Monthly Archives: January 2016

Collecting Seeds…



Thank you to all the Year 2 children who are busy searching for and bringing in unusual seeds to grow next term.  Seeds from exotic plants and special places will help make our Plant topic next term really exciting…




That’s ‘My Boy!’ – Year 2 Survey Dogs!..

Learning how to conduct a survey is so much more fun when a beautiful Labradoodle and his first born pup paid Year 2 a visit.  The children were very excited to meet the dogs and find out more about their favourite parks, toys, food and behaviour!

After learning how to record data from their surveys into a tally chart the children started to learn how to represent this information into a bar chart.  We discovered that information about the dogs toys, games, food and barking is so much easier to ‘read’ when its plotted into a bar chart.

We decided that a bar chart helps us to notice patterns or trends in data, it is so much easier to spot their favourite and least favourite things using the bar charts compared with a table of numbers.

Can you work out the dogs favourite food, toys and games from our bar charts below? What do they bark at?




Thank you so much for your fantastic and very memorable visit!

Underwater World

Bringing some of the pond water indoors to study the life cycle of different aquatic animals – that’s the plan!  If you have an idea for a living thing from a fresh water habitat reply below and we can share our research on this blog.

Year 2 plan to study the life cycle of the Triops for the rest of the term…


Our School Pond in January 2016


Our Science Champions folder is on the wall ready for your science investigation ideas, weather charts and records of observations through the seasons

shrimp life cycle

Year 2 hope to  compare the life cycle of a Triops to the Brine Shrimp


Euroepean Linking at Leicester University

It was a real honour to be invited to display key features of our Eco-Schools work undertaken at Brambleside School at a recent European Conference on sustainable education which was hosted at The School of Education, The University of Leicester.

Educators and teachers from all over Europe attended workshops, listened to inspiring keynote speaches and compared notes and discussed ideas to help promote sustainable education into our curriculum and in our classrooms.  If you would like to help make a difference to help care for our world you can learn more from

The Eco-Schools Pod or collect a form from the school Eco-board opposite the school hall to join the school eco team.





Let’s Work Scientifically!

The new changes in the national Primary Curriculum for science mean that children have a much greater opportunity to learn and work like scientists by learning how to plan and set up experiments and follow their own lines of enquiry.  There is now much greater scope to learn science creatively, through stories, drama and art.  The Nature Link/Library area of the school will be dedicated to this aim of  ‘working scientifically’.


If you have a scientific idea you would like to test to find out more about the world’s amazing chemical, biological and physical phenomena, post it in the ‘Science Champions’ folder for our future experiments.

The display will help you to learn about the 5 different methods to carry out investigations.  Which method will you choose for your investigation?

What do Brambleside birds like to eat?  Do the birds eat the food at night time? Children throughout the school are enjoying using the callibrated feeding containers to survey the birds. 600g of fat balls and 1200g of mixed bird seed and Nyger seed were put out on Monday 11th January.  We wonder how long it will take them to eat this, which birds visit most and which food do they prefer?  You can take part in the national RSPB ‘big bird watch’ by following the Big birdwatch link

How can we group the different animals?

There are so many questions you can have fun exploring scientifically, se the ‘Nature Link’ for more ideas…




The Circle of Life

Year 2 have been enjoying learning about a wide range of animal life cycles, from crocodiles to lady birds, they wanted to explore them all!


Its been fascinating to learn more about the animals who start their life in an egg and thinking of their habitat to discuss possible reasons why they have evolved this way.  We cant wait to set up the aquarium in the ‘Nature Link’ /library area of school, near the Foundation Stage,  to study the life cycle of some more aquatic life again this year.

Last year’s fascinating frog study.  See our past frog blogs for more information…


Cycling Fun With The Cyclones


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cyclonesuseThank you to all supporting an action packed day of off-road cycling on our doorstep, at the John Lowther Scout Centre on Glendon Road, Kettering which proved to be a very enjoyable event at the weekend.  A fantastic wooded venue for the young cyclists to practise their skills with regional cycling coach, Catherine Ruffley, and a larger challenging field for racing for the competitive.  More than 350 cyclists of all ages turned up from all over the region to support this Round 14 of the British Cycling Cyclo Cross league event.

The Cyclones welcome all riders from 7 to 17 years to their FREE weekly training, from beginners to confident riders, we have a growing number of coaches to cater for all abilities. For more details see the club calendar and poster below.  It’s not too late to join as some spaces are still available.  Leave a message for Mrs Clawson at the school office or contact Mark Evans, lead coach.