So, school is BACK!
A huge thankyou and hats off, to all our pupils and their families (and staff!) who worked so hard during lockdown. From using See-saw and Teams to find out about learning tasks and posting evidence of their work, to our first ever virtual sports day, in which even some parents took part!
There were lots of challenges but we managed to overcome them and were delighted to be back at school again!
By the first Friday of the new session, we were all in on the same day and we took this photo of us all at the trim-trail.
Lots has changed - we have new nursery for a start and we welcomed our first pupils on the 24th August! They had a brilliant day with our new ECP, Mrs Scott. Here they are arriving and exploring the new space.
The school itself looks very smart with a coat of sleek, grey paint and new carpets. We are all settling back in to school and were delighted to welcome four new pupils as well in P1,2,5 and 7. All in all, a lovely new chapter for our school!
There's lots of space for us to go We just need a final layer of soft netting
inside and see our butterflies. The wire netting keeps birds' beaks out!
Hard to believe these big plants We even transplanted nettles
came from the tiny seeds we planted as small tortoishell caterpillar
back in September! love them!
Playclub is back!
........not that it ever went away! If you've never been before, why not stay behind on Tuesdays straight after school, to join your friends in art and craft and other play activities? The club is led by two parents who are also qualified play leaders! It's free too! In the summer the club is usually held outside. Have a look at some recent pictures of the children at play. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Creating vibrant collages using Inventing a new game with soft
paint, glitter etc frisbees
During the Winter months, there is very little activity from our orange tip pupae! Our younger pupils are linking the changes in the seasons to what the livestock will be doing, for example, knowing when the caterpillars are likely to emerge. While we wait for Spring, we have been making cages and recently lined them with paper and cellophane to make them easier to clean. We have to be very accurate when measuring these linings, so that the cylinder still fits neatly onto the base. Here are our senior pupils hard at work, drawing measuring and cutting, while Keanan is thinking about the order of the four seasons.
One of the tasks we did for our butterfly project before Christmas, was to make small "carry-cages" which the children could use to take home. This enables us to spread the range of release sites for our butterflies and moths.
Our butterfly project continues! We have been researching leaf shapes so that we can identify the correct food plants for our caterpillars in the spring. The children have also been constructing rearing cages, using wooden frames and specially fine netting. The netting has to be glued to the wood which can be very fiddly to do, but our children managed to wield the thin brushes very well! The children also learned how to make a "sleeve" which can be put on a whole plant, to protect caterpillars while they feed. You can just see the childrens' cylinder cages on the long shelf if you look closely! They are made from cake tins and some acetate sheet.