Spring is Here!

Year 1 have been busy looking out for signs of spring on our school site.


We spotted that the pretty yellow daffodils are starting to grow and the leaves are returning on the bare branches. We even spotted a ladybird too!

Planting Viola Flowers!

The KS1 Hub children have been busy today re-planting Viola flowers.

We needed lots of equipment for the planting;

  •  Trowels
  •  Flower pots
  •  Compost
  •  Gardening gloves

First we filled the flower pot until it was around 3/4 full.


Then we used our fingers to make a hole in the middle for the flower.

Next, we gently pulled the flower from it’s old pot using our hands to break up the roots a little and popped it into the hole we had made.

Finally, we added more compost around the edges and patted it down.

We can’t wait to see them in the wellies!

How to Make a Worm Habitat!

Tim has been very busy with Miss Whitton building his very own worm habitat!
First he needed to add a layer of soil and then a layer sand. He kept adding the soil and the sand until the habitat was 3/4 full.
Next he had to find some worms for their new home!
Then Tim added some worm food – this can be many different things like banana skins, apple cores or simply just leaves.
After that, Tim needed to water the soil. He must do this daily to make sure it stays moist.
After a few days the worms will have mixed up the layers, and you should be able to see where they have been burrowing.
We can’t wait to see!

Forest School Fun!

This week in Forest School we enjoyed the story Room on the Broom. We searched for suitable magic wands and broomsticks that we could use to act out the story ourselves in the woods. We even made a magic potion just like the witch did at the end of the story! And of course we enjoyed warming up with some hot chocolate afterwards.

Tree Planting Fun

Last week we worked with Woodland Trust to plant trees on our school field. Everyone got to plant their own tree as part of the project and some of our parents even joined in with the fun too! This will eventually create our own forest! It was a bit muddy but we had lots of fun!

Mud Monsters!

Some year twos have had a creative and messy morning making mud monsters using our woodland area in school today. We had to get our hands dirty to mould and shape the sticky mud into faces to create our monster design. We then used natural materials for eyes, mouths and hair for a finishing touch. Check out our gruesome creatures!

After giving our hands a good scrub, we then enjoyed hot chocolate and biscuits thanks to Miss Farrah! What a great start to our Friday!



Woodland Project Part 2: First Planting

To was a very exciting and historic day for Christopher Pickering as we finally began to plant our woodland. The day started with some of our amazing parents coming down to help. They got to pant some trees with their children which was wonderful and very kindly stayed to help others. Then, throughout the day, children from Y6-Y1 all planted a tree in our woodland areas. Also planted was our orchard near the 5/6 MUGA and a new plantation of oak trees along the back of the field.

Many thanks to staff, parents and children for a lovely day. Special thanks to our Y6 helpers who worked with our Y1 children to help them plant their trees. A thank you Andy and Sarah for your guidance, expertise and patience in helping us with this project!

This is as far as we can progress this year but we will keep you updated over the coming months (and decades!)

Sarah briefing adults on planting techniques!

Our first tree, a Hawthorn, being planted.

Lexi and her sister Emily

Evie and her brother Charlie

Alfie and his sister Frankie

Indianna and her sister Lacie


Woodland Project Part 1: Pre-planting

This morning saw the start of a new and exciting project to that children will work on over the next few years and hopefully decades: planting a forrest on our school field.

Working with the Woodland Trust and EYMS, we hope to plant a forest of 420 trees on our school field to create a forest school and, in the long term, alleviate flooding on the school field.

This project is a huge undertaking and something that will take years to accomplish. However, things got started today when Andy and Sarah came in to deliver some pre-planting sessions with our Y6 children. The children undertook some geography field work recording the different species of trees on the school grounds, their size and approximate age. They also learnt about seed dispersal and seasonal changes.

Andy delivering an outdoor session

Identifying tree species by their leaf types

Looking through our legs to measure the trees

Calculating the approximate age (Number of handspans X handspan (cm) divided by 2.5) 

KS2 HUB Trip to Pickering Park Community Orchard

We had a lovely morning at Pickering Park Community Orchard. The sun was shining when we were met by Yvette who works at the orchard.

We got to taste three varieties of apple that are grown at the orchard – they were all delicious. We saw all of the bee hives and learnt how important they are in the pollination process and are the reason we have apples every year.

We used ‘Apple Wizards’ to collect all of the fallen apples from the ground and then we got to try the freshly pressed apple juice!

We picked apples from the trees and were allowed to take some home. A fabulous morning and well worth a trip!

KS2 HUB Trip to Country Park

On Wednesday 26th September we went to the Country Park in Hessle for a sensory walk. We found lots of things such as sticks, conkers and lots of colouful leaves. We walked through the quiet, dark wood and thought of lots of adjectives to describe what we could see and how we felt.

We all had a lovely time!