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June 29, 2011

Wednesday 29th June 2011 – Gingko Go Pond Dipping

Filed under: English,Science,Year 3-4,Year 4 @ 8:31 am

On Monday afternoon, Gingko class had a special treat for a sunny afternoon – we went pond dipping!  Every day, we can see the pond from our classroom window and we have seen how it changes with the seasons.  However, since we are currently learning about HABITATS during our Science lessons, we decided it was about time we explored this special habitat up close.

In small groups, the children took it in turns to collect observational and measured data (such as the size and depth of the pond and the water and air temperature), and to explore the surrounding grasses for plants and minibeasts.  However, the favourite activity was definitely the pond dipping where strange water creatures and plants were collected, studied and identified.  There was a lot of pond weed and algae to peer through but we caught lots of newt tadpoles, a water beetle, a pond snail and some kind of water spider too!  Hovering over the pond, dragonflies and butterflies were spotted and skating across its surface were some very agile water boatmen!

In future lessons we will be thinking further about why these animals might like the pond as their home, and will be considering how their bodies are suited to their habitat.

(Report by Mrs Milne)


1 Comment »

  1. Wow! This looks fun! I wish I was there to go pond dipping too! You will have to let us know what you find out about these animals and why they are suited to living in a pond habitat.

      Miss Pearmain — June 29, 2011 @ 9:11 am

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