Animal Footprint Traps

Intrigued by what may have eaten the mealworms in our hedgehog home that was built a couple of weeks ago, Year 3W became detectives and made animal footprint traps this week. Firstly, the children created a triangular prism-like tunnel using thick card. Secondly, they glued two pieces of felt to both ends which they covered…

Circus Skills

As part of our Circus themed week, the classes have been taking part in circus themed activities as part of Forest School. The pupils have been conquering their fear of heights (which is essential for acrobats and trapeze artists) by taking part in some off the ground rope work…   They have also been developing…

Homes for Hedgehogs

This week in forest School, Year 3W learnt about a mammal that is in serious decline here in Britain; the hedgehog. Due to habitat loss and the use of pesticides, hedgehog populations are declining rapidly. Today we talked about how we can help them: Putting out food such as cat or dog food, mealworms and…

Snail Racing

Although small, once again our wildlife area has given children here at Langdale lots of opportunities to explore and find out about the minibeasts we have living in our school grounds. Year 3W put together a tally chart to record every species found. Woodlice, wasps, bees, spiders, caterpillars, snails, slugs, butterflies, flies, ants, hoverflies…the list…

The Great Outdoors!

This week in Forest School, Year 3H were given a free choice of activities. Over the year the children have learnt lots of new skills and today they were given the opportunity to decide what activities they would like to do either in pairs, groups or independently. It was lovely to see how much the…

Flower Pressing

This week in Forest School Year 3H learnt how to preserve flowers by pressing them. The children chose flowers such as daisies, dandelions and buttercups and arranged them on a black piece of paper to create a bookmark. To aid the pressing process, the children used a rolling pin to press the flowers initially before being…

Flowers under the Microscope

This week as part of their ‘pollination’ topic, Year 3H have been investigating flowers under a microscope. The children worked in small teams collecting daisies and dandelions from the school field and inspecting them closely using miniature, light up microscopes. The children learnt how to focus a microscope and were amazed when they were able to…

Planting Socks

Plants spread seeds in many ways. Many ‘hitchhike’ on passing birds, insects, animals and even humans! To find out what type of seeds and pollen has been dispersed in our school grounds, the children in Year 3H took part in a simple Science experiment. Each child brought in an old sock which they put onto…

The Worm Charming Championships

This week the children in Classes 4F, 3H, 1M and 5F have all taken part in the ‘Worm Charming Championships.’ Worm charming is all about charming earthworms out of the ground using different methods. Tapping on the ground to trick the worms into thinking it is raining, watering the ground with a watering can or…

Harness Skills

This week Year 3H took our high risk activities to the next level. In one of their first Forest School sessions they worked as a team to pull each other up a tree using ropes and harnesses. This week the children learnt how to attach a harness to each other. I demonstrated and then the…

‘Show the Love’ Climate Change

To raise awareness about climate change, the children have been taking part in the ‘Show the Love’ campaign which takes place from 6-14 February. This campaign helps people to show the love for all the things they want to protect from climate change. Climate change affects a lot of the things we love. The children…

The Big School Birdwatch

This week Year 2U, 4L and 3H took part in ‘The Big School Birdwatch.’ Children came prepared with binoculars, waterproofs and gloves. We talked about how to use binoculars correctly and how to use the focus dial. The children have been learning about birds in previous weeks so already have a good knowledge of our…