Year 4 Flatford Mill Trip

The weather forecast for Year 4’s Flatford Mill trip on 13th June showed a 40% to 80% chance of rain throughout the day. Luckily, they didn’t experience a drop for the whole duration of the trip. It was nonetheless overcast and breezy, with the exception of a little broken sunshine in the morning, yet the children had a wonderful time in the glorious Flatford Mill setting while studying freshwater and woodland habitats. They named trees using identification keys and then measured their trunk circumferences, estimated their heights and widths, and did leaf and bark rubbings. They captured and identified small invertebrates from the leaves and branches of the trees using special nets and “pooters”. They also played a game which involved feeling a tree while blindfolded and then later trying to find the same tree having been led away from it. Furthermore, the children named and studied invertebrates they captured from the Mill Pond before returning them to their natural habitat. The area in front of Flatford Mill is where John Constable painted The Hay Wain. The children enjoyed comparing a print of The Hay Wain with the actual scene, which includes Willy Lott’s Cottage. Many thanks to Flatford Mill staff Simon and Hayley for their expert tuition throughout the day.