Little Crofters have had an amazing experience this term, exploring the world of minibeasts. The children began their adventure with a wormery, and an ant and butterfly farm in the classroom.
We also had a day of exploration with a 'Minibeast Workshop', where all the children had the opportunity to examine some very unusual minibeasts, such as giant frogs, snakes, lizards, spiders, turtles and many more. The children have learnt the names of these animals, their country of origin and a lot about their habitats. It was also a safe environment for every one to choose to handle some of the animals. It was very exciting when the snakes, frogs, lizards and giant spiders appeared and were passed around for the children and teachers to touch or hold. We talked about what it felt like to have such 'hands-on' experience of how tickly a tarantula feels on your hands, or the coldness of the snake's skin.
To complete the day, the children became little natural scientists and went to the Forest School area with nets and containers, hunting for specimens to catch, observe closely, and then release back into the wild. There was great excitement as the large nets swished through the long grass, and then gasps of awe as everyone examined the contents of their net to see what they had caught!