Year 4 had a very wet day today. Mrs Omer (aka Beetle) joined us today; she seemed to really enjoy spending time outside with her class, even though it was very wet all day.
It was Goldcrest's birthday and therefore Larch group had Peach pudding, which seemed to go down really well; there wasn't much left!
Tawny Owl worked with a group of children making bows and arrows. They were taught how to tie a clove-hitch (which we linked with handwriting a double 'e'), and reminded how to use knives safely to make a point on their arrows; they had progressed from using scout knives to larger Mora knives as their hands are larger this year. They then chose something to write on their arrows linked with forgiveness.
Bumble bee was sporting a spectacular dressing on her finger as a reminder of how we should take our time when using knives!
Birch group arrived in a particularly heavy downpour and it was decided to not try cooking as time was short. Several children arrived dressed inappropriately for the weather (no waterproofs, and/or not enough warm layers), so we went for a tree adventure to keep everyone warm. Tawny Owl showed the group some trees and talked a little bit about each one and how to identify them. We looked at Horse Chestnut, Hornbeam, Beech, Holly, Rowan, Oak and Cherry. One of the most exciting observations was a pool of foam at the bottom of a cherry tree. We traced it to water running down the trunk from the canopy and mixing with alkalis on the way down causing the foam.
When we returned to Stump Central the children noticed the same thing happening on a Hornbeam.
Here are a few photos - have a look at the class gallery for more.
Year 2 had a wonderful day learning in the woods today.
They climbed trees and had a go at making shelters. Ratty showed the children how to create some woodland art, and Tawny Owl, Goldcrest, Blossom and Cuckoo worked together with Eva and Sebastian to begin creating a music stand. Thank you to Blossom who took the xylophone bars home to drill as using the brace and bit was really hard work, although Eva persevered to drill a hole in one of the bars with Goldcrest and Blossom's help, even though the wood was really hard.
Field Maple group sat quietly when they arrived, trying to see if the Thrush would visit it's babies in the nest in the Ash tree to feed them. Sadly the children did not see this happen as they were so keen to go and play! They all ran around playing noisily before settling down to make a see-saw, which the children enjoyed, and worked together to ensure everyone had a happy and safe time.
Tawny Owl showed the children a wood wasp nest which she found in the shed. Lily explained very well how the wasp makes the paper to create it's nest.
We had lovely weather today, although Field Maple groups had to rush to put their coats on when we had a heavy April shower.
Have a look at the class gallery to see more photos.
What a wonderful day with year 4 today!
It is over 18 months since this group were in the woods, but an independent observer wouldn’t have known this.
Following an excellent period of time around the fire circle, when both groups explained the safety boundaries quickly and efficiently, and an explanation about how the ‘new’ hand washing facilities work, the children settled to learning remarkably quickly.
Within a short time, we saw some amazing creations being developed in the woodland.
The children demonstrated their ability to learn independently, with little or no adult input. Some amazing shelters were built, a zip-wire put up, role play began, lashings and knots were learned, music was played and one group enjoyed our very simple mud kitchen for a short while.
At the end of each session we had a period of time to think about learning; and what a variety of points were discussed!
Amongst all participants (adults and children) we learned how:
- To tie knots
- To put up a tarp successfully
- Working as a team, speeds up a task, and helps everyone learn new skills
- To resolve disputes
- Consideration of others
- Tidying up can be as entertaining as the activity
- That rope can burn skin
It was true April weather with sunshine and showers, but a beautiful spring day in the woodland.
This was the first session that this group of children had had since Spring Term 2017, so all the children found it tricky to remember the boundaries. However, they soon entered into the spirit and began to acclimatise to the wonderful spring woodland.
Both groups played beautifully - climbing trees (which showed how much they had grown), running around, playing hide and seek, making shelters as well as water play (making the most wonderful concoctions).
We heard a buzzard, wrens, and possibly a black cap; saw lots of bumblebees (and talked about where they nest, etc.) and orange tip butterflies.
The children were all happy and relaxed and returned to school already looking forward to next week.
Hornbeam Group had time for silent spot at the end, which they found a little tricky with their wriggly legs, but we thought we should persevere and have another go next week. Unfortunately Alder Group ran out of time, but we will begin with Silent Spot next week.
Here are a few photos - have a look on the class gallery for more photos.
Elephant class worked hard in the last couple of weeks of term to design, make and evaluate their own puppets. From Minions, Harry Potter and Voldemort to LFC footballers and princesses, there was a wide range of different puppets.
On the last day of term, we celebrated their hard work by planning and performing puppet shows in small groups.