Children have started their new topic of, 'Living Things and their Habitats', by looking in the Mystical Garden for minibeasts! They looked under rocks, logs and soil to find wood lice, beetles, slugs, worms and spiders. Children were careful to just look at not touch as they decided they wouldn't like to be lifted up and removed from their homes! Children also learnt the term micro habitat when looking at the minibeasts.
This week children have been continuing their learning by looking in the Mystical Garden at things that are, 'living, dead and never lived'. They found lots of things that are living especially as we have goats and chickens plus all the minibeasts that they have already discovered. They discovered that all the wooden buildings, such as the shelter, chicken coup, planters and bridges were dead because they had once been living when they were trees but have been chopped down and made into other things. They then looked for things that had never lived, such as the fire pit which is metal.
This week children have been learning why animals are suited to their habitats. They made bug hotels and learnt that minibeasts like wet leaves, soil, wood and bricks, although some children included electricity and TV's to make sure their bugs were comfortable!
Children have continued their learning of Living Things and their Habitats by looking in the Mystical Garden to see what habitats minibeasts like. They then came back inside and looked at a choice chamber and predicted what chamber they thought millipedes would like, dry and light, dry and dark, damp and light or damp and dark. We then released the millipedes to see where they would go. We looked through all the chambers and found them hiding in the damp and dark one.