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Friday 29th April 2016 - Nature Detectives.
Did you know that saddle is a homophone? We really enjoy finding words that sound the same but have different meanings in Year 1/2 and this week we found out that not only is a saddle something that you place on a horse's back but is also a way of identifying an adult earthworm, because only they have one segment larger than the rest and it's called a saddle! We have made wormeries so that we can observe earthworms in action.
On Thursday, we went to Egleton Nature Reserve at Rutland Water where we added to our growing knowledge about minibeasts through pond dipping and bug hunting activities.
We used an identification chart to find out what we had caught in the pond and we sorted the bugs we found into herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.
Although it wasn't in the remit of our topic, it seemed a shame to go to a nature reserve and not observe all the inhabitants and so we also managed to fit in a bird watching session, where we had to sit really quietly in a hide and we saw a range of birds that were also enjoying being at Rutland Water, some of whom had travelled much further than us to get there. But the best bit was using real binoculars!
So as if that wasn't enough for one week, we got another really important job done. The spring bulbs we planted in September are now in full bloom and looking lovely and so, thanks to a kind donation, we have now added some bedding plants to the tyres on our patio. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.