A few weeks ago a fellow member of staff at school, Mrs Capper told me how the children in her class last year had designed some minibeast hotels but had never got around to building them. As spring is arriving we decided this would be the perfect time to create a conservation area at school.
With the help of the school caretaker Mr Campbell and 12 very enthusiastic year 5 pupils, we managed to collect some wooden pallets, branches, logs and dried leaves. Some children also brought in old plant pots and tubing.
So, we met up at 12.30pm Thursday lunchtime. We put on aprons and allocated the job of photographer to one of the pupils who had taken part in my photography club last year.
Step1: The children carried logs and bricks from Mrs Cappers car to our chosen spot, a small area of grass outside the school hall.
Step 2: We found a level piece of ground and stacked 4 pallets on top of each other. They were a bit wobbly to begin with but Mr Campbell soon sorted that out.
Step 3: The children pushed logs, sticks, pots and bricks into the gaps of the pallets.
Step 4: The children collected twigs, dead leaves and moss to push into the bricks and pots and any crevices.
The hotel isn’t quite finished. We still have a lot more things to collect but for half an hours work, I think we did pretty well!
The children found a discarded traffic cone towards the end of lunchtime. There were quite a few woodlice crawling around inside as well as garden snails and slugs. Before we knew it, the children had shook the traffic cone over the hotel and shouted ‘Hooray! Our first customers!’ I don’t think the woodlice knew what was going on!
We will continue building the minibeast hotel nest Thursday lunchtime, so watch this space!