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Year 4 Outdoor Learning

In recognition of Outdoor Learning Day, we have been learning about area in maths and habitats in science. For the morning we combined the two subjects and first of all presented the children with the challenge to work in a group and create a frame with an internal area of one square metre, starting with only blank pieces of sugar paper. After some initial planning, the groups worked co-operatively to make their frames and we were ready to put them to use. Previously, during our visit to Minstead Study Centre, we looked at the variety of animal life within different habitats so today the science focus was more specifically on the plants that we could find. We discussed how to make our search fair, including using the frames that had been made to ensure that the search area was the same in the different areas we were to search in.


First, we went to the front lawn and spent 5 minutes searching within the frames for the different plants that were there. Some groups thought there was only grass, but, on closer inspection, found a wide range of different leaves and flowers growing there, showing a wide variety of plant life. We then went to the edge of the field and repeated the search. This time, the plants were much taller and with larger leaves. There were more flowers and also more prickly leaves. Each child took samples of the plants that they had found in each area and we discussed the differences between the two habitats. Most children recognised that the front lawn gets mown, whereas the edge of the field is left wild, and they thought that this might be a cause of some differences. Other children identified some differences in conditions in the two habitats, for example the amount of shade and water available, and thought that this might affect the plant life in each habitat.    

Published on 13/06/2017