Tuesday 3rd May 2016 was a fun filled whole school outdoor learning session for McKinney Primary School. The whole school took part in the Habitat for Humanity Shack Attack Day. The pupils had to work together to plan and build a shack from junk resources. Sixteen fantastic shacks were constructed on the day using:
pallets, an old door, plastic, umbrellas, old rugs, cushions and pillows.
The pupils had to “live” in their shack for the remainder of the day. They enjoyed an outdoor lunch at their shack and played the maths games they had created from junk resources. The topic of waste is one of the topics McKinney Primary School is focusing on in their Eco-Schools programme.
Primary 3 and 4 had a great afternoon making the Minibeast Hotel. Mrs Knox had lots of very keen and willing helpers to fill in the pallets with objects such as pipes, roofing tiles, broken bricks, branches, canes, stones and pine cones. As we approach summer we expect insects to arrive in good numbers and we will be keeping a close watch now that the bug hotel is full hoping that many insects will want to stay there!!!
We will regularly be looking for, identifying and recording the different bugs that are in our Minibeast Hotel. As part of Eco schools we hope that our Minibeast Hotel will raise awareness of biodiversity and living things around us.
Many thanks to all parents who very kindly donated reclaimed materials, to Mr Carlisle for kindly providing a grass roof to keep our hotel dry and waterproof and to Mrs Knox for working with the children to build the Minibeast Hotel.
A W Nye