It was really cold today but it didn’t stop us having fun. Some of our Rising Stars came this morning. It was a small group so we were able to stand back and let the children explore the woods by themselves. We were keeping a close eye but it was so good to be able to watch how they were all chattering to each other and pointing out things to look at. We warmed up by the fire and enjoyed marshmallows and hot pop.
Later on Emmanuel met me with a pair of binoculars that he had got as a present. He decided he wanted to go bird watching we looked in a book to see what birds we might see. We were super quiet and managed to see blue tits, crows, magpies and pigeons. Of course we got to see the robin. Emmanuel was super excited and pleased because he had never been so close to a bird before.
Y2 SJ showed us how much they knew about some of the famous landmarks in London. The collaborated to create London in the woods. It was fun to see the children who had built the Tower of London stretching their imagination muscles pretending to be kings and queens.
Year 2 KB were more than amazing this morning, they were absolutely awesome.
I told them about little George the dragon who was too small to fly to London, the children decided they could build London in the woods so George would be able to see the different landmarks.
I was impressed with how quickly the children began sharing their ideas with each other, it was great to see how they listened to each other and built on the ideas. Next came the excited planning, deciding how they would create different things. They thought about size and shape, they had to think about what might be inside. One group built Tower Bridge, they then had another idea of how they could make it better and rebuilt it differently. It was such a super morning.
The robin in the woods has a name now. One of the children named him Richard last week(I think he couldn’t remember the word robin but knew it was a boy’s name starting with R).
Richard Robin comes every day and today I asked Richard if he would like to try and see it. We had to think about what might frighten him and how we should behave and move to encourage him to come near us. It wasn’t long before he let us know he was there by landing on a branch close by. It wasn’t long before he came on to the bench that Richard was sat on, and then he came a little bit closer for some food!
This made us both really happy, when we went back to the cabin we talked about different things that makes us feel happy and what it actually feels like to feel happy.
This term year 1 are learning about maps. We created our own maps in the woods. Some of the children made maps of the woods and others created imaginary maps. They all had to think of different objects they could use to represent real things.
Before the holidays Cirp had written some scary stories. They love Goosebumps in Cirp and this inspired their stories. We built a den in the woods and tried to make it really dark and spooky. There was plenty of space for us all to get inside and listen to the awesome stories.
This week F1 thought about the fireworks and bonfires we they had seen at the weekend. We moved like different sorts of fireworks and then in the woods we used leaves to make firework pictures.
Of course we did lots of exploring too.
We will be making lots of links to geography this half term in the woods. We started this today with Year1 JL. I wondered what the children knew about maps, they told me lots of different things and we were able to pull out some great pieces of information, we decided maps can be any size and we also thought that maps use different things to represent things. Ethan told me that maps have lines for roads and Hettie said that there might be a cross for treasure.
We worked together to make maps of parts of the woods. We had to find different things to represent all of the things we could see.
This afternoon Year 2CV were thinking about London. They worked together to build London landmarks in the woods. They had to think of what features the landmarks have and then find different things to build them.
Back from the holidays and ready for some super learning.
On Monday Richard and Emmanuel tried used some tools in the woods. They found that they needed to persevere as things aren’t always as easy as you think they might be.
It was great to catch up with the boys.
Today F1 joined us in the woods, we talked about the school holidays and the special days that there had been. We thought a lot about the fireworks and bonfires that the children had seen. The children used leaves and chalks to make bonfire pictures.
The boys and girls loved all the crispy leaves on the floor!
When I think back over this half term I am filled with memories of super learners having lots of fun.
We have spent a lot of time exploring and enjoying the woods looking at and noticing the changes that are taking place. It has been the school’s 50th birthday this half term so most class groups this half term have been set a challenge to find out f the woods came before or after the school. Each group has explored this problem in different ways and worked out what they need to find out to solve the problem, all of these solutions involved lots of maths. I have really been blown away with how the children have tackled this problem and the ideas they have come up with.
Year 6 JH
Year 6 CC