We have a brand new crop of enthusiastic Year 6 members this year who are already working tirelessly and with enthusiasm every week to continue to improve and develop our nature area and internal courtyards.Last year's club trained them well for the responsibility that awaits this academic year. It is very rewarding to see children hand on skills they have learnt to each other and to take such visible pride in their project. Many of these skills could simply not be taught in the classroom, so we are tremendously lucky to have such a great outside space and such talented helpers willing to give up their own time to share their knowledge with us.
Internal courtyards are looking colourful, as newly planted crocus seeds and wild roses are flowering. Children have already picked and enjoyed the first crop of tomatoes and planted sunflowers to cheer us all up as the nights draw in and we have to dig out our warmer clothes! They will soon be planting more bulbs and wildflowers around 'Peep' to add to those already sowed in previous years that provide so much colour when in bloom. Bug houses, ground-water trays, paths and hedges are being reliably maintained and the birds are happy as they receive a regular supply of seed, fat balls and fresh water. This once somewhat unloved area is looking really fabulous and hosting an abundance of wildlife for us all to enjoy and study. Birdsong in the evening is also wonderfully deafening!
Our PTA-funded shed is FANTASTIC and now full of tools and equipment donated by kind parents and staff. There is even a recycled bench outside the shed where we can sit, relax and enjoy our efforts. Inside, the potting bench on which cuttings are cultivated is providing a real learning opportunity and the water-butt and its guttering ensure we are all doing our bit to conserve water. Alan Everett and Peter Wholley really do have invaluable expertise that is much-coveted and appreciated by everyone!
Children are enjoying the new fire-pit and log circle where class story-time is also now happening on warmer days. This year, gardening club has also taken on the responsibility for the development of the school pond and if you would like to help with this project, information can be found in the 'parental support' section.
Outdoor learning opportunities abound for all year groups in this area that would not have been possible without your support and the hard work and dedication of your children. Our birds, bees, insects, flowers, trees, hedgehogs, frogs and plants all thank you!