Category: Learning Zone

Science Nature Detectives


We became science nature detectives at our outdoor learning.

In our groups we went on a hunt looking for native trees, animals, plants and birds. We had some fab discussions about how to group trees in to deciduous and coniferous, highlighting the different leaves.


Extending and supporting our understanding of chronologically we started to look at the book Belonging by Jeannie Baker.

This prompted some amazing conversations as the children found the different views from the window and decided between them, using the clues in the images, how they needed to be placed to show a chronological order.


Salt Dough Ammonites

Messy but fun!

As part of today’s outdoor learning we made our own salt dough so that we could sculpt our own ammonites.

Look at our salt dough ammonites

Science – Investigating Superhero Materials


In science we have been investigating Super-Hero materials so we can create a new cape for Supertato.   First, we wanted to discover which material would keep our potatoes dry.

We then investigated which material would keep him warm by wrapping hot jacket potatoes in foil, bubblewrap, fur, nylon and tissue. After an hour we used a thermometer to test the temperature. The children correctly guessed that the fur would keep him warmest.


Keeping Dry & Warm


Our topic this term is "Do all Superheroes wear capes?"

We have been reading the Supertato books and we are keeping our eyes out for the Evil Pea!

The children really enjoyed creating Supertato characters from real potatoes.


Look at our Supertato Characters

Superhero Plumber Visit

Real Life Superheroes

As part of our learning on real life Superheroes we had James who is a Plumber come to visit.

He explained his job to the children and showed his equipment.

The children were thrilled to explore the pipes and were really engaged in connecting them.


Superhero Nurse Visit

Superheroes who don't wear capes

We have been learning about real life super heroes who don’t wear capes at school.

Charlotte kindly volunteered to visit as she is a nurse.  She brought lots of equipment for us to explore.

The children asked lots of great questions and really enjoyed putting bandages on.

Mary Anning

This term Kingfisher class will be investigating the life and works of Mary Anning

During outdoor learning we had ten picture clues to find that would tell us what our topic was.   These clues were all things that had happened in Mary Anning’s life.  We placed these around the (unlit) fire circle and walked around talking to our class mates to see if we could work it out from individual pictures.

There were some amazing discussions and linking  of shared ideas during this time. We discussed each one and shared why they may link. One child was quick to recognise that it may be Mary Anning that we were going to investigate.

The children then worked in pairs and used twigs to create images of dinosaur skeleton fossils found by Mary Anning.

Kingfishers Outdoor Learning Beach Day

The Disgusting Sandwich

Our English focus this last part of term has been on the book ‘The Disgusting Sandwich’.   The children have started the process of creating their own version of the story.  They went for a walk as part of our outdoor learning with a fairy cake to photograph all the disgusting things that could happen in their story ‘The Disgusting Fairy Cake’.

Lots of lovely inspiration to write.

Outdoor Learning

Dragons in class time

As part of our very exciting topic on dragons Mrs Mackenzie’s friend Dr Hilda Haddock sent us some pictures to look at.  The children spent 5 minutes at each table discussing what they thought was real, what could be fake and why, some decided they would like them as pets, we linked the dragons to our pesky class dragon who keeps moving and to Toothless from How to train your dragon.

The conversations were excellent and the language and reciprocity shown by the children was amazing.  They all took the time to listen to their friends and took on board each other’s thoughts and opinions.   We are using the dragons to inspire us with our watercolour painting, building dragons out of different hinges as well as writing about them.  The children have made homes for the dragon using our tuff tray bits as well as changes our fairy garden into a dragon garden.


They are having a fabulous time

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