## Dow’s Wood in June

We had another visit to Dow’s wood today.

1. To take photos of flowers.
2. Gather tinder for firelighting.
3. Create shelters from some lost woodland ‘wee folk’.

## What We Did At The Woods

Yesterday the Banton Biggies went down to Dow’s wood in groups, we did three challenges. The first one we had to find signs of spring, the second challenge we had to find nouns and write as many adjectives for them and the third challenge was to find symmetrical things and make a symmetrical pattern.

For signs of spring we looked around the area and found: daffodils, buds, 3 species of bee, and other things.

While we were looking for them we went over to the big rocks and started our next challenge and we went to find nouns in our groups. When we all finished we met up at the rocks. We walked all the way to ‘the school wood’. For the last challenge we done some symmetry for maths. After we walked back to school.

## Dow’s wood wildlife

Yesterday we went to Dow’s wood and we saw so many different creatures and signs of creatures. These were the creatures we saw.

Things we saw
• Bees
• Beetles
• Millipede
• Centipede
• Spiders
• Earwig
• Earwig eggs

Signs we saw and heard

• A woodpecker pecking
• Rabbit fur
• Seeds that have been eaten

## Playground trees

This morning we were finding out about the trees in our playground.

We measured the height of trees with our clinometers.
We measured the circumferences of the trees and used a webpage to estimate how old the trees were.
We took photos of the trees, their leaves, bark and fruit.

Skills: maths skills: measuring, calculation to find out the heights. Team work. Taking pictures. Web browsing.

## Walk to Dows woods

Yesterday we were at Dow’s woods. Mr and Mrs Carter came in so we could go down to look at insects.

He told us what three ways a seed can spread. The first way is when the wind carry’s it away like the rose berry willow herb. The second way is an animal a squirrel can eat a seed and poop it out or burry and forget about it. The last way it pops like the gorse bush. In the spring they have yellow flowers and they smell like coconuts, they have black seeds pods that pop open and spread the seeds.

One thing that I really liked was when I saw a caterpillar not just any caterpillar a fuzzy one that looked like it had two eyes on its side but it did not. I found it on a leaf and I scooped it into my tub I did not name it, I released it when we were going to go back to school.

The second thing I found interesting was when we caught a lot of baby toads and we caught a frog at one point, I got to hold one of the baby toads remember to wet your hands first! I let it go and hop it went into the grass!

I really liked looking at all the bug like the spiders, butterflies and the ladybugs. I also really loved seeing the trees my favourite tree we saw was the beech because I like the way the seeds looked.

In conclusion I really liked Dows woods because I like looking at the bugs and nature. I love getting closeups of the insects I think they are interesting. We saw hundreds of mushrooms my favourite one was the Fly Agaric toadstool.