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On wintery days

One of the great joys of The Croft being situated in 30 acres of beautiful Warwickshire countryside is the impact the weather has upon us. On wintery days, the school grounds are stunning with the playing fields, games pitches and school buildings covered in a silvery frost. The ground has been hard underfoot and there has been some debate as to whether an U11 Rugby match should go ahead – despite being -3.5oC, the boys were still keen to play!

The cold snap has encouraged wildlife nearer to the school, which is beneficial as pupils are excited to be taking part in the RSPB's Big Schools' Birdwatch. Each class has been given a poster to help identify birds and a counting sheet to help count as many birds as possible during a one hour period. Prep pupils are hoping to spot fieldfares and redwings, who are seasonal regulars to The Croft. Pupils in Little Crofters have been watching robins fly in and out of their nest and were very excited to see a pheasant strut past them on their way to their PE lesson!

Even in such chilly conditions, pupils still relish their breaktimes, racing around their playgrounds, letting off steam from their lessons – children don't appear to feel the cold! What every Croft pupil would really like, though, is snow. The Croft looks truly magnificent in the snow and what better way to spend your winter breaktimes than building a snowman? With eyes on the weather forecast, The Croft is enjoying winter!

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