Last night I popped down to Bewl Water to join Year 6 for dinner! They are all having a fabulous time, they have been so lucky with the weather this week, they all looked so healthy and were full of excitement having spent two whole days on the water already. Please read their blog to find out more.
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
We've been doing some different art projects this week, including using chalks to shade and using our sketchbooks to record observations. We've created some lovely pieces of art which are now in display in the classroom.
Here's a quick collage of what we've been doing
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.
A small selection of photographs from our school trip to the Rare Breeds Centre today. The children behaved beautifully, the sun shone and we all had a fabulous time. Highlights included the bughunt; the trailer ride; the pig race; the butterfly tunnel; the playground; and of course lunch! More photos will follow.
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 3 took part in outdoor classroom day today - taking our learning outside! We had great fun and lots of learning was done. We used the outdoor space to find 3D objects and count up the faces, vertices and edges. In the afternoon, we created ancient Egyptian 'shadufs'. These are water-lifting devices used for irrigating fields. The children experimented with where to add the load, counterweight and where to place the pivot. Great fun!