Mini beast challenge

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 Happy mini beast hunting!

🌳 Our ACE Forest School Rangers 🌳

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 1CLiberty 4K
Celia 1CMatilda C 4M
Joseph 1CShi Ying 4M
Henry 2ASamu 4T
Ellie 2APixie 4T
Izzy 2ALottie 5JB
Erin 2CEllis 5JB
Evelyn 2CKamilla 5W
Daisy 2CGrace 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.

Check out the transformation behind Y2/3!

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.

Creating our wildflower meadow
Our new seedlings need daily watering

Have you seen the new willow dens?

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.