Today the children were taken to the woods to build nests for the birds. The class were split into pairs and set off to different areas of the woodland. They had been given collecting bags to put their materials in.
The children collected twigs of various sizes, leaves, moss, grass and lots of mud. Some of the children were reluctant to get their hands dirty, where as others could not get muddy enough. The children tried different ways to construct their nests, asking for advice when they needed it. The children found that mixing the mud with leaves would stop the mud from falling out and if the children put moss or leaves in the middle of the nest, it would stop the eggs from breaking.
One of the children made a nest just from long grass, putting mud in the middle to protect the eggs. Two of the group who collected large amounts of materials for the nest, made a huge nest on the woodland floor big enough for at least half a dozen birds. They spent a long time constructing their nest, putting lots of time and effort into building it. They were all really pleased with their results.
The children worked well together, helping each other to work out how to construct their nests. It was pleasing to see the children cooperating as a group and helping each other solve problems.
Some of the children put their nests into the trees and others left them on the benches, hoping the birds will visit them. There was then time to have a short free play session and we played a game of hide and seek, before returning to school.