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Squirrel Obstacle Course

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

What fun we had today!

Mrs. Smith showed the children a letter she had found from Sid Squirrel. It challenged them to create an obstacle course for a squirrel.

The children had to work in teams, use a range of different resources  and get a squirrel from one tree to the next without it touching the ground!

Look at this funny video of a real squirrel obstacle course! We enjoyed watching this.

And now look at how creative the children were when they worked together…

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First the children explored the forest and collected all they needed…

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Rolling tyres was hard work…but lots of fun!

 

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This group made a bottle rocket, a tube slide, a cargo net, and a swing…with a big jump at the end for the squirrel  to get to his food!

 

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This group made a brilliant look-out post. They worked really hard together, all helping to carry the enormous log through the forest to their tree.

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These children made a trampoline and a slide. They decorated the start of their course with red material.

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This group made a very high obstacle course! It had lots of things on it, including a tyre ladder, pipe tunnels and a bottle carrier…and we think that a real squirrel may be using it before next week’s lesson!

 

Acers love worms!

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

 

 

Acers class have shown a real interest in digging for and looking at worms. They had been asking lots of questions about them…so we decided to find out a little more.

We learnt what worms look like, the different parts of their body, and how they help our soil. If you want to look at what we learnt, then click here- The world of worms PDF

Look at our wormery…and how we made it.

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First,we put small stones at the bottom of our wormery

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Then we put in a layer of soil

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Next, we carefully spread a layer of sand

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…followed by more layers of soil and sand

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Then we added some leaves to the top and sprayed a little water to make the soil damp enough for the worms

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Last of all, we added some worms!

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The biggest catch of the day!

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The wormery will have a cover over it when it goes inside, so that the worms can live in the dark, just like their natural habitat.

 

We also checked the hedgehog home we made last week and talked about hedgehogs.

We decided to make our own little hedgehogs, using salt dough and natural materials we found in the forest.P1080591P1080589IMG_0316IMG_0322P1080590IMG_0325

Some children made bird feeders too.

What do you think? Leave a comment and let us know!

Helping our woodland animals!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

What a lovely day we had today!  Acers class found two ways to help our woodland animals…by building a hedgehog home and by adding a new layer to our bug hotel.

Look at how well they worked together…

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We started with a plastic box, with a hole cut out for a door

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..then covered the box to keep the hedgehogs warm and dry

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Lastly, we filled the box with straw and leaves. We hope a visitor will move in soon!

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Ta dah! What a great job!

Over at the bug hotel…

Acers children firstly added a new pallet on top, then chose what to put into the gaps.

They used sawdust, wood chips, leaves, sticks, bamboo, straws, hay, rolled up cardboard, pipes…lots of  different habitats for lots of different mini-beasts.

What do you think?

Leave us a comment and let us know….!

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Animal Habitats and Homes

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Acers and Rowans had a fun time learning about animal habitats and the names of their homes.P1080321P1080317

They followed a picture trail, matching up the animal pictures they found in the forest, to pictures of the animal homes.

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They learnt that a squirrel lives in a drey, a fox lives in a den, a rabbit lives in a burrow, a worm lives in soil…and lots more!

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We found and studied a nest and animal tracks and had fun digging for worms.

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Can you look for animal homes near to where you live? 

Tell us what you found…

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