On Tuesday, Year 4 were invited to a Nature Detectives Day hosted by Westonbirt School. We spent the morning learning about pollination at the Arboretum, where our guides Hannah and Jill, were very impressed with our knowledge of the pollination process. They shared facts about all of the different plants and trees that we saw, including a very tall Scots Pine planted in 1829 by Robert Holford who owned and founded Westonbirt. We also had a chance to look through different coloured plastic lenses to see what the plants look like to different insects. Have a look on the website 'How Plants Work' if you want to see for yourselves!
After lunch, we had a tour of Westonbirt School grounds, identifying different trees before Mrs McAllister took us pond dipping. She was particularly delighted when two of our pupils managed to catch a frog and a dragonfly nymph as they hadn't been caught in the 10 years that she had been teaching at Westonbirt.
As always, the children were impeccably behaved and were great representatives of Cricklade Manor Prep. I would like to say a huge thank you to Westonbirt School and Westonbirt Arboretum for hosting such a great day.
It was amazing to see how boring, yellow dandelions look so different to insects such as bees.
I enjoyed smelling the candyfloss tree and learning about how disgustingly smelly the fruit of a Ginko tree is, infact she described it as smelling like mouldy cheese and vomit. Eeeew!
It was really cool using the magnifying glasses to look at the parts of a plant. We could even see the nectar on the Chilean Fire Bush.
The pond dipping was great fun because we learnt to identify lots of new insects and pond life such as Paramecium, Euglena and Daphina!
I enjoyed seeing and learning about the Greater Crested Newt which is a protected species.