Bonjour Snape Superstars!
How are you all doing?
I'm so pleased that some people have been commenting on the blog posts, please do write in with what you've been up to!
I'd love the whole school to have a go at bird spotting.
Find a quiet comfy nice spot in your garden to sit for 10 mins. What birds can you see and hear? Look them up in a book or online to find out their names.
I was SO excited to spot one of these in our garden this morning, right outside my window when I was making a cup of tea!!! They are the most beautiful incredible little birds called a Bullfinch - the boys have a brighter colouring than the girls and that coral colour on their chest is SO bright and like a living peach with wings, they are just incredible. Sadly they're quite rare these days, so this is only about the 4th time in my life that I've seen one!
What exciting birds can you see and hear?
I've been blown away listening to their singing every day too. Are there different ones which sing in the morning to those who sing at night?
Let me know what you find and what your favourite ones are. I can't wait to hear.
The RSPB website is a great resource www.rspb.org.uk
Now for the really fun part - firstly when you see them, can you sit still long enough to hear them sing!? Can you note down some fun descriptive words and share them? Once you have identified some birds, look up their songs on here, then we'll be able to learn to identify the birds not just by looking at them but by hearing them! It's amazing, you'll be experts :-)
(copy and paste this link to look up bird songs, also possible on the rspb website).
HI EVERONE! :-)
how are you all?
I was so so happy to hear some comments in the last blog post, please keep it up, if you can all send a short message each week of what you've been up to in your gardens or in nature it'd be SO amazing to hear. Even better if you can draw a picture, poster, writing, poem, description, make a song or a dance about anything to do with nature or gardening, do share your experiences - think of these comments like the talking-stick circle, a place to share and communicate with each other.
Here's something we've done for you and I thought you'd all enjoy to have a go.
Take some paper or write it when you're back.
We started by doing this in our garden, Uma and Flynn made a clipboard using a hard book and a piece of paper, wrote collumns in for all of the 5 senses, then we added an extra category for 'what do you love' (you can do that instead of taste if you like, as you know we have to be careful with ensuring we're eating nothing poisonous). They then wrote down 5 for each of the senses that they smelled, saw, felt, heard etc. Uma is older, so she also did some descriptive writing about what she experienced, she used lots of creative vocabulary which was fun :-) They loved it so much that the fun extended into a whole adventure into the forest, you can do this on a walk, they climbed trees, explored lots of different textures of tree bark, smelled and touched everything, as we went we thought of how to describe it all. We listed to beautiful birds, the wind and my favourite part was hearing about the things they loved. They ended up collecting lots of sticks too to make something with in the garden and I found smaller ones for peas to grow up.
Send me your lists and descriptions of your sensory adventures in your gardens or on walks, what can you find! What does everything smell, feel and look like?
We also found the most DISGUSTING mushroom I've ever seen, yuk! Uma poked it with a stick and it was like a giant spot which popped and oozed, yuk! It was very funny but so gross!
Have fun everyone :-)
Stay well :-)