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Year 6 - Outdoor Learning


The Year 6 children had a great morning out in our beautiful school grounds creating structures with nature and collages with natural things. They took care of their environment by weeding, planting and installing a rockery and bird bath in our reflective garden. Finally, they painted some special stones to leave their mark on the school as they move on from Paddle. They were really inspired by Miss Lawler and enjoyed learning outside.

British Science Week


Year 2 exploring the habitats and microhabitats in our outdoor space, and having fun with bubbles.

Y6 Science Day


We made the most of our outside space during our Science day. We made collages from natural objects, blew bubbles and planted sunflower seeds.

Year 5 and 6 - Tree Planting


It was great to be outside planting oak saplings on our school grounds.

Year 6 - Searching for Living Things!


To bring our science curriculum to life (literally!), we went pond dipping on the school grounds. We had a super afternoon - the children were so excited to find all sorts of living things hiding in the murky water. 

Year 2 Out and About


Looking for different materials with different properties


Year 2 Outdoor Explorers

Science- life that lives on Paddle School grounds

Year 2 Outdoor Explorers

Geography Outdoors

Having fun outdoors in our school grounds  - learning about compass points, using directional and locational language, reading maps, finding features and routes, and of course FINDING THE HIDDEN TREASURE! Yeah!

Re- building the willow fence in the secret garden

A group of Year 4 children and some of their parents volunteered to help Phil Bradley, local basket maker and willow grower, Miss Hillier and Miss Lawler to re-build the willow fence in the secret garden.

What a team!

Cutting willow, removing the old fence, knocking in stakes, weaving willow around the stakes and the final clear up!

We all worked like Trojans, but had such fun.

Thank you to everyone who helped out.

Year 2 'Outdoor Explorers'

Science Outdoors

Year 2 spent time in our beautiful school grounds, exploring materials - using science and storytelling.

The children asked some fabulous scientific questions and astounded us with their answers too. Fun was had by all!

Year 6 - Exploring the pond and the invertebrates that live there.

As part of our Science topic we explored the pond habitat and the invertebrates that live there. We then classified these creatures using Carl Linnaeus' classification system.

Outdoor Maths Evening


While parents learned about maths indoors, our children had a fantastic time hearing about the Magical Maths Master and his outdoor games.   We had to follow his rules:  Have fun!  Run around and explore! Work together! Problem solve! Leave the outdoors exactly as you found it!



World Book Day

The magic of books and the outdoors  - inspiring learning, exploration and bringing joy.

Year 6 Calculating with Metric Measures

Eaglesfield Paddle in the snow - Having fun

Year 4 exploring  and being creative in our  school grounds, during their Forest School's afternoons

Year 6 managing the meadow and having great fun!

Year 4 have been out and about into the Lakes, testing their Viking boats and taking part in Viking crafts and activities.

Great fun was had by all!

Vikings Ahoy!

Year 3 and 4 exploring in Lanthwaite woods

Making stick creations at Whinlatter


Year 2 had a brilliant time reading Stick Man and making our own stick creations from natural materials on our residential! 


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Outdoor Learning Week

26th - 30th June, 2017.

Paddle children and staff, celebrating and continuing to explore, learn and have fun in our beautiful school environment.



Year 2 have been learning all about plants. We planted runner beans and sunflowers and are looking forward to observing them grow. We also acted out the life cycle of a sunflower. Everyone particularly enjoyed getting sprayed with water that represented the rain!



Year 3 and 5 Working Together to Create Tree Spirits

Year 3 and 5 shared a magical, Inuit story about the 'One who lives within the earth', which reflects upon the interdependence of life on this planet and how to treat our world gently and with respect. The Inuit story explains how the Inuits believe in all living things having a spirit deep inside.

After listening to the story the children worked collaboratively to create their own tree spirits. The pictures show their enjoyment, awe and wonder and final creations.

Willow Dragon flies

Phil Bradley, local basket maker and willow artist, came into school to show the Year 5 children how to make willow dragonflies. This was part of their project looking at the life cycles of insects and exploration of the habitats within our school grounds. 

Each child had the opportunity to develop their weaving skills and produce a willow dragonfly. The Year 5 children and some parents and members of staff  achieved so much, and the children feel very proud of themselves.

Year 5 in the Beautiful Outdoors

Year 5 have had a day of wetness and wonder, looking at the insects and invertebrates in our school pond. We have been looking at insect life cycles, complete and incomplete metamorphosis and adaptation of freshwater animals.  We have combined  the outdoors, Science, Art and Computing to enhance our learning. We have all learned so much and had such fun.

Niamh and Nyah carefully observed the movement of the pond creatures, and decided to use these movements to choreograph a dance. Many of us joined in, including Miss Lawler. Video footage to be added soon. Watch this space.


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Year 6 Cycling to Ennerdale.

What an adventure!

The children were so excited, as they prepared to set off on their cycle ride to Ennerdale, even though the weather was incredibly wet. Some Year 5's took these super photographs of the Year 6 pupils  and staff setting off.

Outdoor Learning with Year 2.

Fatou's feast and rain dancing

Today we had our own feast like Fatou's family did at the end of our story. The children tried tomatoes, mango, tapalapa bread and spicy rice (Uncle Ben's finest as Miss Hillier isn't the best chef!) Sadly, we didn't get the sunny weather like in The Gambia but we still went outside to enjoy our food like Fatou's family did in the story. We also washed our hands and tried eating with our right hand like they did too! We then listened to a story set in another part of Africa called Lila and the Secret of Rain. We enjoyed this story so much and noticed the big, grey clouds in the sky so we created our own dances to celebrate the rain coming! Some of the boys did a Haka dance and we had lots of singing and cartwheels from the girls!


Year 2 only managed to get outside for a little while today as the rain decided to try to spoil our plans!

We estimated the height of trees by counting the steps until we could see a tree through our legs. We also measured the circumferences of tree trunks and are going to divide these by 2.5 to calculate an estimate for the ages of the trees.





We had so much fun today!


We started the day by making our own grammar game to identify word classes and practise our aiming and throwing skills.


Next, we acted out 'Fatou Fetch The Water' and did a brilliant job. We now know the story really well and have learned about The Gambia, where the story is set.

We also used natural materials (and plasticine!) to help us to remember the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

Year 3 and Year 6  - Outdoor Learning

Year 6 made some field guides to support Year 3 with their Geography learning. We spent all morning working in the school grounds, near the pond, in the meadow and around the amphitheatre using the guides. This allowed us to look at the nature that surrounds our school. We had a great time working with Year 6. Thank you for teaching us. Unfortunately the weather was not kind to us but the children didn't seem to mind.

Year 4 - Outdoor Maths

Year 5 - Observing Patterns in Nature


Year 5 - Using photography to explore our outdoor environment.


Working in small groups,  the Year 5 children were each given a theme (flowers, leaves, trees, rocks, the sky, the landscape or visitors) and an IPAD and asked to interpret their theme using photography as their medium.

As always, the children rose to the challenge: using photographic filters and editing tools they have produced some beautiful pieces of art. We hope that you enjoy looking at the children's finished pieces in our outdoor gallery.

Our Outdoor Gallery:

Year 5 - Roving Reporters!

Armed with questions, the Year 5 children used the audio program: Audacity to record radio interviews - the outside noises added to the authenticity of their finished pieces.


The children used the scripts and the questions that they had compiled in the morning to interview the main character of Zoe (from the class text Floodland) and were desperate to find out her plans for the future.

Recording in progress.

Whole School Outdoor Worship