Glorious Gardens and Captivating Creatures!

Wow! What a weekend of celebration. On Friday, we marked Victory in Europe Day – VE Day. I hope you had the opportunity to celebrate with your family.

For this week’s suggested activities we want you to go to get out into your gardens or outside spaces only if you can. If you can’t, don’t worry, there will be plenty that you can do online or at your kitchen table.

Glorious Gardens and Captivating Creatures!

Monday:

Minibeasts Research

Have a look at the video on minibeasts to learn more about them. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z6882hv/articles/z9fkwmn

There are two further activities if you scroll down further, a fill the gap activity and a quiz.

Tuesday:

Designing a Bug Hotel

https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/garden-activities/build-a-bug-hotel/

Little hiding places can be hard for wildlife to find in some gardens, and what better use for all your garden or household waste and odds and ends? Build your bug hotel (also known as a wildlife hotel) and it could shelter anything from hedgehogs to toads, solitary bees to bumblebees, and ladybirds to woodlice.

With wildlife spaces in decline, this is an excellent way to provide life’s little beasts with a safe and comfy shelter.

Wednesday:

Design your own minibeast.

 How might they help the environment?

What might it look like?

Has it any unique features or characteristics?

Can you draw it and label it?

Thursday:

Today we would like you to learn a little bit more about plants. I know you did a little bit about plants earlier this year. Maybe you could use the resources from today to refresh your knowledge. Bethany and I have been doing a little over the weekend. We had so much fun! We planted a strawberry plant, a tomato plant, some spinach and a plant called livingstone. The plants were donated to us by our neighbour who did not need them anymore.

Livingstone:

There are a number of videos about plants for you to watch and activities to do.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zy66fg8

Research three plants or trees of your choice.

Some ways you might like to present this might include: PowerPoint; poster, booklet, bookmark; photo diary; drawings or diagrams.

https://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/plants.html

https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/modules/s2_plant_life/index.html?source=subject-Science-KS2-Science-Resource%20types

Friday:

Today, we would like you to become a spy for the day. You are on a mission to investigate how many different types of bird come into your outside space. For this activity you don’t need to be able to go outside, you just need to be eagle-eyed. Birds don’t hang around so maybe you could use a phone or tablet to take a photo of it so you can refer to it later.

On the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) website, there is a bird identifier tool which is really handy and easy to use. See link below. How many different types of birds enter your garden space?

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/identify-a-bird/

 

Bonus Challenge

If you are feeling up for it, have a go at designing your own garden or keeping a garden diary.

Please remember to have fun and to take care.

I look forward to hear from you soon.

Mr Whitty