Spring Term 2017

Monday, April 24th, 2017

This term we  learnt to identify some of the birds that visit our gardens.  Very soon the children were naming the birds they saw at home and Nursery.  They quickly learnt what the different birds like to eat, where you are most likely to see them and interesting information about their habits and appearance.  Maike gave us a basket full of pine cones which we turned into robins.  We hung them from the rafters in Nursery where they look quite realistic!

During the winter months we regularly fed the birds outside with sunflower hearts.  We made our own feeders using fir cones that we rolled in lard and seeds.  The birds loved them and we were delighted to see, nuthatches, blue tits, great tits, goldfinches, robins, blackbirds, chaffinches and pigeons enjoying the fayre.  One day a group of long-tailed tits dropped in and on two occasions we were lucky enough to see a yellow hammer – our first sightings of this bird.

In March, as usual, we celebrated World book Day.  The children dressed as favourite characters from books and brought stories to be read in Nursery.   Some of their parents came and read too.  We made flower banners for Mother’s Day and pot covers for our daffodils that we planted in the Autumn.  Despite our best efforts they failed to flower in time for the Horticultural Show but we managed to make them look  very attractive and colourful.

Nicola, Georga and Noah’s Mum, brought some of her lambs in and the children loved cuddling them and bottle feeding them.  We held a traditional Easter Egg Hunt and although we found lots of eggs, no-one spotted the Easter Bunny!

At the end of the term we said goodbye and a huge thank you to Christina and Fay who are leaving us to work in other schools.   We are however, really pleased to welcome Matilda who was one of our pupils many years ago and is currently studying part time at Alton College for her teaching qualification.  We are also very pleased that Maike is staying and increasing her hours with us.  We are looking forward to a happy and sunny summer term!


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