4th Class Biodiversity Workshops:
As part of biodiversity, 4th class receive monthly visits from Andrew aka ‘Mouse’ and Claire aka ‘Turtle’ who explore many different parts of biodiversity with the class. Each workshop is very interesting and we learn a lot about our environment.
Here is an idea of some of the workshops so far by Kaia Burling:
On our first biodiversity visit we explored woodland animals. We started off with a woodland animal quiz and then we focused on the lifecycle of a ladybird/ladybug. We learned about where some of the animals live, what they look like and what they eat in our local woodland areas.
At our second workshop we focused on Irish birds. We looked at the many different types of Irish birds and we went bird watching to try and spot as many birds as possible. Mouse and Turtle our leaders showed us how to identify Irish birds. With our partners we had to try and guess one of the birds by their size, their colour, their sound and their features.
At our third workshop we learned about amphibians in Ireland, such as the common frog, common toad and newt. We also learned about the lifecycle of the frog which I found very interesting. Mouse and Turtle, our biodiversity leaders, gave us tadpoles and frogspawn which they had rescued from a puddle.Now we are keeping them in our class for a few weeks. The tadpoles eat fresh pond water but as they get older they will eat boiled cabbage.
We started a research task on ’Signs of Spring’ where we have to try and find signs of spring in our environment and record them on the worksheet.
At our 4th workshop Mouse and Turtle, our leaders, brought in a rescued orphan hedgehog called Hobnob. Hobnob is a wild hedgehog and can’t be kept as a pet. Mouse let us all hold Hobnob and he told us about another type of hedgehog called the African Pigmy Hedgehog that people often try to have as a pet. He explained that hedgehogs are solitary and do not make suitable pets. We learned about the lifestyle of the hedgehog and it was very interesting. Mouse also told us that the most common way for a hedgehog to die is road kill or if they get a cold and unfortunately Hobnob had a cold.
We are really looking forward to our next visit from Mouse and Turtle at the end of the month.
Have a look at some of our photos so far..
By Kaia Burling