As part of our studies for
British Wildlife week, the whole Pre-Prep set off in a convoy of school
minibuses to the Hope Valley yesterday. We had been kindly invited by Dr and Dr
Brennan, (Mrs Scott’s parents) to visit their lovely home at Winhill.
The children excitedly
spilled out of the minibuses and were told about the activities they were going
to be doing during their visit. One group started off in the woods and had to
look for wildlife creatures which were scattered around, under bushes, or in
hollows of trees. The children had to decide which were likely to be British
wildlife and which weren’t. There was also a mythical creature which they had
to find as well!
The other group set off to
walk up Winhill, and look for evidence of wildlife in the local environment.
They came across some stepping stones immersed within a muddy brook. Great fun
was had squelching through the mud, although I’m not sure Mrs Caudwell felt
quite the same enthusiasm having to remove her boots which had become stuck, in
order to rescue a couple of the children who had also got stuck!
The children also gathered
materials to build their own nests, and considered where a safe place would be
for the nest to be situated. A few chocolate eggs found their way into the
nests, much to the children’s delight!
Many thanks to the Brennans
for inviting us to their home, we had a really super trip.