Children in the Reception classes enjoyed visiting the Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate this week as part of their ‘Spring into Spring’ classroom topic.
On arrival, the boys and girls were welcomed by Mr Tree and his friends to first learn all about the changing seasons, then off on an exploration of the beautiful gardens and woodlands to spot the signs of spring: glorious daffodils and tulips, carpets of bluebells, snowdrops and spring bulbs, blossoming magnolia and of course the birds starting to build their nests.
The boys and girls enjoyed a lesson on nest building with their guide, learning all about the different types of nests that could be found in the woods including; the bigger, messy nests for squirrels and the small, neat and tidy nests for birds. They were particularly delighted to be given the opportunity to build their own cosy woodland nest out of the handfuls of twigs and pines they had gathered from the woods.
Then it was off to the bird hide to watch the various Spring birds on the feeding stations; the red robins, the plump nuthatches and even a few pheasants with their large orange feathers.
Following a picnic lunch in the greenhouse it was time for one last walk around the gardens, then back to the coach, to head back home.
‘We all thoroughly enjoyed our day at Carr Manor’ said Mrs Tozer. ‘The stunning gardens and woodlands presented the perfect opportunity for the children to observe the changes in nature that happen around this time of year’.
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