Today we enjoyed our class trip to the Lickey Hills. We were all explorers in discovering the range of flora and fauna.
Firstly, we immediately spotted conifer trees , pine cones and a range of ferns. Alexie quickly spotted some living ants too!
At Cofton Hill and Billberry Hill we noticed some Heathlands covered with ferns, Heather and Billbery. We read about how they were important for living habitats. Alexie was very observant and wrote down many notes.
We were also lucky enough to talk to a park ranger who told us lots of interesting facts. Did you know heathlands comes from the word heather?
We learnt that Billberry Hill has it’s name from the Billberry plants found on the heathlands. They are a British version of blueberries.
Max showed off his excellent map skills and told us all exactly where we were!
We then observed how most of the trees were not in line. This suggested it was a natural ancient woodland. We then looked towards the south and noticed the trees looked the same and were in order. These trees were planted as part of a restoration project.
Throughout the walk we paid attention to the different trees and how to identify them.
Viewpoint at Bilberry Hill
We were also lucky enough to find out lots of key facts about the Heathlands.
Enjoying the view at Bilberry Hill
We learnt about a special endangered plant that has been discovered here at the Lickey Hills called “Cow Wheat” . This plant is crucial for the survival of certain butterfly species.
We also learnt diverse ways plants can spread their seeds. Can you remember?
Walking through the ferns, getting close to nature!
Searching for deciduous trees
Of course after our discoveries we were invited to share our findings. Great work Robins
We also learnt and enjoyed a lot more, let’s share our thoughts in the comments!
Have a look at all the extra pics we took below!
and… we did get to play on the play area for a short while too!
In Geography, Robins carried out activities to help them understand the various kinds of mountain formations.
Pushing materials together to make a fold mountain. (Fold mountains are created where two or more of Earth’s tectonic plates are pushed together)
Pushing Chocolate Krispies together to observe what happens; just like a fault block mountain. Fault-block mountains are formed by the movement of large crustal blocks when forces in the Earth’s crust pull it apart. Some parts of the Earth are pushed upward and others collapse down.
Finally, Robins researched more information about them and created their own booklet guide to mountain formations.
As part of their primary research on why Greece is a popular tourist destination, Robins taste tested a range of Greek food.
We tried hummus and taramasalata with pitta bread or bread sticks. We also tried some plain Greek yoghurt. We tested some olives and Greek feta cheese. Then we rated each food out of five starts and wrote why we did or didn’t like it.
Next week, Robins will make a poster / blog about Greece.
Don’t forget to do extra research at home. The following links below may help you.
You may also wish to visit Kings Norton Library (or Birmingham Library) to read books about Greece. Remember to write notes in your homework book ready for next Tuesday’s lesson! (Or write them in the comments below)
During geography this afternoon, the Robins in year 4 were looking at maps.
We looked at maps of Northern Ireland and Greece and talking about their differences. We also discussed if we’d been there on holiday and what it was like. We looked at capital cities and cities and how they were shown on the map.
We used an atlas to mark cities, mountains and islands on our maps of Northern Ireland and Greece in our books.
Today, Robins have been improving their map skills.
Discussions included understanding that maps have a scale. For example, on some smaller maps, 1cm on the map could equal 250m in real life. On some larger maps, 1 cm on the map could equal a few kilometres. Different maps might have different scales, so we must check on the map we are using to find its scale.
We also discussed that OS maps have faint blue lines which divide the map into square. Along the edges of each map there are numbers. These numbers help you work out where a location is on a map. This would be helpful if you were lost and needed to call for help.
Part of today’s task was looking at a map of Birmingham.
Pupils were asked to identify what kind of map was it and also where they thought Druids Heath is located. There were some interesting answers (Look for the smileys!)
We finally agreed it was to the east of Solihull and is located in South West Birmingham.
Pupils then had to create their own Key.
Most pupils were able to identify , Motorways, Main Roads and Rivers.
Mr Lo told them where he was currently living and pupils had fun working out approximately how far it was from Druids Heath.
They did they by looking at the scale. They worked out 1cm = 5km.
This fun lesson also utilised our new school resource: Digimap!
Extension: Look at the map below. How well do you know the area? Can you find where you live?