As part of our new Habitat topic, Year 4 paid a visit to the Ernest Cook Trust woodland in Little Dalby. By visiting the woodland, the children were able to immerse themselves in a rich habitat which is home to a wealth of British mammals and birds.

The children loved exploring the wood and learning fun facts about different animals, some of which caused great amusement, but we won’t go into that right now! Once they had shared their findings, the children got to work on building a habitat for their animal of choice. Impressively, the children worked together and showed great communication and team work skills as they constructed some pretty impressive ‘dens’.

Later on the day, the children explored the birds living in the woodland and examined how they carefully construct their nests. Full of enthusiasm, the children set off to source their own materials to build their own nests, using the same techniques as observed by looking at real bird nests. The outcomes were fantastic and the children were even able to have their packed lunch whilst sitting in their nests!

All in all, it was a fantastic day which was enjoyed by all. ‘Best school trip ever’ could be heard echoing through the woods as we made our way back to the bus. But it must be said that this wouldn’t have been possible without the talented education officers at the Ernest Cook trust, Emma and Susan, who made our learning experience as fun and engaging as possible!

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