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Build a bug hotel

There are so many insects and bugs in our gardens at the moment and it's a great time to start building a bug hotel.  Follow this link from the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to find out what you will need and how to build your very own bug hotel.  We would love to see your photos! 


I Spy a Butterfly! 

How many butterflies have you seen this year?  The weather is certainly bringing them out.  Here are a few I've spotted in my garden over the last couple of weeks. 

Can you find these in your garden? 



Holly Blue
Yellow Brimstone
Male Orange Tip
Female Orange Tip
Red Admiral

Cloud Watching

We have had some some beautiful blue skies lately and some amazing clouds also.  

Whilst in my garden at the weekend, I was looking up at the clouds and noticed a whale swimming above my house!  Can you spot it in the first photo?  I have outlined it for you in the second photo. 

Why not find a good spot on on the grass and look up at the different clouds and see if you can spot something in the sky.  Maybe take a photo of it and email it to  p.hamlen@st-marybourne.hants.sch.uk


Look at this link from the national trust about cloud watching, have fun!


Pond Creation!

Look at this amazing wildlife pond made by a pupil from Oak class. Thank you for sharing this and well done! 🌈


"We collected some plants from the river and shells from the beach, then decorated it with fir cones and large pebbles/stones from the garden. And the best addition to our pond was a tadpole that we caught, called wiggle, he has two back legs now!"

Can you spot Wiggle the tadpole?


This is amazing, thank you to one of our pupils again for having a go at one of these projects. Thank you! 

Please see link below to YouTube video from Dodie giving an update on Makonsi



Make a wildlife pond

About 5 weeks ago I made a small pond in my garden using an old washing up bowl. Below are some step by step photos and instructions.  Look at the last photo, see how it is looking after those 5 weeks! 

You will need:
1 old washing up bowl
some gravel
large stones
2 tall plants and an oxygenating plant


What to do:
Dig a hole.
Put in the washing up bowl.
Wash the gravel.
Put the gravel in the bottom of the bowl.
Add some tall plants and some oxygenating plants to keep the water clear. 
Place some large stones to one side of the bowl so small creatures like hedgehogs can climb out. 
Tip the water in gently to fill the bowl. 
Plant around the pond. 

Weaving with natural materials

Using a piece of cardboard with string or wool, make yourself a weaving loom or even using some twigs tied together and attach wool from one end to the other.

Look for many different leaves, plant stems, twigs and flowers in the garden or whilst out on a walk to weave in and out of the wool.  Look at the photos below to give you some idea.  You may want to weave pieces of wool or string with the natural materials, this can be very effective.

Looking forward to seeing the end result, stay safe and have fun. 


Wow! Lovely to see your twig letter! 

Build a hedgehog house


I have been busy building a house for a hedgehog in my garden this week.  Although hedgehogs are very good at building their own homes, they will be very happy to move into one that has been made for them! 

Here are some photos and simple instructions to follow.  Find a quiet part of the garden to build your hedgehog house.  Ask a grown up to help you!

Please send us any photos of these projects, we would love to see how you got on.

Be happy and keep safe.

lay out some bricks like this
add 2 more layers of bricks
cover some wood with felt or use slab
place bricks or small slab over entrance

Now is a good time to start feeding hedgehogs so why not make your own hedgehog feeding station by following these easy instructions. Maybe ask a grown up to help you.


The quick, cheap and easy way:

  • Get a plastic storage box about 12” wide by 18” long (or bigger)
  • Either use it with the lid on, or turn the box upside down.
  • Cut a 4” to 5” hole (about a large fist size) in one of the short ends.
  • Tape around the cut-hole
  • Hedgehogs can be messy eaters, so plenty of newspaper on the floor of the box
  • Put the food at the opposite end so a fox or cat cannot put their long arm in and pull out the food
  • Put a brick or heavy weight on top of the box, to stop it being knocked over or the lid pulled off.
  • Place a bowl of cat biscuits or hedgehog biscuits in a shallow bowl as well as a shallow bowl of fresh water.  Never give milk or fish based food to hedgehogs.





The Butterfly Conservation Colouring Competition


Do you enjoy nature and spending time outside?  The butterfly conservation is a UK charity which monitors and protects our butterflies, moths and caterpillars.  Many butterflies are in decline and we need to protect these species. The butterfly conservation have a wonderful website with information and ways you can help encourage butterflies into your garden.

They are currently holding a colouring competition #ButterfliesForHope which runs from 28th April to 10th May. There are 3 categories; aged 0-8,  aged 9-15  and 16+.   If you are interested in taking part, follow the link where you will be able to download and print off this wonderful colouring sheet.  Good luck and enjoy!  


Make a twig letter

It looks like we have a few wet days ahead but that doesn't mean you have to stay indoors. Wrap up and go for a walk , jump in puddles or catch the rain drops on your tongue!

For those who like to be indoors on a wet day, here's a fun thing to do.  Make a letter from twigs, it could be the initial of your first name or someone else's name. 

You will need: 

Some twigs, the amount depends on your initial. The twigs are best with notches on as this gives character to the letter. 

Coloured wool or string 


Have a go and email a photo to school to p.hamlen@st-marybourne.hants.sch.uk or j.hopkins@st-marybourne.hants.sch.uk 

We would love to see how you get on! 


Find some sticks
Secure them together with string or wool
Now you have a letter
Cut off any long pieces of twig
Tie the wool and wrap around twig
Change colour by tying ends of wool together
Finish off with a loop at the top to hang letter
Natural Art Sculptures

Using natural materials found in my garden and on a walk,  I have been creating some natural art sculptures.

I have used fir cones, wood, sticks and flowers.  You could also use moss, leaves, grass, stones, anything that is natural. 

Can you work out what my sculptures are?  Why not create your own sculpture, take a photo of it and email it to p.hamlen@st-marybourne.hants.sch.uk or j.hopkins@st-marybourne.hants.sch.uk

We would love to see them and please ask an adult first before picking their flowers! 

Take care and stay safe 🌈.

Mrs Hamlen's Garden Bug Hunt

Today I have been on a bug hunt in my garden, below are photos of bugs/insects which I have found.

Can you find these bugs/insects in your garden?   What are they called?  Where did you find them?  Maybe you could choose one and write down some interesting facts about it. The final photo is a part of an insect which I found. Can you name the insect it belongs to?

This is just for fun but if you wish to take part, you may like to email me with your answers and information to p.hamlen@st-marybourne.hants.sch.uk

Take care and stay safe  🌈

What insect does this belong to?

Today we made rhubarb crumble, we dug the rhubarb from the garden.

Here is our recipe for rhubard crumble, why don’t you try to make this at home with a grown up.  Email your photos to Mrs Torkington, we would love to see how your crumble turned out!



Victoria and Harriet’s  Rhubarb Crumble


  1. Peel the skin off of the rhubarb.
  2. Cut the rhubarb into small pieces.
  3. Add them to a saucepan with some sugar and   gently heat for 20 minutes.
  4. Put 110g flour into a bowl with 50g of butter.
  5. Rub gently together until it looks like fine breadcrumbs.
  6. Add some castor sugar and oats to the mixture to make a nice and crunchy topping.
  7. Once the rhubarb has cooled down, place it in an ovenproof dish.
  8. Sprinkle the topping over the rhubarb.
  9. Cook in an oven at 180°c for 20 minutes.


Making Rhubarb Crumble

Today we planted potatoes and onions in the garden.