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In school this week, everyone has been thinking about identity for art week. In the woods we thought about what makes our woods special. We thought of lots of different words to describe our woods. Once we had done that we made faces to represent these words.
How would you describe our woods to someone who had never been to them?
This afternoon we said goodbye to some of our Rising Stars children. It was the last time some of the children would come to our woods because they will be moving on to new schools. Some of the other children will still come to the woods but they will be in F1 next time they come. To celebrate what super learners they are becoming we had some mega marshmallows at the camp fire.
I had a lovely afternoon with this small group today. It was a little sad though as it was the last time I would take them into the woods as they are leaving us to go onto new schools. Watching them this afternoon made me think they are going to be successful in their learning journeys. We were using knives to whittle sticks, some of the children had done this before with me, and they made links to previous learning and mastered this skill a little more. Some of the children were new to this, they were brilliant at learning a new skill. I was impressed with how all of the boys persevered when things were a little difficult and didn’t just give up. Well done and good luck on the next step of your journey.
This morning we did something a little different in the woods, it was something I haven’t tried before. We made damper bread, we used flour and butter, mixing it with our hands until it was like breadcrumbs. The children stretched their noticing muscles and explained what it looked and felt like. We then added some milk and water and mixed it all together until it was a dough. After rolling it into long snakes we twisted them around sticks ready to cook. I was so impressed with how absorbed and focussed the boys were, especially as we were really experimenting because we didn’t know what they would turn out like. We were all pleasantly surprised with how yummy it was.
It was the last afternoon for our year 4 and Rising Star’s children. As always it has been brilliant to watch this group grow over the weeks. It was something I had wanted to do for a long time for many reasons and I am so glad we have been able to put it into practice. Both groups of children have grown and have got so much from the experience. We have seen children’s confidence and relationships grow. The older children have been brilliant role models, I am so proud of everyone who has been a part of this, thank you for making my vision a reality.
Wow wow wow! What a fantastic way for the children to spend their last session as year 2 in the woods.
There was a real buzz of chatter and so much laughter, it was brilliant to hear. The children were having so much fun playing together. They were building a new machine for Willy Wonka.
Reflection time after the fire was magic. The adults chose their special moments from the year and talked about how much the group had grown together. At the top of my special moments was the way that the children quietly listened to each other as they spoke about their favourite times in year 2. I have a feeling year 3 is going to be awesome for you all!
What an awesome morning for year three. It was their last session as year three and they showed us what incredible learners they are.
We were pulling together and making links to their topic on the Stone Age. I learned lots of interesting facts about the Stone Age from year 3. We looked at shelters and made models, tried some cave painting using charcoal and we even tried to start a fire the Stone Age way – using sticks!