Post Archive 2014

Holly and berries Holy Holly! December 18, 2014 - Holly is well known and loved for its spiky evergreen leaves and bright red berries, and as a symbol of Christmas. In homage to the twelve days of Christmas, here’s twelve fascinating holly facts and activities that you can use on an outdoor walk or lesson. Common holly (Ilex aquifolium) has long been regarded as […]
Casts look like mud toothpaste The Underground Farmers November 20, 2014 - Earthworms, as their name suggests, live within the earth in a hidden world but where they perform an essential service by not only turning over, aerating and loosening soil, but also by recycling dead things! Autumn is a great time to pull on your welly boots, get outdoors and discover these amazing but often overlooked […]
Orb web The web weavers October 23, 2014 - Nature has many beautiful designs and amongst these the intricate beauty of a spider web glistening with dew in the early morning sun is a visual masterpiece. Late summer and early autumn is the best time to admire and study these amazing web designs as they can be found everywhere – gardens, fields and forests. […]
Picture of child holding up winged seeds Ingenious seeds, inquisitive minds September 13, 2014 - As the summer ends, many plants are preparing for the next generation and launching their offspring into the world. September is a great month to explore and investigate your school grounds and local wild space for different seed dispersal strategies. Flowering plants are called angiosperms, which translates to a ‘seed in a vessel’. They are […]
Cricket picture Summer song of the crickets August 12, 2014 - It is a popular myth that a cricket chirps by rubbing its legs together. In fact, crickets sing with their wings and listen with their legs! During the summer they are an easy insect to find in school grounds in long grass and brambles and are fascinating to study revealing some remarkable adaptations. So how […]
6 spotted ladybird Ladybird secrets July 18, 2014 - Nature is full of fascinating surprises, as I found out recently when investigating the ladybird life cycle with a group of reception school children. We were very intrigued to discover that the ladybird emerged from its pupa completely yellow with no spots! Having just read ‘Lucy Ladybird’ a story about a ladybird with no spots, […]
Ladybird adult and larvae 1 Encounters with a seven-spotted friend July 6, 2014 -   Different stages of the ladybird life cycle For anyone working with children the word ‘minibeast’ needs no explaining – the world of invertebrate animals such as snails, woodlouse and centipedes holds a limitless fascination for children, and adults too! Minibeasts are therefore the perfect topic to study life cycles. Children are very familiar with […]
YAY text New website June 16, 2014 - Our new website is up and running! Feel free to give us feed back and any suggestions, I’m sure tweaks and new content will regularly be added.   Enjoy