Year 2 had a wonderful day learning in the woods today.
They climbed trees and had a go at making shelters. Ratty showed the children how to create some woodland art, and Tawny Owl, Goldcrest, Blossom and Cuckoo worked together with Eva and Sebastian to begin creating a music stand. Thank you to Blossom who took the xylophone bars home to drill as using the brace and bit was really hard work, although Eva persevered to drill a hole in one of the bars with Goldcrest and Blossom's help, even though the wood was really hard.
Field Maple group sat quietly when they arrived, trying to see if the Thrush would visit it's babies in the nest in the Ash tree to feed them. Sadly the children did not see this happen as they were so keen to go and play! They all ran around playing noisily before settling down to make a see-saw, which the children enjoyed, and worked together to ensure everyone had a happy and safe time.
Tawny Owl showed the children a wood wasp nest which she found in the shed. Lily explained very well how the wasp makes the paper to create it's nest.
We had lovely weather today, although Field Maple groups had to rush to put their coats on when we had a heavy April shower.
Have a look at the class gallery to see more photos.
What a wonderful day with year 4 today!
It is over 18 months since this group were in the woods, but an independent observer wouldn’t have known this.
Following an excellent period of time around the fire circle, when both groups explained the safety boundaries quickly and efficiently, and an explanation about how the ‘new’ hand washing facilities work, the children settled to learning remarkably quickly.
Within a short time, we saw some amazing creations being developed in the woodland.
The children demonstrated their ability to learn independently, with little or no adult input. Some amazing shelters were built, a zip-wire put up, role play began, lashings and knots were learned, music was played and one group enjoyed our very simple mud kitchen for a short while.
At the end of each session we had a period of time to think about learning; and what a variety of points were discussed!
Amongst all participants (adults and children) we learned how:
- To tie knots
- To put up a tarp successfully
- Working as a team, speeds up a task, and helps everyone learn new skills
- To resolve disputes
- Consideration of others
- Tidying up can be as entertaining as the activity
- That rope can burn skin
It was true April weather with sunshine and showers, but a beautiful spring day in the woodland.
This was the first session that this group of children had had since Spring Term 2017, so all the children found it tricky to remember the boundaries. However, they soon entered into the spirit and began to acclimatise to the wonderful spring woodland.
Both groups played beautifully - climbing trees (which showed how much they had grown), running around, playing hide and seek, making shelters as well as water play (making the most wonderful concoctions).
We heard a buzzard, wrens, and possibly a black cap; saw lots of bumblebees (and talked about where they nest, etc.) and orange tip butterflies.
The children were all happy and relaxed and returned to school already looking forward to next week.
Hornbeam Group had time for silent spot at the end, which they found a little tricky with their wriggly legs, but we thought we should persevere and have another go next week. Unfortunately Alder Group ran out of time, but we will begin with Silent Spot next week.
Here are a few photos - have a look on the class gallery for more photos.
For their Maths lesson today, Elephants played a very simple, but very effective game to improve their fluency in taking away and promote reasoning skills- see the rules in the photo below.
Given the choice of starting with ten or twenty, they played the game and manage to figure out some winning strategies. By the end of the lesson we had figured out that reaching the number 4 was a good tactic as it guarantees your partner will not reach zero but will give you a chance to win! Lots of happy faces and challenged minds mean that we will be playing it again very soon...
The sun shone for our wee hippos today!
We enjoyed a book about 'Yucky Worms' which introduced lots of new vocabulary, some maths and a worm search. We found a dead blue-tit which provoked lots of discussion and engendered much gentleness. Ladybirds were out, owing to the warmer weather and Hazel group enjoyed an adventure - visiting the other end of the wood. Time was spent trying to attract pheasants - Joseph W impressed us all with his pheasant impression!
There was a lot of running today, and the children arrived back at school tired but having learned so much.
Have a look at the video for a snapshot. There are also more photos in the YR gallery.
The children have started the measuring unit today - I wonder if they can tell you the length of the classroom?
Today we took our learning outside and used practical equipment to help us with our skills in converting metres and centimetres. We used metre sticks and measuring tapes to work in pairs to find and record different lengths.
This term year 6 will be looking at the Woodland Trust Charter for Trees, Woods and People. They will be encouraged each week to participate in activities linked with the charter.
This week they were encourage to help build up the deadwood hedge - to help maintain an obvious boundary for our younger children; to prevent them wandering too far away, and to help reduce the number of visiting dogs off the footpath!
Watch this video to observe the teamwork:
It was lovely to welcome lots of parents this morning for our Maths Open Morning. The school has recently introduced a 'Singaporian approach' to learning Maths called Inspire and today was a perfect opportunity for parents to see first hand how we now teach Maths at Goudhurst & Kilndown and how engaged our children are as a result. Many classes took to the outdoors and much of the Maths equipment that the PTFA had kindly donated was also in full use. See the short 'Spark' video below.
One parent commented:
Dear Mrs Roberts,
Thank you for the opportunity to see Maths in action this morning. It was a delight to see such creative and enriching teaching and learning in every classroom. Every child I spoke to was engaged and eloquent about the thinking they were doing and they were all so happy and relaxed. Wonderful!
I would like to thank all the parents who joined us this morning and I am sure you will join me in thanking the staff for their dedication and of course all the children for all their continued hard work.