Our Early Learning Goals are;
Children to know about similarities and differences in relation to living things. Make observations of animals, explain why some things occur and talk about changes.
This resource, produced by OPAL (Open Air Laboratories), aims to develop an understanding that there are different kinds of earthworms in the environment with different habitats.
It is designed for use outside the classroom when visiting a garden or wildlife area.
Children identify earthworms using the field guide provided then count and record their numbers in a given area.
This survey looks at the worms found in a soil pit and in within 5 metres (roughly) of the pit. Prepare the pit by measuring marking out a square about 20cm x 20cm. Anyone who is handling soil or worms needs to wear gloves. Use a trowel to dig a pit about 10 cm deep. Try to keep the pit as square as possible. Take out any worms you find as you go and put them in a container. Place all the removed soil on a bin liner. Divide the worms into two containers, one with adults (with a clear saddle) and one of immature worms (without a distinct saddle). The guide shows what a saddle looks like. Count them up and record them on the sheet. To encourage deeper burrowing earthworms to come to the surface, mix up a couple of the teaspoons of mustard powder into 750ml of water and pour it into the pit . Collect any worms that emerge, divide them as before into adults and immature worms and record them. Now it’s time to identify the worms using the ‘What earthworms have you found?’ sheet and record the numbers on the sheet. If you have extra time, you can look at other habitats nearby. Worms like dark, damp places so you may find them in piles of decaying leaves, under rotting wood or beneath other objects such as stones. Sort and record any worms that you find as before. Did you find more immature worms than adults? Was there more than one species of worm? Did you find different species in different habitats?
EYFS Science Activity for Home Learning (Summer One)
This resource has been produced as part of The Crunch, created by the Wellcome Trust to promote learning and discussions about our food, our health and our planet. By examining our relationships with food, and exploring cutting edge research, we can think about how we can eat in ways that can keep our planet and ourselves healthy.
You can find all the instructions and resources by clicking on the following link.