Outdoor Learning

October 2021- Autumn

This half term 4D, 3C, 6GA, 1C and 2H have enjoyed time outside.  We always have den gear, bug hunting kit, binoculars, books and ID cards, craft materials, games to play.

1C and 3C did some weeks looking at mapwork and starting orienteering then did some Forest School weeks. 1C are getting better at dressing quickly, putting on waterproofs and wellies when needed- all important independent skills. 3C have played lots of listening games and activities.

4D did some Stone Age fabric dying with blackberries and have been great at independent learning- den-building and working as small teams.  They are the class who had most people ready each week, wearing their FS clothes.  Well done that class!

2H found treasure in the woods to support their Little Red Riding Hood topic, they planted bulbs and sorted seeds.

6GA have had the most choice in their activities and have been learning to accept responsibility for deciding on their task and respecting resources.  They have been really creative thinking about Halloween crafts.

All classes have looked at the plants, fruit and veg in our school garden.  We had tomatoes, courgettes, a tiny pumpkin, pears, plums and apples to look at.  We have sorted seeds for next year, planted some daffodil bulbs in the playground planters.

Everyone has had the chance to use tools such as palm or hand drills, loppers and scissors.  There has been lots of creativity with clay, wool, sticks, cones and conkers.  One lovely boy brought in a huge bag full of conkers for us all to use in our sessions.  Thankyou!

The great news is that each class will get a chance to do a second series of Forest School sessions, later in the school year.

In Autumn 2- 1H, 2W, 3H, 4S and 5W will have their turn at Forest school.

We have had to throw out some old wellies this half term.

If you have any that you could donate to school please send them in.

Thankyou for you continued support.

Ms Byram



June 2021- Summer is here

Over the last term every class that hadn't had Forest School sessions earlier in the year (due to Covid restrictions) made it out into the woodland.  6G and 3H came out in Summer half-term 1,  2W,  3D, 4S, 4A and reception in Summer half-term 2.

We have been blessed with great weather.  Every class that has come out has had breathing space to play, build dens, make crafts mindfully, catch bugs and start using tools. Thankyou to all families for sending children in with the right clothing, hats and suncream.

Every class in school has a pot of painted-lady caterpillars

Have a look at this video to see what will happen.

Painted lady butterfly life-cycle

Reception and Year 1 havehad  duck eggs hatching.

Have a look at this video to see what will happen.

Ducklings hatching

I've had lots of help with the garden and planters from many children, especially 5W.  We have weeded; laid new paths; planted bedding plants, lavendar, tomatoes, courgettes, a pumpkin and strawberries donated by Fadi's Dad in Reception.  Hopefully we can pick some veg before the end of the year and dig up the potatoes in Reception/ Nursery.

There are lots of videos below that you can use to carry on Outdoor Learning if you are inside for a few days.

Enjoy your summer!

Ms Byram


March 2021-  Happy Spring!  The clocks have changed so we all have longer daylight to play outside in the evenings.

In the 4 weeks we have been back in school class 1C and 5C have had outdoor sessions.  We have been planting flower seeds, finding minibeasts and den building and learning new games and team games.

Just before Easter the Reception children planted some potatoes.  Have a look at the photos above.  Some children thought they didn't like potatoes but then they realised that potatoes can be used to make chips and crisps!

If you want to grow your own potatoes- just get an old potato from Mum or Dad (ask first!) and put it in the soil about 10cm deep, cover the leaves with more soil as it grows.  It takes about 12 weeks for them to grow under the soil, then dig them up.

We hope to grow lots more after Easter when the last frosty nights are over.

Enjoy the warmer weather everyone.

Ms Byram


Jan 2021

I hope you will still go out for a daily walk or spend some time in your garden in this third lockdown.  It will cheer everyone up and keeyou fit.  If it snowed near you take a look at the animal track spotter sheet below.  You might see people, cat, dog, bird, fox, squirrel or hedgehog tracks locally and in larger spaces like parks you might see badger or deer tracks.  Its fun working out who made footprints on the ground, was it a child, woman or man who made the prints? did they have  a dog with them? were they running? do you think their feet are smaller or larger than yours?

What a busy end it was to 2020!  Nursery, Reception, Year 5 and Year 6 planted over 100 trees in the last 2 weeks of term.  Well done!  We planted hedging- Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Crab Apple, Dogwood and Dog Rose and we also planted some Oak, Hazel, Rowan and Silver birch on the school field.  We hope they will help to dry the ground, making it less boggy and make the area usable all year round for the children.

Check out the tree information sheets below.


Thankyou to all the parents and carers who have reminded their children to wear old warm clothes and bring their uniform in a bag- it speeds up getting ready so we have more time outside learning and having fun.smiley

We have bought a whole new set of waterproof trousers and dungarees to replace our worn out ones,  We have also bought some larger wellies to avoid sharing as we continue to quarantine waterproofs and wellies that are borrowed during this time of Covid 19.

Get your hats and gloves ready and enjoy time in the woods in 2021!

Ms Byram


PS.  All the earlier videos are still available...

Check out the Stone Age Outdoor Learning Experience video- Year 4 Autumn term

Conkers and bramble videos to help you identify them.

Do you like Harry Potter?- make a wand, a mobile or a God's eye using sticks and wool.  See the videos below.

Do you keep spotting new flowers, insects, birds and trees when you're out?  With your parents permission you could try the inaturalist app- you take a photo of the plant, bird, tree or animal, send it to the app and it'll suggest what it might be.  There's also a link to Wildlife watch identification pages below- do you have a bee buzzing round your garden?  Look at the bee sheet and discover what kind it is.

PS Here are some apps and links to find out about things you might see or hear outside...

To see ladybirds grow up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws_D5nXOAJg

To see the frog life cycle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmlaclb3K2o 

An intro to the inaturalisapp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xENz1xRu0wI 

A link about identifying insects, birds, plants and allsorts of things! https://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/spotting-sheets

A link about birdsong  https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/bird-songs/

An app to help you spot trees https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/british-trees/tree-id-app/

A link to help you spot butterflies  https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife/identify-garden-butterflies

A fun quiz about insects https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/quiz/animals-and-nature/take-insects-quiz/

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Crosslee Primary School

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Manchester, M9 6TG

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