Making your own habitats at home!
At Conkers, the ranger discussed us making our own habitats in our garden... so here are some ideas to get your started.
- Create a leaf pile.
If you have a quiet corner where the wind doesn’t reach, then an undisturbed pile of leaves can become a home for harvestmen, beetles, mites and other creatures. Ideally, you will eventually have layers that mimic a woodland floor.
- Create a rock or stone pile
Rock or stone piles can be created in different places to attract a wide diversity of creatures. If possible, dig a shallow pit and put some large slabs over it so that shelter is available for amphibians such as toads. A range of sizes of rocks can be helpful. Bear in mind, children’s curiosity will mean that they will want to lift up stones and have a look. So place bigger ones in the centre of the pile out of children’s reach. Leave smaller ones around the outside that children can lift and explore. Minibeasts such as some types of spiders like drier home so seek stones higher up and cracks in walls.
- Experiment with branches
Small branches, cones and other fallen offerings from native trees will also provide useful homes and habitats for creatures as they rot down.
- Lay out carpet tiles
One or two carpet tile laid over damp soil can be very attractive for some soil dwellers who like the dark and damp. It is also easy for children to lift up and look.
- Let a patch of your garden grow long grass
Long grass provides a safer home for insects and invertebrates. Wildflowers are given a chance to grow. Before long, quite a few creatures will move in.
It is so important that the children learn their times-tables in year 4. They should know up to 12x by the end of this year.
Here is some resources to support learning at home (as discussed in the parent workshop).
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button (this game is tablet friendly)
We will be sending a times-table poster home this week. It would be great if this poster could be put up somewhere at home so the children can practice everyday.