Yesterday Year 4 had a fantastic first visit to Holly Green Farm. We were lucky enough to be blessed with a gloriously sunny day and everyone thoroughly enjoyed being outside and having the freedom to explore different habitats around the farm. During our two visits, the children will have the opportunity to investigate and compare the woodland, pond and field habitats, as well as touring the farm to visit the cows and calves.
This week, 4KD discovered that the pond was teeming with fascinating creatures to study, while the woodland provided the children of 4JB and 4NW with a wealth of opportunities to increase their knowledge of minibeasts. The children identified micro-habitats, used branching keys to classify creatures and particularly enjoyed using the ‘bugnoculars’ to examine mini-beasts close up! Back at school, we will also be using some of the data we collected to create graphs in our upcoming maths lessons.
Of course, the visit to the calves also proved very popular and the children loved being able to watch them up close and even stroke them. This also stimulated some interesting discussions about the characteristics of mammals, prey and predators.
A fun-packed and informative day was had by all and the year 4 teachers know that the children have a wealth of information to share back in the classroom. We are really looking forward to our second visit next week and would like to thank Mr Dyson for welcoming us all so warmly - we are very fortunate!
At home we would love you to encourage the children to explore their garden to see if they can identify microhabitats and the mini-beasts that can be found living there. We look forward to hearing about what they find!
Here are a few photos from our lovely day out.