Outdoor Learning


We had an exciting time at the end of Autumn half term 1- each class in Year 4 took part in a Stone Age Day to round of the great learning they have done in class this half term.

They had the chance to- build a shelter using poles and branches and practice their knot tying skills; make a thumb pot out of clay; use elder wood which has a hollow middle to make beads for wooden amulet necklace; make a spark and light a mini fire and toast some bread over the fire.  They had a great time!  Lots of staff came out to support them and we were so lucky- it didn't rain!

Please look down the video list to see a video of their learning.  It has a cool piece of music with it.

At the end of Autumn, out in the woods you'll see the last trees changing colour and dropping their leaves as the days get shorter.  The shortest day this year is Monday 21st December- just after we finish school for the Christmas holdiday. The clocks went back an hour at half term- did you notice its lighter in the mornings and dark earlier after school?

On our Forest School site the high grass is starting to die back for winter.  Our alder trees have tiny cones on them.  The willow dome is losing its leaves and the top playground is full of sycamore leaves from the trees.

This half term class 5A have been taking part in Forest school activities and teamwork challenges like the Rope Run and Man, Mammoth, Mouse.  They have hunted for bugs and made Friendship bracelets with Nordic weaving.  Their learning is about taking turns, working together, tenacity, being gentle, caring and respecting living things.

Class 6GA are doing orienteering sessions outdoors.  They did a photo orienteering course, they've learned some map symbols, set their own courses using an aerial photo and will be using an orienteering map to set up their own longer courses.  They are putting in such energy and teamwork.

Thankyou to all the parents and carers who have reminded their children to wear old warm clothes and bring their uniform in a bag- it speeds up getting ready so we have more time outside learning and having fun.smiley

We have bought some larger wellies to avoid sharing as we continue to quarantine waterproofs and wellies that are borrowed during this time of Covid 19.

And the last news- 130 trees have arrived to be planted!  Trees are planted in Autumn- unlike almost anything else.   Phew- its going to be a busy time in the next few weeks.

Get your hats and gloves ready and enjoy time in the woods!

Ms Byram


PS.  All the earlier videos are still available...

Check out the Stone Age Outdoor Learning Experience video

Conkers and bramble videos to help you identify them.

Do you like Harry Potter?- make a wand, a mobile or a God's eye using sticks and wool.  See the videos below.

Do you keep spotting new flowers, insects, birds and trees when you're out?  With your parents permission you could try the inaturalist app- you take a photo of the plant, bird, tree or animal, send it to the app and it'll suggest what it might be.  There's also a link to Wildlife watch identification pages below- do you have a bee buzzing round your garden?  Look at the bee sheet and discover what kind it is.

PS Here are some apps and links to find out about things you might see or hear outside...

To see ladybirds grow up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws_D5nXOAJg

To see the frog life cycle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmlaclb3K2o 

An intro to the inaturalisapp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xENz1xRu0wI 

A link about identifying insects, birds, plants and allsorts of things! https://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/spotting-sheets

A link about birdsong  https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/bird-songs/

An app to help you spot trees https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/british-trees/tree-id-app/

A link to help you spot butterflies  https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife/identify-garden-butterflies

A fun quiz about insects https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/quiz/animals-and-nature/take-insects-quiz/

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