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Trip to the Longshaw Estate

To start off our Autumn 1 topic class 2 went on a trip to the Longshaw Estate. We got our walking gear on and did lots of outdoor learning!

Pond dipping and exploring pond habitats

We spent time exploring a pond habitat on the far side of the estate. It took some time getting there!

We used nets to dip into the edges of the pond and then placed our findings into a tray. Using a magnifying glass, we tried to identify various pond minibeasts using a special indentification key. We discussed why the edge of the pond was a good place for some of these minibeasts to live.

Woodland habitats and leaf exploring

Later in the day we looked around the woodland areas and explored many habitats that animals might live in. Some were high in the trees and some were on the ground in cold, damp places. Using scientific equioment, we collected various minibeasts from their habitats to identifiy them and then placed them safely back where we found them.

We had the chance to collect various leaves and talk about the types of trees that were in the woodlands. We never knew there were so many types of trees in such a small woodland area!