This year the gardening club as well as children from nursery and year 2 have been very busy growing a variety of plants including fruit and vegetables. They were able to sell lots of their wonderful produce at the summer fair and helped to raise lots of money for school.
During science lessons and ‘Outdoor week’ the children in years 1 and 2 had fun going on a mini beast hunt in the forest school. They also enjoyed looking at frog spawn and tadpoles in our school pond to help them with their work on life cycles.
We have been trying to protect wildlife and provide the right conditions for wildlife in the school grounds. Members of the Action Team and gardening club have spent time finding out about the correct foods to put out for birds. We have made bird feeders and bird boxes to hang in the forest school and woodland area. Members of staff from Durham Wildlife Trust worked with us to build leaf mounds and they helped us to fill our bug hotel to provide further shelter for small animals.
This year the whole school took part in ‘Hen Harrier day’ in order to raise awareness of the need to protect Hen Harriers as they could soon become extinct. The children enjoyed finding out all about Hen Harriers and they were treated to a great birds of prey show on the school field.
The Action Team enjoyed working with Kirsty from Durham Wildlife Trust on a B-Lines project. The children found out about the different types of bees and planted wildflower seeds in the forest school in order to attract more pollinators