We had such a brilliant day out to Groombridge Place. We caught the 291 bus to Groombridge and enjoyed looking out of the windows from the upper deck.
After a delicious picnic, we walked along the canal to the playground. Along the way, we saw two geese and a gosling, lots of sheep, deer and even a zonkey and a Shetland pony. We also saw lots and lots of wild flowers and wild garlic.
The playground was so much fun! Afterwards we watched the bird show and were lucky enough to see a step eagle, an Asian brown wood owl and a pair of black kites.
Afterwards we played hide and seek in the walled garden and looked for fish in the ornamental pond. After another snack and a little rest, we returned to Hartfield on the number 291 bus.
This week, Lilac Class finished off their topic, ‘Codebreakers’ with our very own Spy Day! We all came dressed in our best spy gear and brought in our home projects to present to the rest of the class. We had designed and written about our own spy gadgets in Literacy and brought them to life this week – well, as best we could, some of our ideas would take a lot more money and resources to actually build! Some of the gadgets we saw were spyglasses, spy pens, laser books, freeze-ray chocolate, USB credit cards and spike shoes. During the day, we learnt about the work of Alan Turing and others at Bletchley Park throughout World War 2 and even had a go at our own code breaking. We wrote descriptively about life at Bletchley Park based on some illustrations by an artist called Alex Leigh Whitworth and everyone created their very own secret spy names. I wonder if any of these amazing spies-in-training will end up working for Mi6 one day?
Bikeability is underpinned by the National Standard for cycle training and with a government-recognised set of principles it is an improved, updated and more relevant version of the old cycling proficiency scheme.
Delivered by professional instructors it aims to encourage participants to gain practical skills and an understanding of how to cycle on today’s roads.
This week, our lovely Year 5’s have been undertaking this training, exploring the local community and Forest Way to learn and practise their new skills.
This term Cherry Class’ topic is ‘Glorious Growing’. To immerse ourselves in all things botanical, yesterday we headed off to Wakehurst Place. Since we started this topic (last week!) Cherry Class have been particularly fascinated about seeds. Convenient then, that Wakehurst is home to the Milenium Seed Bank.
On arrival, we were led down through the Gardens to the Mansion House. Once inside, we were shown an image of a birthday party with lots of different food including popcorn, chocolate, cake, juice, and bread. We learnt that without plants we wouldn’t have any of these foods.
The next part of the day was the Amazing Seeds workshop. We got to see the largest seed in the world: the double coconut. It was huge! We compared it with the smallest seed in the world: the seed from an orchid. It was really hard to see. We then had the opportunity to engage with 4 different activities to discover seeds more closely. The children loved the opportunity to use microscopes to get a really close look at a variety of seeds.
“Carrot seeds are really spiky!” Tiago
We then embarked on the Tremendous Trees Trail discovering trees that live in the rainforest, trees as old as Dinosaurs (we learnt diplodocuses ate them!), trees whose seeds need wings to help them disperse and the thickest beech tree we have ever seen.
Once we had eaten lunch and had a well-deserved run and play on the mansion lawns, we had a go at some Ephemeral Art.; using natural objects collected from the ground to create im-ages of plants. The children were fantastic at working together to create some really beautiful pictures.
“I created a sunflower using pink petals.” Elodie
The impact of this trip can be shown through the knowledge gained through direct interaction with seeds and plants. The opportunity to compare a huge variety of seeds has given the children a strong foundation at the start of our learning into how plants grow and develop.
On our return to the classroom, as we continue to grow plants and develop our knowledge of plants, we will look at seeds with a new sense of awe and wonder.