We had a fabulous day at Trosley Country Park today. Travelling up in the minibus and 3 cars, we arrived slightly late, but soon settled into our activities. Gemma from Outdoor Studios reminded the children about the Ash Tree; following up on the information they were given on Monday.
They began by using charcoal to do some observational drawings of the Ash trees surrounding the outdoor classroom area. Then off we went on a short walk to another part of the wood. On the way we took a short break at the climbing bars. At the next stopping point we observed lots of fallen trees, blown over by the wind; some of these were Ash. Amazingly, in spite of the damage many of them were still growing. The children found flint and chalk. The chalk they used to draw the root of the trees, along with some charcoal. Mrs Stanford had a little 'woodland envy' as this area was a wonderful space for children to play and learn.
We returned to the centre to prepare for lunch - a thorough hand wash.
After lunch, another time to play - lots of millipedes kept the children entertained for quite a while. Then we had time to create sun pictures and bark rubbings of ash trees. The children had lots to do, and the time rushed by, so it was soon time to leave for the return journey.
Thanks should be extended to Mrs Ridout, Mrs David and Mrs Newton who very kindly gave up time in their busy lives to transport the children. Thank you ladies!
We were blessed with amazing weather, and everyone agreed it was a great day. Certainly a great venue to visit if you haven't been there. We would recommend it.
Have a look at the amazing photos taken by Mrs Newton (and a few not so good ones taken by Mrs Stanford). Most are in the year 5 gallery.
Year 4 had a very busy day in the woods today. We began by talking about being observant and thinking about our Fox walking from last week, and learning about how much better our hearing can be when we use our 'Deer Ears'.
Larch group then learned about the oak sapling which Tommy found in his garden. They talked about the conditions needed for it to grow successfully, then went on a search to find a suitable site. Once this was done, a group dug the hole, planted the sapling (sadly now missing some of its tap root due to some rather over zealous handling), watered it thoroughly and then protected it by using one of the many spare tree protectors in the woods.
India took charge of the Larch Group Woodland Book, while Emelia offered to look after the Birch Group Book.
Both groups worked on creating an Anderson shelter (suggested by Miss Limbu), as well as enjoying a wonderful Silent Spot session. They also spent some time in the tool area - Larch group continued to work on their mallets and sharpening sticks, while Birch group had a go at making kazoos. Larch enjoyed some very refreshing Sticky Weed Juice which they had made.
There was a lot of bug hunting today, and a dinosaur shelter was built; complete with working sewer!
The French knitting begun last week was continued and the flower stems are becoming longer.
After half-term, the groups will swap sessions. They have asked to have some time revisiting fire-striking, and Birch group have asked to cook Peach Dump Cake with custard for their first session. Bumble Bee was very excited about the cake!
We had beautiful sunshine all day; the rain beginning just as we finished.
Thank you to the Goudhurst Morris Dancers who entertained pupils, staff and parents this morning and helped us celebrate May Day. The sun shone, the music played, the men danced and everyone enjoyed themselves. What a wonderful community we are!
On the last week before half term, we were visited by Jeremy from Tunbridge Wells Museum. He showed us a variety of old toys and explained how they were used. The children each got to hold all of the toys, and learned interesting facts such as Lego being the most popular toy... ever! It was lovely to see them enraptured with the toys and make guesses about what they were for. A very big thank you to the Tunbridge Wells Museum, and it was a great way to round off our 'In the Toy Chest' topic.
What a wonderful day! We have created a gallery to show all the pictures that were taken yesterday. Everyone looked amazing and had an awful lot of fun too. Thank you for helping create such amazing costumes.
We started off the day with a costume parade and photoshoot in the hall with Year 2, where we played all sorts of old games, or games inspired by old toys. After play time we went back to our classrooms and Year 1 spent time sketching the toys that we are borrowing from the Maidstone Museum. Later on, we had a visit from Mrs Thompson, who had all kinds of exciting old toys- the most popular being a wind up backflipping dog toy! We finished off by designing our puppets, ready to make the next day...
We have had an amazing day today! The children looked absolutely fabulous and they have all enjoyed a range of activities including a costume parade. Please see our gallery for further pictures.
Today, year 3 went to the Museum of Kent life in Maidstone for Stone Age day. We had many different sessions;
- we learnt about trading,
- we found out what weapons they had,
- we learnt about how Stone Age people evolved from hunter gatherrs to farmers,
- we met a member of a stone age tribe,
- we found out what beliefs and burial traditions they had,
- and took part in cave painting.
We also had a play in the outdoor areas within the museum complex.
A brilliant day all round! Thank you to all the accompanying adults.
Today Leopards class had a visit from Mr Victrix who taught us all about the Stone Age! We learnt about how the first hunter-gatherers lived, and how the invention of farming lead to Neolithic times. We enjoyed learning about different Stone Age weapons, and even tried our hands at group deer hunting (not a real deer, but a willing volunteer wearing antlers!).
In the afternoon we did a variety of Art and Craft activities, but also had the opportunity to hunt our own woolly mammoth using javelins! We've had a great day and learnt a lot!
Please see our gallery for more pictures.