Biology Field trip to Bridlington

On June 15 the A level Biologists went to Bridlington to study the sand-dune systems and investigate the role of the plant species in changing the bare sand in to a functional and thriving soil. The students worked hard, collecting data and plant species numbers which they are currently processing and interpreting. We are off to the coast in September to study zonation on rocky shores and hopefully understand the role of the niche in determining the abundance and distribution of species. Ice creams were well deserved after a dedicated 4 hours of hard data collection.

BEAST Members and Art students in Lower Schoolrooms have been constructing Jellyfish out of waste materials to highlight the impact of plastic pollution in our oceans and the effect that it is having on some larger predators which may be linked to increased Jellyfish Swarming. Students collected the waste bottles, bags and plastic sandwich cartons from school trips, the dining hall and the school community at large, through many hours of hard collective grafting they have created a range of Jellyfish which will be placed on display around the school.

It has been brought to our attention by Amy-Jane Beer (Writer of the Country Diary column in the Guardian) that several common Natural History based words have been removed from the current edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary.  In 2007, when a new edition was published, around forty common words concerning nature had been removed. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. The list of these “lost words” included acorn, adder, bluebell, dandelion, fern, heron, kingfisher, newt, otter, and willow. Among the words taking their place were attachment, blog, broadband, bullet-point, cut-and-paste, and voice-mail.

In response to this Robert Macfarlane a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge decided to write a book called The Lost Words which focuses on twenty of the deleted words.  Through the beautiful drawings of Jackie Morris and selected information, The Lost Words aims to restore, delight and inform students about these words and highlight the importance of the Natural World in today’s education.

Amy-Jane Beer is linked to the school through her role as a specialist mammal trapper on the Natural History Trip.  She is currently co-ordinating a campaign to get The Lost Words into every state primary school in North and East Yorkshire.

One aspect of this is campaign is a crowdfunding page which you may wish to visit And there will be more on the highlights of the Natural History trip in September.