Family Learning Days

Wider Family Learning

Lane Green First School was lucky enough to be awarded a grant from Staffordshire County Council  for a wider family learning project.  Lane Green First school approached the Friends of Bilbrook and asked us to work in partnership with them to provide the project.

The project ran over a 5 week period with 11 families taking part.  4 of the sessions took place in Jubilee Wood and the final one back at Lane Green First School.  Each session was 2 hours long and the families created a scrap book all about what they had learned over the weeks.  Each family borrowed a school iPad to document their time and shared the photographs with us.

Lots of Activities

The families took part in bug hunting and pond dipping, created wild art, made and raced origami boats in the brook.  They even made a bird box each to take home and put up in their own gardens, as well as making animal homes in Jubilee Wood.

They were fortunate enough to observe students from Rodbaston College carry out our annual small mammal survey and got up close and personal to shrews, bank voles and wood mice.  They also took part in a bird ringing event run by the Brewood ringers and were able to hold some of the birds to release them back in to the wild.  They loved seeing blue tits, great tits, robins, blackbirds, bullfinches and gold finches in fine detail and learning all about them from the ringers.

Toasted Marsh Mallows

The programme ended with fire lighting back at school, toasting marshmallows, enjoying hot chocolate and sharing stories all about their experiences around the camp fire.