Thursday 21st January 2021
It's been another great week, despite the awful weather. Winter is a hard time for everyone, not least the animals that visit our garden and which are so important to our world. To give these creatures a helping hand we have been creating new habitats, including a bird feeding area worthy of The Yorkshire Sculpture park. The feeding area is directly outside our new garden classroom and we linked it in with forest school literacy and numeracy, listening to a story about birds and keeping a tally of the types of birds and the numbers that have been visiting. In just one day of the feeding station being built we have seen robins, blue tits and blackbirds. I think that they must all be tweeting each other!
In addition to feeding the bird we have made a bug hotel and a new wormery with a glass front so pupils can observe the activity under the soil. Insects are a vital part of the ecosystem and the food chain, so as an eco-school we are always looking for new ways to encourage them into the garden. It all goes to show that even when it's raining there are plenty of important jobs that can be done in the garden.
Friday 15th January 2021
In our first week, Highbury's Forest School group have achieved so much. We began the week creating a new area, we've called 'The Swamp', and the sound of laughter and squelching mud could be heard all over the garden. We've turned a slippery slope into steps to walk down, listened to an African folk tale about 'How The Tortoise Got His Shell' and planted leeks in the poly-tunnel. Everyone gave their all, including my great staff team, and we can't wait for next week - whatever the weather brings!