Year 2 were thrilled to visit the Nature Collection on Thursday morning. The workshop began with a presentation from Mrs Ramsey focusing on looking at animals inside and out. We discussed the similarities and differences between animal skeletons and discovered that their adaptations depended on how they need to move. We also learned that animals have different shaped teeth depending on what they eat. We looked at the teeth of plant-eaters and meat-eaters and even a beaver, which needs to be able to chew through wood! We were amazed to see the different sizes of the skeletons, especially comparing the deer bones to those of the tiny vole!
All of the children enjoyed exploring Mrs Ramsey's fascinating collection and the opportunity to touch natural artefacts and look at them up close using magnifying glasses.
"I enjoyed seeing the scorpion. I learned that the beaver has massive teeth!" Zac S
"I liked the eggs because you could see the colours and we worked out which sort of bird hatched out of each egg by looking at the pictures." Ellie D
"The best bit was seeing all the skulls. There were voles which were the smallest. There was also a fox skull, a badger skull and a human skull!" Daniel W
"I liked the deer antlers because you could hold them on your head and pretend to be a real deer fighting with them! They felt really heavy and I felt powerless because I didn't think I could lift them." Gyaan J
What an exciting time we had with Mrs Ramsey, who had brought her wonderful collection of objects discovered in Richmond Park for us to hear all about and examine. Charles R remembered Susanna from her last visit, but she reassured him that she had brought along lots of new slides for us to view.
The children were fascinated by the images of skeletons. Susanna focused on similarities and differences between a human skeleton and those of various animals. A small model of a human skeleton perched on the piano helped the children make comparisons!
The children discovered that deer, fox and beaver all had skulls like us, but their teeth were very different. Susanna explained the deer have a large space between their front and back teeth in which they roll the grass around with their tongues. Like humans, snakes and voles have backbones, but their vertebrae are much smaller than ours.
Following Susanna's slide show the children had the opportunity to freely examine and handle an amazing array of animal artefacts and look closely at things with magnifying glasses. Finally the children watched a series of photographs taken by Susanna using her microscope. The children looked at the vertebra of a salmon purchased from Sainsbury's and were amazed to see it is filled with holes where the muscles attach. They also saw that a butterfly is able to split its proboscis in half to unblock it when accidentally sucking up lumps with nectar.
Thank you Mrs Ramsey. What a stimulating half hour! The children are now fired up to use their eyes to look more closely at the world around them and question what they see.
"The fox looked creepy. He made me think of how he chases mice." Leila C
"I liked the fox's skull. I felt brave when I saw the sharp teeth because I knew he wasn't going to bite me." Arav G
"The birds' feathers were my favourite. I looked at all the colourful patterns under the microscope. The crow was very boring because it was black." Max W
"When I put my hand in the fox's mouth, it felt tickly!" Eloise E
The Nature Collection returned to our school this week treating the children to a wonderful hands-on experience. The Kindergarten children were extremely excited by the extraordinary collection of animal bones, feathers, antlers, skins and photographs based on the wildlife found in the Royal Parks around London. The children tried on antlers and touched animal bones. They also felt the softness of feathers and used magnifying glasses to investigate further interesting objects.
"I liked the snake bones. They were white but when they are alive the snakes are a green colour." Oscar A
"I liked touching the mouse bones because they were so, so, so tiny and felt hard and the end bits were a bit sharp." Hanna D
"I liked the binoculars. You need them to see things better. The skull I held looked as big as my head!" Zachary M
"I liked the butterflies. I liked the colours. I especially liked the yellow sparkly ones." Olivia-Grace N
"I liked the beetles the best because they were green, yellow and reddish and some were black. I would have liked to touch them but I couldn't get them out of the box." Daniel P
"I liked the bird heads. When I had the magnifying glass, it looked really real," Molly W
"I loved looking at the feathers because they were soft and different colours, " Arran S
"Looking at the spiders was best. I liked his hairy legs and body," Alejandro S V
"The skeleton was good. I could move its mouth open and closed," Arshia T
Nursery Red and Yellow attended an amazing Nature Collection workshop at school this week. It was full of bones, feathers, furs, insects, stuffed animals, antlers and a variety of animal pictures. The children were given the opportunity of a hands-on approach, examining and feeling the objects of their choice. They all sat attentively listening to the speaker during the fascinating slide show. It was truly a wonderful and inspiring experience for all the Nursery children.
"Oh the bird eggs that one is hatching and I like that one because it's blue." Alexa-Rose D
"It's mouse bones and some of these bones connect to each other. The bones make the face and the body." Ryan A
"This is fox fur I love cuddling it, I wish I could take it home with me or get it for my next Christmas present." Imogen J
"I am looking at the butterflies. They were nice because they were different colours. My favourite was the orange butterfly." Armaan R