Monthly Archives: June 2017

Traditional Tales Themed Food and Farming

Learning more about food and farming by sharing ideas with other teachers in other places.  Linking with countries from all over Europe will be so exciting. It is the aim that children can share their ideas and compare their results with each other through use of modern technology or more traditionally by writing letters, which ever method of communication and collaboration that suits your school.

We are really keen to find out how many seeds that every child that takes part grows their chosen plant from ONLY 1 seed.  Encouraging care and the realisation that every single seed is important and they must learn to nurture and care for it in order for it to survive and thrive!

Farming seeds in different places and in different ways through a gardening/farming themed traditional fairy tale should be very interesting.

if you are keen to take part and join in with our outdoors global learning project in the new academic year 2017/18 ple\se contact .

Brambleside EC


Sharing ideas with teachers from Ukraine

Making Connections

Year 3 were very excited learning how to construct their first electrical circuits today.  After learning about the correct symbol to use in their circuit diagrams they very quickly mastered how to connect all the components together.  Generating cool air using the propeller was th top choice in the hot classroom followed very closely by the very noisy buzzers!

The Railway Children

What a great opportunity to celebrate and showcase the work of the brilliant engineers, George Stephenson, renowned as the ‘father of the railways’ and James Watt, inventor of the Watt steam engine.

Children in year 1 found out a lot more about the water cycle by passing around ice, fantastic for cooling us down in the heatwave we’re having, and observing a kettle boiling water!  It’s amazing what the inventors did with steam power!

Working Circuits! 

At last Year 4 have got their hands on the wires, batteries and components and started to explore their own working circuits.  We learnt that it’s very important not to short circuit the batteries by connecting the wires without any components attached, too much heat is generated.   Making the fans work to cool us down was a very popular choice on this VERY hot day!

After making the circuits we started to draw circuit diagrams using the recognised symbols.


Different Methods of Enquiry

Year 5 enjoyed puting their theory into practise today by following their own lines of enquiry in their new science teams.  All scientific questions were their own idea and the correct method of enquiry was followed.  From research, pattern seeking investigations, surveys, observation, exploration, problem-solving, classification and fair testing they all had a very busy fun filled scientific afternoon!

What not cereal? The Little Red Hen is very surprised to discover that pancakes are by far Brambleside School’s most popular breakfast choice.


Do children with bigger feet have longer legs?

Discovering that snails lay eggs in water that look like mini frogspawn.

The legs are growing at last! Year 1 will be very pleased after a 2 month wait!

FAIR TEST – does the size of the spinner affect the time it takes to land? We discovered the bigger the spinner the longer it takes to fall. The bigger wings create a greater air resistance which slows them down.

Researching the life of exotic birds all over the world was fascinating. The gestation period of a toucan is only 18 days- not 9 months like humans!

In a survey across the whole school Pizza is the most popular food choice at Brambleside school.

Gardening Team 4 Welcome Meryl

A great surprise visitor helped us get through a mountain of things to do tonight.  Meryl’s wealth of gardening experience really inspires us all.  From picking our beautiful strawberries and peas to weeding our 3 American Sisters (beans, sweetcorn and pumpkin) our first session of the term soon flew by.  

Meryl very kindly brought us along a very special Rose catalogue which we will use to pick a rambling rose to grow over our garden fence.  She taught us how to make a very good plant fertiliser from our comfrey plants and told us that Northamptonshire soil is perfect for roses because it’s got a lot of iron in it.  We also found out that dragonfly babies are called leatherbacks and eat many of our vegetable roots.

Planting lots of fragile and strongly scented basil seedlings around our tomatoes and sweetcorn plants was a very popular task.

Neat and Tidy

Week 2 found us spring cleaning the garden storage areas and weeding out plants that are taking over! 

Our plants need so much water to help them survive this heatwave.

Getting organised…

The Kamut wheat seeds are developing well.

Ash seeds are still on the tree from last Autumn.

Upgrading our bug hotel with some fresh straw. We wonder if that will attract any more living things?

Last year Mrs Smith’s pear tree produced its first 2 fruits. This year it looks so much more productive. young pears are appearing all over the branches. The insects have been very busy pollinators on the beautiful pear blossom we saw in Spring.

Plant Dectectives

How many plants can you name?  Year 1 were challenged to learn as many new plants and trees in the school garden as they could in their 30 minute challenge…

The results of our class survey clearly show strawberry plants at the top choice!

Onion plants looking very healthy

Broad beans with enormous pods full of seeds.

Lavender was a real favourite plant

Inspecting the ancient Kamut wheat – it looks so different to the UK wheat

We are so happy to see our wheat develop grain!

Strawberries ready to pick…