Alder Group enjoyed a calm and steady start to the day. They quietly settled to their learning, and demonstrated how independent they are all becoming. Tawny Owl began the session with a short time of mindfulness, and the children had to consider something for which they were grateful. There were some very moving suggestions – a deep thinking group!
There were hammocks for the children and Tawny Owl had suggested they might like to make wands. Initially no-one seemed interested in the wands and they all went off to play. However, the adults then noted that the children had settled themselves to the wand task, without any adult help. They worked brilliantly as a team to help each other tie knots and share ideas, without any need of support from the adults. The children found lots of bugs in the woods today too – ‘Tiny’ the slug was carried around on a leaf for a while; he was cared for very gently.
In between there was lots of running around and playing in the hammocks, and then at the last minute, there was a flurry of interest in the mud kitchen, with a group of children sat round the ‘water hole’ like witches around a cauldron.
Hornbeam Group also began with a short time of quiet and reflection – and their reasons to be grateful were equally wonderful. The children then settled to playing in the hammocks, running around and climbing trees. Kingfisher lead a group building dens (Earths) for the foxes, which provided a much needed quiet activity for some children, who were very tired today.
Do have a look at the class gallery for more photos of what the children have been up to today.