Thursday, 19 July 2018

Future stars in the making at Tophill Low

During the May half term holiday we had two family events at the reserve which were enjoyed by several local families. Using the nature trail children were introduced to the many different aspects of the wildlife on the reserve.

The first event was based around natural art and there was plenty of inspiration to be found along the nature trail which helped to make "sticky pictures". With finding a variety of colours and also textures along the trail we headed back into the classroom to create our masterpieces.

Some of the children used the interesting things that they collected to make a collage, others used paints to draw the patterns that they had seen and another child drew his favourite snail that he had found. Using twigs each masterpiece was then framed! Here are a selection of what was produced.

The second event was linked to the popular BBC series Springwatch. First we went out to find out what animals lived on the reserve around the nature trail, using some equipment to look in the pond and to hunt out minibeasts in the bug area. 

Then we headed back into the classroom to put together a script just like on the TV. The video of Oscar presenting his information about his favourite animal that he found, a leopard slug was sent off to Springwatch and Twitter, his first foray into the media world and he did really well. 

The next family events are in the summer holidays - Saturday 28th July 10am -12pm, Tuesday 31st July 2-4pm, Tuesday 7th August 1-am-12pm , Wednesday 15th August 10am-12pm