Almost year 6's last ever Forest School Session.
They planted tree seeds for their buddies - the idea being that the seeds will be germinated and growing before the end of the year, when year 6 will hand them on to their buddies in YR, who will then nurture them throughout their time at Goudhurst and Kilndown; planting out when large enough.
'Poetree' was composed, practised and performed. Friendship and teamwork was a key theme to today's sessions.
Leon and Jack were noticed especially for all their hard work in composing, practising and performing their poem as well as finding and transporting LARGE pieces of timber for cutting for the fire. Well done boys!
Look at the year 6 gallery for more photos, and watch this space for a video of their poetry.
Today Elephants started off by talking about where they might find magnets in their homes, and how magnets are all around us. Afterwards, we tried lots of different activites and games using magnets, we even drew a story map and used magnets to move a tiger across the page and told stories about where our tiger had been. We also painted pictures with coins, screws and pipecleaners, drew mazes, fished for sea creatures and tried to get pipecleaners out of a bottle. All using magnets!
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.
Yesterday the children had a look at magnets, and looked around the classroom to find out which materials were magnetic. They came to the conclusion that metal objects were magnetic, although not all metal objects seemed to work! We discussed how the metal objects that were magnetic seemed to be iron or steel, and the children conducted their own follow-up investigations into magnetism. This included seeing how many metal objects their magnet could pull and how far away the magnets could be to pull a metal object towards them.
The children also discovered that magnets can work through materials like card. They drew mazes and pulled paperclips through them using the magnets.
Overall, a fantastic display of enquiry on the children's parts.
The Pond is finished! Thank you to the PTFA and Richard Balfour-Lynne for their generous donations so far. We will also be using the money from the Co-op Scheme towards this project.