This year Cole Class are taking part in #30dayswild, and each day we will be carrying out a “random act of wildness”. On this page we’ll be keeping a track of our exploits this week.
Monday 4th June: Grass Whistles
We made squeaky whistles with blades of grass between our thumbs. Hold a piece of grass taught between the deges of your thumbs, and blow gently through the small hole with the grass in. The grass acts like a reed and vibrates as the air passes over it, making a squeaky sound. This is tricky to master!
Tuesday 5th June: Snail and Slug Hunt, Nature Table, Springwatch Academy
We had a triple whammy of nature wildness today. First, we watched the live edition of Springwatch Academy- a special show about nature for primary-aged pupils. After that, we went outside to hunt for slugs and snails (the children had specifically requested this!). We found loads in the damp and dark parts of the back field, especially hiding under the edge of the astroturf around the bottom of the London plane tree. After that, we collected items for our nature table, and talked about what we had found. We identified the different leaves and also saw how the hazel nut had been gnawed on by a squirrel.
Wednesday 6th June
Today I asked the children what they wanted to do, and they said that they wanted to look for more interesting things on the back field. We mainly concentrated on worms, centipedes, woodlice and beetles. We were very surprised how different the worms were, with lots of variation in their colour and size. On another #30dayswild session we will concentrate on identifying the different worm species that we can find.
Karar brought in a special animal box which included some of the exciting creatures that he had been inspired to find in his own garden. Most exciting was a beautiful cinnabar moth (identified by Holly) which unfortunately escaped and flew into the light fixture. Luckily I was able to rescue it after school (with the help of a step ladder and two other members of staff!) and I was able to release it safely onto the back field. There is plenty of ragwort nearby (which is its preferred plant for feeding).
Poppy brought in some of her finds too, including some very small feathers, which we think might have come from a pigeon.