Here are a few photographs taken of things we have been up to in our first 3 weeks at school.
First time staying for lunch
First time in the sandpit
First time using some of the maths equipment
First time playing with the outdoor scales
Riding the bikes
Following a picnic lunch, the school then opened its' classroom doors and parents were warmly invited to experience an afternoon in the life of Goudhurst & Kilndown pupil. There was a real buzz throughout the school and lots of parents commented on how it had been a wonderful day, just perfect!
Have a look at the video for a tase of what year one have been learning in the last couple of weeks.
Year 6 chose to have a whole day in the woods today.
Wren provided a shuttle to run the children to the wood in 2 groups.
It was not a usual Forest School session because there were 28 children to support.
They began with a game of Beetle Tag, after a small group had chosen an area to play. The children played with enthusiasm and good humour (although Tawny Owl began to feel that she was being caught an awful lot, however, she quite enjoyed lying on the ground with her arms and legs waving in the air)!
After this game, the children separated into groups to carry out activities. As there were so many children Tawny Owl requested that all the children needed to participate in 2 of the activities. Sadly, some of the group decided that this instruction didn't apply to them; not good team work.
However, many children enjoyed the activities on offer: cooking (menu below), making fire sticks, cutting and splitting wood, carrying out a bioblitz (results in the photos), finishing off obstacle course activities.
Trout cooked in newspaper
Chocolate dipped fruit
The day was over before we knew it! There was a lot of equipment to carry, but we managed to get everything back to the minibus/cars in good time.
Tawny Owl would especailly like to thank Mouse who gives up her valuable time volutarily. Thank you Mouse.
Thank you Mr Price for some of the trout!
Thank you also to Wren who works so hard to support Tawny Owl with her hare-brained ideas!
Thank you everyone! Remember all you have learned year 6, and good luck in your new schools.
Have a look at the main set of photos on the class gallery.
Year one took advantage of the lovely weather this week to enjoy a variety of Outdoor Learning opportunities.
It began on Tuesday morning following some very heavy overnight rain, and an enormous puddle in the playground.
Mrs Stanford allowed her ‘inner child’ to take control (remembering a favourite childhood activity), and we all went out onto the playground. Everyone removed their shoes and socks (and left them in a beautifully neat line – a future Maths activity?)
The children were then reminded about Fox Walking which we had tried last year in the woods – each foot is placed gently into the ground to check for dangers before placing the whole weight of the foot; avoiding sure feet.
We then thoroughly enjoyed paddling in the puddle!
The learning opportunities were grasped with both hands (or feet):
- Science – feeling the difference in temperature in different parts of the puddle (due to depth, shadow, warmth from the warm playground), realising that the water felt warm on our feet because our feet were slightly chilly, but the same water feeling cold on our hands which were warm. Drying our feet on the warm playground. Floating and sinking
- Maths – depth measurement, why it was deeper in some parts and shallow in other parts
- Geography – silt/mud and how it affects the cloudiness of the water, and what happened after we stopped disturbing it.
- PSHE – we discussed self-regulation and controlling the urge to splash.
- Repetition of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Splishy Splashy
We then went on to continue our Maths on measurement – investigating the statement Tall Trees Have Bigger Leaves.
Our Science later in the day involved investigating separating materials which we did on the playground.
Our learning in the woods involved making jam (‘Bella Campfire Jam’), toasting muffins, and of course eating our muffins with ‘Bella Campfire Jam’. Playing with friends on a mud slide, making shelters, using tools, bug hunting. We also enjoyed a game of Palm Tag.
Phew! No wonder everyone was tired after all this BIG brain work and fresh air!
Have a look at the video to see the learning being achieved.
Year 4 and Year R spent and amazing session investigating the number 10 - look at all the different ideas they came up with!
Year One enjoyed a day at school, playing a team building game and pond dipping. They learned so much while having fun!
Each group began with a time of reflection - considering how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place. Each thinking about something for which they are grateful.
Have a look at the video; the rest of the photos are on the class gallery.
Sorry - the video is taking a while to upload; I will try again tomorrow.
Year 2 had a great day in the woods last week. Have a look at the video to see what they were up to.
Year one each wrote a sentence about their session in the woods. As you can see, the dead squirrel was quite important in the day's activities!
I made a xylophone out of wood.
India and I made a den called Bumblebell Den and we went to sleep on our coats in the den.
I was digging a big hole.
I enjoyed pretending to plant seeds.
I happily waited for my turn for the fairy furniture.
Charlie, Noah and I played wood cutters.
Lucy and Pheobe and I were searching for worms.
Sebastian, twin Eveleyn and I found a dead squirrel and we dug a hole for the dead squirrel.
I finished off my den.
We started to make a xylophone and it was extremely fun.
We picked up a dead squirrel and we made a grave for the squirrel.
Ford and I cut down a dead tree.
Eevelyn and I were looking for bugs.
We found a dead squirrel and dug a hole in the ground.
I dug holes for sticks to go in.
I was smiling at the camera - cheese!
We made a caterpillar.
We had fun in the forest and we tried to take a small dead tree down . The sawdust got in my eye!
Jesse and I sharpened wood.
I loved getting the sawdust off the tree.
At the bird watching area, I watched Greta-Tits, Robins, Blue-tits and sparrows eat the bird feed from the feeder.
I made a den called Hazel with Flo, Tara and India.
I made a face of me on a keyring.
I added more fairy furniture for the fairies.
Joseph, Leonie, Rupert and I were bird watching in the bird watching area and we saw a Blue-tit and a Great-tit.
Leonie, Freddie and I were bird watching near the bird area.
We found a dead squirrel and we buried it.
I went in my den with Amelia and Molly.
Charlie, Leon and I played pirates.
We listened to Tawny Owl.
Harrison, leinie and I made a den and sticks for a fire.
I liked exploring because I found lots of bugs.
Flo, Amelia, Amelia and I enjoyed making a den.