Acremont pupils go back to nature at Wicken Fen

CHILDREN from King’s Ely Acremont went back to nature this term, as they went on exciting learning adventure at the National Trust’s Wicken Fen.

The Year 1 pupils enjoyed three visits to the Fen, one of the UK’s oldest nature reserves, where they learnt about habitats, tried their hand at pond dipping, made camouflaged dens for observing wildlife and made tree and mud sculptures.

Education officers from Wicken also made three visits to the Acremont grounds, where the children learnt about combustion and fire safety as part of their science project.

As part of the project, everyone helped create a large bonfire, where pupils helped to cook hot dogs and marshmallows before tucking into the results of their outdoor cookery.

Pupils also dissected owl pellets, discovering tiny skulls, teeth and bones from animals eaten by owls at Wicken Fen.

Head of Acremont, Lynda Brereton, said: “This project was a super springboard for learning and greatly enhanced our creative curriculum. The children had so much fun in their roles as ‘Acremont Foresters’ and have benefited from a variety of wonderful experiences.”