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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA: JUNE/JULY


HAVING FUN IN THE FOREST!


Katy and Daniel have their own Garden A SHORT STORY FOR YOUNG CHILDREN BY CHRIS BOWER©2019


Katy and Daniel have each been given a small patch of the garden for their very own, to grow in it what they like. Katy says she will grow flowers because she likes flowers. Daniel says he will grow vegetables because he likes vegetables.


Continued from cover... Bassenthwaite School is ideally situated on the doorstep of Dodd Wood, where there is a rich and varied environment for pupils to learn and apply new skills.


The school recently held many days out with their pupils enjoying their location and having fun in the forest. The Early Years children spending time exploring in the forest finding out fascinating facts about snails! They used natural objects to create snail art, then got messy making mud paint to paint their own representations.


Daddy tells them what will grow best in their gardens, because flowers and vegetables are very fussy


about their soil and sunshine and water.


Next time Mummy and Daddy go to the Garden Centre, Katy and Daniel go too. They look very carefully at the packets of seeds for flowers and for vegetables. They choose the right seeds for their gardens.


When they get home, they plant the seeds carefully, just as it says on the packets. They mark where the seeds are planted and water their gardens carefully. Every day, if there is no rain, they water their seeds. After a few days, Daniel gets bored with watering and goes to play with his friend Matthew. Katy keeps watering her garden and after several days, tiny shoots begin to appear.


When Daniel sees Katy’s green shoots, he decides to start watering again. After a while, his green shoots appear but not nearly as many as Katy’s. They both water their shoots for a few days, but again Daniel


Year One and Two enhanced their science theme ‘growing’ whilst in their forest. They found out about the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees and went tree spotting!


The Key Stage Two children have enjoyed sessions observing the ospreys and creating forest colour wheels.


It is important to the school that they extend their curriculum to include ‘Forest School’ as pupils are more physically active and they gain confidence and improve their self-esteem, which has a huge impact on their emotional and mental wellbeing.


© SUSAN FLEMING


gets bored and goes to play and forgets to water.


Every day, after tea, Katy checks her flowers. She gives them water if they need it and pulls up any weeds. One day, her first flower appears. Katy is so pleased. Very soon, there are a lot of flowers and Katy picks a lovely bunch for her Mummy.


Daniel goes to his garden to pick some vegetables for Mummy. He has to search among the weeds to find just a few rather small vegetables, which he picks for Mummy. He is very disappointed with his garden.


Daddy says, “Try again next year, Daniel, now that you have learned a lot about growing vegetables. If you want to grow lots of good vegetables next year, you will have to look after them every day.” Daniel is determined to grow a lot of good vegetables next year.


AND NOW FOR SOMETHING TO DO... Imprints from Nature For this you will only need... Plasticine Things from nature like leaves, stones, snail shells, nuts and twigs


Roll plasticine into a ball. Put your ‘thing’ from nature on to a flat surface. Press the ball of plasticine onto the thing. Lift the plasticine off the thing and you will have a lovely print of the thing in the plasticine.


If you want to make something that will last, you could use oven-bake modelling clay instead of plasticine and with the help of an adult and following the instructions, bake the clay in the oven. You will then have a permanent impression of your thing. You could then colour the impression if you are really clever.


WWW.THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK ISSUE 432 | 20 JUNE 2019 | 37


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