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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.

Using our senses

The children had the opportunity in getting a first hand experiance of what the countryside is like. They looked on the ground for habitats and also in the trees.

What a wonderful view it was!

The children could see for miles on this very clear, warm day. 

We were prepared for our class text

The trip to Longshaw Estate was a perfect inroduction to our class text, Town Mouse country mouse. This version of the text provided the class with a rich vocabulary of which to draw upon in their writing. We thought that all young children should hear this story!

Quack Quack!

We were greeted at the pond by some friendly ducks.

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!

Garrowby Hill 

The children found out about a Yorkshire painter called David Hockney. They compared it to the rolling hills that they saw on their trip to Longshaw Estate. 

Our Garrowby Hill!

Using Mod roc, the children created their very own Garrowby Hill. They decided what colours the fields should be and selected their own materials to do it. They even selected seeds that represented plants and crops in a field.