What a fantastic last session for year 4 today. The weather was dry and bright and everyone enjoyed their time in the woods. Both groups enjoyed their last game of ‘Seeker’ and demonstrated that lessons had been learned in previous sessions meaning the children were much more successful in finding their way to the ‘target’.
The mud slide was revisited, and although it was drier, the children enjoyed their time finding different ways to get to the bottom. Again we transported quite a lot of mud back to school, but the children (most of them anyway) were very good at changing out of their muddy waterproofs and putting everything into bags.
Dragonfly and Wren made some delicious Christmas damper bread dough (flavoured with mixed spice, crystallised ginger and sultanas) which some of the children cooked over the fire.
At the end of the morning session, Chestnut Group enjoyed a last ‘Sitting Spot’ while Holly Group spent some time reflecting peacefully on their time in the woods and each person expressed one thing for which they were grateful.
The session provided opportunities for developing:
- Communication skills (verbal and non-verbal)
- Physical strength and co-ordination
- Problem Solving
- Mindfulness practises
- Listening skills
- Empathy (kindness)
Tawny Owl put together a video but will upload it tomorrow as she left her power cable at school. Watch this space!
Year 3 were unable to visit the woods today as it was so windy. However, they had a busy time, tidying up the creative play resources, playing a game (Seeker) and gardening.
They enjoyed a great time at lunch break creating and playing on a mud slide as they were almost the only children in school who had the correct clothing to play on the grass area. Each group were really helpful in the activities; Field Maple tidied, while Willow group helped create a 'fence' around the really muddy area to allow the grass to recover.
At the end of the afternoon, Willow group harvested some of the vegetables and enjoyed trying new flavours.
Year 4 enjoyed time gardening and playing in the woods during this session.
Have a look and see what they were up to.
Have a look at what we got up to on our recent visit to the woods. Apologies for the mistake on the last page!
Year 3 achieved a lot of learning in the woods today. We had negotiation, creation, laughter, challenges, successes and a few tears. Everyone had a great time.
Have a look at the photos and video for a tase of their day.
Have a look at the video to see what year 4 have been up to.
Have a look at the video to get a taste of what went on in the woods today.
Rabbit returned to the woods today, and set to work helping cut wood for the log shed. The children also worked hard, either cutting, or splitting wood, or completing the digging of the trench for the willow. Others created a beautiful piece of rainbow art using leaves they found around the woods. The children enjoyed tree climbing and generating their own games. Holly group enjoyed a Silent Spot and considered what they had learned. Chestnut group ended the afternoon by considering things for which they were grateful; they came up with some very moving thoughts.
After half-term, the groups swap round and Holly Group requested that we cook chestnuts over the fire and play conkers, while Chestnut Group wish to do firestriking.
Sadly this was Mouse’s last session with us until the summer. We have really appreciated her giving up her valuable time to volunteer with us in the woods again. We will miss her calm, quiet cheerfulness, sense of humour and wonderful ideas.
You will see from the pictures that she celebrated with slap up lunch today!
Year 6 got stuck in with all sorts of tasks today: continuing to dig the trench for the willow, which we hope will be in a growing vigorously by the time they return to the woods in June, washing some Lime bark and hanging it out to dry, ready for making cord, making cooking sticks, and making and cooking damper bread and eating it with frankfurters or honey.
There were mixed feelings as we returned to school: disappointment that this was the final session of the term, but excitement that there is something to look forward to later in the school year before they move onto secondary school.
A wonderful day in the woods today – the sun shone, the birds sang and everyone settled quickly to their tasks following our usual reminder about hazards and how we keep ourselves safe. Tawny Owl requested that the children do not go to the stream at the moment as there is still a lot of timber lying around following the felling of the unsafe trees. We will hold a working party day very soon, so hopefully a team of adults will help to stack up this wood to create small creature habitats.
The children enjoyed working on the trench we have begun so we can plant a willow screen around the tree bog, others were very helpful to Wren who continued to work on the new Tippy Tap structures.
The camp in the Guelder Rose which was started while we were at ‘Plan B’ was added to and enjoyed by several groups of children who enjoyed learning away from the main area. Some children began making new structures using some of the brash from the tree felling.
All the children and some of the adults became very good at making leaf skeletons from fallen sweet chestnut leaves. The children also loved making paths through the dry, crunchy leaves and piling them up to make soft beds to jump and lie on.
Today was a busy day and everyone played hard, developing their gross motor skills, building their strength, developing patience and persistence, working on their speaking and listening while really enjoying their outdoor learning.