Nature Detectives!

This term, we have made the most of the better weather and spent as much time as possible outdoors! We began by going on a Spring walk, looking for signs of the season such as leaf buds, blossom and Spring flowers such as daffodils and tulips. The children learnt how to use watercolour paint and drew, then painted some fabulous pictures to form our daffodil gallery which we think look really cheerful on our classroom wall!

We continued our theme of ‘Nature Detectives’ by looking at seeds – where they come from and what they need to grow. Here are some of the wonderful seed mandalas made by the children who had lots of fun coming up with their designs and then using their fine motor skills to carefully put them into place.

We then had fun planting seeds and watching them grow but just to be different, we made some grass heads which we are still looking after by keeping them well-watered. We think you’ll agree, they’re a funny looking bunch! Some will soon be needing a hair cut (and a few not so much!)

Mini-beast hunting was next and although it was a cloudy and cool day, the children found plenty to look at in our environmental area. Mr Collenette even found a newt which caused great excitement! Many of the children have continued their hunts at home and have been updating us in the mornings with their discoveries and finds.

We have rounded off the term by looking at the lifecycles of butterflies and frogs and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of caterpillars after half-term so that we can watch them transform. What a busy and thoroughly enjoyable few weeks we’ve had outside!