Planting Spring Bulbs.
On Friday 29th September, Phil Curnock; a local farmer and keen gardener, visited the school to help the Eco-Council plant a selection of spring bulbs. The Eco-council selected the bulbs they wanted to plant and invited pupils to come and take part in the planting. The Eco-council supported the younger children with selecting and planting the bulbs as well as engaging in conversation with them. Phil Curnock shared lots of facts about the bulbs were planting, as well as showing us the correct way to plant them.
The bulbs we planted were:
We look forward to seeing the flowers appear in the spring months between April and May!
A Hairy Visitor!
On 5/10/17 at lunchtime some children spotted a very unusual looking caterpillar crawling across the playground. The caterpillar was very brightly coloured, large in size and very hairy! Miss Curnock was not sure what type of caterpillar it was, the Eco-council are going to do some research to find out what type of caterpillar it is.
Do you know the name of this caterpillar?
Miss Curnock set the Eco-council a mission to find out what type of caterpillar it was. The children did some research and found out that it is a Pale Tussock Moth Caterpillar!
They are commonly found in gardens, hedgerows and parks in England.
We think this is a male because the males have an orange-brown antennae.
This caterpillar is also known as a larvae, it is bright green-yellow, with four tufts of golden yellow hairs. They will grow slowly between late June and early October and then overwinter they make their pupa where they will transform into a moth.
Look at our vegetables!
Some members of the Eco-council checked the vegetables that have been growing in the school grounds.
Wow, our corn on the cob is growing really tall! Hopefully it won't be long until the sweetcorn is ripe.
In our vegetable patch we have Red Cabbage, Broad Beans, Beetroot and Broccoli growing.
When they are ready to be harvested, we will give them to our chef to cook for lunch.
The School grounds during Winter.
The Eco-council were very excited after they spotted the bulbs we planted in Autumn starting to appearing from the soil! We are going to keep a close eye on these to make sure they grow strong and healthy.
The children also discovered some crocus' and snowdrops growing by the edge of the school field.
Our Winter vegetables are also growing well.
Here is our broccoli, purple sprouting and broad beans!
The Eco-council were very grateful for the kind donation of daffodil and tulip bulbs from Annabel's Nanny. It was important to plant them quickly as they are spring bulbs so they need to be planted as soon as possible.
Farmer Phil kindly came in to help us plant the bulbs and choose the perfect areas in the school to plant them.
After our meeting this afternoon, the Eco-council decided to go outside and explore the school grounds for spring bulbs that are appearing. They took a camera with them to photograph what they found. Here is what they found:
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