Autumn Nature Walk

The children in our First and Second Classes have been busy exploring our local habitats. As well as looking beautiful, berries, fruits, nuts and cones contain the seeds of a plant and are therefore crucial for the cycle of life. Seed dispersal was discussed and samples were collected. These samples were displayed by the children in their lovely autumn nature booklets.

 

Our Local Stream – Scientific Study

The children were delighted to identify a wide variety of mini-beasts in our local stream as they are a sign of healthy and clean water. It was now time for the science bit! Stephanie from the Heritage Council showed the children how to test our water samples with litmus paper. Our visual observations were confirmed when these tests showed minimal traces of nitrates.

 

 

Not all carrots are orange!

Years ago carrots used to come in a wide variety of colours from white to bright yellow and deep purple. Around the 16th century the Dutch began developing the orange variety so common today. This year our vegetable garden was planted with an emphasis on biodiversity. It was time to harvest and taste these interesting carrots.

Identifying the mini-beasts

Following our trips to the local stream and hedgerow. Stephanie from the Heritage Council helped the children identify the mini-beasts they had discovered and explained their life-cycles. The younger and older children were delighted to show their finds to each other before we returned them safely to their habitats.

Exploring our local stream

Stephanie from the Heritage Council helped us to discover the many fascinating creatures that live in our local stream. The children were fascinated to learn about the identification chart that allowed them to identify the creatures they found and returned safely. We were delighted to identify stonefly naiads in the stream as they are a sign of healthy and clean water. Stephanie explained the importance of a clean habitat for biodiversity.