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Outdoor Learning

WEEK 5 GARDENING CLUB - No meeting this week due to staff changes.

Monday 22.03.21: Planting the potatoes we have been 'chitting; in Purple class. Which will grow the best? In a plastic bag or a metal pot?

Week 4 Gardening Club: Planting seeds and a sweet potato! Apparently you can grow a houseplant from a sweet potato. Just sit its bottom in water and watch it grow!

The children were all involved in assessments at gardening time this week so Mrs Roberts prepared some pots ready for sowing seeds and the children came and helped during their dinner hour (THANK YOU)


Purple class planted a huge tray of sweetcorn. 

Yellow class planted: sunflowers, pumpkins, squash and cauliflowers.

Hopefully after Easter we will see some new growth!


HABITATS: Purple class clearing the pond area of leaves after our class lesson about the pond and the creatures and plants who live in it.

Week 3 Gardening Group

Today we worked on the school garden.  Our first job was to plant some geraniums to cheer up the planters around the school.  The children were shown how to do this and then encouraged to do this on their own.

Our next job was to clear the strawberry bed, started on the herb bed and pruned the currant bushes.  The children found snails, millipedes, worms, woodlice ... and worked well taking the dead plant material to the compost bin and back.


WEEK 2 GARDENING CLUB - No meeting this week due to staff changes.

WELL BEING & NO SCREEN DAY (Friday 26th February 2021) Today we started to clear the Reflection Area of dead leaves and planted some trees / saplings into the patch of grass next to the rear yard exit.

YELLOW CLASS helped to plant a hedge of mixed evergreen and deciduous saplings at the side of the 'Quiet Area'. Here is a 'BEFORE' photo.

Here is what we did - and an AFTER photo.

Well Being and Screen Free Friday (Friday 26th February 2021)

We looked before and after, Mrs Baker had cleaned out the school pond.  We talked about why the pond needed cleaning, what was found living in the pond, the design of the pond and why it was different levels and why we were leaving the leaves on the side of the pond over the weekend. 

SPRING 2 (Tuesday 23rd February 2021)

Today we finally completed pruning and clearing the grass from the two hedges just around the early years yard.  I must say that the children have done a brilliant job and even though it has taken us three sessions to complete we have had no moans.

Super co-operation and teamwork shown by all.  Fantastic manners and consideration for others (including Mrs Roberts)

Look at all their hard work.  THANK YOU

Look what we grew! Rocket and broad beans

Week 4 (Tuesday 9th February 2021)

The weather conditions were still poor today. 

Ground frozen and covered in snow.  Forecast: Snow showers


Both classes set up experiments testing the best material for growing seeds in: cotton wool, paper towel and kitchen towel.

They also created a bean stalk viewer so they could see the growth of roots and stems through the side of the container.

Purple class planted rocket seeds and broad beans.

Yellow class planted basil, corriander, rocket and broad beans.

Week 4 (Cancelled due to torrential rain)

Week 3 Gardening Club

This week we continued the work from Week 1.  Purple and Yellow class worked very hard, pruning all the tall hedging plants, cutting up the sticks and clearing them away.  We talked as we worked about:

*how clearing the grass and leaves would mean that the shrubs would have more light and therefore grow stronger.  

*how thinning out the stems and making them shorter would mean that they would grow thicker and create a great habitat for birds, small mammals and various mini beasts.

Super conversation and team work.  Everyone working together.  The group could see the result of their hard work and should be very proud.  NEXT WEEK we will start on the Reflection Area.

Week 2 Gardening Club 2021 (19th January 2021)



Today we went out to look at the school raised beds even though it was pouring with rain.  The idea was so the children could understand that todays job involved 'planning'.

We looked at what was already there:

Bed 1 - Nursery / Flowers

Bed 2 - Key Stage 1 (Jade / Purple / Green Class)

Bed 3 - Key Stage 2 (Yellow / Orange / Red Class)

Bed 4 - Fruit Trees

Bed 5 - Herbs

Bed 6 - Fruit bushes and strawberries

Purple class were asked to think of something they wanted to grow in the KS1 bed that was not already there.  We discussed whether it was suitable - did it need to grow in a greenhouse (Grapes! Something that we may do in the future)?

The children decided on: sweetcorn / blueberries and broccoli.

Yellow class decided on: peas & cauliflower / sweetcorn * carrots for the KS2 bed.

Some great ideas for us to think about for the up and coming growing season.

THANK YOU for your help.


Week 1 (12th January 2021)

Today was our first session working together.  Our task was to start pruning and clearing underneath the hedge, we planted two years ago (this runs adjacent to the EYFS yard).

We started the session with a discussion about safety – clothing and tools. 

