The planning time invested before Christmas is now coming through in project activities. In the first two weeks of term, Year 6 started their vermicomposting science investigation. The Year 6 children were particularly excited this week as they set up two wormeries in different testing environments to explore the impact of temperature on compost production. The children have been accurately measuring waste material to feed the worms, to ensure a fair test. Furthermore, the children are been actively monitoring the temperature in the two test locations. While a few worms did try to escape, a number of calls to the wormery supplier soon had them settled in their new home.
Year 5 have started their project to produce child friendly maps of another local woodland area, Lousehill Copse, to encourage children to become active outside. After conducting a survey and presenting the results, it was found that the majority of the class roams no further than 500 metres from their home. These statistics have really inspired the children to find ways to generate excitement around visiting Lousehill Copse. Once the leaflets have been designed, they will be printed and stocked in local public buildings and shops.
Working with the Deputy Head, we have set up an ECOMAD Club for Years 1 – 5. In its first two weeks, the club has established a bird feeding station, with digital monitoring equipment so that birds can be monitored, identified and counted. Furthermore, the club has installed mammal tracking tunnels in Blundell’s Copse to understand the species that have made this location their home. In the coming weeks, we’ll travel further afield to look for the tell-tale signs of different animals and birds. The ECOMAD club will be gathering environment evidence for 10 weeks, before presenting their findings in a school assembly and to parents.
This term the focus will be on ensuring that the newly qualified teachers and other new members of staff are supported to make the most of the outdoor environments within our local area. Amy Brock and Pat Phillips have arranged to help plan and support visits to Rushall Farm and the woodlands at that location. This will cover aspects of identifying and managing risks, as well as the activities that teachers can use to build confidence in children and explore the natural environment.