We were starting a project on biodiversity. This would include studying habitats, ecosystems and learning about conservation, symbiotic relationships and the world around us. For our starting point we were going to look at the familiar area of the school playing field.
“So what do you think we might see on the field?”
Pause as everybody looks at each other.
“Are you sure? Have there ever been sheep on the field before?”
“Not this field, no.”
“Why might there be today?”
“Because it’s a field.”
Unable to escape this feat of logic I tried to appeal to common sense;
“If there were sheep would you be able to see them now, through the window?”
“Not if they were hiding.”
“There’s nowhere to hide though.”
“By the bins?”
“Really? Ok, so even though there have never been any sheep on the field in the seven years you have been at this school, and even though you can’t see them out there now, you want to add sheep to the list of things we might find when we go out?”
“Yes, it’s a field.”
It is going to be a loooong topic.