Flower Power

This half term we are finding out as much as we can about flowers. We are spending time using flowers in our artwork too so this week's Wild Wednesday seemed a great opportunity to go Wild Flower hunting. Lapwings have a plan to learn to take really great digital photos and some of us were lucky enough to capture digital images of pollinators on the plants we looked at. The sun was out and the air was full of busy buzzing bees! Our Science curriculum was coming alive as we investigated parts of flowers and how pollination takes place and a few of us captured pictures of bees sipping nectar. Mrs C promised us 50 house points if we could get a good picture of a bee pollinating.
Between us all we probably took about 500 photographs which we intend to edit ,alter and use to create beautiful images for our village exhibition in July. Here are a few.
We spotted hundreds of buttercups and we tried to see who liked butter by holding the golden flowers under chins. Look at the shiny yellow lights we saw!
Our morning walk took our feet along the hedgerows and along the Tweed riverbank. We had a lovely time we really did! Taking photos, chasing bees and beetles, cooling off on the shaded grass and generally trying to collect as many specimens of native wild flowers as we could . Did you know there are 150 varieties in the UK?
We found a couple of stripey snails .
We paddled in the Tweed where it was shallow and those with wellies splashed the rest of us!
We always seem to have time for a nap amongst the gravestones in the churchyard but we also found lots of new wild flowers there too. It was so peaceful.
One of Lapwing's tasks today was to start using our new flower presses. They are very fiddly but we managed to fill two layers each . The flowers should be dried and flat by next week for our art work.
Last time we were outside, we made some plaster cast fossils so today we were able to turn them out and brush off the sand and dirt like real archaeologists. Miss  S taught us how to take our time an get the brushes into the tiny markings.
As is traditional, Mrs A got her team of firelighters and chefs to rustle us up a campfire and today they made us flat breads. Mrs C had some honey from the local honey farm and we all got stuck into the sweet, sticky feast . 
We found so many flowers and still left plenty for the pollinators in the village so some of us got our potions and perfumes laboratory up and running. In the shade of the log hut we could have a cooling hand massage or sample some of the beautiful scents. What amazing colours when all the petals are mixed together.