Autumn Term 2018
We went for a walk around our area and found lots of different types of fungi which the children identified using books. We spotted badger holes too and were careful not to fall down any! Then we learned how to drill a hole through a conker safely using a palm drill. The children enjoyed the conkers, pretending they were the planets orbiting the sun. Finally, we played a listening game and headed back to school.
The children had a very enjoyable time making dens, which had to fit three people inside, and they learned that a triangle is one of the strongest shapes. Afterwards, they inspected each other's dens and Sebastian described one of the dens as having ' a spine through the middle, with ribs on either side.' The children played problem solving and listening games in the field. We spotted a buzzard circling in the sky, looking for a thermal and also a toad, hiding in a log. Can you spot the toad in the photograph?
One group wrote and shared a poem which aimed to convey the atmosphere of the woods:
The odd person walks by, picks up some sticks and says, "Hello."
Some walk past – they can't really see us.
A view of a house and a gate, a good stargazing spot at night,
Leaves glimmer in the sun – blue and green crystals.
Ferns huddle together like young rabbits,
and tiny creatures shelter in homes of sticks.
The light shines magically through onto the left side of trees,
illuminating the path.
The trees calmly whisper to each other in the wind.
By Barnaby, Hallam and Abigail
What an exciting morning! The children collected sticks and carefully built their fires. Then they used a flint and steel to create a spark to light their fires. (A piece of cotton wool smeared with vaseline helped this along.) They got the fires going by gently blowing through a bronze tube. Finally they enjoyed toasting marshmallows which they ate squashed between two chocolate biscuits. A fallen tree also made a great see-saw and some children taught others how to make a strange noise by holding a piece of grass between your thumbs and blowing.
The class split into their year groups to complete different challenges. The Year 5s made a map of the wood on the forest floor – each child responsible for their own section. The Year 6s made some gifts for Rabbit class: a cobweb frame to display artwork and an abacus of acorns and conkers.
The children were solving the problem of how to help two casualties reach safety. They had to make a stretcher and work together as a team. Mr Goldsmith taught the children about equipment which could be used to keep safe and warm while out on an expedition.
The children had to work individually to build a shelter for themselves. All the children did really well and some exceeded expectations by cleverly using the resources available to them. For example, one used a hollow tree trunk and another used an old piece of picket fencing.
Nettle pizza was on the menu!
The children really enjoyed tasting this unusual pizza topping.