Week 1 - We talked about the changing leaves and made a special paint potion out of blackberries and water. Our tool this week was the pestle and mortar which we used to crush the blackberries. Tasty Treat this week was a biscuit and blackberry juice! We explored the secret garden and the castle and solved problems in the water chute!
Week 2 - This week we found lots of secret symbols today in the garden! There was a note on the door that said, "knock 5". We knocked five times to enter. We discovered the magic mustard tin with the symbol 'a' inside as well as an apple and a knife. We discovered some pips which we planted around the edge of the fire circle.
We mixed yellow and blue paint to make green and did some apple printing with the apple. We discovered secret symbols under the castle. Lots of letters, but what does it spell? Tasty Treat today was an apple and blackcurrant and apple juice!
Week 3 - Today was a very rainy day but we dressed for the weather and had lots of fun! The number on the gate to the secret garden was number '3'. We knocked three times to get inside. Miss Whitfield told us that a long time ago, before the school was built, bog babies roamed the land. They went underground so sometimes if we put our ear to the ground we hear them.
We made a shelter in the den with tarpaulin and listened to the rain.
Someone was snoring inside the magic mustard tin today! We found lots of objects beginning with 'S' and then a sleeping bog baby. We said 'ssssssss' to make him smile!
Tasty treat today was Bog Baby biscuit and Bog Baby Berry Juice!
Week 4 - Today we had to knock 4 times to get into the secret garden. The bog baby was hiding in the magic mustard tin which was sitting on the top of the den as well as a book called Leaf Man!
We read the book and talked about the falling leaves. We even saw some leaves falling from the big tree.
We used crayons from the tin to make leaf rubbings, planted some acorns and found the secret symbols 'a' and 'A' around the 'forest'. Some of the children went on a bug hunt and made 'Bug Soup'! Thankfully tasty treat today was lemon leaves (lemon curd on wraps) and apple juice!
Week 5 - Today we had to knock 6 times to get into the Secret Garden gate! The Magic Mustard Tin was no where to be seen, but after a bit of detective work, we spotted it on the bird table which gave us a clue of today's activity!
The Bog Baby brought lots of object beginning with 't' today as well as the letters s, a and t, which meant we could build some words - sat and at!
We sorted leaves by colour and made some cereal bird feeders by creating a repeating pattern using the cereal.
Tasty treat today was juice and a Rich 'T' biscuit!
Week 6 - This week we read the story of The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza! The bog Baby brought the letter 'P' and we had to know 8 times to enter the secret garden!
We started to make our Bug Hotel this week as well as making our own Bog Baby pizzas from natural materials.
Tasty Treat this week was chocolate-covered hedgehog prickles (chocolate fingers) and hedgehog (summer fruits) juice!
Week 7 - Today we read the story Aaaarghhh Spider! and looked for spiderwebs around the garden. The bog baby brought us lots of the sounds that he had told us about and asked the children to tell him the sounds they remembered! Today's tasty treats were bat and ghost gingerbread biscuits...spooky!