The ultimate listening challenge

Last week in the pouring rain, Y4 road-tested our new outdoor classroom, where we played a variety of listening games.

This week we upped the challenge by setting them off in threes to navigate our willows woodland, blindfolded! The ultimate test of giving, receiving and following instructions.

We even tested Mrs Howard’s listening skills, who was very surprised to discover where we’d led her while she was blindfolded.

Great job Y4, be sure to put your new listening skills into practice back in the classroom!

Tunnel update

Thanks to some real hard graft by our Forest School Rangers (plus all the friends roped in) you’ll see our new tunnel is really taking shape!

It is still cordoned off with the barriers for now, as we are patiently waiting for the roots of our recycled turf to take a firm hold onto the 8 tonnes of soil.

In this hot weather Jack is keeping it well watered to give the turf the best chance to thrive in its new environment.

We hope that the tunnel will be ready for all to enjoy from our new term in September.

4K take on a biodiversity audit.. 🤔

There were a lot of puzzled looks when it was announced to 4K that they would be completing a biodiversity audit for their forest school activity! After some good discussion we got it figured out though, and could make a start with the help of our iPads and the ‘Seek’ app.

We can confidently feedback that our school grounds are absolutely bursting with biodiversity! Lots of badges were earned within the Seek app which made us very proud.

You could ask an adult if you can download Seek onto a device at home, and see how biodiverse your local area is? Let us know if you manage to earn some badges, send an email to forestschool@allertonceprimary.com. Happy Seeking!

Flick through the slideshow above to see some of our finds, and also an example from the Seek app.

🌼 Check out our wild flower meadow! 🌸

Move the slider across to see the difference between April (left) and July (right)

You might remember the blog post from April (link below) where Jack and Hugo were sowing wild flower seeds behind our Y2/3 building.

What a difference 3 months later – the area is now bursting with colour from our beautiful wild flower meadow! The bees were certainly enjoying the flowers as I took these photos.. 🐝

Our next rangers assignment – Project Tunnel!

Today our KS2 rangers started work on an exciting building project, creating what will be a natural tunnel at the end of our trim trail.

They worked really hard this afternoon, with lots of shovelling and stamping! Check out their progress so far…

Choosing the best position for the tunnel
All hands on deck to shovel our mountain of soil
Creating the base for the tunnel
Stamping the base down to ensure it is solid
Rolling our tunnel into position
Weighting our tunnel down
Protecting wildlife along the way
Building the base up to keep the tunnel secure
Lots more shovelling soil
A final stamping before we let the rangers finish for the day!

Now we see you tadpoles.. via the magic of oxygenating plants! ✨

When the pond was built several plants were added, submerged under the water. These special plants play an important role in filtering the pond water, keeping the algae growth under control and providing oxygen to everything living in the pond.

Did you know.. these oxygenating plants grow fully immersed in the water and get their nutrients from the water through their leaves, not via their roots like other plants.

It has taken a whole term for these plants to work their magic in turning the water in our pond from green to clear. Check out the photos below, what a difference!

Slide the arrows on the photo right and left to see before and after

Excitingly we now have a super view of our growing tadpoles! To help keep our pond nice and clear, please don’t touch the water when having a look, we don’t want to disturb the careful balance of nature.

If you haven’t yet seen the tadpoles here is a video, they love to pop up to the surface to say hello! How many can you count?