This year, our Reception and Year 1 children will spend every Friday afternoon exploring and learning in the Wild Woods with Mrs Leaf, Mrs Rouse the Robin and Mrs Polley the Parrot. The other classes will all enjoy some sessions later in the year.
"The best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky." Margaret McMillan
If you go down to the woods today...
Summer Term 1 2022
Unfortunately we didn't make it down to the Wild Woods today but we really enjoyed celebrating World Bee Day in the Ruby class garden. We were super excited to find a beautiful creature that we had never seen before too. After trying to work out what it could be (a red dotty butterfly, a paint splodge butterfly, a red and black moth, a ladybird moth, the most beautiful creature I have ever seen), we used our favourite bug book to identify it as a cinnabar moth.
This week we really enjoyed pond dipping in the Wild Woods…we found lots of things living in our pond, including water boatmen, damselfly nymphs, water fleas and a great diving beetle. If the children didn’t get a turn this week, they will next week. There was lots of den building, digging, spider hunting, swinging in the hammock and climbing in the tree fun too! We finished the session with our yummy spider cakes for snack.🕷
What a glorious afternoon we have all had in the sunshine today. We talked about the life cycle of a frog in our opening circle and then enjoyed exploring in our school pond area. As we have a net over our pond through the Autumn and Winter, we learned that no frogs would have been able to lay their frogspawn so we won’t find any tadpoles or frogs. The children are all excited to do some pond dipping next week and find out what is living in our pond. We also enjoyed our usual activities of den building, digging, bug hunting, swinging on the rope swing and in the hammock, cooking in the mud kitchen and climbing the tree alongside helping Mrs Rouse the Robin plant some vegetables.
Spring Term 2022
What a perfect sunny afternoon to enjoy being outside. The children were very excited to find our new tree swing in the Wild Woods and were super at taking turns-agreeing on 5 swings and then swap! We also enjoyed our usual activities of bug hunting, den building, digging, cooking in the mud kitchen, and relaxing in the hammock.
This week we spent some time looking for signs of growth in the Wild Woods as part of our Science Week learning. We enjoyed doing some bark rubbings of the trees we found and doing some observational drawings of flowers and insects. Then it was time for some den building and hammock swinging as usual!
It was nice to return to the woods today after the very cold weather and events in school kept us inside for a while. Today in the Wild Woods we enjoyed whittling sticks, chilling out in the hammocks, climbing the trees, digging, den building and bug hunting. Some of the children helped Mrs Rouse the Robin plant a new Heather plant in the prayer garden. We finished our session with a few games of ‘owl eyes’ 👀 and ‘watch out for tigers and pterodactyls’.