St.Stephen's School


Year 2 went on a school trip to the forest. We have been learning all about habitats in class, and so were really joyful and excited to go into a forest habitat.

We started our journey by taking public transport and found it thrilling to sit on the top deck of a double decker bus. When we got off the  bus we then had to squelch through the mud to get to our final destination: Wanstead Forest. Our first task was to silently listen to the bird song. Because we heard lots of different sounds, we knew that we were surrounded by different types of birds.

We then went in search of micro-habitats, which are small habitats. The first micro-habitat we encountered was a pond. We saw white adult swans and brown baby swans. We also saw boy ducks with green heads and girl ducks with speckled brown backs. We even saw seagulls! Later, in a different part of the wood, we saw a bird that we didn’t recognise.

It had dark black circles around red eyes. We remembered what the bird looked like and researched it when we got back to class, discovering that it was an Egyptian goose.

Another micro-habitat that we saw was the underside of a log. We all worked together to roll the logs over to see what was underneath them. We saw slugs of all sizes, teeny tiny lizards, black beetles, small beetles, caterpillars, worms, snails, a centipede, a millipede and even some spiders. We also saw fungus on the log and learnt about how trees talk to each other via fungal networks underneath the ground.

We had a truly fantastic day, and even saw squirrels and a couple of cows elsewhere in the forest!