Students from 11 local prep and primary schools took part in our annual Year 4 Nature Detectives Day this week. In partnership with Westonbirt Arboretum, students spent the day exploring the outdoors and learning about nature and enjoying outdoor learning including pond dipping. With 210 acres of grounds at the school, sharing the site with local schools is always a priority.
The day began in the classroom learning about the organisms that live in the ponds at Westonbirt. Following that, students headed to the Italian Gardens to see what they could find. Along with water boatman and water snails, the children were lucky enough to see a young Great Crested Newt: a European protected species.
A trip across to the famous Westonbirt Arboretum followed. Students spent the first part of the afternoon learning about the pollination process and having a tour of the arboretum looking at a variety of plants and trees. Following this, there was a chance to look at the different plants using microscopes. Using coloured lenses the students were able to see what plants look like to individual insects.
Thank you to all the schools who attended our event, we hope you enjoyed the day. A big thank you also to Westonbirt Arboretum for hosting all the students and putting on such an interesting & engaging programme.