The weather has been glorious, the sun was shining but the woods were lovely and cool under the shade of the leaves. Everyone has been so busy today stretching different learning muscles. I took different resources to the woods today, crayons and papers, spades, magnifying glasses, some hammers, things to make bird feeders and some pots and pans. All of the children led their own play and learning. I loved standing back to watch some children doing an observational drawing in the woods. This morning I loved seeing some of F 1 using sticks to make a big X to show where they thought some treasure was buried.
There was lots of collaboration this morning in the woods. The groups stretched their collaboration muscles to complete different tasks.
This afternoon we listened to the Gruffalo’s Child story and thought about where the different animals might live. The older children helped the little ones to find good places to make homes for their characters. We are so impressed with the year 5 children they are really thoughtful and patient and stretch their empathy muscles so much. Some of our little ones are only 2 and are quite new to Rising Stars so sometimes they want to stay close to adults who they know. It has been awesome to see our older children persevering and supporting the little ones to build their confidence and encouraging their independence.
This afternoon was one of those times I wish I could have caught on camera. The year 6 group were practising using the fire steel, some of them hadn’t used it before. Csaba started off saying this isn’t working, and joking that he would never manage it. Perseverance is the key, it only looks easy when you have had lots of practise. He did persevere, for a long time and then he made a spark. Soon making sparks was easy ish and then he tried to light some tinder and HE DID IT. We were so excited, happy and proud that we missed getting a photo!
Stone Age morning is always one of my favourite mornings in the woods. I love it because I learn new things about Stone Age times but I think the reason I enjoy it so much is because the children come up with lots of ideas and persevere to problem solve to make things without the tools we use today. There is so much learning to see with everyone being absorbed in lots of different activities. This morning we even had some Stone Age tribes hunting and hiding.
The weather has been great this week and the woods have been buzzing. There have been lots of different groups who have been stretching lots of learning muscles. Have a look at some of the pictures to see what we have been getting up to. Which learning muscles do you think we hve been stretching?
Y2 SJ had a go at the collaboration hoop challenge. They struggled at first to get the hoop moving around the circle. Once they started to share ideas of how to move the hoop on they quickly managed to complete the task. After this we went in to the woods to explore woodland habitats.