our trip to hillier gardens

On Wednesday 12th October, Kingfisher class went to Hillier Gardens on the two school buses. The journey was half an hour long, but once we finally got there we met a lady called Jackie and another lady called Anne, then we all went outside to start our first investigation into soils. 

We all had to get a bottle, some soil and water, then we put roughly five scoops of soil into each bottle and filled it up with water; then it was lid on, brace yourself and shake! When we had shaken the bottles, we put them down and left them alone for a while. Whilst we were waiting, we went on a walk around the gardens, some of the highlights were: the giant rhubarb, the wobbly bridge and who could forget about the bamboo alley! There were even a few gates made from the bamboo that was sweeping down over the pathway. 

When we got back to the place we had started, we then set off mini-beast hunting under logs nearby. I found a beetle lava and Millie found an unidentified crawling insect (UCI). Archie found a massive toad trying to burrow down, it was an amazing find! Then we walked back to have lunch and we did a quiz on different soil types after completing our soils investigation. 

After that, we got 20 leaves per group and had to answer questions about decomposition – if you got them right, you would take away leaves and the team with the least leaves at the end won.
It was then finally time to finish; we boarded the buses and made our way back to school.

We would all like to say thank you to Jackie, Anne and all the people involved in the trip and hope to go on another trip like it soon!

By Millie, Imery and Henry

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