Mrs Thomson, our Year 3 teacher, is leading our school in achieving the Green Tree Gold Award this year, having successfully led us in our achievement of the Silver award last year. This term she led a whole school ‘Nature Day’ which involved the children going on a walk around the locality of our school equipped with ‘spotter sheets’ to help them to identify different species of native trees, particularly focusing on leaf shape & colour, seeds and berries. Each class was also given responsibility for tidying one of the raised beds in our school playground, as well as planting spring bulbs and winter flowering pansies. Children from each class also had to produce a piece of artwork of an animal (owl, badger, hedgehog and squirrel) using only natural materials and plan a short presentation on one of the following topics: Why do some leaves change colour in autumn? Which birds migrate to warmer climates in our winter months? Which of our native animals hibernate in winter? Which berries/seeds are edible and which are not?

The day culminated in a ‘Nature Day’ quiz in the afternoon which involved the whole school. The children and staff really enjoyed this outdoor learning experience and have requested that this become an annual event with similar nature days also being held in both spring and summer terms too. We also launched an Autumn Photography competition which challenged the children to go outdoors during the autumn half-term holiday and find a view of the natural world which best summed up this beautiful season. Whether at the park, in a woodland or having fun in any green, outdoor space, the children were encouraged to take a camera with them and record a unique photograph of nature. A winner was selected, Sophie K in Y6 for her aptly named ‘Mellow Yellow’ photograph (see below). The winning entry will form part of the evidence to be submitted to the Woodland Trust to help our school achieve the Gold Award.

 The winning photograph taken by Sophie K, Y6.

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