Year 4 Forest School were down at Holywell beach yesterday. Thanks to the spring tide the low tide was super low exposing lots of rock pools full of assorted molluscs and crustaceans for us to catch in our nets and get a close look at. The weather stayed dry and warm and we scavenged the shore line looking for whelk eggs, mermaid’s purse, cuttlefish remains and various sea shells such as Limpets and Dog Whelks. We found out that Dog Whelks eat Limpets by boring through their shells, squirting in some gastric juices and sucking out the liquefied Limpet. Yummy!We collected around ten different types of seaweed including Serrated Wrack, Sea Lettuce, Sea Belt, Dulse and Thong Weed. Did you know that a Sea Potato is not a plant but a kind of Sea Urchin?
We discovered that Spring tides occur when the earth, sun and moon are lined up in a row at the new moon and full moon phases. This causes the gravitational pull of the sun and moon to work together in one direction to pull on the earth’s water, causing the greatest difference between high and low water. Smaller tides, called neap tides, are formed when the earth, sun and moon form a right angle. This causes the sun and moon to pull the water in two different directions. Neap tides happen during a quarter or three-quarter moon.
We also did some amazing artwork using the natural materials that we found on the beach.
Group 1 will be going to the beach in two weeks time.
The last Forest School session for Year 5 last term ended with the long awaited float your boat challenge and the eagerly awaited stuff your face with marshmallows feast. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time at this amazing woodland venue and are looking forward to returning next year for Year 6 camp. Being at Bushy for two terms has helped our little woodland area at school have a bit of a rest over the winter months, which is part of our ecological management plan. We are back on site with Year 4 for terms 5 and 6, which will include a trip to the beach and the much loved residential at Mallydams Wood for the annual badger watch!
The School has been over run with herds of large and small reindeer. With beady eyes and sharp chiselled looks these very friendly, carrot-loving, carol-singing, four-footed wonders have dropped in to say hello and bring some Christmas cheer. Large and small reindeers have been spotted in the car park and the staff room but they seem to be keen to have a nose around. The children have also been busy making Christmas treats in Forest School. Have a look at some of these in the gallery. Keep your eyes open for those reindeer!
Year 3 were able to harvest the first salad of our allotment garden. The radish are ready to be thinned out and we also planted some more seeds for a later crop. We used the leaves to start a compost heap to provide nourishment for the soil in the years to come. We also planted spring onions and spinach donated by Incredible Edible Pevensey and Westham, a local group which promotes sustainable growing and environmental issues