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  • Autumn 2021

    Published 23/11/21, by KP Parker

    Woodland Wonders re-started the third week of September, with year 3,4 and 5 participating every other week. At last, some normality!

    Year 3 enjoyed their first visit to the woods, learning all the risk assessing signs, the rules and began to risk assess for themselves. By the second part of the half-term we had even begun to do maintenance in the woods using tools. With a few sessions left until the Christmas holidays, we have a few more habitats to build and improve ready for the winter.

    Year 4 continued to help with maintaining the woods and improving the pathways which were hidden by the autumn leaves. They were concerned that these would develop into a  slipping hazard! In line with their class topic of celebrations, November saw the early celebration of Tree Decorating Day and Soil Day.

    Year 5 enjoyed re investigating the rubbish that they had left in the woods in November 2021 and were shocked that all the materials looked the same. All are going to try to improve their recycling at home. Year 5 also had a pupil voice session for future sessions in the woods. Requests included tents for bird watching, more quiet spaces and more craft activities.

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  • Summer 2021

    Published 23/11/21, by KP Parker

    Although Woodland Wonders sessions were difficult, outside learning continued throughout the school.

    We had a Gardening Week in which the whole participated, even parents came to school to help weed and plant areas in the school grounds!

    ECO were very busy as we had a Platinum Flag assessment. Thankfully, due to the hard work of everyone in school and on the ECO committee, we retained our platinum flag.

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  • Spring 2021

    Published 23/11/21, by KP Parker

    As some of our sessions were sadly cancelled due to Covid, we turned to online challenges that could be done from home.

    Challenges were sent out at the beginning of the week and involved tasks such as building dens, bird watching and spotting signs of spring. By bird watching at home, we were still able to participate in the RSPB bird count challenge.

    We applied for an orchard of fruit trees, which was a project with Natural Resources Wales. We had to provide details of our plans for the future, which we hope will extend our Green Finger Fridays to a Community Garden level allowing use on a regular basis to parents, grandparents etc with or without siblings. This would provide a valuable learning experience and help to enhance the school grounds.

    Woodland Wonders sessions continued with lots of maintenance of the area giving pupils the opportunity to use tools safely. This also gave us an opportunity to use our dead wood resources in a productive way by improving log piles and hotels for bugs.

    We also focused on a story called The Tin Forest which taught us all about the importance of helping each other and looking after our environment ensuring our rubbish is disposed of correctly.

    Spring was also busy in the poly tunnel planning for the next growth season, sorting seeds, gardening resources and planning what we could plant that would fruit at the right time.

     

     

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  • November 2o2o -April 2021

    Published 15/11/21, by KP Parker

    With a new lockdown in December, our Woodland Wonders sessions were also placed on the no-go list.

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  • October 2020

    Published 29/06/21, by KP Parker
    October 2020. New sessions were underway with Covid restrictions. All sessions had new routines including new non-contact greetings at the start of sessions, new ways of washing hands and having our hot drink and snack. &n
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  • September 2020

    Published 29/06/21, by KP Parker
    With the return to school came the return of Woodland Wonders. The polytunnel continued to provide lots of fresh fruit, salad and vegetables.  
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  • August 2020

    Published 29/06/21, by KP Parker
    Even though the school was not open, the poly tunnel rota meant that participating staff were able to pick freshly grown produce.   
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  • July 2020

    Published 29/06/21, by KP Parker
    With HWB continuing until the school holidays, we continued to participate in swapping plants with the facebook page.  With good care from all the HWB children they all grew from strength to strength. The fruit on the butternut squash started
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  • June 2020

    Published 29/06/21, by KP Parker
    With all the work going on, lots of lovely discoveries were made which prove that the area is enhancing the environment. In the future, this will provide valuable learning opportunities.   With the area cleared and the new mud kitchen
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  • May 2020

    Published 29/06/21, by KP Parker
    With the HWB up and running with social distancing in place, we created a small working group to develop and maintain the school grounds and woodland area. Myself, Mrs Rose and Mrs Bowring began clearing the now overgrown woods as woodland manag
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  • April 2020

    Published 29/06/21, by KP Parker
    As we all started to get used to our new lives working as HWB alongside other schools, Woodland Wonders sessions had stopped.  However the polytunnel slowly started to become part of HWB life. Pupils from other schools enjoyed joining us for wat
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  • March 2020

    Published 29/06/21, by KP Parker

    So Covid was getting to be more and more of a threat to everyday school life and lock down began but life went on in the pollytunel, even Stan the cat was visiting. Meanwhile we seemed to growing the world’s largest cabbage which Stan loved to sleep in!

     

     

     

    Even the shed had its usual new spring paint job, but everything was going to change. By the end of March we were classed as essential workers and only keyworker children came to school.  We became a HWB.

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