Monthly Archives: February 2016

Fabulous cooperation

We took our make do and mend session with Year 6 outside today as the weather was so lovely.
We were learning new woodwork skills such as sawing and joining and the children discovered the importance of team work and cooperation.
The children took an active role in the risk assessment for the lesson and demonstrated sensible and careful use of the tools.

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Creating Mosaics with Year 4

We had a fabulous afternoon creating Mosaics using different materials. The children used their imaginations, worked together and had fun outside.
Here are some of their fantastic creations.

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Building bridges

The children in Year 5 began their investigation  on bridges today. We discovered how to reinforce structures and, explored the forces at play and made our own human bridge.
We also studied our local OS map to find different types of bridges.

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Forest School fun with Cotton Tails

The children looked for signs of spring in the beautiful sunshine. They discovered new buds, blossom and a host of snowdrops in the forest.

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Calke Abbey

I had a wonderful time this morning, walking with my family at a National Trust property Calke Abbey in Derbyshire. This is somewhere I used to come in my childhood and was always a favourite. It was lovely to be there with my children and niece and nephew who had great fun exploring in the woods. We managed to squeeze in a hot chocolate and of course the essential visit to the shop to look for school resources.

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Forest Management and sustainability

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We set to work finding ways to protect the new growth in the forest today. The children were concerned that if we did not mark out these areas they may get trampled by mistake and we would loose some of our field layer.
The children moved and placed large logs around areas we wanted to save as well as using weaving skills to make small fences.

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Eco Council

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We met with the new Eco council members today to decide what projects we are going to undertake. Developing the chicken coup was a popular idea as well as cleaning up the school grounds.
We have also launched a paper recycling project linked to the Paper Mill in Apsley.

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Stick Man in the forest

We were able to find lots of sticks to make our stick men today after the stormy weather yesterday. The children rein acted the story, gave their stick men clothes and learnt how to use a small hand saw safely. We also got distracted when one of the children noticed some catkins on the floor and everyone wanted to find some more. When we got back to class one of the children asked where to put her ‘kit kats’  she had collected.

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Stone Age story telling

Sadly we had to have our Stone Age story telling time inside as the stormy weather prevented us from lighting the fire in the forest. However we sat round a pretend fire and made up our own stories using pebble pictures.
The children came up with some exciting adventures but were a little preoccupied with death as the characters kept getting  killed off!

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British Garden Birds

Year 1 continued with their British birds topic this afternoon and painted their clay hanging birds. We also read the lovely story ‘The Dawn Chorus’. I love having chats with these lovely children about things that interest them. One little boy was enjoying telling me about how he likes to take photos of birds with his new camera. He was excited about a bird he had taken a photo of in Canada on holiday. When I asked him what the bird was called he said ‘DR400’. When I commented that this was an unusual name for a bird, he replied ‘my camera told me the name of it on the screen when I took the picture!’

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