New Life

Our topic for Spring 2011 has been 'New Life'.

The topic started with us learning about the real meaning of Easter and how the idea of new life is an important part of the story. The children designed posters to show what Easter meant to them. Many of them were entered into a national competition run by Fairtrade to design an advertisement for their 'Real Easter Egg'. Unfortunately, we didn't win, despite some excellent artwork. To see the winning advertisements, click on the link on the right hand side of the page.

Another aspect of our topic was to think about living things and lifecycles. In Class 3, we had an incubator which initially contained 12 eggs. We all waited patiently for the eggs to hatch and, after 21 days, the first chicks began to fight their way out.

We also learnt about how to care for plants. Over the Easter break, the children were given seeds to plant and seed diaries to record their progress. The children brought the plants back after Easter - we were amazed by how much some of them had grown.

We were very lucky to be able to set up our own school garden. Mr Howard donated a plot of land next to the school, and a team of helpers from Sustainable Brampton came each week to work with the children as they worked on the land. By the end of May we had a wonderful new vegetable patch.

Our topic ended with a community market at Talkin Tarn to promote Fairtrade. Many schools from the area set up stalls to sell produce - we sold plants, plant pots, bird boxes, cards, candle holders and many other items which the children had made.

Links
Fairtrade Brampton
Real Easter Egg Competition
Sustainable Brampton

Lanercost C of E Primary School, Lanercost, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2HL - Tel: 016977 2702 - email: head@lanercost.cumbria.sch.uk