Report for EYFS and KS1 visit to Bushy Park
On the overcast but relatively dry morning of Tuesday 7th November, we set off for Bushy Park to observe the changes in nature as we move from late autumn into winter. Children were encouraged to notice the wonderful array of colour provided by leaves still clinging to mostly bare branches. They were also briefed about the changes in the animals, especially the deer, and warned to keep well away and watchful of the rutting stags.
The route taken by Year 2 through the bracken, oak, horse chestnut and lime trees proved full of interest in terms of bird life and stages of tree-development. Disappointingly, we only saw three male red deer with impressive antlers and a herd of leaping fallow deer at a distance.
The intermittent rain created numerous puddles for the children to splash through on their way to the Waterhouse Woodland Garden where a few ducks paddled in the stream and the plantation provided an even richer palette of autumn colour.
We rounded off the visit in the children’s play area where they were able to let off steam for a short while on the climbing frames, swings and slides. What an enjoyable morning out in the fresh air