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Summer 2

We are looking for guinea pig sitters for the summer holidays. Please talk to Mrs Walker if you would like to look after our cute guinea pigs.

We are experimenting with the water run, trying o make it go faster!

Story time in the forest with Reception class

Year 2 Nature Art


On a wet June day the Gardening Club is sheltering in the poly-tunnel with a cup of mint tea to warm up.

We have a new guinea pig called Fudge. Our ex-pupil Sophie has given it to us as a present. Thank you very much Sophie from all of us in Victoria Primary.

Candy seems happy too, It must be nice having a new friend to play with.

Year 2- The topic this half-term is Plants. We have been looking closely at different kinds of leaves and flowers in our garden.


Year 4 We are learning about food chain and different habitats.

The Beekeeper Visit

Penny the beekeeper told us about the importance of bees in our food chain and suggested different ways of improving our grounds to make them more bee - friendly.


Honey tasting

Year 1 has made some clay fish as a part of the Under the Sea topic


Summer 1

Year 4 made a shelter which Reception class tested.

We harvested rhubarb leaves. We will sell them during the Gardening Club

Year 1 are learning new stories. This week w read"The Stone Soup"

Everyone made up a different recipe for their soup

Enjoying a story under the plum tree


Reception class made some butterflies in Forest School

Year 4 trip to Arkwright Community Gardens

We have learned about different activities and services that the gardens offer to people who live in the Meadows area.


Reception class is looking for mini-beasts

Year 1 children are hammering sticks in for the new fences

Spring 2

Spring flowers in our garden

Can you name them?

Daffodil Crocus Bergenia Cherry blossom


Charlie has made a necklace using elder tree wood.

Year 4 are learning about the state of different materials. We are using bicarbonate of soda to create gas and make fizzy potions.

We also had an unexpected visit from out of space. The aliens deposited some frozen eggs in our garden. Some eggs were good and needed preserving and some were dangerous and had to be destroyed. We worked together to melt or insulate the eggs.

Reception class working in Gruffalo Cafe. What's on the menu; scrambled fox or owl ice cream?

Year 1 is preparing the soil and sowing the seeds in our flower bed.

Our guinea pig is always popular

Year 4 children practising their skills in whittling.

Fantastic mobile Amari

We made a mini pond with Mr Waker to ensure our frogs have a safe place to lay their eggs


Magical creatures

Year 2 are being creative making troll

He has a long nose, shaggy hair and a long tail. He is a perfect Troll!


Gruffalo hunt with Reception class

We made some Gruffalo scary faces

..and look what we found

Spring 1

The first spring flowers in our garden -snowdrops.


Reception classes made some people using sticks , stones and other materials

We had a visitor in the Forest School

A skeleton!

Using sticks, stones and seeds we made our own skeleton.

It was a cold day in the Forest School. We found lots of ice in different containers. This piece was a perfect circle!

Year 4 are learning about India

We made some Rangoli patterns using natural materials

We practised archery inspired by the story of Rama and Sita

Autumn 2

We have new benches in Forest School. An early Christmas present!

Reception classes made stickmen to help them to retell their favourite story


The members of the Gardening Club made some musical instruments and sang "Jingle bells" round the Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree for birds and animals in the garden

Here we go round our Christmas tree....

Guinea Pigs monitors are selling Christmas Cards to raise some funds

Year 2 We have been learning about fire safety. Our topic this term is Fire of London.


Year 4 Greek Mini Olympics!

The Olympic torch was lit!

The chariot race

The long jump

The javelin and discus throw

The skipping and bean bag tossing

The best Olympians wore the laurel wreaths


Forest School Club made some vegetable babies :)

The story of Rama and Sita. Year 1 children are watching the puppet show

Everyone wanted to be as good as Rama at archery.

Identifying where different animals live. Year 2 are having an animal treasure hunt.

Autumn 1

Our guinea pigs have a new drinking water bottle. Thank you Oskar!

We have 3 new fish to look after in Forest School

Year 2 are learning about different animals.

We saw snake skin and the dry body of a frog.

We compared the size of different beetles


More magnificent medicines from Year 4.

This time we used vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to make the solution fizz.

We added some food colouring and magic glitter.

We have brand new Guinea Pig monitors this term.

The Gardening Club is planting flowers and bulbs for the winter and spring display..


Reception class is going for a Bear Hunt.

We found 6 bears hiding in the woods.


Outdoor art and maths. We used 10 of different natural materials to create our masterpieces.

Unexpected addition to our art work!


Year 1 - we are reinforcing our phonics. "G" is our sound today; "g" for guinea pigs.

The Gardening Club is getting ready for our Harvest Festival.

Mrs Bradford has lent the scarecrow her jacket. Will she ever get it back?


The Nursery children liked our Harvest display

George could make his marvellous medicine and so can we.

Everyone's potion has magic powers!

Year 4 - testing our "wind turbines".

