Snails race for science
We also made a scarecrow from wood, clothes, straw and patches of material.
This gave us an opportunity to talk about its purpose and, as we were coming up to harvest time, to discuss what harvest is all about.
Occasionally we have environmental quizzes with questions like:What do slugs eat? What does "protected" mean? We have "scavenger" hunts where children are given a list of things to find, for example, something brown, something sharp. For one session children were asked to bring in a week's rubbish and sort it into items that could be recycled, decomposable material and things that wouldn't decompose. They got very messy, which they enjoyed!
We discussed issues such as sustainability and landfill. All the stuff that was decomposable was put on the compost heap and we will go back soon and see how it has decomposed.
Science co-ordinator, Wallace Fields Junior School, Epsom