Now that Spring is well and truly upon us, we have been noticing changes to the weather and living things around us. The sun comes out more often, the flowers are in bloom and the trees are filled with blossom. What else is changing?
Dan Dan the Gardening Man took us to the flower beds and pond, where we discovered that we are also sharing our school grounds with some newts!
Today we had a breath-taking and memorable visit from Obby from The Blooming Circus, who helped us kick off our Gosh and wow topic. First, he performed some fantastic circus tricks while we watched in amazement.
Next, it was our turn to have a go! We spilt into two groups, and Obby taught us how to spin plates, use flower sticks and juggle with scarves.
Ten days ago, Harris brought his wormery into the classroom, and Reception C took the worms on as their temporary pets. We kept them in a safe, dark place and were careful not to knock them or make any loud noises. We took turns observing them moving around in the wormery.
After ten days, today was the day to release the worms into the wild. We took the wormery outside and gently emptied the contents. We were so pleased to see the worms wriggling happily and digging deep into the soil.
We’ll miss having them around the classroom, but we know they are enjoying life outside, and we love observing them in their natural environment. Good luck in the wild our wormy friends!
Last Thursday we visited the Centre for Wildlife Gardening as part of our Mother Earth topic. We put on special high-visibility jackets for safety, and then got on the bus to the centre.
When we arrived, we sat and had lunch together. Then Andrew (a wildlife expert) taught us about plants, animals and their habitats.
Next, we went on a mini-beast hunt. Can you name some of the creatures we discovered?
Finally, we learnt about how bats communicate using echolocation by playing the ‘bats and moth’ game.
– A group of frogs is called an army.
– The smallest bird in England is called a goldcrest.
– Stag beetle larvae live for 6 years, but adult stag beetles only live for a few weeks.
– Female newts lay hundreds of eggs, but can only lay one at a time.