Can you spot the mini beasts we found in the photos below?
Today we had our first meeting of the KS1 Forest School Rangers. We were so impressed with how many ideas they had to share!
Keep an eye on the forest school blog to find out more on the projects our rangers will be busy with this summer term. Great job rangers!
Our forest school groups have had lots of fun searching the school grounds for mini beasts. We noticed we seem to spot more mini beasts in the afternoon. I wonder why?
If you’d like to have a go at this challenge you could use the sheet below. Have a look around next time you are outside. You might spot mini beasts not listed on the sheet, if so, you could make your own list, or draw a picture of what you find.
Let us know how you get on in the comments below, or send an email or photos to email@example.com. Happy mini beast hunting!
We have been truly overwhelmed with the passion and creativity shown in your applications to be a forest school ranger – over 40 children applied!
⭐️ Congratulations to the following children who have been selected ⭐️
|Aaliyah 1C||Liberty 4K|
|Celia 1C||Matilda C 4M|
|Joseph 1C||Shi Ying 4M|
|Henry 2A||Samu 4T|
|Ellie 2A||Pixie 4T|
|Izzy 2A||Lottie 5JB|
|Erin 2C||Ellis 5JB|
|Evelyn 2C||Kamilla 5W|
|Daisy 2C||Grace 5W|
We will be in touch with your teachers soon with your first assignment…
A huge thank you and well done to everyone that applied, we were so impressed all round.
If you weren’t chosen this time there will still be opportunities for you to take part in forest school activities this year.
3A were very successful mini beast detectives this afternoon. Our list of finds included butterflies, ants, worms, a ladybird, pond skater and spider. It was lovely to be out in the spring sunshine exploring the school grounds!
Huge thanks to our gardener Jack for all of the work that has gone into transforming the area behind the Y2/3 building! Now complete, we have a new pond (with tadpoles) bird hide, willow tunnel, stepping stones, a variety of new flowers and plants, plus a freshly sown wildflower meadow!
Be sure to check it out! Just take care to stick to the path (or stepping stones) to protect the growing seedlings.
You’re in for lots of little surprises! We now have tadpoles!
Y3 managed to count at least 18 yesterday. Let us know in the comments below if you count more than that.. 🐸
Mrs Amblin was first to spot a tadpole during the Easter holidays..
Before the Easter holiday 3HL had the opportunity to create some forest school Easter eggs. The challenge started with hunting for natural decorations all around the school grounds. We then completed some al fresco crafting with fabulous results. Great job 3HL!
Exciting news, you might have noticed some new willow dens popping up next to the trim trail!
We learnt from Mrs Stott that there used to be willow teepees in this area, but they had become very overgrown. These have been cut back now, and the cuttings have been used all around school to build new tunnels, dens and the bird hide. What clever recycling!
Hugo had a lesson in how to build using willow this week. Check out the videos and photos below.
The fascinating thing about willow is that the cuttings start to grow again once they are planted back into the ground!
We have noticed this with the willow tunnel behind the Y2/3 building. Can you see on the photo below that all the buds are now growing straight up? This tells us that the cutting is alive and growing again. So keep a close eye on the willow structures around school, they may change shape as they start to grow!
We used the seek app to identify that this is called goat willow.
This week Ellie (Y2) and Hugo (Y3) quizzed our landscape gardener Jack on all of the amazing work he has been busy with around our school grounds. Check out the photos and videos below.