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YR 4 - RSPB Pulborough Brooks

The Year 4 children had an exciting visit to Pulborough Brooks RSPB on Tuesday 14th June looking at habitats including food chains and a pond study and the dangers to habitats such as building houses, roads, pollution, etc. They used data loggers to find the temperature in the water in shade and in full sun; they measured the light levels in lux. The children were divided into groups and spent half the day bug-hunting  in the woods and meadow and half the day pond-dipping. The bug-hunts were very productive, with ants, woodlice, orb-weaving spiders of varying sizes and the children also identified types of plants and trees in the different habitats. The children looked at classification keys to independently to work out what types of mini-beasts they had caught in their nets. The children found a great variety of creatures including a great crested newt, snails, water boatmen, water fleas, water shrimp, caddisfly larvae, etc. They also saw a moorhen family with several fluffy chicks.  At the end of the day, the children chose one of their discoveries to present to the rest of the class. The visit  finished with a game showing what happens when ponds and flood meadows are lost due to modern living, which results in creatures such as the great crested newt losing their habitat.
The weather was very kind and a great day was had by all. Thank you to our helpers for the day, we couldn't have done it without you.