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Dabbling with Ducks

Today as we start our topic of 'Oxford Story Tellers', Year 1 to 4 are enjoying the Wind in the Willows. Ratty writes a poem about his observation of ducks in the river which Mole is not sure about:

'I don't know that I think so very much of that little song, Rat', observed Mole cautiously. He was no poet himself and didn't care who knew it; and he had a candid nature.

'Nor don't the ducks neither' replied the Rat cheerfully. 'They say, "Why can't fellows be allowed to do what they like when they like, instead of other fellows sitting on banks and watching them all the time and making remarks and poetry and things about them? What nonsense it all is!" That's what the ducks say.'

Here is a little video I made of some ducks a few weeks ago, set to the poem 'Ducks' Ditty' by Ratty.

So your challenge for Science this afternoon is to ask the ducks some creative questions about their dabbling habits. Here's a reminder of the Visible Thinking routine you should use:

Here are a few questions to get you going...

  • What are you dabbling for?

  • What is the role of your flapping feet?

  • Is the bread I feed you good for you?

When you've asked at least ten questions, you can begin to research answers. Here are two places you could start:

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