It has been a very busy day in the woods, a day full of learning. The children have stretched lots of learning muscles today. I have seen some amazing collaboration and perseverance, especially with year 1 when they were trying to work out how to set up a zip line.
It was a dry day in the woods today too – this always makes everyone smile even more.
Year 1 are learning about the lighthouse keeper this week. In the woods we explored how Mrs Grinling got food from the cottage on the cliff down to the lighthouse. There was lots to think about to make the zip line work properly. I was impressed with how the children persevered and collaborated to work out why their lines were not working. Eventually all of the lighthouse keepers managed to get their snack!
Some year 2 boys found out how much we rely on our sight for finding our way. They had to use their other senses and place their trust in a friend when they couldn’t see. They boys said they felt nervous when they couldn’t see. It was great to see how the boys kept each other safe by giving directions when they were guiding their friends.
We had a special visitor in the woods today, the Dummy Fairy came! Thank you to everyone who braved the rain and came along to our dummy fairy event. We are really proud of the children for giving their dummies or bottles to the fairy for the fairy babies. Good luck!
Three different groups have been in the woods today. They continued the activities around noticing and collaboration, and once again we used the blindfolds.
The morning groups worked really hard thinking of different adjectives to describe objects, this helped them to find their object later on.
In the afternoon the children worked out that some instructions and directions were better than others when they were guiding people who were blindfolded. They found out that saying left or right wasn’t always helpful, especially if their partner sometimes mixed these directions up.
Thursday was a brilliant day for learning in the woods. It was also a day where I was able to look at our learners and see how much they have grown through the year. I was so impressed with how awesome F2SJ have got at taking turns when working in groups, they are really good at encouraging each other and they listen really well to instructions. This is going to be something that helps them become even better learners when they move into year 1. Miss Jamieson was impressed with how the children used their maths skills in the woods.
I had a great afternoon with year 4. I really enjoyed listening to the children explain how it felt being blindfolded. There were some brilliant explanations about how they felt guiding someone who was blindfolded. We talked a little about what things made them feel safe or confident when they were blindfolded.
This morning we had a visitor in the woods. Jane came along to join us and hopefully capture some photographs of our learning in the woods. She told us that the pictures might be used in a book about learning outdoors. So watch this space, we will be sure to let you know if any of us are going to be famous!
Jane was so impressed with our learners and what she saw today. I am so proud of Y1JJ, they were so absorbed in their learning today and their behaviour and attitude to learning was incredible.
It was a morning of maths in the woods. The children took up different mathematical challenges and explored numbers, patterns, measurement and we even had some times tables.