We had a fantastic start to our new topic: Mother Earth with a visit to New Cross Cutting (for locals you might know it as the nature reserve on Vesta Road.) With help from the National Wildlife Trust, as well as Ema who runs our school club, the children set off armed with magnifying glasses, bug collection pots and minibeast wheels to help them identify what they found.
With the classes split into two groups, half of the children first took part in a minibeast walk; searching under logs, rocks and stones, looking in holes and collecting minibeasts to observe. We found centipedes, spiders, worms, snails, beetles, slugs, woodlice and more! Vinnie and Albin found a spider egg sack attached to an old piece of tree and other children were sure they had found Superworm (of Julia Donaldson fame.)
Our second activity was working with Sam and Edwin from the National Wildlife Trust. We walked through the reserve, looking at the different types of trees and plants that were growing. We then went on a nature scavenger hunt to find things on a list. Do you remember which tree has black buds? Can you guess which insect buries itself inside galls?
Reception S then got to play Bat-Moth, where we explored how bats use echo-location to help them find their way in the dark. We have been practising this a bit more in school too!
The children were impeccably behaved and as curious as ever. We had a little bit of rain, which didn’t dampen any spirits and after a walk back to school and time to look through our photos and discuss what we had found, we finished the day with Ema reading us Superworm.
It was a brilliant morning and thank you to all the parents who were able to support us by coming along.