Caston pupils get closer to nature for survey

Caston Primary School pupils have been carrying out a biological survey at the school. Picture: Ian Burt Caston Primary School pupils have been carrying out a biological survey at the school. Picture: Ian Burt

Thursday, July 17, 2014
3:10 PM

The nets and magnifying glasses were out as children at two schools took a closer look at their neighbours.

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Pupils at Caston primary School and St Andrew’s Primary School, North Pickenham, enjoyed a day of bug hunting as they surveyed their school grounds for life.

Funding from the Society of Biology was used to provide a moth catcher and other equipment to study insects found in a school habitat.

Caston Primary’s acting deputy headteacher Sam Hearn said: “It’s a great opportunity to work with some real life scientists to explore our wonderful sites at the school.

“We are working with another school, St Andrew’s, and we are going to share our learning with them.

“It is expanding the children’s learning of their own environment.

“They love being outside and learning in this way is so important, for the younger ones especially.”

As part of the project scientists Dr Ray Mathias and Dennis Doman will return to the schools in the Autumn so that the children can see the seasonal differences.

Mr Doman said: “We want to show the children that science is a possible profession and that you can have a career in it.

“We want them to see some of the things that can be found on their own school grounds and hopefully get them interested in what is around them.

“There are lot of things that you miss when you walk around if you don’t look for them.

“It is great to have the teachers getting involved and parents giving up their time to help.

“I had people who got me interested in it and this is me passing it on.”

Youngsters at Caston took it in turns to survey the school’s wildlife area and pond and also examine the creatures of the night caught in the moth trap.

Freddie Cooper, 9, said: “It’s really fun. There are some creatures that I didn’t know about before but now I do know them.

“I like getting fresh air and seeing all the little things out here.”

Both schools will put together an exhibition using the data collected from the surveys, which will be presented to parents and governors.

Have you got a story in the Watton area? Contact Watton reporter doug.faulkner@archant.co.uk

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