Day 22-wildflowers

Today we carried on our class National Insect Work writing about what we saw on our mini-beast hunt. Some super writing was produced with high levels of engagement from all. The kids are picking up the names of species new to them. There getting more used to where to look. When we first went out to look for snails they were a bit stand offish, not knowing what to do. Now there getting stuck in looking under leaves on plants, lifting stones, digging in the dirt. Things kids should know how to do already by the age of 5 and 6. They still show a preference for snails, but are keen on the hunt for beetles with our class pet.

I took another group put at dinner to develop their photography skills. This group mainly showed a fondness for wildflowers and mushrooms. So today was predominantly out of focus daisies, but they’re enjoying exploring the school fields edges which are normally off limits to them.

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The children have been very excited to see our coconut bird feeders are going down. We haven’t seen any birds on them, as 23 noisy children is enough to scare off most birds. But they can see it’s going down.

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We spent the afternoon sat out in the sun for sports day. Too hot for them, lots of tears when they didn’t win, but done and out of the way. A number of frogs for found in the grass where the kids were sat.

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A pretty good day for wild exploration.

 

 

Day 16-A bird on a wire

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Today was a busy day at school. Report writing during the afternoon and then moderating maths after work at another school. A fairly unproductive meeting didn’t leave me in the best mood. On the way home I stopped of at B&Q along the River Hull. After popping into get a few bits I needed I took a walk down a narrow footpath enclosed by thick bushes. This took me out into a scruffy path alongside the River Hull. Littered by cans and crisp packets, and probably frequented by less than savoury character at night, might not seem like the nicest area to look for wildness, but flitting back and forth over the river were a host of birds. Bees were flitting over the bushes. A few minutes walking just a short way down the path left me feeling much more revived especially after seeing a lovely little chap in green on the wires of B&Q.

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Back at home after sorting out tea, school work I did some late night weeding and enjoyed some moon gazing in the peace of the garden.

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A few other sites in the garden.

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Day 6 – write a poem

So far most of the poems I’ve seen have been haiku’s. Being a year 1 teacher I will stick with the simpler acrostic poem.

Terrific

Heart-warming

Idealistic

Regenerative

Titillating

Yearly

Delightful

Amazing

Yeatsian

Satisfying

Olfactory

Flourishing

 

Wonderful

Inspiring

Little

Distractions

 

Not amazing, but a bit of a rushed job.

A few photos from my parents garden.

 

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Day 4-staying close to home

Alice is a hungry baby today leading to us staying close to home as we aren’t getting long between feeds. So today has been a day of enjoying the little things in my garden.

I mowed the lawn leaving an edge to grow longer to provide a passageway for wildlife. Along the border a number of plants are flowering from wild flower mix put down a month back. Not actually sure what they are though.

Refilled the bird feeders in the front and back garden.

Alice is sleeping now so I’m going to try to watch into the wild.