Year 1 Forest School: Designer Bug Hotels

Year 1 enjoyed an afternoon of sunshine and nature at Forest School today. They started their session in the Eco Garden, where they were challenged to work in teams to find ten plants that are edible, or produce edible fruits/seeds. Each team captain recorded their finds on a whiteboard and what an amazing array of plants they found in the garden, from sweet treats like rhubarb, cherry, redcurrant, blackcurrant, apples, pears, grapes and strawberries (although not all ripe yet), to more savoury options such as radish, carrot, potato, mint, lettuce, tomatoes, peas, cucamelons, and rosemary! Great teamwork Everyone. 

After their scavenger hunt, the children further showed what fantastic Collaborative Cats they are by working together to water all of the plants in the garden: quite some undertaking.

For the second part of the afternoon the children used their imagination and building skills to build designer bug hotels, with some very interesting features, like zip wires! The children applied their knowledge of minibeasts and their habitats in order to build hotels with the ideal features for an comfortable minibeast stay.

The children then spent some time exploring the treasure basket and making use of the digging tools, before finishing up with a treasure hunt, searching for metallic leaves that had been left behind by the Rowdy Romans (Year 3) who visited the Forest School area before half term. 

Wow! What a busy afternoon. 

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