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Forest School Blog WE 20.05.22

Week Ending Friday 20th May 2022

Happy World Bee day to everyone!

Children have had a special assembly this morning to celebrate World Bee Day.

Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities.

Pollination is, however, a fundamental process for the survival of our ecosystems. Nearly 90% of the world’s wild flowering plant species depend, entirely, or at least in part, on animal pollination, along with more than 75% of the world’s food crops and 35% of global agricultural land. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but also they are key to conserving biodiversity.

To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day.

The goal is to strengthen measures aimed at protecting bees and other pollinators, which would significantly contribute to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in developing countries.

In Forest School this week, we have been learning about different textures and most classes have been taking part in a barefoot sensory walk.

This has been a great success amongst most pupils and they have been requesting that they can have the activity in their forest school session. Different natural materials were chosen specifically, as some of our pupils can find sensory stimulus overwhelming. Most of the children really engaged with the activity and some children went onto using expressive language to describe the sensations they felt, as well as naming some of the materials properties.

The activity was also a great opportunity for pupils to be independent, by washing their own feet afterwards and putting their own socks and shoes back on.

Some of the key stage two classes have also been busy team workers and have been using their problem solving skills to transport water from one container to another, using loose parts. We did have a few leaks on the way but pupils worked together, listening to each other’s ideas and communicating to find a solution to rectify them.

We have continued to use tools in some classes and have been learning about the importance of keeping safe whilst using them.

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