Hand-Made Insect Hotel + Weekly growing updates!

I thought I would end the year with a final post following on from last weeks discussion of Bees & Bee hotels where I promised to share a post on how you can attempt to make your own bee hotel from collected waste materials??!
As we are coming close to the summer holidays I thought I this would be a perfect time to provide you with an activities you can do over the summer break.

I found this activity on the RHS website so hopefully it works for you successfully.

What you’ll need:
You do not need to build it too large, you can simply use:
-Some kind of container or box with a base (9 – 15cm in size) A terracotta plant pot works well.
-Modelling clay
-Plastic straws, toilet roll or kitchen roll tubes or bamboo canes
-any other scraps of wood offcuts or tubing
-String

I also added an additional few layers of ironed plastic bags to make the outside of my design a little more waterproof. if you are considering adding this to your design please make sure someone is at home to help you carry out this technique safely. you will need some plastic bags of your choice, an iron and some greaseproof or siloconised baking paper.

What to do:
-Cut the straws or bamboo canes to a length that fits the depth of your container. If you are using bamboo canes you might need someone to carry out this part as it’s tricky.

-Tie the bundle of straws or canes together with a piece of string.

-Place some modelling clay in the bottom of the container and stick the bundle of straws or canes in to the clay.

-Add any other bits of wood or tubing scraps if there is still a lot of space between the tubes. Place the container horizontally in your garden in a quiet place for the bees to move in.

You should also consider the placement it will sit in your garden, is it a covered sheltered location? Seeing as I have made my prototype from mostly card it will have to sit in a semi sheltered location.

If you are a St Marylebone student make sure to keep us posted on your progress and send in some images that we can share.

: Taken from the RHS website/ By Miss Dorman of her upcycled waste Bee hotel.



First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Competition – Core Values Winner 2021

Ms Barden ran her regular DT enrichment – ‘First Lego League Competition’ sponsored by Bechtel along with a group of students to put together this season’s Replay Project and Robot Mission! 

For the Project, students investigated alternative ways student activity could potentially power the school.  They were also delighted with the 140 points scored by successfully programming and completing their attempted robot missions.

Their teamwork paid off! They won the Core Values Trophy by showing the judges how effective they were at working together. 

Well done to Nikoo and Lea in Year 10 and Mia and Isabella in you 8 for their hard work and dedication making participation in the competition possible. 

We are hoping to welcome new Lego Roboteers in September to continue with our quest for the top prize!



The Final Growing Updates of This School Year!

As you can see below, our bell peppers are growing tremendously, our tomatoes are beginning to ripen on both types of tomato plants and we now have two aubergines coming in, and finally, our Basil and Rosemary plants that we planted in February 2020 just before the first Lockdown are still going strong!

Our urban cultivator has produced healthy green pea shoots, radish leaves and basil which some of the KS3 students have been using in their dishes. As we have come to the end of term, we have sent some basil plants home with some of the students so they can nurture them and reap their reward. Here’s Sala, Lexi & Ellie with their basil plants!

Unfortunately some of the plants will reach their peak during the Summer holidays, members of staff will be taking them home to look after during the summer holidays.

We cant wait to start our autumn crop! 

HAVE AN AMAZING AND RELAXING SUMMER HOLIDAY ALL! We will be back in September with more Growing tips, tricks and department updates!

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