When Outdoors Explorers headed down to the Wild Learning Area to check on the Hedgehog homes, we became somewhat distracted by the amount of ice on our ponds. The pupils were fascinated in it and how it had formed, how thick it was and how easy it would be to break.

Of course, we talked about the dangers of ice on waterways and how we should never attempt to walk across as the ice could break suddenly, plunging us into freezing water. Our pond is small enough for us to touch the edges and we all wanted to break off ice, hold it and feel it melting in our hands!

We loved the way that some leaves and foliage had become frozen inside the ice. It was great exploring it …. and getting out hands very cold and dirty!