Week 11- Bird week
BEWARE some of these pictures are of dissecting pheasants.

This week was bird week at Forest School all our weeks of preparation for the RSPB Big Garden Bird watch.

CHALLENGE 1; Bird watching with Mrs Latta.
Armed with our binoculars and bird identifying sheets the children sat quietly in groups and counted the different birds we had managed to attract to our bird feeder.

CHALLENGE 2; Sawing with Peter.
It is always surprising the amount of wood we get through on a weekly basis. The wood pile is always in need of replenishing. – we like to keep a pile nice and dry. The children are all becoming quite competent with the saw and like the rhythm they create with their friends.


CHALLENGE 3: Pheasants with Mrs S.
This challenge is a bit like marmite the children either love it or loathe it, on this occasion the number of loathes were kept to less than a handful.
We looked at camouflage, wing spans, types of feathers, their legs, how the male and female differ before moving on to the internal organs.

Did you know the fat a pheasant is yellow.
The gizzard is a muscular, thick-walled part of a bird’s stomach for grinding food, typically with grit.
This we found hard to cut through.
The children were fascinated to see that the bird stored it food in it crop.
After looking at the digestive system we wrapped the bird back up. The groups then had to decide where to hide the carcass and next week we will check whether the next part of the food chain has eaten them up.


CHALLENGE 4: Fire group with Bob. Myles, Alfie, Thomas and Olivia polished up their fire lighting skills ( ready for next week) and produced a fantastic fire. Bob then cooked pheasant breast with garlic for snack.

This was enjoyed by the majority with some children having forth helping!!

Next week is class 3’s last forest school. We are hoping to build dens and try our hand at own fires.

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