This week, we were joined by Gordon and we went to our pond to survey it and check the local environment. We filled the bird feeding stations and surveyed suitable areas to plant our bulbs. We now have new, stylish planters at the front of the school so we can reuse the old pots and planters for our bulbs.

Whilst at the pond, we discussed what might be living in it and then went wildlife trail exploring, spotting a trail running through the hedge, into the pond garden and out into the school meadow. Using clues, we decided that the most likely creature would be a fox. Gordon shared his wealth of knowledge about fox behaviour and the children happily joined in retelling their experiences of foxes in their own gardens.
We then spotted some woodlouse and learned that these have existed since prehistoric times. It was a gloriously, sunny day for learning outdoors!

An aMAZE-ing science club week 2! Written by Amelia A

Today, we started off by looking at our gummy bear investigation  we started last week. It was amazing to find out that salt water made the gummy bears shrink and sugar water made them grow doubly big!  The children explained the investigation to our two science ambassador helpers, Amelia and Maxwell.

Once everyone had looked at the results, they started making mazes out of paper straws. In their groups, they arranged the straws in a pattern on a tray and then stuck them down with masking tape. Some children made ramps, dead ends and even tunnels! We were joined by a Trinity School helper who supported us with sticking and designing. Next week, we are challenging other groups to have a go on our mazes. Mrs Casewell loves a challenge, so we have made the mazes very, very tricky for her.



This term we have a new eco-gardening club led by Mrs Casewell and our lovely, very knowledgeable volunteer, Gordon. We took a while to get going but when we did, we realised that we could achieve quite a lot in half an hour. We fed the birds, checked the bird boxes and began to weed and neaten up the reflection garden. The children talked about their gardens at home and discussed plans to plant vegetables in some of them. They are an eager group of green-fingered children with a passion for the environment. We will have so much fun this term.

We discussed where we might plant our 250 bulbs that we have been given and planned what actions needed to be taken next week.

Please remember to bring your Wellington boots and gloves, and make sure you are wrapped up warm as the weather will be turning chilly and we will be working outdoors the rest of the term. Photographs of our efforts to follow.


Science Club Term 2

Year 2 and 3 have an opportunity to attend science club this term. This week we were exploring ways to make a gummy bear grow. We are looking at the effects of different liquids on the size of the gummy bear and exploring the idea of osmosis.

The children, in their groups of 3, chose their gummy bears and set about their challenge to  grow the largest gummy bear by placing their bears in different liquids: water, salt water, sugar water, oil and vinegar.

The children predicted which liquid would work best.

“I think it will be the sugar water because the bears have sugar in them so we are adding more ingredients.”

 “I think the salt water will be the worst because salt makes you feel thirsty.”

We developed our knowledge of science equipment and skills in using syringes, measuring, and recording. We learnt the words  petri dish, syringe, control 

These are photographs of us working, selecting our own equipment and choosing the best way to record. Check back next week to see how much our bears  have grown.

Lauren St John visits St John’s

As you may recall, during our Drastic Plastic Week earlier in the year, a small team of children (supported by adult helpers) created the spectacularly colourful bird that later went on to win the competition. We welcomed Lauren St John to the our school on Monday and gratefully received our prize of 50 new books for our class libraries.

We were delighted that Lauren St John, author of The White Giraffe, Dolphin Song, Operation Rhino and The Last Leopard spoke in assembly about her life growing up in Zimbabwe, how her interest in conservation developed, her career as a journalist and now an author who is involved in the Born Free Foundation and Authors for Oceans. Her talk was inspiring and something we, at St John’s, will will building upon, particularly with respect to plastic waste. She very kindly led a writing workshop too.

She was astounded by the children’s enthusiasm and commitment to making a difference to the planet and reiterated that St John’s was a deserving winner. Let’s continue to work hard to reduce waste and help to make a difference in protecting our wonderful creatures on our beautiful planet.


Science Club news

This week, Science club members were surprised to see Mrs Mackleworth in the lab to lead their science session. The children explored spaghetti and marshmallow structures, trying to create the sturdiest and tallest towers. They discovered that triangular shapes were sturdier and the found out that a winder base allowed you to create a taller tower. The children developed not only their science skills, but ability to work in a team.

It was super fun! Thank you Mrs Mackleworth.



Year 2 are egg-cited!

Last week we were incredibly excited to have a visit from Mrs Quirk. She brought with her a dozen eggs and a feathered friend! Our eggs are now nestled safe and warm in the incubator and also under Clara in her nest.

Clara has already decided that she had too many eggs to look after and has rolled one out from the nest and broken another. Hopefully the other four will stay snug and warm. Each day, we have taken it in turns to check on Clara and her eggs – feeding her, changing her water, scooping out her poo and quietly chatting to her. She seems very happy in her house by the pond.

In the classroom, we have been patiently crossing off the days – now only seven more to go until hatch day! We did a special test last week called ‘candling’ using a bright light, a blue tac nest and a cardboard box. It looked like three of our eggs had chicks growing inside them, we could hardly contain our excitement!

These two pictures show one of our eggs with no chick growing inside (the darker orange area is the yolk) and the other one has an air sack at the bottom indicating that a chick is growing in the darker area above. We are learning to to be great chicken experts!


Great news! We would like to congratulate our four winners who attended the Primary Engineer Awards Ceremony on Monday to receive their trophies and certificates. Additionally, we congratulate the runner up winners who were awarded “high commended” by the judges and were invited to attend the exhibition where they were able to see all their entries displayed.  Here are a few photos of the ceremony and the winning entries.

Well done St John’s. We are fantastic inventors, scientists and engineers!!



St John’s has its own nursery!!

Super news!! Over the Easter holiday, we welcomed two new babies! The Mickey Mouse Blues have increased their number by two as two new baby fish have been born. Both are growing rapidly and seem happy and healthy swimming around in their new home.

Congratulations Fishkeeper Fry Club! We must have done a good job creating the perfect environment for the fish to be breeding. Here is a photo of one of the tiny babies!

This term we welcome the year 1 children whose responsibility it is to feed the fish at the end of every day! They have loved this responsibility!


Thanks to this project, we now know how to set up a fishtank and maintain it (including Mrs Casewell). We have learned a lot about different types of fish and where they come from in the wild. We all have our favourites but personally mine is our new tiny Bristlenose Catfish who sticks to the glass eating all the algae. He is very cute!

Fishkeeper Club has been great fun and a fantastic way to learn too. The children who attended have been awarded their fish keeping certificates and they have been given discount vouchers to spend on equipment for their tanks at home and/or to purchase a new tank for their home.


I hope the children will continue to enjoy keeping fish and look forward to hearing all about their fish at home.