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Butterflies help Toftwood youngsters learn more about habitats

PUBLISHED: 13:55 05 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:28 05 July 2017

Children at Toftwood Infant School learned about butterflies.  Picture: Kirsty Ponder

Children at Toftwood Infant School learned about butterflies. Picture: Kirsty Ponder

Kirsty Ponder

Children at Toftwood Infant school explored their topic of habitats and environments with a visit by Lindsey and Steve from Butterflies of Britain and a group of Painted Lady butterflies.

Children at Toftwood Infant School learned about butterflies.  Picture: Kirsty PonderChildren at Toftwood Infant School learned about butterflies. Picture: Kirsty Ponder

The children are learning about insects, their life cycles and how they survive in the wild and they had the opportunity to hold the butterflies and see them up close. They were also able to watch them feed on a selection of fruit and fly around the tent.

The children learnt the different names of the most common butterflies in Britain.

At the end of the day the children helped to release the insects into the school grounds and waved goodbye to them as they flew away.

Kirsty Ponder, the science subject leader said: “It’s very important to have enrichment opportunities in school to give the children real life, up close experiences. It helps them learn in a practical and exciting way.”

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