Today I hosted a visit for the Class 1 children from Ebrington (St James and Ebrington Church of England Primary School), it was an absolute pleasure to welcome the children and staff on to the farm. We had such a lovely day. After the health and safety talk we went for a walk along the tramlines of the wheat field. As the children walked along they let their hands run through the wheat ears which felt sticky and softer than they expected. Once we reached the far hedge we discussed evidence of badgers on the farm, later we saw the badger latrine and could see the seeds in the poo!
The children were very enthusiastic in the pond dipping session and found lots of baby newts, dragon fly nymphs and water boatmen. Although there weren’t many dragon flies whizzing through the air, there were plenty of butterflies for us to spot.
At lunch time, the majority of the children decided to sit on my picnic logs amongst the daisies, which was very pleasant and relaxing. After lunch the children really enjoyed the mud in the playwood!
Splash was a lovely topic to do with the reception children from Gretton Primary School. After the health and safety talk the children made boats from recycled fruit punnets, straws and yoghurt pots. After snack the children proudly carried their creations to the pond. The wind was quite strong today and I was a little worried that the sails on the boats wouldn’t survive the journey.
Once at the pond the boats were launched. Luckily the boats didn’t tip in the wind. Unfortunately this dry weather has left the ponds water level very low and the plant life extensive and so the boats didn’t sail far. The children were happy watching their boats move in the breeze and relieved that I could easily get their boats out after pond dipping. I did forget my wellies and so my feet had mud treatment today as I fished out the boats.
The pond dipping was very successful with lots and lots of newts and water boatmen found. After lunch the children really enjoyed the free play in the woodland.