Year four enjoyed another 2 wonderful days in the woods this week.
What a busy time they had!
There were two noteable nature observations which caused Tawny Owl much excitement this week: on Wednesday morning, she heard her first Chiff-Chaff of the year, and on Thursday a Brimstone butterfly.
Both groups enjoyed a beautiful poem to begin their day: Hornbeam Group heard Tawny Owl reading 'Silent Song' by Roger Stevens while each holding a small, smooth pebble to help with their reflections about the poem. All participants were quite moved by the poem. Alder Group went out into the woods to find themselves a feather to hold while listening to the poem 'If you Find A Little Feather' by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers (both poems taken from the Anthology 'I Am The Seed That Grew The Tree', which has a nature poem for each day of the year).
Hornbeam group then spent much of the day creating blobsters and blobster shelters.
Alder Group enjoyed playing together in small groups, creating small world scenes out of mud, moss and sticks, as well as fire striking and tool work (making Duck Callers which was a great follow up to their Science topic on Sound). It was wonderful to hear the voices of some of the children who would normally be quiet in the classroom, expressing themselves with delight and excitement.
It was a joy to see the children relaxing into the activities this week - undoubtably the warmer weather contributing to creating a more relaxed feeling to the sessions. The children moved further away from the adults, allowing them to also enjoy the activities themselves.
Thank you Cuckoo for again creating the video...and to Wren, Bumble Bee, Blossom and Nuthatch for modelling such amazing Blobsters and shelters for the children to gather ideas from.
Year four have now had a couple of days back in the woods.
They have very much enjoyed their experience. Last week, they were newly back to school after Lockdown and were so happy to be playing with their friends again. Indeed the adults heard the children on several occasions express how pleased they were to be allowed to play again. Interestingly the children stayed quite close and didn't wander too far.
However, this week, they were so settled again - they went much further away from the adults and enjoyed taking part in some of the activties on offer. They tried fire striking (and then if they were successful they toasted a marshmallow over their little fires. Some made Duck Callers out of Elder Wood.
So much learning went on; learning about the science of fire, fire safety, properties and changes in materials, identifying trees and birds.
Hornbeam group heard a poem about Wrens and Alder group had a poem about crows. Both groups discussed their emotions at the end - considering what they had enjoyed or become excited about and what might have caused them disappointment.
have a look at the video and look at the concentration and enjoyment on their faces.
It is wonderful to be back.
Thank you Cuckoo for putting the video together.