Today we had a fantastic time at our local woodland. We built our team skills with an orienteering challenge, whittled sticks, made our own creations, built dens and had fun with mud! What a busy and special day. Many thanks to The Samsons for inviting us back.
This week we used our senses to connect with nature. We practised 'fox walking' to travel without making a sound, we collected colours and made a colour wheel, made smelly potions and hugged a tree to see how it felt. And we did all this with bare feet!
Our Year Fours are nearing the end of their independent projects...
In the heat of the summer sun we chilled out in the shade. We made shade shelters to help us keep out of the sun and thought about which other animals lived in shady habitats in our school grounds.
We concentrated on a task and the whittling workshoppers got creative!
Year Four have overcome some interesting challenges with their personal projects and have 3 weeks to finish their objects...
This week we developed the idea of looking from different perspectives and took some top tips from nature for how to make ourselves blend in.
Can you see any children hiding in these pictures?
This week was a big week for our Year Fours who began their own Forest School projects. They learnt how to do a 'tool talk' to demonstrate safe use of the tools they will use and began to source the materials they will need.
As for the rest of us there was plenty of weaving and stick-themed play happening.
Look at what we achieved when we worked together!
This week was a short session but we still had time to investigate the plant species living in our school field.
We wanted to know if letting the grass grow longer in some areas had improved the number of plant species living there.
The Year Fours were getting ready to begin their end of year forest school projects! The specification is: their project must involve tool use to shape or join wood.
Looking forward to seeing how they get on!
What are we making here?
Charcoal of course! We made it just right :)
What a busy day! But still time for our new favourite thing to do... 'sit spots'!
We followed on from last week's learning by spending some time in our sitting spots to listen out for the 5 calls of birds:
I'm so happy I just want to sing!
Beat it! This is my territory!
How are you? I'm fine thanks. How are you?
Mummy I'm hungry!
We learned how to join 2 sticks using square lashing. We made picture frames, Easter crosses and even a crane!
We helped the birds get ready for spring time by making nesting bags filled with handy nesting materials for them to use and sticky- stick bird feeders to give them vital energy at this time.
To celebrate the end of National Storytelling Week we had a special story telling Forest School session.
We used clay to make tree spirits.
We followed a story trail, found special objects and became storytellers!