Today we have had great fun learning about different types of grass and what we can do with them. Luckily, we have lots of wild-growing, uncut meadow space around the perimeter of the school field and a mini meadow by our bridge, so we had plenty to explore!
We started with a grass treasure hunt, using vocabulary such as 'mature', 'juvenile', 'cylindrical', 'characteristics', 'distinctive', 'emerging' and 'spikelets' to help us to identify and describe four types of grass. We learnt that each one, as with other plants, has both a common name and a Latin name. The grass 'Yorkshire Fog', for example, has the Latin name 'Holcus Lanatus'. The common names were helpful in helping us to identify the grasses as they were often descriptive: 'Meadow Foxtail' looked like exactly that - a fox's tail - and each 'Cocksfoot' stem split into three chunky tufts and looked just like our school chickens' feet!
After this, we learnt our task: to make a grass person by bending and tying long stems of grass. We had the option of using string to tie the parts but decided we fancied the challenge of using purely grass, which meant experimenting with the grass stems first to see which type of grass lent itself best to being tied: we were seeking the 'Kirby of grasses', as we named it (the most flexible, after our very own bendy class gymnast!)
Take a look at the pictures to see how we did!