Winter


Academic Year 2018 - 2019

17th January 2019

Today was a blue sky, freezing cold kind of day - the perfect day to tackle a spot of gardening and enjoy the freedom of being outside.  It was so lovely to be back in the school garden - the birds were singing, the winter sun was shining through the trees and everybody was so eager & happy to tackle the first of the winter jobs:

  • adding woodchip to the paths
  • watering the flower boxes
  • weaving a bird habitat
  • moving bundles of Willow

We also had time to admire our wonderful new 'Bird Watching' area in the polytunnel - we now have windows!  We discussed the types of things we'd lke to do in our newly created 'Willow Dome' and enjoyed hearing about all of the exciting plans we have for the outdoor area this year - it's going to be amazing!

Prior to going in, the children enjoyed a freshly toasted crumpet from the campfire and went back to class with huge smiles on their faces!

      

Team Bleak Hill

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24th January 2019

Did you know that swans are vegetarian?  That is just one of the fascinating bird facts that we learnt today!  The children did some super work making bird feeders and filling up our brand new feeders.  We also managed to tackle a record number of other jobs too:

  • planting 2 apple trees & a pear tree
  • putting up a net screen in the new bird watching area
  • weaving a fence out of willow
  • planting garlic & onion bulbs
  • lining the paths with woodchip

We ended the session by snacking on delicious pancakes and sharing a variety of stories - another super productive afternoon, amazing!

       

Team Bleak Hill

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7th February 2019

Our new bird feeding station is coming on a treat!  We hammered some more posts into the ground today and started work on weaving a willow dead hedge - you won't believe how much we managed to do in a couple of hours, amazing what lots of enthusiastic helpers can achieve!

We also managed to:

  • transfer some soil into a couple of the raised beds
  • shift bundles of willow up to the outdoor classroom
  • barrow woodchip to the paths on the woodland walk

As always, we ended our session on a high by sampling some home made campfire bread, delicious!

      

Team Bleak Hill

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14th February 2019

We rocked teamwork today! Children from different year groups worked together to complete a variety of jobs in the garden this afternnon.  The weather was perfect, the birds were singing, the children were smiling and the feeling of Spring filled the air.

We divided our jobs into the following areas:

  • outdoor classroom dead hedge
  • bird feeding dead hedge
  • adding chicken manure to the raised beds
  • decorating some Muscari pots for sale to our families on the school run

In addition, we explored our contiunously expanding woodland area (which is looking better and better each week), we sampled some crumpets straight from the campfire, and enjoyed the freedom of being outside - amazing!

      

Team Bleak Hill

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Academic Year 2017 - 2018

11th January 2018

2nd week of January and we're back to it in the school garden! This week we explored a variety of seeds: pumpkin, burdock, peas, beetroot, coconut, acorn, conkers, sweetcorn and sunflowers.

We then used some popcorn seeds to make a rather large batch of popcorn and swilled it down with a gulp of fresh coconut milk!

What a fabulous way to spend a wintery afternoon.

     

Team Bleak Hill

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18th January 2018

It's not every day that you pretend to have a bill like a bird!  We used pliers, chopsticks and spoons to see how difficult / easy it was to pick up a variety of foods: marshmallows, noodles, seeds, jelly laces and rice.  The children had a great time doing this and found it to be a little challenging in places.

We listened to a number of bird calls and had fun guessing which bird we thought was talking to us!  We then turned our hands to making some bird feeders, whilst munching on some dried banana chips and jelly laces!

A great afternoon was had by all!

      

Team Bleak Hill

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25th January 2018

Another brilliant afternoon in the school gardens for YR5.  This week the children got hands-on with a variety of tasks in order to prepare the gardens for Spring.  

We got our creative hats on and made some bird feeders out of card, peanut putter and seeds - genius!  So simple, yet mega effective for our wildlife & environment.

We topped the day off by sampling some delicious homemade 'Leek & Potato' soup - even better that the leeks came straight out of the garden!

       

Team Bleak Hill

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1st February 2018

A perfect wintery afternoon - clear blue skies and a rather chilly wind!  Today we tackled a variety of different tasks:

  • Bug hunting with magnifying glasses
  • Decorating plant pots
  • Identifying different types of twigs & leaves

The highlight of the afternoon was making campfire bread and eating it straight from the smoking fire!

      

Team Bleak Hill

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8th February 2018

One potato, two potato, three potato, four ..... Today was all about potatoes!  We explored the different types of pototoes that are available, completed a short quiz & wordsearch and tackled a couple of winter jobs.

As usual, we ended the afternoon with a delicious snack - toasted potato cakes with a layer of delicious butter!

The children really enjoyed their afternoon - we feel so proud that we are able to offer this incredible outdoor learning resource every week.

      

Team Bleak Hill

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22nd February 2018

This week YR3 had the opportunity to come outside and plant an apple tree in the school garden.  They did a wonderful job and thoroughly enjoyed rolling their sleeves up and getting stuck in!

The big question is: "When will the first apple be ready?" ...... answers on a postcard, please!

    

Team Bleak Hill

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1st March 2018

Can it really get any colder?  It was far too cold to go outside today, so we transformed one of the classrooms and got to work.  We made our own paper pots and planted some broad beans & mixed salad leaves, which are now on the window sill in our classroom.

Our 'light bite' was a delicious cup of homemade pea soup - perfect for such a cold day!

    

Team Bleak Hill

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8th March 2018

This week YR5 have enjoyed tackling a variety of jobs: planting onion sets, securing the compost heap, spreading woodchip on the outdoor classroom floor, clearing the window boxes and watering.

At one point during the afternoon, everybody closed their eyes and listened carefully to the different bird sounds - a truly peaceful moment.  You'd be amazed at how many different types could be heard.

We ended the session by tucking into toasted crumpets & potato cakes - aren't we lucky!

       

Team Bleak Hill

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15th March 2018

Another wonderful afternoon in the school garden!  This week we got to work on turning beds, planting peas, clearing window boxes, making bird feeders, adding woodchip to the pathways and much more!

Our snack this week was one to write home about - baked potatoes straight from the fire!  Safe to say they were very popular indeed, especially with some butter on them!

      

Team Bleak Hill 

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Contact the School

Bleak Hill Primary School

Hamilton Road, Windle, St Helens
Merseyside WA10 6HG

Main Contact: Mr I Wellens

Tel: 01744 678190
bleakhill@sthelens.org.uk