Youngsters at Orchid Vale Primary School spent a week exploring the school’s extensive eco-habitat in Haydon End as part of the BBC School’s Do One Thing project.
Reception children went looking for ladybirds, but found lots of slugs, snails, spiders, and also frogs and newts in the pond. “Unfortunately the ladybirds were sheltering from the cool morning air,” said project organiser Anna Maguire.
Closeby Year 5 children were making a simple ‘tip-tap’ hand washing device out of canes and a plastic bottle to illustrate how hygience is being promoted in parts of the world where water is scarce, with help from Gail Grimes of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.
Ms McGuire added, "there was a great deal of creative arts, team work, writing and maths survey work going on throughout the day so that all parts of the curriculum were being used to ground the science activities. Everybody really enjoyed themselves."