Year 1 - reinforcing phonics in Forest School "Guinea pigs giggling g,g,g"

The community working day in our garden.

Wild art- we made shapes and patterns using natural materials

We made some streamers and tested them on a windy day.

Reception Class is exploring the garden and forest

Who can strip the willow leaves first?

We made some leaf and stone patterns

Summer Activities

Our annual WAFFLE PARTY was a big success. We made £589 !

Thank you to all volunteers for their help

Even our local policemen heard about the Waffle Party and came to taste some


Year 3 are learning about the Stone Age people.

We are making clay carving and painting like the ones found in caves.

We were learning how the Stone Age people hunted

Year 2 We learned how to transport water and experimented with different material to check which ones can be carried by the water the fastest.

Reception Children are acting out the story of Percy the Park Keeper after we read it together.

We set up a stall to sell some of the produce from our garden to our parents,

Look at our new fantastic garden beds!

A big thank you to Miss Mousley and her partner who have donated their time to take away the old planting beds and install the new ones.

RSPB activities for KS1 and Early Years. We looked at different habitats and creatures living in our outdoor area.

We are studying plants; their parts and functions


transplanting small plants

Transplanting tomatoes with our expert volunteer Krystyna

growing seeds in mini "greenhouses"

We can study closely all parts of this baby pumpkin

growing cress seeds

Edible plants: mint tea, chives and cress which we have grown

Harvesting rhubarb leaves ( we can eat only stems not leaves)

Using plants as decoration

relaxing with a book

Out of school club in the garden

School Council popped in to Forest School for a cup of mint tea.

We also discussed activities we enjoy most and ideas we might have for our future lessons.

First warm day in the garden. The spring is on its way.

Teachers from different schools met in our school garden to learn new skills and exchange ideas.

We have been learning about different kinds of birds and animals that lay eggs and build nests.


We had a go at constructing nests ourselves.

Then we worked in groups to find some eggs hidden in the garden to fill our nests.

We counted the eggs. We needed to know if the other group was better than us!

We were all winners as we all got a sweet treat at the end!

Before Easter you could have a photo taken and help us raise funds for the food for our guinea pigs. We made £8. Thank you for your donations!



We are learning about the importance of earthworms for our environment.

We have studied the information about the worms habitat and life cycle.

We know what important role they play to keep our garden soil healthy and fertile.

We found lots of worms in our soil. That proves how well we look after our environment.

We measured some worms to check what was the average size of worm for our garden


Creativity and Cooperation

Reception and Year 3 working together to make a Bog Baby puppet using a range of natural materials.

We created a whole "school" of Bog Babies

We climbed up the hill and we could all feel out of breath and our hearts beating much faster

We were learning how to stay safe around the fire.

KS 2 outdoor activities

​​Trust and confidence building exercises

Year 2 were learning abut foods which come from the rain forest and compared them to foods which we grow in our school garden

Celebrating Chinese New Year with the love story illustrated by the willow pattern on a plate.

We found a willow tree in our garden.

Maybe there is a story to be found here too?


Year 4 and 5 were making 2D shapes using willow branches.

The shapes will be used by the Nursery and Reception children during the Shape Hunt next week.

Reception classes were learning about the properties of ice.

We had to rescue some spiders trapped in ice.

Year 2 were learning about the Great Fire of London.

In Forest School we were learning about the dangers and responsibilities when making a fire.

We also roasted some marshmallows. Yummy!

Autumn and Winter Activities

Year 2,3,4,5 and 6 took part in the RSPB outreach project. We were learning about our environment and how our school grounds can support wildlife.

Making decorations for the school Christmas Fair

Team and trust building activities

Making Christmas decorations

Studying snails with Nursery

Forest School art

Year 3 and 4 activities.

We are learning to use tools; hammers, peelers and tent pegs

Nursery children.

Looking after guinea pigs

Harvesting carrots for carrot cake.

More Year 3 and 4 activities

Reception Class -making Stickmen

A small visitor. Can you spot it?

After School Forest Club

Year 2 - Learning about fire

Selling Christmas Cards

Lunch time Guinea Pigs monitors



Reception went on a bear hunt!

We use different tools

Our guinea pigs are very friendly and cuddly

Team work is dream work!

Who can reach higher?

Our hearts were beating fast after a run down the field


We are learning about different animals and habitats

YEAR 3/4

Learning new skills- whittling the willow sticks

Using mallets

Preparing our Harvest Festival display

Highlights 2016/2017

Harvesting Tomatoes

Our New Guinea Pigs- Munchy and Candy

Learning About Local Heroes- Archery

Story Time In The Garden

Clay Modeling

Harvesting Autumn Vegetables

Using Tools To Whittle Wood

Christmas in the Garden

Easter Fundraising

Spring in the Garden- Planting Potatoes

Outdoor Art

Learning About Minibeasts

Green Day

End of School Waffle Party- Fundraising for Outdoor Classroom

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