This afternoon we started off with a game. It was called gnomes, wizards and giants and is a little like rock paper scissors. We used the game to help us stretch our collaboration muscles, it was really important for the groups to consider each others ideas and opinions. The children then used this in a den building activity. It was so good to hear how the children were trying to include everyones ideas into their dens.
This morning F2LP were given a special job. We were sent a letter to tell us that Prince Charming was planning to hold a ball, unfortunately everyone who works at the palace was poorly and so we were asked to help out.
We talked about exolorers this afternoon and discussed what learning muscles we thought good explorers would stretch. We thought of lots, can you think of any? We all agreed explorers are very curious, and I was curious to find out what year2 CV may already know about minibeasts. We collected lots of ideas and information and also learnt some new things. We made links to things we already know to help us find good places in the woods to look for minibeasts. We found lots of different ones today because we were really stretching our noticing muscles.
Before the holidays we had a great time with Y5 and some of our Rising Stars, the older children set up an egg hunt and then helped the little ones to find them.
Not only is whittling fun it also has some great benefits. It is awesome to see the children’s confidence grow as they become more skilled with the knife. The excitement and motivation of using the knife helps the children persevere to keep trying, it really isn’t as easy as some people make it look. That’s down to practise. This afternoon we were chatting as we whittled and the conversation came around to how and why some if their role play games end in disagreements and the fun can get spoilt. By working out the reasons they were able to talk about and come up with solutions. They did this by considering how each other felt about the situation. Wuite quickly the knifes were put safely away and off they went playing and laughing together!
Lots of groups and activities in the woods today, one of the things I have been seeing lots of today was children being kind and looking out for each other. I love seeing how the children share and help each other when they are playing.
F2LP love sticks, almost as much as Stanley and Gilly! I was amazed at how many different things the children found to do with sticks this morning. Some of them made shapes and letters with sticks, some children collected a bucketful of sticks, we had magic wands, flags, crocodile catchers and even dinosaur bones!
Year 4 started the afternoon playing some games, we were stretching our collaboration muscles to start with. Our second game helped us to see how important it is to listen carefully and manage our distractions. After the games the children went into the woods and stretched their noticing muscles to make sound maps of the different things they could hear.
Once again we finished our week with big smiles. I am so proud of everyone who is part of this group. I find myself trying to capture all the magical moments but there are far too many. Here are a few of them.
This morning was a busy one. The boys found lots of things to do, they started off by testing how hard the ground was, they listened to what sound it made when they banged big sticks on it. There was a reason for doing this! They were looking for treasure.