Trip to Botanic Gardens

Written by  on Friday, 23 June 2017.

On Wednesday 14th June, the sun shone brightly and 58 excited Year 1 explorers boarded a double decker bus bound for the Botanic Gardens in Cambridge.

On arrival, we were met by Bronwen from the Education Department and Heather, a volunteer, and made our way to the School’s Garden where we had a drink and snack before embarking on our activities.

We explored the Glasshouses and learned about plants that grow on mountains and in deserts, in the rainforest and on the water. We were all mesmerized by the water lily that was so waterproof that a blob of honey on the leaf rolled around on it like a marble!

We found the two tallest trees within the Gardens, called a Giant Redwood and a Cedar of Lebanon. We were able to measure the circumference of their trunks and learned that the tallest living thing on the planet at the moment is a Giant Redwood in America called ‘The General Sherman’. We used a giant tape measure to measure out the 84m height of this tree – incredible!

After a picnic lunch under the welcome shade of the trees, we were free to explore more of the beautiful Gardens, finding flowers of all colours and other natural ‘treasures’ to add to our sticky wristbands. Highlighted by so many as the ‘best bit’ of the trip, we were lucky enough to discover a fairy village in a leafy glade!

Back at school, the children were so inspired they created their own amazing acrostic poems about the Botanic Gardens. Some of which are attached.

Well done to all the children who were well behaved and engaged all day, and grateful thanks to our parents and assistants who willingly gave up their time to accompany us.

“I liked the prickly cactus best.” Adam

“I liked it when Bronwen showed us the honey on the waterproof leaf”. Frankie

“The best bit for me was……all of it!” Melody

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