We have had a busy start to the year. Our Science Topic ‘The Great Plant Hunt’ has given us lots of opportunities to get outside. These are just a few aspects of the work we have done. First we investigated the fantastic range of leaves around our school then we searched in the park for specific plants from our identikits.
Some children found elder and hawthorn. We also found shepherd’s purse, dead nettle and sorrel as well as the better known daisies and dandelions. We investigated habitats for the creatures and plants that live in our school grounds. There were a lot of minibeasts under a slice of tree trunk.
We went for a seed hunt and found an amazing range of seeds. We planted them and most people’s pots had something growing in them after two weeks. It will be a surprise to see what the plants turn out to be. At home the children searched for things made from plants and we found out how useful plants are to us.
Near the end of term we carried out an investigation. Our question was ‘What do seeds need to germinate?’ These children are comparing seeds that were kept in the dark with those that were in the classroom.
We have shared in other activities with the whole school. Recently Ros came to visit us to teach us about the work of the Houses of parliament. We loved learning about making good choices from Marc Griffiths and his friend Kevin, who have appeared on Britain’s got Talent.
Here we are on French day, trying Camembert and baguette as well as chocolat noir et chocolat au lait. We are greeting each other in French (including, for the brave, the French cheek-to -cheek greeting.)
One day was particularly special to Hedgehogs class, and that was the visit from Darren and Bary from Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre. They were able to bring a hedgehog with them, and we learned a lot about how hedgehogs live and how we can help them. Thank you to all families for your contributions of money and also pet food and other items requested by the centre. They were very appreciative.