Great listening and sensible suggestions made.

Whilst working we discussed what/ why we were doing this job (to promote growth at the base of the hedge, reduce its height and therefore encourage more wildlife to use it).

FANTASTIC work - we managed to clear half of the hedge.



NURSERY - The children in morning nursery helped Mrs Roberts pick the delicious eating apples off our miniature fruit trees. We hade a visit from a robin. Can you spot him? We even ate the apples for our snack!

We have covered the beds to keep the soil warm and prevent weeds growing over the winter period. We will be working in small groups to cut back the herb and fruit beds in the next few weeks.

The end of the growing season 2020 - empty beds!

Autumn 2: Purple class have been learning about how to record the weather. We made a rain gauge. We also noticed that we have wind vanes out in the playground. These measure wind direction.

School Year 2020 - 2021

Autumn 2 (2019) Out of tiny acorns mighty oak trees grow! In the nursery today we collected acorns from an oak tree on the school playground. We took them back to nursery and all planted an acorn of our own. We gave them soil, water and will keep them warm. We hope they will start to grow soon!

We have had two beech trees donated by a local firm to the school as part of the scheme 'Gift a Tree'. At the moment we have bedded them into a temporary home but are thinking of where they might fit in our school garden. THANK YOU

New school year - 2019 to 2020. Today the nursery children went on an AUTUMN walk around our school grounds. We found lots of exciting natural materials. We found conkers, acorns, beech nut shells, sycamore seeds ...

End of term - today we picked all our broad beans, strawberries and red currants. Thank you Purple Class for all your help!

Produce from our 'Fruit' bed - black currants and strawberries.

July 2019 Today we started to think about cleaning out our school pond. Unfortunately it is covered in duck weed and algae so we made and added barley straw 'sausages' to the water. This acts as a natural algaecide and kills the algae.

Week 5 - THANK YOU to Mrs Taylor for putting up our new OUTSIDE LEARNING posters in the 'Quiet Area'. They look great. Have a look next time your passing.

They are based on the five senses.

Week 4 - Today we planted some beetroot and leeks during our Outside Learning lesson. We also took part in the Woodland Windows and Summer Spotter sheet activities.

THANK YOU for all your batteries. We have had one barrel collected and the next is over half full.

Introducing the new posters and information for the Quiet Area of our playground.  Mrs Roberts showed us the new resources that will be displayed in the Quiet Area.  We talked about why they had been chosen, where they would be displayed and how we should look after them.

The display boards are based around the five senses: SIGHT / HEARING / TOUCH / TASTE / SMELL

Morpeth Swifts celebrate their collaboration with Morpeth All Saints.

THANK YOU to Mr Sorrie. Our Swift boxes have arrived!

Our school vegetable beds are starting to produce ??? KS1 are growing broad beans and have also planted a 'green manure' so that we can feed the soil for next year. The fruit bed plants are going to give us a bumper crop of black currants and strawberries. All we need now is lots of sunshine to ripen the fruit!

24.05.19: Mr Sorrie came to school to tell us all about SWIFTs. We learnt lots of information. In the half term holidays Mr Sorrie will be fixing them to one of our school walls. Can you spot them?

May 2019 - Setting up Fungus Lab. In purple class we were given a kit to grow our own Fungus. Today we set up the mycelium and stored it in a dark, warm place for the next four weeks. We are hoping to grow our own mushrooms.

WIINERS of the Morpeth Market Competition. We had to design a postcard celebrating and welcoming people to visit Morpeth Market. Well done.

We have been given four 'swift' bird boxes to hang in our school grounds. We have painted them four different colours and painted two of them black, inside. We will hopefully be finding out if the colours make a difference - will the birds nest in a particular box? W e can't wait to find out. Thank you to Mr G. Sorrie for the kind donation. We will be having a school assembly on Friday 24th May to find out more. Watch this space!

We are collecting old baterries as part of a recycling challenge. All the children have taken home a small cardboard box to fill at home. Please bring them into school at the end of May so we can return them in our large battery!

Today in KS1 we went on MINI BEAST hunts in three different habitats around our school. Look what we found:

We completed the RSPB bird Watch today. Before we started we made our own bird hides.

KS1 took part in the BBC Live lesson today from Winter Watch. We learnt about: Living things and their habitats /Seasonal changes and adaptations and Ecosystems

INDIGO class have been learning the name of different birds and making their own bird feeders.

KS1 are taking part in the BIG SCHOOLS BIRD WATCH at the end of January. We started to learn how to identify birds and how WE need to behave to watch them!

Nursery used the story STICKMAN as a stimulus for creating their own stick pictures. Can you guess what they have made?

Red Class - The children used natural materials from the outdoor areas to make their own skeletons.