Nature Journal

Updated weekly by our very own Nature Club.

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  • 28/09/23

    Thursday 28th September 2023

    As part of our ongoing commitment to more responsible food production and consumption, we were very excited to unpack our worms and put them in the bottom of the wormery. Food scraps and tea bags have gone in the tray above and even the dregs of the lovage soup. Waste from the staff room was then pu...
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  • 22/09/23

    Friday 22nd September 2023

    Last year nature club used nettles to make fertilizer and nettle soup, so this autumn we had a go at making Lovage soup.  It was based on a Roman recipe, but I brought a potato from home to act as a thickener. We learnt that the name Lovage is derived from the place-name Liguria in Italy and th...
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  • 14/09/23

    Thursday 14th September 2023

    Nature club have made a list for the rest of the term for jobs we need to do.  Some of them have already been crossed off!  Firstly, we moved the composter into the field, so that children can put their apple cores, banana skins etc in it at play times.  Then, we used the wheelbarrow...
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  • 08/09/23

    Thursday 7th September 2023

    As we are experiencing a mini heatwave the nature clubbers watered everything except the Mediterranean herb bed which was humming with bees. One of our fruit trees, the Victoria plum, has produced fruit in its second year. We counted 22 and they weighed in at 5 oz. They washed them and enjoyed eatin...
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  • 01/09/23

    Thursday 31st August 2023

    Our first nature club meeting of the year unsurprisingly involved weeding and watering.  The herb bed is absolutely flourishing and  full of pollinators as almost every plant is flowering.  The eagle-eyed children spotted various bugs which you might be able to pick out in the photo o...
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  • 24/08/23

    Thursday 24th August 2023

    One of the exciting aspects of creating a wildlife pond is that you never know what flora or fauna will arrive as it develops.  A lot of the insects such as diving beetles and pond snails have been brought in as eggs on plants we have submerged such as water mint, water soldiers and water lilie...
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  • 07/07/23

    Thursday 6th July 2023

    Nature club really enjoyed the pond-dipping session this Thursday.  We managed to identify most of the creatures, except a scorpion like one which may have been the larvae of a damsel fly.  We spotted leech, pond snail, pond skaters, water boatmen, diving beetle, spider and ladybird, as we...
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  • 30/06/23

    Thursday 29th June 2023

    It was the final session on Thursday where the pupils choose an activity and Parker had organised an amazing treasure hunt in the nature area, which called on all the children’s knowledge that they have developed over the year.  The rain held off and they all entered into the spirit of it...
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  • 22/06/23

    Thursday 22nd June 2023

    Really pleasing to see all the dill and coriander coming up that we planted, which means that we now have 14 kinds of herb.  It was Louisa's turn to be Head Chef this week and she chose oregano and chives to be cooked guessed it...pasta! Next week Parker has chosen a treasure hu...
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  • 15/06/23

    Thursday 15th June 2023

    This week our new Head Chef Lila was cooking with herbs. She picked oregano and sage, which have really bushed out in this warm weather and added them to a tomato sauce flavoured with onion and garlic. All six children had two helpings, as well as Adam and myself. Everyone declared it delicious. It...
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  • 09/06/23

    Thursday 8th June 2023

    Today our schedule changed as our Head Chef forgot her ingredients to cook with herbs!  Not a problem as she will get another opportunity in a couple of weeks.  Instead, we headed out to the nature area and our two raised beds-one in the back and one on the front of the school.  We ha...
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  • 26/05/23

    Thursday 25th May 2023

    It is lovely to see the nature area springing into life with all the warm weather.  All the Mediterranean herbs are enjoying this dry, warm spell and the Hope Garden Mrs Bratu has planted with the children is a beautifully colourful corner.  This week was Anya's last turn to be He...
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