Term 1 Sept 2018
At the beginning of our sessions we played the ‘Photographic Memory’ game. Each child took on the role of a camera, taking a picture in their mind of some ‘nature treasures’ collected earlier from around the wildlife area. They then went to try and find similar specimens trying to match the size, colour and any particular features - such as an acorn shell that had been nibbled. This game helps develop 🌿 memory 🌿 making connections and categorising 🌿focus 🌿 fine and gross motor skills 🌿 connection to the natural world and 🌿 teamwork. We talked about where the items came from, what there are, what they need to grow, why they are useful, the benefits for humans and other species and how we can help look after them.
We then looked at the soil under our feet, what it is made up of, why it is important and lives in it. We profiled the soil by separating it in a bottle using water so that we could see some of the different elements in it. We explored the bog garden and found lots of tomato plants. There must have been left over tomatoes from snacks in the compost that we filled the bog garden with and they have grown really well. We put some of the green tomatoes in the poly tunnel to see if they will ripen in there.
Term 5, 2018
Mini beasts and pollution.
We created our own Web of Life so that we could see how everything in the natural world is connected. One person held on to the end of a ball of wool and said the name of a plant or animal that lives in the school grounds and then we thought up different questions such as, “What animal lives in that tree?” Or, “What does that creature need to eat?” and extended the wool to theperson who answered that question. When everyone was holding a bit of the web we imagined a situation where some element of the web would be effected, for example, a very dry summer would mean not enough water. The person who was representing the water pulled their piece of the web and we could see which other parts of the web were effected by that.
We spoke about pollution and how that might effect the natural world.
We then went on a mini beast hunt and tried to identify the creatures we found by using the flow charts. We are lucky to have tadpoles in a corner of our bog garden and we were able to look at how they are developing.
Term 4, 2018
The title of our session was, "What do we share our school with?"
We started with a time of quiet so we could listen carefully to what we could hear around us and take a moment to be grateful for the wonderful world we live in.
We played a game called "What's my animal." We had to think about how we could describe them and thought about how to classify different creatures; birds, mammals, fish, insects, spiders and reptiles. We had to think about what they eat, if they are awake in the day or night and where they live to help us guess them. We explored our outdoor area and shared interesting things we found.
Jan/Feb 2018. In Class 3’s outdoor lesson this half term we were looking at angles and 3D shapes. This helped develop the skills of;
We had an outdoor angles hunt and compared man made angles with those we fine in nature. Some of the more unusual angles that the children discovered were the acute angles on the chickens comb and beak. Fantastic angle detecting!
The children were set the challenge of making the biggest 3D structure that could hold it’s shape without collapsing . Tieing the sticks together with string was a tricky for some of the children but the persevered and some truely wonderful shapes were made.
Class 3 have been looking at rocks and soil. In our outdoor sessions we looked at the permeability of different types of soil and thought about why that might matter to us. We discussed the impact of too much and too little water on football pitches, plants and our lives. We thought about ways we could change the permeability of the soil. We did an experiment - 'The Great Soil Race' to see permeability in action.
We also though about and measured the pH of the soil, why this might matter and again how our activities might impact it.
We then thought about the humble earth worm and how incredibly important they are to our existence. Charles Darwin was a big fan of worms. We had a "dig" in our allotment to look at the different layers in the soil and the creatures that make their home there and made our own wormeries so we could watch how the worms move the soil. At the end of the two sessions we agreed with Darwin: earth worms are amazing creatures and it would be a very different world without them.