Wednesday 16 May 2012: Nature walk
The day started cold but bright and a nature walk looked promising. One of the joys of working in a small rural school is you can still take the children out when conditions are right without having to fill in reams of consent forms and worry about endless health and safety issues. Today's mission was to identify wild flowers that grow in the hedgreows. The hedgerows are just coming into their own, not quite at their best but promising. We assembled and headed out in a crocodile of pairs, a small and a larger child in charge, armed with a plastic bag and instructions not to pull anything up and to only take one example of each species we found. We then returned and each pair had to arrange their specimens, consult their flower guides and find out what they were. Hours of fun and a serious bit of learning.