At Gateford Park Primary School we offer a range of clubs for children to participate in.
In addition to teacher-led clubs, we offer wrap-around care. Our Breakfast Club opens at 7.30am each morning and finishes at 8.40am, ready for the start of the school day. After School Club runs from 3.20pm - 6pm daily. For more information about prices, or to book a place, please see Mr. Harrison in the office. Thank you :)
Welcome to this new page.
We intend to put lots of news and pictures of what the club members do throughout the year, so that you can see how the children learn and enjoy all aspects of the environment.
Last week we took cuttings of dogwood, hawthorn and berberis. It will take a few months, but hopefully some of the cuttings will take and have roots on them so they can be planted in the future. We also made butterfly idials so that the children can improve their knowledge of common butterflies.
Friday's group also had a recognition quiz of common wild plants- what most people refer to as weeds - so that they can recognise these plants when they grow in the new year.
This week the children learnt about the various forms of fungi and had a look at the various lichens on the trees outside. They also had a quick quiz to see if they could use their new found knowledge. Some were remarkably knowledgeable after only one session!
Have a look at the pictures and see if you can recognise any of these in the pictures below?
This week the children made respect our school signs and learnt about the common small wild flowers that can be seen around school. They also started to think of ideas for the design of a school environment flag.
Tidying the school grounds
This week the children were tidying up the school grounds and looking at the bulbs that are emerging. After that, the children did a butterfly recognition quiz and Casey (who has been studying them) showed exceptional knowledge, although all the children did well!
Week ending 3rd February
This week we have been learning how to recognise flowering bulbs and looking for signs of Spring.
The Friday group also dug over the wild flower area to try to get rid of as much grass as possible - it was hard work, but worth it .Next week the Wednesday group will finish the job and put some wild flower seed down as long as it is not too frosty.
Week ending 3rd March
Things are getting really busy now as Spring is just around the corner! The children have been moving bulbs so that they can be displayed around the school and learning their names.
The children have used snowdrops, miniature irises, tete a tete daffodils, crocus and grape hyacinth.
In addition, the children planted early seeds (cosmos and marigold) and learnt what the different seeds looked like.
Finally, can I thank all the children who do the recycling!
Week ending 24th March
The children have been tidying up the school grounds (litter picking and preparing the vegetable area for new planting). They have also created a new willow arch for the entrance to the quiet area, which they thought looked great- hopefully, with careful watering it will survive through the coming summer.
Spring is officially here and the children have been looking for signs. Last week, they were delighted to see frogs in the pond - They saw up to 8- which is the most that has ever been seen!
Week Commencing 5th May
As Summer rapidly approaches the children have been really busy! The children have re-furbished the Quiet Area and it will re-open in the next few days. They have also maintained and improved Judith's Garden. Finally they have been tidying up the vegetable plots.
This week we have discovered that we have at least two newts in our pond.
They were first discovered by Gnome class who were investigating the pond area and they seen again by environment club members last week!
Week commencing 15th March
This week we have been planting more beans, peas and potatoes in the vegetable garden and will watching out for the radish, beans, onion and carrots staring to grow in the infant vegetable plot.
The children have also been busy improving the quiet area and weeding Judith's Garden. They also made a super discovery when they found the large beetle there- points for anyone who knows what it is.... and it is harmless!
The children showing the flowers that were awarded to the school by winning a competition run by Morrisons. Not sure who entered us, but many thanks! (It was me! Mrs Ellis!)
Week commencing 19th June
Wow- it's been really busy in the last few weeks and the children have been hard at work planting and watering!! lots of plants and vegetables at school!
A special thanks to Gil, Olivia's grandma who came in for Environment Week and held two assemblies and did a workshop with every class- thanks for her amazing contribution to the week!
The new school year has started and both environment clubs (Wednesday and Friday) are full with approximately 25 children attending, with many new starters from Year 2 and 3.
Our wonderful school environment has attracted some wonderful creatures to our school this term and we were lucky enough to photograph some of them!
The children have also been busy learning about recycling and creating special posters for the grounds that will be revealed in the next couple of weeks. Crystal and Robyn brought in some owl pellets remains for the children to look at and they thought they were probably mouse remains.
The children have also been enjoying collecting (and eating) the delicious raspberries from the garden.
Finally, a few pictures from the Summer term that I didn't manage to get on the website:
The children have been busy completing their tree posters, collecting seeds and starting to remove annual flowers from around the school.
They have started to learn the names of the trees around school and how to identify them from their leaves.
The children have been busy planting tete a tete daffodil bulbs in the new black pots around school and removing some of the remains of the dead annual plants (although we will leave some bits for the insects over winter).
They have also cleared the infant vegetable area and tried to match the tree seeds to the trees- Adi, in particular, did really well, scoring 7/9- a super score- but I know the other children will be looking to improve their score when we repeat this activity!