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We have 10 Bug Buddies this half term. Charlotte, Adriane and Marianne take it in turn to help us. We also have 2 very useful D of E students working alongside us as part of their service commitment.

 

Activities so far have included planting out broad beans and moving bark onto the quiet area. . We have also made bird feeders. The children are learning the names of the tools we use and lots about the growing process. We plan to plant more of the wildflower seeds collected from Barnfield by Year 1.

 

When the weather was very cold we made ice sculptures that we put up in the willow tunnel. We are also getting ready to plant some Summer bulbs and wildflower seeds in front of Penguin classroom,now that we have weeded and sorted it. 

 

This week we had a fire in the fire circle and whittled sticks to cook pastry strips on.

 

Feb 2020

We started this half term harvesting rhubarb. Then we put our potatoes ready to 'chit'. We made a poster about Bugs Buddies to exhibit at the Bucks recorder seminar in March and then we planted some Summer bulbs.

 

A very wet week but we managed to drain some weed out of the pond, make some labels for plants, build mini willow fences and start some weaving.

 

March 11th 

Nick - a bird recorder came to visit us this week and helped us put up the bird boxes the scouts have made. We hope blue tits will start to make them their homes. We also weeded the Foundation allotment - Mrs Steadman is thrilled. We are going to plant it up for FS children to enjoy.        

We planted 93 pots today using the seeds we harvested from Barnfield when we were in Year 1. We planted ox-eye daisies and knapweed. We also made bird feeders and put some bark in the area outside the outdoor classroom. 
We planted some acorns tonight - fingers crossed for germination, then we watered all the tomatoes in the poly tunnel. We also put our seed potatoes in a brown bag in the outdoor classroom. Then we turned our attention the pond, planting some bulbs, skimming off some pond weed, and starting to re bark the path. Thank you Bug Buddies. 
A wet week. Bug Buddies worked brilliantly with wire brushes and trowels to get all the moss off the bricks round the pond. Then we made pots from newspaper and toilet roll inners. We planted broad beans - They are in the poly tunnel under mouse proof netting.  
A week to stay indoors especially as we were using our fingers a lot. We made Xmas 5 pointed stars from willow, then decorated them with blue spruce, baubles, bells and dried orange slices. Tying and wrapping the wool to disguise the loom bands was the part everyone found the hardest. Good perseverence though.   

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