Outdoor Learning Environment
At Carr Junior we have a range of areas in the school grounds where we have the opportunity to grow our own fruit and vegetables. Each week, when the weather is in our favour, our gardening volunteer works with groups of children to maintain and develop these areas. We currently have a range of fruit trees and allotment beds. The produce from these are used in our school kitchen or in recipes for our annual Harvest show.
The Gardening Gang are always busy, these are just some of the things that have happened in school in the last year:
- Harvest Show
- Allotment beds - set up with families of plants that grow well together.
- Bloom Wheelbarrow competition - We Won!
- Tree planting - to promote wildlife and our woodland area in the future.
Here is our wheelbarrow for the Bloom Wheelbarrow competition. It was based around reading and all of the components were made from recycled materials.
The Carr Chickens
Our school decided that chickens would be a fantastic addition to our school community.
In September 2016 we hatched and reared our feathered friends as part of our Science, PSHCE and SMSC provision. This process enabled us to learn about life cycles and observe changes over time. In addition, the chickens provided the opportunity for the children to become responsible carers and ensure the welfare of the new arrivals.
On a daily basis, the chickens are let out of their Eglu and enjoy free range time on the school field. They are fed, watered, cleaned and any eggs are carefully collected. All of these duties are carried out by the children, under close adult supervision. Each year group is given the opportunity to fulfil these responsibilities on a rota.
Over weekends and during school holidays, our chickens are cared for by pupil volunteers and their families - they even get a visit on Christmas Day!
Back inside the school building, the chickens have been an inspiration for numerous Art projects as well as enabling us to explore first-hand a range of PSHCE themes.