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We are Wildlife Champions
In Spring 2018, every class in the school started a new curriculum project based on the conservation of British Wildlife. We wanted every member of our school community to be a wildlife champion at school and at home. In conjunction with Chester Zoo, the teachers designed lessons and activities that helped children gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the wildlife around us.
Each year group decided on an aspect of British Wildlife such as hedgehogs, bumble bees, butterflies, bugs, bats and so on.
We wanted to change the children’s (and adults’) views around this topic, enhancing our school grounds in the process, to make connections with local wildlife. The whole premise of this project was to ignite an ongoing ‘botheredness’ about how we learn and what we learn.
Our British Wildlife Project has got us enjoying the outdoors and opening our eyes to nature - we want to save wildlife and wild places, for the animals and for the people!
The seeds sown during these lessons have started to germinate: we now have an improved environment that is welcoming to local wildlife and we have a schoolful of concerned conservationists. This is no 'flash in the pan'. The local wildlife will not benefit unless we make a continued, concerted effort to look after it so our efforts will continue and we'll make our school a better place for everyone who uses it.
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The Wildflower Meadows
The wildflower meadows that we planted in May have started to come to life. We have definitely seen more bees and butterflies around the sites. Over the years, more wildflowers will grow!
Our Bug Hotels
We have created lots of bug hotels for little creepy crawlies to live in. They were easy to make because our lovely parents provided so many of the materials. Thank you so much for the materials!
If you visit the Key Stage 1 field, just beyond the new wildflower meadow, you'll see the wonderful new sensory garden, created by Year 2. It's a relaxing place for children, adults and wildlife, designed and made by our children using donations of materials from our parents. Take the time to relax in there!
Bird Box Building
We held a parent and child workshop on the 20th June from 3pm to 5pm. Over 40 bird boxes were made to be placed around our school grounds. Thank you so much to all of the parents and grandparents who came in to help the children build the bird boxes!
Let It Grow
The Key Stage 2 children made this video to help persuade Sodexo to leave some of our field to grow.
Please don't cut all of our grass
In order to provide a habitat for caterpillars, butterflies and bees, we are transforming some of our field into a meadow. Our Year 4s wrote letters to Sodexo, the company who cut our grass, to ask them to not mow a section of the field. Here's a video they made too:
Planting our Wildflower Meadow
The children in Years 3 and 4 planted wildflower seeds that we received from Kew Gardens as part of the #GrowWild project. Hopefully we'll soon have wild marjoram, wild carrot, foxglove, corncockle,crested dog's tail, common knapweed and many other types of wildflower growing in our grounds!
We've now got some string and some bags covering the areas in order to keep birds away from the seeds. Please leave this area alone for now!
The Big Dig and The Big Dig 2
We held two Big Digs on our school grounds to get the ground ready for the planting of our new wildflower meadows. We must give a massive thank you to all of the parents who came to help us dig up parts of the field and who provided us with equipment to create wildflower meadows for local wildlife. Photos of the Big Digs are here:
Get Out and About in Your Local Area
This budding young environmentalist from Reception made a video as part of her homework. She was upset to hear that lots of woods have been cut down to make way for the houses on Stanney Oaks.
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