Mallydams Visit 2018

Diamond Class have just got back from our residential visit to RSCPA Mallydams Wood.  Here are a few of the photos from our trip.  Please note that all of the following post has been written by the children themselves.

Mallydams is a fun, educational environment with lots to do.  Year 6 stayed for two nights.  The days were packed with activities such as: a hedgehog trail, den building, making a fire, badger watching, roasting marshmallows, surviving in the wild, bunny agility course, track and trail and the clay pit.

On our first day, we visited the clay pit. We made little hedgehogs and got some clay even onto our faces.  I enjoyed making my cute little hedgehog because it was messy and really smelly! My hedgehog had a pointy nose and spikes on its back made out of little twigs.  It was so good making the hedgehogs.

On our first night at Mallydams, we did a badger watch. We made them some food to eat so they would come (badgers have amazing noses).  Their food was made up of peanuts, dog biscuits and cat food.  We had to wait for a while patiently because badgers can get scared of humans.  On the badger watch, we managed to spot two badgers! Some people even managed to see foxes!

When we were at Mallydams, on Tuesday, we made leaf hats as part of our camouflage. We were told by Sam (our guide) that animals needed to camouflage to survive, so we all put face paint on and made hats.

Also, as part of survival, we built dens. We used big, wide sticks to build the structure and then added leafy twigs and sticks.  We even created sofas inside our den by using logs and laying our jumpers over to make them more comfy.

We found different types and sizes of wood and then took it in turns to build an upside-down fire.  Once we had lit the fire (with Vaseline wrapped in cotton wool on top of a shell), we roasted marshmallows.

On Tuesday, we roasted marshmallows and they tasted really good.  I loved the experience of baking it ourselves. The marshmallow I baked got burnt a bit but the inside was really creamy and delicious! We put the marshmallow that we baked in between two chocolate biscuits and I loved it so much.  It was great fun doing it with my friends!

We were holding skulls of different animals such as a horse, fox, rabbit, badger and swan.

After gathering for a group photo at the end of our visit, we went for a lovely nature walk back to the house to get ready to come back to school.

A very exciting letter…

In Year 4 this term, one of our Home Learning tasks was to write a letter to the Prime Minister about an environmental issue. Many of the children wrote moving and well thought out letters, but Emily went one step further. She decided to actually send her letter ( which raised the issue of bee conservation and protection) off to Downing Street. We were all excited to find that one of Theresa May’s Correspondence Officers actually wrote back!


An excited Emily reading her reply from Downing Street to the class.


In his reply, the Correspondence Officer thanked Emily for her letter, and informed her that he had passed it on the the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who will hopefully be able to respond to Emily’s letter with some suggestions for what we can do to combat the environmental issue she raised.



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Dates: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th June, 5th & 12th July 2018

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Bye Bye Butterflies

Our wonderful Caterpillars are all grown up and have emerged as beautiful Butterflies. We’ve released them into the wild now….







Nursery spring walk.

With the beautiful weather, the children in the nursery have taken the opportunity to spot the many flowers that are beginning to grow.

Year Five Enjoys Fencing Lesson!

Last Friday (11th May) all of the Year Fives had the opportunity to have a fencing lesson, run by two enthusiastic sports coach visitors. The children learnt new skills, including controlled footwork and tactics, as well as experiencing a new sport that they may not have considered trying before. Well done Year Five! AND thank you to the visiting sports coaches.

Amethyst’s second trip to the Jerwood Gallery.

As part of the curriculum in Year 3, the children and staff work alongside the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings on the Pearl of the Sea Project.  This is a year long project, the children visit the Gallery in term 1 and then term 3.  Both times they will work with a local artist.  Then in term 4 and 5 the children make their own work which is then displayed at the gallery in term 6.

The children looking at the 3d work of Guss Cummins.

Talking with our Artist, Sheridan Quigley.

Listening to Sheridan.

Taking in the art work around them and then making their own.

Trips wouldn’t be able to happen without our parents. Thank you.

Finally starting to make…

Reception go to the Farm!

What a great time we had at the Farm on Tuesday this week. The children loved the first hand experiences they gained of all the animals we have been learning about this term. Missing Jelly Bean the sheep already!

Tour of the Farm

Fun on the coach

Time for a tractor ride

Even Emerald Bear came along for the ride

Saying hello to the Alpacas

Coral’s Stunning Starter

On the first day of the Summer term, Coral completed a TASC (Thinking Actively in a Social Context) day. These days are designed to help the children to learn how to work better in groups and apply their knowledge of the wider world to their learning.

This time round the children were tasked with creating a structure from plastic bottles as part of our Caring for the Environment Learning Journey. As you can see from the images, the children had a lot of fun making their structures!


Kendal and Ella working on their playground.
The two groups from Birds table working on their raft and wall.
The class working wonderfully well together on their projects.