The younger children in school have been learning about Spikes and Stings and Sticky things this term. This encompasses slightly more risky plants; stinging nettles, brambles, thistles etc. Insects that may cause harm if provoked; bees, wasps, the occasional earwig, and Stick Safety; how we move and handle natural materials. Through this topic the children are encouraged to understand the importance of pollinators and the plants on which they live. How we protect them and ourselves. We’ve looked at why we provide spaces for these plants and insects to keep our eco-system healthy. This week we read a story about bees, looked at their fuzzy little bodies to see how this helps them collect pollen. The children learned about the dance of the bees and even tried out some moves of their own. Outside they created their own bees which they could then fly off with to see how many flowers they could find. Visiting each one in turn. Phew it’s surprisingly tiring visiting every dandy-lion you see.
Meanwhile other children were “buzzy” planting more flowers and vegetables, “cooking” with muddy mixtures, playing at being sloths hanging out in the trees, creating with clay and much more. Many of these photos were taken by the children who “interview” others whilst they work.