Follow the sustainable journey of our small school, Croydon West Primary School. We believe in providing learning opportunities through which our students can connect with nature, investigate environmental issues and develop a sense of wonder and enthusiasm for our planet.
In my own garden this week we have been fortunate to experience some great moments.
It has been sooooooo hot over the last few days. It was most surprising to have a stunning blue tongued lizard visit our garden yesterday on one of the hottest days (probably the hottest!) this summer. After a fabulous time observing this little guy, we released him back into the garden, hoping to spot him again sometime....
The famous blue tongue.....tricky to photograph. He was pretty quick!
Another visitor to our garden was this enormous stick insect (I think it is a Ctenomorpha Chronus). I researched how to care for this beautiful and fascinating creature and my husband and I made a funky cage for her from an old drawer we found on one of our walks. She is most comfortable, having laid 21 eggs to date.....maybe more by tomorrow! I will be taking her to school this week to take up residence in my classroom. I'm sure the kids will love her as much as I do and I look forward to their research on this 17.5 cm long phasmid.
I think her presence may be a great starter for some art sessions too....
She was just "hanging around" on our guttering.....Here is an old drawer made into a great cage complete with a hinged door. Thanks Steve!!
These are her eggs. They may take 4 months or longer to hatch. How exciting!
I am a teacher at Ainslie Parklands Primary School, formerly Croydon West Primary School and teach Art. I hope you enjoy looking at our school gardens and how we use them. Feel free to leave a comment (click on the number!) or make some suggestions!
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