15th June 2023
Libby, our local forest school teacher and school governor, ran a forest school session with Crummock Class today.
We had lots of fun whilst enjoying a session focused around birds. The children started by using an app to see if we could identify different birds by their song. We were able to hear a goldfinch, however we were able to observe swallows, pied wagtails, seagulls, crows and pigeons within the school grounds. We are very lucky to have a setting submersed in nature! We tried to use bird call tools but we were unable to trick the app.
Next we spoke about worm charming. We had a try ourselves but the ground was too solid from all the hot weather and no worms were fooled by our stamping. Luckily Libby has made some string worms and we played a game pretending to be adult birds, collecting worms in our ‘beaks’ and bringing them back to feed the chicks in our nest.
We then used lots of natural materials which would be available to birds to create our own nests. We had to place our nest in a location where we thought it would be safe for predators and the weather!
Our final activity involved dissecting an owl pellet to discover what a barn owl had eaten for his dinner. We were able to identify the skull to be that of a shrew. This was a perfect start for this terms science topic of living things.
All in all a very fun session in the sunshine. Thank you Libby for a super afternoon of learning!