Lower One pupils recently visited nearby Egleton Nature Reserve at Rutland Water for a practical lesson about Habitats.
The pupils enjoyed pond dipping and bug hunting where they learned about the creatures that inhabit the pond and how some prefer to live in different parts of it. Identification keys were used to find out what type of vertebrate or invertebrate they had caught. They identified all sorts of creatures and were very impressed by the greater diving beetles and dragon fly nymph exoskeletons. They were also particularly pleased with the number of newts they had found!
Birdwatching was another highlight of the day. The Ospreys had left but the pupils were able to see a variety of other bird species.
Mrs Alison Petit, Teacher of Lower One said, “ It was fantastic to see the pupils so enthusiastic about the subject. The trip was a great opportunity for them to expand their knowledge and interest in Science. We are incredibly fortunate to have this outstanding Reserve on our doorstep."