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Cats Protection League Visit -March 2018


As our Purrfect Skills Programme is based around our two cat characters Mimi and Jasper, we thought it would be nice to actually go and visit the cats at the Cats Protection League.  


Mandy the lovely School Co-ordinator made us feel very welcome and we started the visit by going to see some of the furry residents. They have a traffic light system which shows if a cat is AngryScared or HappyMandy explained how important it is to respect that not all cats are the same and we have to treat them as individuals.  She showed the group how the cats body language can indicate how they are feeling.  This linked in nicely with the work that we have been doing in our sessions around our own feelings and facial expressions we use to show others how we might be feeling.


We met Max, a beautiful black and white cat who had his claws crossed that he would be going to his forever home that week.  He was a little unsure of coming into the room to meet the children but still braved it to the door.


After a squash and a few yummy biscuits, it was time to walk back to school with our huge goody bag that the centre gave us full of fun activities.  We have been invited back in the summer to take a picnic and hopefully (if they have some) get the chance to see some kittens!








Our Feelings Fingers!!

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Every day we give the children a chance to discuss their feelings and emotions to help them express themselves more clearly.  


We focus on the main words used for feelings such as sad, happy,angry, surprised and afraid.  We then think of other words that can also describe the same feeling but at different levels.  So for example, when a child expresses they are angry they could be feeling it in many different ways such as:


cross                       resentful

irritated                 mad

frustrated              hot

annoyed                  enraged

stressed                 furious


Teaching your children the right words to express their feelings helps them to become more expressive, confident and understand their feelings.


We have made some feelings fingers this week which was great fun.  The children will be using them in school to talk about their feelings.




Following on from last weeks bird watch, we thought we would have some fun by making bird feeders to encourage more birds to visit our school and at home.  Scroll further down to see the pictures smiley


It's so much fun and easy to do, you can make these at home as long as you have permission to do so first. 


Here is what you need:


Fir cones (as many as you like)

1 block of lard - start by using half

300g wild bird seed

100-200g currants

Medium bowl

String or twine

Pair of safety scissors (or ask an adult to do the cutting)




Cut your piece of string approximately 30cm long and tie it to the top of the fir cone.


Cut the lard (using a butter knife ask an adult) block in half, pour in the seed and currants and using your hands, get stuck in and squish it all together!


When all the ingredients are mixed evenly, start pushing the mixture into the spaces of the fir cone until it is completely covered.


Find a suitable place to hang your feeder so you can watch the birds feed and cats can't pounce on them.






Making Bird Feeders

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This week in our busy Beehive we have been learning about our native birds by identifying them using our RSPB poster.  We made finger puppets, learnt about Crossbills and took part in the RSPB Birdwatch 2018. 


We wandered down to our wild area with our clipboards and used our observation and listening skills to find out what birds frequently visited our school site. 


In 1 hour we saw:


3   Blackbirds                        1    Robin

15 Black headed gulls            5    Starlings

1   Blue Tit                            9    Goldfinches

10 Carrion Crows                   10  Woodpigeons     5 Ferral Pigeons


When we finished collecting all our data, we entered it onto the RSPB website and sent it off to be counted as part of the National research on bird activity in Britain.  

Here we are on a chilly sunny afternoon having fun bird spotting!

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Adding our data to the RSPB website.

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