Hunting for Minibeasts at Horton Kirby

On Friday Reception M went on an educational visit to Horton Kirby.  To get there we had to get on a coach and travel to the countryside.

When we arrived we met our teacher for the day Hannah who took us to our new classroom. First of all we went outside to look for minibeasts. We searched under logs, in bushes, under bricks and carefully collected what we found using a paintbrush and spoon. We put them in a special pot that had a magnifying glass in the lid. After that we took our minibeasts inside to look at.

When we got inside we drew a picture of our favourite minibeast that we had found and used our sounds to write about them. Then it was time for lunch and a quick play.

In the afternoon we smelt some smelly plants (herbs – lemongrass, oregano, mint, sage, rosemary) and collected interesting natural materials. We used these later when we made clay models of our minibeasts.

We had a great time at Horton Kirby. Thanks again to all our adult helpers.

Eggciting new delivery!

Today Year 1 have had a very special delivery….

Both 1G and 1B have an incubator full of 10 eggs. Over the next two weeks we will have the opportunity to watch them hatch and grow into little chicks.

What would you like to find out while the chicks are here?

Miss Green and Miss Burns

(Parents and carers are welcome to come into the classroom between 3.30 and 3.45 with their children whilst the eggs/chicks are here to share our excitement!)

The Laser-Blue Leapfrog Non-chronological Report

This week, I would like you to take some time to rehearse the first three paragraphs of our class text, using the actions we’ve learnt together:

Laser-blue Leapfrog


The laser-blue leapfrog, so-called due to its distinctive fluorescent blue flanks, is an amphibian that can be found in the tropical lowlands of Central and South America. An impressive jumper, it uses its exceptionally long legs to help it spring up to 4.5m – over four times its own body length! This is almost double the distance of its close relative, the tree frog.


The tropical rainforest that is home to the leapfrog is teeming with life. Known for its tall trees, dense vegetation and high humidity, the rainforest provides the ideal environment for its many inhabitants. Notably, it is believed to be home to almost half of all animal species worldwide.


The leapfrog’s physical appearance means that it is it extremely well adapted for life in their rainforest dwelling. Scientists believed that it developed its blue colouring to deter predators by over-stimulating their eyes. Meanwhile, its emerald green body enables it to blend in with the lush green vegetation of its habitat.


Despite currently being classified as of ‘least concern’ on the red list, the leapfrog faces a number of threats. Its rainforest habitat is shrinking at an alarming rate due to deforestation, whilst snakes, birds and even alligators are amongst its predators. Due to its falling numbers, it is predicted that, by 2030, the population will be critically endangered. What will be done to conserve this treasured species?


In addition, you should choose any topic at all that you are an ‘expert’ in, or that you feel passionate about, and write a short report about it using some of the vocabulary that we have been working on. You can leave your report as a comment below or write it in your Home Learning book. I can’t wait to read them!

Horton Kirby – Minibeast Explorers!

Today we visited Horton Kirby and we were all fantastic minibeast explorers!

First we had to get on a coach and travel a long way to Horton Kirby. We knew we were nearly there when we spotted the viaduct. We all chanted and cheered!

Mini beasts don’t like the cold so were hiding away but we were very good detectives and found lots and lots of them! We had to look under logs, under leaves, in the grass and dig deep down in the mud!

We collected lots and lots of different mini beasts and put them in a big pot. Then we tried to name them all. After that we chose our favourite one, looked at it very closely through the magnifying glass and drew a picture of it.

  • What was your mini beast called?
  • How many legs did it have?
  • Did it have eyes? How many?
  • Can it fly? How do you know? How many wings did it have?
  • Where does your minibeast live?
  • What does it like to eat?

We had our lunch in the classroom and then had a little play. It was very cold today!

After lunch we went on a little walk around the garden to learn about bees, grasshoppers and herb plants. What did the herbs smell like? We moved around the big field and pretended we were different types of mini beasts. Our mums and dads had to join in too!

Then we collected sticks, twigs and leaves ready for our next activity. We chose our favourite mini beast and had a go making it out of clay. We used the sticks, twigs and leaves for arms, antennae and other mini beast body parts!

At the end of the day we all got on the coach and waved goodbye to Horton Kirby.

What an exciting day that was!

Have a look at all the photos from our day.

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