Waingroves, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 9TD

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Waingroves Primary School

Think. Do. Achieve

 Welcome to Mrs Gage's and Mrs Harvey's Class. Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Hennell and Mrs English




On Wednesday 15th May, we all went on our school trip to Attenborough Nature Reserve.  We had an excellent day learning all about animals and their habitats, with the help of our very knowledgeable Attenborough guides and volunteers. 


The activities included: pond dipping, bird watching and learning all about the mini beasts and trees which make up our woodlands.  There was lots of observing, listening to nature, working in teams to discover a variety of species that live in our  ponds and woodland environments.  Luckily, we only had a bit of rain and we were fortunate that the sun came out in the afternoon.  This trip really helped put into context everything we had learnt so far in our recent topic: What lives in Waingroves Woods?   

Forest School Week 10

Log dogs!

It was our last forest school session today and out came the saws! Branch saws to be precise. We used a saw horse to hold the branch steady while we sawed an end off to make our log dogs. Not every day you go to school and use a saw!! We learnt how to use a clove hitch to fasten on our dog leads.

In the meantime, the other group had fun in the Wonderhut drinking hot chocolate and creating some wonderful watercolour pieces of artwork. (sorry, no photos of these)

Forest School Week 9

May Day Celebrations

This week was all about May Day celebrations. Whilst nature bracelets were being made in the Wonderhut, we used one of the trees in the grounds to create a May Pole and had lots of fun trying to do some Maypole dancing. We didn't get too tangled!! We also crowned a May Day King and Queen and then we all grabbed an instrument and had a parade around the school grounds.

Forest School Week 8

Knives Out!

This week, we learned how to use a knife safely to carve some wood to make our own charcoal pencils. Whilst the children were learning this skill in small groups, we had lots of explorer time to make dens, 'prisons' (Mrs Gage got arrested & put in it!), football pitch for games of football and 'stickball'. We also made bee sticks (?), did some fishing and used classification keys to identify trees. Phew! Busy bees!!!

Before going out to forest school, this morning we had the chance to see the photos that were taken from the motion camera we set up last week in the pond area. What a busy area it is! We saw a blackbird, crow, sparrow, bluetit, finch, rat, mouse and a cat!


Well Done to all of these children who have now got their pen licenses!  You've all worked really hard to get these.   

One child said last week: "Mrs Harvey I love my new pen, it just glides across

the page!  It's so satisfying!!"


Happy writing everyone!

Forest School Week 7

Year 4 Firestarters!!!!

Yet another cracking week in forest school. This week we have set up a footprint trap with a motion camera, in the pond area, to try to find out which animals are living there. We also made some animal habitats. Mrs Mannion has helped us to make our own charcoal which we will be using in next week's session. The best bit though, was trying to start a fire! 2 people in each group had success which shows it wasn't easy. Of course, if you have the fire pit going, it's a must to toast some marshmallows too :)

Forest School

We had a super first session back in forest school. We looked for signs of spring, did some fishing in our pond and made dens using some of the donated Christmas trees.

Bikes and Sound

Crikey! What a busy first two weeks back after half term. We started off with bikeability. So proud of the resilience shown by everyone, especially those who learned how to ride a bike that day. Then we kicked off our new topic 'How is sound made?' by looking at Mardi Gras festivals which can be very noisy with all the singing, marching and dancing. Then we explored how sounds are made by performing different investigations to see the vibrations in action. Finally, after Mrs Gage demonstrated her bassoon, flute and other instruments, we all had a go at playing the didjeridu. Here are a selection of photos from all of those events.

Mental Health Week Nature Walk

This morning, as part of Mental Health Week, we went on a nature walk around Waingroves Woods. While we were there, we talked about how it made us feel being in the woods as opposed to being in the classroom. 'I feel free', 'It's peaceful', 'I feel calm'.  We did some tree bathing, looked out for signs of spring and wildlife. We visited Violet's tree and had a moment of reflection there. We all felt very happy on our walk. 'What a great morning!' 'That was a brilliant walk'. 'When can we do that again?'

