Green Trees award.


On Monday afternoon we held a 'Tree party'.  We decorated our tree with bunting and sparkly wind socks, made tree shaped biscuits and picked strawberries to make strawberry smoothies.  We have been looking after the plants and trees, that are looking amazing at the moment, weeding Mrs Morris' garden and planting new seeds in the vegetable gardens and pots.


Lets hope we have done enough to gain this amazing award!!

Spring 2020


The weather has played havoc with our outdoor learning since Christmas, with high winds, freezing temperatures and torrential rain making it almost impossible for us to get outside as much as we would like.  However, we are determined to crack on with some serious projects during Spring 2 term.


The first of our projects is with a year 5 group who aim to clear up the reception out door fencing and work to replace it.  We will also be planning an area for and building our new outdoor learning store as soon as the ground is dry enough.


Our year 3 and 4 gardeners have begun clearing Mrs Morris' memorial garden and are hoping to repair the fencing and add some gates.


Year 1 and 2 will be learning all about plants this half term.  We started by investigating how we know something is growing.  We looked at new buds on trees and plants in the ground. We talked about where plants come from (seeds, bulbs, cuttings) and even touched on seed dispersal with the year 2 group whilst having a close look at a pine cone!


We will update the page with photos as these projects progress. 



Spring Term - Year 5 Projects and Gardening Teams.

Greentrees Activities - January 2020


Mrs Wilton and her outdoor learning groups have been working hard to achieve the next 15 points needed for the Platinum Greentrees Award!  We submitted some work before Christmas about trees and plants that grow around our school and the wildlife that lives in them.  We were awarded with 10 points!!!


We have also just submitted evidence of recycling within school and our Tree Champion Superheroes which we are hoping will give us another 3 points.  It will then be a case of waiting for the weather to improve a little, before we can carry out the next activity that will give us our final 2 points and the Platinum Award.


We have added some photos of the amazing work the group did on our Tree Champion Superheroes to the website below.



Outdoor Learning - Tree Champions Jan 2020

Enrichment 2019


On Thursday afternoon, a group of children selected Outdoor Learning as their enrichment activity.  


We had a lovely afternoon learning about fire safety and how to light and maintain a fire.  We made campfire bread, toasted marshmallows and drank hot chocolate.


As you can see from our photos we had the best time!!

Compassionate Schools Award Prize


As you may remember, a number of children from KS2 took part in a compassionate schools competition this time last year.  As a result of the work we did with the Foals and Horses charity and in connection with the RSPCA we were awarded a £50 voucher (which we have spent on outdoor learning resources) and a years subscription to the RSPCA magazine.  These have been received and distributed across school for the children to enjoy.


Press release - Green Trees Gold Award

Year 3 - Making Jam (Stone age topic curriculum links

Outdoor Learning Autumn 2018


Our outdoor learning at St James' is underway!  We have had great fun so far making dinosaur enclosures, using natural materials for printing, creating nature portraits, gardening with Mrs Mansell and visiting Foals and Horses to see how charities look after animals.


A huge thank you to the PTFA, who helped to provide us with 60 sets of waterproofs to ensure our learning isn't hindered by the weather.  Year 4 have already tested them out and stayed lovely and dry.


There are lots more fantastic learning activities planned for the rest of this term.


Please make sure your children have wellies in school to enable our outdoor learning to take place no matter what the weather. 


Our SKATs focus has been to be a resourceful learner through

  • Planning and creating
  • Using the environment
  • explaining my thinking

Outdoor Learning Autumn 2

This half term Mrs Wilton has been working with various classes on subjects linked to the curriculum.  Year 1 investigated how the wind blows and linked their work to the creation of kites.  Year 2 used the story of 'Leaf Man' to investigate Autumn, creating poetry based on the colours, sights and sounds of the season.   Year 3 have been investigating the skeleton and the job that it does.  Year 6 have been busy creating maps of St James' grave yard including many of the war graves they have been learning about.




Out Door Learning Autumn 2

Spring 1


This half term, Mrs Wilton and Mrs Mansell have been working with groups of children from KS1 and Reception class.  We have been looking at gross motor skills and building up core strength through a number of outdoor learning activities.  These have incuded: raking, digging, sieving, climbing, balancing and large mark making in the snow.





Gross Motor Skills and Core Strength

Sping 2


Our outdoor learning groups having been making the most of the sunshine.  We have enjoyed gardening, bug hunting, weaving rainbows into Mrs Morris' garden and looking at what indicates the beginning of spring in nature.

Outdoor Learning Sping 2 - Enjoying the sunshine

Green Tree Schools Award - Our free Hedgerow plants have arrived and there are loads!!!!!