We hope you all enjoyed the Easter break and managed to get outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. If you have any photographs that you would like to share with our school community, of your time out in nature, then please do send them in, via the school office email.
As you can see from the photographs, nature has worked her magic and our school site is getting more colourful every day. The squirrels did not manage to dig up all of the bulbs that the children planted and it's lovely to see the various flowers popping up around the site. Year 5s discovered a smooth newt at the end of last term. It was wonderful to see their joy, being able to get so close to it. Our pond is really starting to attract more insects and butterflies - we hope that frogs and toads will find their way back to this amazing habitat. The bluebells have taken over from the daffodils. It's all rather amazing!
As you will notice, work is well under way with the construction of our all weather shelter. The new fencing panels have been installed and we are looking forward to the shelter arriving. It will really enhance our time outside. Thank you to those who made this possible.
The RSPB are inviting people to join in the International Dawn Chorus Day on May 1st and full details can be found here -https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/events-dates-and-inspiration/events/dawn-chorus/
You don't need to travel any further than your own front doorstep to take part. Enjoy!
As we move into (hopefully) warmer and sunnier days, please don't forget to send sun cream and sun hats in with your child. As the pollen count rises, please could you take this opportunity to check "use-by" dates on inhalers and prescribed medication that is held in school. Thank you. Our site does attract lots of insects and has brambles/nettles/branches lurking around. We do cut back some of them to make the site accessible, but we cannot remove all of them, so do recommend thin long-sleeved tops/leggings/skins to reduce the likelihood of them getting any bites and scratches. Our weather changes from day to day, so wellies and spare clothes could still be needed.
This term we will be encouraging the children to check the weather forecast for the day so that they can start to think about what they need to bring. It would be really helpful if you would be able to support them with this.
We would also like to share the following link - this campaign is currently being promoted and if successful will result in funding from the Government. This will enable schools to provide opportunities for quality outside learning and enhance vital nature connection for the children. Research shows that spending time in nature promotes well-being both physically and mentally. Please follow the link, and if you wish, sign the petition.
Mrs Laws and Miss Kogel
We are calling for a Nature Premium to guarantee regular time in nature for all children and young people with additional funding and support to level up those with the least access to nature. The impact of COVID-19 on mental health, the demands of young people in response to COP26, and the climate and biodiversity crises mean we urgently need the Nature Premium to help our children grow up ...
We promise to: