We are learning to identify some trees at forest school, including deciduous and evergreen trees. We found leaves near the trees and tried to identify them. We found oak, willow, silver birch, hazel, alder and holly.
Can you identify trees on the way home or at the park?
Well what an end to our explorers topic! Having planted small onion bulbs in April, we chopped them and made onion soup on the camp fire. All the children cooked around the campfire safely and most enjoyed the soup! Over the last term we have learnt to solve problems (river crossing), make shelters and cook on a camp fire. What will the next half term bring?
Here is a link to the simple onion soup recipe
Thank you to those who have already brought in forest school kits. KS1 pupils will begin outdoor sessions this week (week commencing 11.9.17) and EYFS next week. Already though we have harvested some of our crops – onions, lettuce and peas. We used the lettuce as part of school dinners on Friday and we have plans for the onions (they are just drying out at the moment in KS1 corridor). Thank you so much to Mr Morley for looking after the allotment over the summer holidays and Mrs Robb who looks after the KS1 flower beds and pots around school.
Thank you to those parents who have offered to help at forest school. We are looking forward to moving into the new forest school storage/room and learning outdoors!
We also had a visitor on our school grounds ‘Hog’ the Lever House hedgehog. Miss Roberts took him to a rescue centre and although he was unwell the lady reassured us that she knew how to get him better and he would be released back into the wild soon!
Click on this link to see the great work the hedgehog rescue centre does. It is all voluntary so there is information on the website if you would like to make a contribution.
Take a look at our adventures in the first week…
As well as animal life, year 2 looked for wild flowers too. Take a look…
We have been learning about habitats and microhabitats – what makes a good one? At forest school we looked to see what we could find living in and around the pond. Take a look..
A big thank you goes out to all the family and friends that help make forest school work at Lever House. From the ladies who come each week to help with groups at forest school, to Mrs Robb who maintains the flower beds and pots and then Mr Morley who has developed our allotments this year.
A couple of months ago we planted our seed potatoes and today we had our first harvest!
Hope they taste good Year 2!
If you have a spare hour and a half to help out with groups at forest school, please email Mrs Macleod.
We discussed whether we thought forest school was a good habitat for animals. We discussed micro habitats and then went and investigated. Look at what we found…
Did you spot the frogs, beetles, slugs, spiders, worms, millipedes etc.
What can you find in your back garden?
Mrs Macleod gave us some different materials and working in our cooperative groups we were challenged to make a shelter. The shelter had to fit all of our team in, be freestanding, shelter and hide us. We used different materials to enhance our shelters.
What materials are different objects made out of in your back garden?
We discussed what made a good habitat for sea creatures. Then we looked at natural art work by artist Andy Goldsworthy. We collected natural objects and made an under the sea collage. Take a look…
Can you make a picture with natural objects you find in your garden?
Some groups set up bird hides, other groups walked around the school grounds, as we undertook the RSPB’s bird watch 2017. We are learning to make tally charts, draw graphs and ask/answer questions about data, whilst collecting information about birds on our school grounds.
We saw lots of seagulls, wood pigeons and some blackbirds. We also saw a few blue tits, house sparrows and a robin. There are also some birds of prey that fly high above the M6 – could be kestrels or buzzards, which have been seen locally at Brockholes Nature Reserve.
Take a look …
What can you spot in your back garden or local park?