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Welly Wednesday at Castletown Primary

by Pennyland Primary

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31 January, 2018

Creating our Polli:Nation flower bed in May 2017

For the past eight years the pupils in P2/3 and P5/6 at Castletown Primary, have paired up, on a weekly basis, to use the outdoors as a valuable learning environment. Usually our sessions are held within the school grounds but we have also utilised our wider local area; the beach, the forest and even a neighbour’s garden! Since we have been part of the Polli:Nation project we have focused on improving areas of our grounds for pollinating insects and plants. Every pupil in the school has taken part in creating new habitats – a flower bed, the pond, planting hedges and shrubs, and creating a propagator for the kidney vetch plant which is a feed plant for the special

small blue butterfly.         

Buddying up is a very productive and valuable means to deliver outcomes from all areas of the curriculum in an interdisciplinary way. In particular, many Health and Well-being Experiences and Outcomes are covered as the older children rise to the challenge of taking on responsibility for a younger child and discovering new learning together in a fun way.

Pupils build their social skills and develop positive relationships with children from a different age group. They learn to assess risk and take care of each other and the environment.

With help from the Polli:Nation team – Marina, our local Ranger, and Toni, our cluster’s Polli:Nation facilitator, our buddy sessions have included nature studies, gardening, science activities, maths, orienteering/mapping, playground games, art and other creative activities and many, many more experiences!

We hope our local wildlife gets as much out of Welly Wednesdays as we do.

 

 

 

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