As part of a visit to a number of classes, Years 5 and 6 were lucky enough to receive a very interesting talk today from Gemma, who works locally for the RSPB. The topic: birds and their habitats; other creatures and their impact on birds; and finally the symbiotic relationship between people and animals.
Despite the weather, the children decamped to the playground and outside areas to survey the school's suitability as a home to our feathered friends.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given our semi-rural location, we scored very highly as a suitable home for lots of different types of animals. Before leaving, Gemma was able to impart some suggestions for how the school could become an even more hospitable site so keep an eye out for "bird friendly" projects in the future.
Our second trip to Carswell Farm was another great success. We spent the morning examining the relationship between soil, grass and milk as well as performing our own soil analysis. In the afternoon, we visited the five hundred cows at the dairy farm. We saw some brand new calves and the milking machines in action. It was brilliant to see the process first hand.
Thanks (again) to Mesdames Guyver, Sanders and Williams for being our parent helpers on the day.
This half term, Class 5 have had the opportunity to take their turn at Forest Schools sessions, which have taken place on Friday afternoons in the woods above the tennis courts in Noss Mayo.
The children have learned about plant and animals indigenous to the woods as well as practical skills such as knife and saw work. They have also studied a series of basic knots and have combined these skills to make chairs, tables, bow and arrows from wood.
With an emphasis on safety and fun combined, it's been a great way to end each week.
Heralding summer term's science based topics was the perfect end of term treat - a trip to Dartmoor Zoo. Children were able to get hands on with lizards and snakes in the new Education Centre as well as apply their learning on natural selection to design an animal would would escape extinction in a given scenario.
There was also plenty of opportunity to see lions, tigers, bears, wolves, the infamous lynx and a host of other animals in what was a great day enjoyed by all.
What better way to end the first week back in school than a spot of tennis on a sunny Friday afternoon?
Year 5 are getting to grips with stance, ball control and accuracy and are already enjoying the opportunity to have a good run around but also build on their previous skills.
Don't be surprised if there's a lot of interest in watching Wimbledon this year...
Children in Class 5 (along with Classes 3,4 and 6) had a fascinating talk from 2 of our local Lifeguards today. They learned all about how the organisation is funded, how much it costs to run annually and answered questions about the various flags and signs we see on our beaches.
After the talk had finished, they had the opportunity to inspect the van (see photos) and asked a number of very intelligent questions - including what safety procedures were in place to ensure that they don't run people over when driving on the beach! An excellent end to the day.