Down to the farm they go! Year 1 were super excited to see the autumnal sun shining this morning as they headed off to Lower Smite Farm.
Boarding the minibuses, pupils looked ahead to a fun-packed, interactive day, exploring seasonal change at the farm. Wrapped up warm in hats, scarves and wellington boots, the children found their bearings and explored the farm with huge enthusiasm, following the story of the ‘Very Helpful Hedgehog’ by Rosie Wellesley.
Next the children undertook some simple tests aimed at discovering the many ways in which plants can spread their seeds. Having already explored some concepts in class, the children had some great ideas but were surprised to discover more. The children were then very excited to meet someone (or should we say something) very special … a tree! Pupils enjoyed meeting them and finding our what happens to them in the autumn months, before making a hedgehog from autumnal leaves to take back to school!
Working in small groups, the children put their teamwork skills to the test, harvesting some seasonal fruit. They enjoyed tasting their harvest after tucking into their packed lunches in the glorious sunshine.
Refuelled and raring to get stuck into the afternoon’s activities, the cohort were fascinated to understand how hedgehogs are preparing themselves for their winter sleep, especially when they had the opportunity to play the Lower Smite Farm hibernation game! To round off a superb day, the children used their forest school skills to build a mini den especially for hedgehogs – I wonder if they will make one to go in our Forest School back here at King’s St Alban’s?
A huge thanks to all at the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust for making us feel so safe and welcome at Lower Smite Farm, and well done to all the children for behaving so beautifully and taking such an enthusiastic part in the day.
To find out more about the Year 1 curriculum this term please click here.