This week Year 5 have really got into their project on the Chilterns. On Tuesday Gavin Johnson from The Chiltern Society came to talk to both classes about the landscapes and habitats of the Chilterns. He explained how the hills were formed from flint, chalk and clay and described some beautiful animals which live in the woodland, grassland and chalk stream habitats. We found out about the bee orchid, the dragonfly, the water vole and of course, the red kite, among others. We also learnt how special the Chiltern habitats are – there are 200 chalk streams in the world and 85% of them are in the Chilterns.
On Thursday Year 5 were lucky to have such a beautiful day to visit two local Chiltern landscapes. After squeezing through some country lanes we reached Coombe Hill and walked to the edge of the escarpment to see the amazing views over the Vale of Aylesbury. We sat under the monument to the Boer War and admired the view. We attempted some sketching in the wind. Looking down on Wendover we could see the proposed route of High Speed 2.
We then travelled on to Wendover Woods where after lunch Gavin helped us complete a nature trail; finding fruits, prints, seeds and leaves and signs of animal life. We went on a circular walk around the site of an Iron Age hill fort.
All in all a great day to get out and about and appreciate the beauty of our local area.