Monthly Archives: February 2015

Bookings Now Being Taken…

Either through email to lead coach, Mark Evans or by letter to Mrs Clawson, bookings are now being taken.

Riding in close proximity in preparation for cyclo-cross racing.

Riding in close proximity in preparation for cyclo-cross racing.

These sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings alternating weekly between Rothwell Recreation Ground and Kettering Buccleuch Academy Sports Pavilion, Kettering.

These sessions will be totally FREE and booking in advance to reserve your place is essential. The first session will begin on Tuesday 7th April at 7 – 8pm in Rothwell.

All ages welcome 7-17 inclusive. Our sessions will be designed for fun and fitness and will focus on cycling skills with all abilities catered for.

1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at Rothwell Recreation Ground, Well Lane, Rothwell.

2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at Kettering Buccleuch Academy, Weekly Glebe, Kettering.

All riders must bring a serviceable mountain or CX bike (that fits), a helmet, suitable clothing and a drink. Parents will be asked to sign a consent form also outlining any medical considerations.

Please note that the purpose of our sessions is to develop fitness, bike handling skills and above all enjoyment of cycling in a safe traffic free environment.

Due to time constraints we are operating an email booking only service via the club Youth Development Officer Mark Evans. (For those without an email service see booking details below).

Book your place by emailing

For those with no email service please send your name and contact details to the Eco-Schools Coordinator at Brambleside Community Primary School, Cleveland Avenue, Kettering NN16 9NZ



Non-stop Action At Our New Outdoors Workbench

The new outdoors bench has been well and truly tested out this week as excited children learn how to use the new weather station instruments and start logging the first lot of weather data.


Learning How To Use A Hand Held Anemometer to measure wind speed.


Now we know what 2.9 km/h wind feels like on our faces!


Learning how to use an ipad to draw our weather charts.

Year 6 also enjoyed learning without fear of making a mess in a Science lesson where they were learning about the different ways mixtures of materials can be separated. P1110312 P1110308 P1110306

The Gardening Club Starts Back Next Week

The School Garden plans will soon be underway with the return of the gardening club next Monday at 3.15pm until 4.15pm.  Please collect your children from The Link door at the back of the school (next to the large green shipping container).

Children will need wellingtons and warm outdoors clothing for this term.  This is a free club but donations of plants and seeds are always appreciated.

The dates for this term are as follows: Monday: 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd March.

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A new outdoor learning space for the Top Playground

Discover! Invent! Explore! Experiment! Create! The list of things to do is endless after the broken seating in the top playground pergola has been replaced by a very sturdy and spacious work bench.  A huge thanks to the generous and helpful staff at Gibbs & Dandy in Kettering for their advice and greatly reduced bill for the materials to make this woodwork possible.

All the work was undertaken by volunteer helper Andrew Clawson who returned to school in his holidays to build this bench and repair the gates in the garden he landscaped and built up several years ago.



Thank You Kettering Gibbs & Dandy for sponsoring our outdoor work bench.




Waiting for Spring – The newly repaired gates and plots are all ready for The Term 4 gardening Club.


Keeping Warm – Year 6 Investigates…

Cold weather has inspired Year 6 to find the material which is best for conserving heat in a cup of hot water.  Learning to read temperatures and time accurately and plotting cooling curves on graph paper.  too tedious for some though – the data loggers proved to be far more reliable and by far the simplest way of recording the temperature over time.  We look forward to analysing our results for newspaper, bubble wrap and tin foil next week.P1100986 P1100989 P1100990 P1100999 P1110036 P1110038

Bring Back The Birds!

Learning how to weigh and calculate the capacity of different containers for a worthy cause…That’s the focus of this term’s outdoors learning lessons.  Children will be monitoring their own seed containers, conducting surveys and searching for patterns in their results to try and attract more wild birds into the school grounds.

Many thanks to Hugh Shrive from Chase Farm in Brigstock for his very informative talk about the animals and birds found on his farm.  It was fascinating to hear about how his arable crops are made into many products including oil, diesel, biscuits and cakes.   After learning about the eating habits of a wide range of birds on Hugh’s farm and how they rely on insects for their survival it soon became clear to the children that different creatures depend so closely on each other for their survival and that nature is one enormous food web.  This visit has given us lots of new ideas to improve our school gardens to attract more wildlife.  We are really looking  forward to Hugh’s return in May to help us sow different wildflower seeds, as the flowers’ nectar is the source of ‘fuel’ for the pollinating insects in the Summer time.




Seeds – packed full of vitality for the wild birds!



Recycled fence-post bird feeding containers – inspired by the amazing display of wild birds in the main car park at Sherwood Forest in Nottingham – The home of The Great Oak.


Members of the Eco team keeping a watchful eye on the containers and visiting birds.

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