Big Bird Count 2017 – Part 1 – making bird feeders

We are helping the RSPB and undertaking the Big Bird Watch. We think our forest school is a good habitat for birds but in winter time they sometimes need an extra bit of help to find food. So we made some bird feeders.

We used pine cones, string, lard and bird seed. (Some of used cardboard rolls and oranges) We tied string onto the pinecone, smothered it in lard and the rolled it in bird seed. We then hung them up around forest school.

Why don’t you make a bird feeder at home? You could even join in the Big Bird Count. Visit https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch

Mud minibeasts and collages.

Some Year 1 and 2 pupils have been making mud minibeasts and picture collages.We selected natural materials and use mud to make our mini beasts. we need to know how many legs they have, if they have wings and what they life in a habitat. Take a look…

Remember to bring your forest school kits back during the first week after the half term holidays. Have fun and get outside!

Key Stage 1 are learning about weather at forest school.

Key Stage 1 have been looking at different sorts of weather. We went on winter walks looking for the frostiest, windiest and muddiest places on our school grounds. We are also making a weather station. We have been working in cooperative groups to design and make instruments to measure the weather. Year 1 are making flags or wind socks, Year 1/2 instruments to measure wind speed and Year 2 rain gauges. Here are a few pictures of our learning…

We will go on to compare our weather to the weather in Australia.

Year 1/2 and Year 2 enjoy a safe fire.

As part of our Great Fire of London topic we planned to have a fire and test materials to see which ones burned quickly.
We talked about materials used to make houses today and houses in 1666. We tested a brick, a piece of slate, wood and straw. Can you guess which materials burned quickly?

Of course we had time to toast a marshmallow too!

Year 2 completed the Shelter Challenge

We worked in cooperative groups to plan, make, evaluate and test our shelters. It had to fit your group in, look good (including knots and whittled tent pegs), pass the wind and rain test and work well as a team. (Listen to each other, share ideas, take turns, and everyone do a job!)
Look at how we got on…