Author Archives: Jane Bain

Buzzards

Yesterday, as we left the woods, we spotted a buzzard flying overheard. We have heard a buzzard call a couple of times but this is the first time we have seen it. After looking at the photographs today, the children were very interested in finding out more about buzzards. We found an RSPB website and the children were particularly keen to listen to the sound the buzzards make and pressed the “play” button repeatedly to hear the call. We learned that buzzards have a wing span of between 113 and 128cm – that’s bigger than nearly all of our children. We printed out some photographs and put them up on our wall.

When we went out to play in the garden we became very excited to see 3 buzzards flying overhead – we watched and listened to them as they flew around (staff were as excited as the children!)

Woodland Play 10 Oct 2019

In the woods today we were building on the interest the children have shown in finding and collecting acorns. Yesterday we learned how to identify an oak tree by looking at the shape of its leaves. Today we walked through the woods and tried to spot more oak trees. We were excited to find a tiny little baby oak (we put sticks around it to protect it because we were worried someone might stand on it) and also an enormous oak tree that took 4 children to stretch their arms around it. We learned that oak trees are known as the King of the Forest and that they grow very slowly but are very strong. Jane, Jordan and Lynda also learned that oak trees produce male and female flowers – the male flowers develop in a group called a catkin. Catkins hang down from twigs and release their pollen into the air where they are blown around to pollinate a nearby female flower.  After pollination, the base of the female flower forms a woody cup, and the flower forms a woody fruit called a nut – an acorn!

We put wood cookie labels on some of the oak trees we found. If you are walking in the woods maybe you will spot one!

Woodland Play 30 Sept 2019

What a lovely autumn day we had today in the woods. We put up a hammock and the children enjoyed taking turns swinging in it. We made a fire and, this week for a change, cooked some damper bread over it. The children kneaded the dough before we wound it like a snack around a stick and held it over the fire. The wood was very damp so we all had to work hard to keep the fire going. We collected some wood to store which will hopefully keep a little drier for future occasions.