Final Festive Forest School

We had our last session today and it was very festive. Mrs Mannion & Mrs English had decorated the Wonder hut. It was all about the reindeer today. We listened to a story about a reindeer, made reindeer food, named a reindeer (Snowflakia Pop) and made him some gifts, made our own clay reindeer and also went on a treasure hunt set by the elves in Y5. It was great. We also had some hot chocolate to keep us warm.

Forest School Week 4

It was a rather cold, damp and muddy session this week but we kept ourselves warm with the fire this week. We made flatbreads, toasted marshmallows, had some hot juice with optional seasonal cloves, made tree decorations and did a Christmas themed scavenger hunt! Wow! That certainly kept us warm out there.


Forest school Week 3

This week, we became wizards, making our own wands from an ash stick. We used peelers to peel our wands before decorating them. We also made some birdfeeders and kept warm with some hot chocolate.


Forest School Week 2

WARNING!! Muddy Children alert! Y4 children have been having far too much fun in Forest School today! Despite the wind, rain and mud (LOTS of mud!!) we have been busy orienteering, den building and planting violets for Violet. 

Forest School week 1

Ooh! We had such a fantastic, muddy, first Forest school session of the year. We went bug hunting around the pond area (found lots of worms which Mrs Gage just loved - NOT!), added an extension to Waingroves Manor Bug Hotel,  used palm drills to make conker comets, and had free time for digging, creating and rolling in the mud. Loved it! 


Electricity Topic

We had an exciting and unusual start to our new topic 'How would we cope without electricity?' We talked in groups about where electricity is used in what we eat for lunch, activities we do at home and what we use to keep ourselves and homes clean. We did our discussions in the classroom without using any electricity. It was a bit dark! Then Mrs Gage showed us a magic trick! We used the electricity that runs through our bodies and created circuits to make an energy stick light up and buzz. 

Art Days - Drawing

We have just completed our 2 days of art with a focus on drawing. We started by using our super powers of looking to examine some artwork that shows perspective, foreground and background. Then we practised drawing hands, fingers, facial expressions and perspective using diagonal lines. We also experimented with different shading techniques. All of these were then put together to create our final piece of art work. It had to have a pair of hands in the foreground, holding something, a face showing a clear expression on a path/bridge/road going off into the distance. Wow! What a challenge! But we did it and did our best.

River Walk

We had such a great morning, walking along the River Derwent, identifying features. We tested how fast the river was flowing in different sections with our tape measures, stop watches and dog biscuits. We talked about how the river is used. But the best bit of course, was going for a paddle! We did get a few soggy, waterlogged wellies but there were so many smiles, squeals and exclamations of 'this is the best trip ever!!!' Some of the children spotted a crayfish climbing back into the water. We even had time for a play in Darley Park before heading back to school for our lunch. And the weather was good to us today. We only really got wet (apart from paddling) when waiting for the bus. Just a couple of photos below to look through!

Exploring explanation texts and identifying their features

We had a great time today in our English lesson, looking for the features of explanation texts in a range of different non-fiction books. We identified the key features then labelled them with our post-it notes

Severn Trent Workshop

We have had an exciting morning! Leanne, from Severn Trent, came to visit. She delivered a school assembly about our sewers and we learned about what we can, and should not, flush down our toilets - the 3 Ps - pee, poo and paper. We even sang a song about poo!

Then, she came to our class to deliver a workshop about how precious our water is and how to save it. Did you know a desert mouse can live 10 years without water? That's something new that Mrs Gage learned this morning. We had lots of fun learning about the water usage of 3 fictional families, measuring out what they have used and talked about where water was being saved and where it was being wasted.

STEM challenge

To kickstart our new topic called 'How old is the water we drink?', Mrs Gage set a team challenge to see how far they could keep a marble rolling. Each team had to work out the best strategy just using a piece of card each. After lots of trial and error, the marble was then replaced by water, replicating the flow of a river. It certainly wasn't easy but we had lots of fun doing it!