We had two visitors last week from Mansfield District Council, who came to to look at garden and the work of the ECO Group on increasing flowers, wildlife and bugs on our school site!
The year 5/6 ECO Group met them and showed them around. They talked about composting, flowers the bugs we have found and our plans for the future. The children worked really hard to remember the names of the plants and flowers we have grown this year!
Check out MDC's Facebook page for the full report - posted on the 1st July.
This visit was linked to MDC's Bee Kind project - with flowers planted in town and FREE seeds up for grabs on the market stalls. If you are in tow, please ask if you can have a packet of free seeds - we will use them in school if you do not want them for your own garden.
Two challenges this week - to spot some birds either in your garden, Park or woodland near you using the identification sheet that was in your pack. Try to listen really hard to birds singing to see if you can tell which bird is which. You may find an egg or feather using your egg collection box. Can you identify the bird it's from?
This morning I saw Great Tits, Blackbirds, Starlings and Goldfinches around the School KS1 playground. Plus my bird bath at home is being well used by the Blackbirds.
Also, can you collect some sticks, pine cones, bits of wood, leaves off the floor of the park or on a walk and create some art with it - i want to see some entries from the ECO Team in the Land Art Competition!! Don't let me down, guys! Bring some bits of sticks, leaves and cones home with you in your brown collecting bag - we'll make something else later in the week or early next week.
4/6/20 - Can you help me?
My marigold plants that I have grown from seed, potted up and watered for weeks are under threat from slugs!!
I know many of you don't like slugs (I have heard lots of comments when we put fruit in the compost bin) but can you convince me that slugs have a role in our garden and in the wildlife habitat/circle of life. Tell me some good things about slugs (or snails).
I would like you to come up with 5 good things about slugs or facts about them. Send your ideas to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
19/5/20202 Clay!! What Can you do with it?
Well first I found the idea about making tree guardians - see the document attached to the website. I thought you could make one or two when you were out and about and leave them for people to find. The pictures are ones i made and left on my local Park. You could make one for your garden if you prefer!
Please learn from my mistakes and make sure your tree guardian is either in a hole or you really push it onto the tree firmly, as only one of mine is still stuck to the tree! I really pressed the edges of that last one into the bark of the tree but i wished I had found a hole or a part of the tree which was leaning back for my tree guardians! Also take some wipes with you, for your hands when you've finished!
When i looked on line there were lots more things you could do with you clay so I've put some other peoples pictures up too. You could make a creature - real or imaginary. You could write facts about your creature - where it lives, the food it eats, how it has adapted to its environment or you could write an imaginative story about it. Or you could use your clay to make a picture.
Lots of ideas for you to choose.
You can apply to win one of 'Grow Your Own' home kits by using the following link: https://innocentbiggrow.com. It comes with a packet of seeds, a compost disc, a handy growing guide and a special grower’s certificate. This is the same type of pack we received in school, so you can start growing at home.
The peas we started growing in school and that have been at home with Mrs Brown are nearly ready to plant out, so watch this space for future photos of the planting!
This week our star pea growers are ... Amy and Martha.
They are not the tallest plants but have grown the most this week.
I hope you did a bug hunt last week, when it was cooler. I bet you find different insects if you do another hunt today in the sunshine - lots of butterflies and bees today on my garden!