CHILDREN from Little Sutton C of E Primary School have been getting stuck into a different kind of home learning with their Wildlife In the Garden week.

The themed week of home learning activities has seen children from Reception through to Year 6 participate in the nature project, with the aim of encouraging pupils to explore wildlife in their gardens and near where they live, whilst learning more about local wildlife.

Activities undertaken include planting wildflowers, nature photography and colouring in with nature, creating nature project books about a British wild plant, animal or insect and drawing.

Pupils of the Berwick Road school have also been finding out more about the nature that lives in the Little Sutton area with bird surveys and mini beast hunts, as well as activities to support and encourage nature in their gardens such as bug hotels and bird feeders.

As part of The Samara Trust, the project was a collaboration with Little Sutton Primary School’s fellow Trust schools, with Upton Heath Primary School completing the project in April, and Clutton Primary School undertaking the project from May 18.

Executive principal of Little Sutton Primary School Zoe Carciero said: “We had planned a wonderful Bug Week in April for our children, unfortunately that plan was derailed due to coronavirus, so we were delighted to have Wildlife in The Garden week as an alternative.

"Our children are still creating their own newsletter each week, and it was wonderful to see the bug hotels and bird feeders built as well as the stunning photography, photos and project books.

"We have a very talented bunch of children at Little Sutton and they really enjoyed this week of activities.

“As we are all at home far more at the moment, this is just the right time for encouraging children to take an active interest in the natural world around them, understanding more about the key issues faced by wildlife in the UK, and the actions they can take to support wildlife.

“This week has also seen the sunflowers we planted at school placed into the ground at the Little Sutton Community Centre by Positive Action for Little Sutton.

"We are thankful to Steve from PALS for taking care of the sunflowers for us whilst school has been closed to the majority of pupils.

"Hopefully the sunflowers will attract even more beautiful butterflies and other wildlife to our local area in Little Sutton, and bring a little sunshine to those that see them.”