Slugs and Snails

As part of the science topic ‘Living things and their Environments’, Year 4 headed to Blashford Lakes on Tuesday for a day of pond dipping, river sampling and woodland observation.

Pond life included water boatmen, newts and snails; in the river, pupils were delighted to find baby trout and bullhead fish. Everybody remained dry, despite a few wellies full of water! Keeping quiet in the bird hide was an unexpected challenge, but once mastered the observers were rewarded with a huge variety of birds, plus one greedy squirrel helping himself to the birdseed. It was a fantastic way to learn all about bird camouflage and colours.

Out in the woods, rolling back logs revealed more newts, frogs and a multitude of insects happy in their dark, damp habitat. Mrs Wilton and Miss Knoop, who organised the trip, said, "The children absolutely loved having a day outside. It was a perfect way to apply learning in the classroom to real habitats in an outdoor environment." 

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