Outdoor Learning

January 2021-  Happy Winter!

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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