We have finished off the term with a brilliant outdoor learning week. Although the weather this week has not been especially kind to us, we have managed to have each class outside for at least part of every day which is no mean feat given how hard the rain has been at times! On Monday I think nearly all classes were outside nearly all of the time with every inch of outdoor space being used which was fantastic. The children have taken part in all sorts of different activities, most making use of our amazing school grounds. There has been pond dipping, orienteering, den building and gardening happening as well as activities led by visitors to the school. We welcomed staff from Shared Earth and the Carymoor Environmental Centre onto the site to work with the children as we continue to develop their understanding of and appreciation for our planet. Each year group also had a ‘wheely day’ when they were invited to bring their bikes and scooters to school for a session of riding on the playground around specially designed tracks and circuits. Each class also had an extended session using the recently installed Playpod which they all enjoyed enormously. The Playpod is stocked by the Scrapstore with a wide variety of (clean and safe) waste materials from different businesses and industries, such as keyboards, fabric, boxes, suitcases, foam pieces and cable wheels. It is amazing to see the use the children put these materials to and the levels of teamwork and creativity they display when they are using them. To end the week we have invited parents to come and see what has been going on. The children will be showing them all around the school site to tell them about the different activities they have taken part in throughout the week.