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Reception in the Woods...

posted 13 Feb 2014, 08:43 by Matthew Smith
Reception spent a rather soggy but fun filled day at Ecclesall Woods yesterday.  Both classes started off with an action-packed rendition of "We're going on a bear hunt" by Michael Rosen before setting off into the woods on their own bear hunt, identifying footprints using a key before the trail of the bear was located!

After lunch the children made bear crowns and clay bears before heading out into the woods again.  This time the activity was to build a habitat for an animal in groups using twigs, leaves or anything else they could find.  By this point it was time to head back to school.

Our instructors, Isabelle and Lorna both mentioned how well the children behaved and did not complain once about the weather.  A special thanks to them and to all the parents and staff who came to help us on the visit.  Maybe we'll do this trip in summer term next time!

We learned:
  • The types of animals we might find in the woods and the time of day we might see them.
  • Night time animals are known as "nocturnal".
  • Why certain animals are well adapted to their environments.
  • What certain animal footprints look like.
  • That an animal home is called a "habitat".
  • What makes a good woodland habitat.
  • That Beech trees don't shed their leaves easily in winter.
  • That worms are rather slimy!
Here are some photos of the day.

 Reading We're going on a bear hunt 
Introducing "We're going on a bear hunt". Mrs Farrell's class are ready for the off!
 Using a mirror to look up into the trees (with a guide)! Found another footprint!
 We found the bear! YRF making bears.
 Bear crowns.Mrs Harrison and Mrs Breen at one with nature!
 Clay bear.Some impressive habitats from Mrs Farrell.
 In our bear crowns, being bears!The weather wasn't bad enough to dampen these children's spirits!
Clay bears. 
 This habitat has it's own garden! 
 Hedgehog is safe and warm. 
 Another sturdy habitat.