Wednesday is a very busy day in the woods. We have five different groups through the day on Wednesday, all doing different things. I find it really interesting to see what different groups get interested and absorbed with, especially when they have the same things available to use. The same is true when we have a bigger group. I love watching how the children join up with friends and take their play and learning in different directions. I really enjoy seeing how a simple idea from one of the children can grow in to a really complex or sophisticated game. These games create loads of opportunities for the children to stretch their learning muscles, particularly their noting, persevering, collaboration and empathy muscles.
OOPS! I forgot to post these collages from Monday. Monday morning was a fabulous morning with some children who are starting nursery after Easter. They came along with their families. In the afternoon y2 continued their learning about living things.
This morning F2KB heard all about Stanley’s stick before we went to the woods. Once in the woods we found lots of different things to do with sticks. The children played music with them, dug with them, stirred with them, carried them and so many more things. It was a super morning where the children really stretched their imagination muscles to create lots of different things. Have a look at our video to see how the children were playing together, the morning went so quickly because we were so busy. Oh the fun you can have with sticks, crates and a few pots and pans!
This afternoon Year 4 stretched lots of learning muscles. I was so impressed with how the children worked together, they really showed that they understood what skills are needed to be super collaborators, it was brilliant to see how they were planning and sharing ideas with each other. The second activity needed them to stretch this learning muscle even more along with their empathy learning muscle. I am so proud with how well year 4 worked together this afternoon.
Last year I had a bit of a dream, I wanted to take a group of our ks2 children to the woods with some of our Rising Stars. We did this last summer with a group from year 4 and it was amazing. Since then the children have moved into year 5 and have been asking almost every week if we could do it again. This week we had our first session. Some of the year 5s were part of last years group but we also had some new ones. We were all very excited to set the little ones from Rising Stars. Within a few minutes the 2 groups of children were building some brilliant relationships and having lots of fun. The older children should be so proud of themselves, they were brilliant role models, and were naturals at thinking about what the younger children and what would interest them. They have already started having ideas of things they could do in the coming weeks. Some of the younger children hadn’t been to the woods before but supported by the older children they were confident to explore. It is difficult to be able to write about how amazing this session is, it just feels magical.
The sun was shining today, it brought with it lots of fun and smiles. The children spent time looking for treasure together. The children used lots of descriptive language when they were talking about the things they had found.
It has been a strange week so far, we started off with sunshine, then ysterday we had some snow, today it started off quite dry and then we had really heavy rain. Some of our groups today had to work in the cabin because so much rain had fallen in the woods so quickly and made it a little unsafe to use. Our year 6 group managed to go outside before the rain and made dens and HOLES!
Our year 1 groups stayed in the cabin this morning, we were stretching our imagination and empathy muscles using different activities.
The rain slowed down enough for year 1 SM to go outside , we started off in the cabin where we were thinking about the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees. Do you know any of these differences?
This morning F2 KB shared a story with me, we read the first part of it and soon came up with lots of ideas for the woods. We thought it would be great fun to imagine our woods were the jungle that is on the island and so we decided we would need to build a boat to take us there.
This afternoon year 2 CV went to the woods. The all impressed me throughout the afternoon. It started right from how quickly they got ready to go to the woods and how quietly they walked through school. We started off in the cabin where we talked about how we know if something is alive, the children gave some brilliant answers and we talked about what these characteristics of living things look in animals and plants. All of the children impressed me but I feel that I should mention Emmanuel, he was amazing at explaining his answers and ideas.
When we got to the woods the children found some living things, can you guess what they were?
Year 4 have been reading Charlie Small : Gorilla City, this made them think it would be a good idea to have a den making afternoon in the woods, and ask their families to come along. Thank you to everyone who joined us this afternoon even though it was cold and a little wet.
Once again we have had a busy day in the woods. This morning we had a group from Rising Stars, some of them haven’t been to the woods before, but everyone was super confident to explore. It is tricky walking in the woods, especially when you’re only very small but the children do really well finding their way around.