Wild Club and Foxy Sid
Thanks to Orson in Reception we have the loan of a trail camera. We have used it around school over the last 6 months and have managed to capture footage of Foxy Sid in school.
Mrs Hallet was also able to film footage of her cubs playing using an i-pad.
In Reception and Nursery we were wondering who kept moving the toys and wellington boots …..now we know!
Foxy Sid is not a Sid - she has 3 lovely fox cubs which we have been lucky enough to spot playing around the grounds.
Take a look at the latest photos from Mr Browning and Miss Moore. Foxy Sid (or Sidwella) has been sneaking around the school grounds!
Read all about our school fox here.
Wild Club have spent this term looking for clues to see if we really have a fox visiting school. They have called it Foxy Sid (after St Sidwell's).
We have included some of the evidence below.
Watch out for the midnight fox!
We were lucky enough to be lent a trail camera and managed to get photos of cats sneaking into school. When we looked at the photos on a bigger screen at Wild Club we could see a fox sneaking along a boundary wall just before midnight.
Look at the top right hand side of the image....
Following the snow we looked for some more clues about the wildlife that visits our school.
Look at our video of Foxy Sid.
Mr Browning has copied this from the CCTV for us. Keep watching to see the fox being extra sneaky!
Today we picked broad beans to eat. We felt the furry pod and counted the number of beans inside. The highest score was 7.
Georgie is bringing in a great recipe for us to try.
We also tasted strawberries from the school strawberry patch....delicious!
Today we worked as a team to plant all the tiny lettuces that Joy the school gardener has grown for us. Let's hope the slugs and snails do not smell them and eat them!
Making natural art minibeasts.
Can you spot dragonflies, a head louse, a spider, a ladybird and the narwhale and porcupine that managed to creep in too?
Mini beast safari hunt
We found snails, centipedes, spiders, slugs and woodlice. The excitment level was high!
Wild Club has grown out of Mrs Hallett's desire to provide more outdoor adventures for the children in school. It aims to give more children the opportunity of taking part in a club that encourages them to develop their understanding of the natural world and how to care for it.
So far this term the children have been able to work with a partner to master the 'blind walk' trail along the secret path. One child guided their partner and looked out for areas of risk while the other child closed their eyes and followed the trail by holding onto a string that stretches along the fence next to the trail. Then the children changed over roles. Over two 'wild' sessions approximately 60 children had a go at this challenge, with our Wildlife Champions making sure the path was risk assessed in advance and that everyone stayed safe during the challenge.
The third session of 'Wild Club' found the children enthusiastically clearing an overgrown space under the bridge. They collected rubbish and re-built the wood pile so that the area can be developed as a minibeast village. Three of the Wildlife Champions added the minibeast hotels that they had built. In the future we hope to build more minibeast habitats with other children in school.
We have spent two club days keeping fit as we have raced our plastic bag kites around the playground. These proved very popular with the younger children.
They are easy to make - just tie string to the handles of a carrier bag and wait for a breezy day!
Please dispose of your bag responsibly to ensure that no litter is left when you finish your fun.
Elder wooden beads
In January we made our own beads from elder sticks. We took small lengths and hollowed out the inside. Then we coloured them with felt tip pens and threaded them onto pipe cleaners.
We learnt that willow is the favourite food of giraffes in conservation schemes in England. They like to pull the leaves off with their tongues and then nibble off the bark.
We pulled the leaves off short rods of willow and peeled the bark. We made magic wands to take home to add colour with felt pens.
Autumn leaf art
We have been using autumn leaves with material to create colours and shapes. We put the leaf under fabric and used a hammer to 'bash'it. The colour comes through leaving the shape of the leaf.