Pupils at Whitby's Stakesby Primary Academy are full of the joys of spring
Pupils at Stakesby Primary Academy are full of the joys of spring!
The warmer weather has meant rapid changes through the school grounds which the children have been exploring in their weekly Forest School lessons and as part of the science and geography curriculum.
Nursery and Reception pupils have been looking after the sunflowers they planted a few months ago, noting and discussing the changes over time, and helping to provide environments to ensure they grow into strong, healthy plants.
Pupils in Key Stage 1 have been enjoying checking on the school’s pond to watch the frogspawn hatch into tadpoles as part of their learning around lifecycles and seasonal change.
They have also been investigating the various species found in the school grounds and have loved using classification grids to determine what they have found.
The children in Key Stage 2 have been building shelters using resources available in the school wood, and have been testing them out to see whether or not they are waterproof.
Needless to say, there have been some wet clothes!
The school’s oldest pupils have also been practising their fire-making skills in order to toast marshmallows, and have enjoyed making hot chocolate in the kelly kettles.
Gardening Night at Tea Time Club is a proving to be an incredibly popular weekly event, and the pupils have been ensuring that the school’s flowerbeds are fit for a spot on Gardener’s World!
So far, the green-fingered crew have planted bulbs and seeds, weeded the borders and existing beds, and made bird feeders to encourage more wildlife onto the grounds.
Plans are now afoot to build a scarecrow together to ensure that any new seedlings aren’t eaten by the seagulls.
Learning inside the classrooms at Stakesby has been centered on exploring and comparing different faiths: the pupils have been discovering what it means to be Jewish, Sikh and Hindu – and how the lives of those who follow these faiths compare to their own.
One of the classrooms was even turned into a gurdwara so that pupils could experience a Sikh langar.
The chapattis that many children tried for the first time were a huge hit!