Today we welcomed 10 prep children to the Hazelhut to further explore their unit about mini beasts. When everyone had arrived we headed off to look for creepy crawlies in the grounds. The first place we went was the vegetable patch where we found a very hungry caterpillar!
Then we headed to the chestnut grove, picking up the chickens' eggs en route. Our girls laid one each today - they must enjoy having all these children around!
The woodlands were full of insects and slugs and worms and many tiny creatures we didn't even know the name for! Many children liked the bright red ladybirds best.
All the children enjoyed the freedom of the fresh air and the long tall grass.
Everyone was very hungry by the time we had our picnic lunch and for once we hoped not to see any insects!
After lunch it was time to identify what makes an insect such an unusual creature. These young children were very knowledgeable and had no problem using words like 'exoskeleton', 'thorax' and 'antenna' - we were very impressed! They translated their knowledge about insects into some fabulous models with almost all the same features as real insects. They even found their way out of the art room and onto the Hazelhut plants!
After all that creative thinking, we played some outdoor games. But all too soon, it was time to go home.... Enthusiastic classes like Prep are always welcome at the Hazelhut: see you soon!