Category: Outdoor Learning Week

Year 1

The theme in Year 1 was Dinosaurs. They created dinosaurs from natural materials, in the style of Andy Goldsworthy, made dinosaurs from paper & straws and even measured how many feet there were in a Diplodocus leg! There was great excitement when they followed clues and found an egg! They were very scientific when thinking about which creatures may come from eggs.

Early Years

The Early Years children enjoyed their first experience of our Outdoor Learning Week, making giant bubbles, investigating shadows, creating Andy Goldsworthy style art with natural materials and even finding out how their bodies worked!

Outdoor Learning Week 2017

From 3rd – 7th July 2017 we held our Outdoor Learning Week. Our theme this year was ‘On the Move’. We were very lucky with the weather and everyone enjoyed all their learning experiences outside. The first job was to prepare the tents which would be used as classrooms for the week. Year 4 were amazing – working as a team to put their tent up. Miss Smith challenged herself to put one up on her own!

Everything takes place outside for the whole week. Assemblies, weekly story club for the Early Years children and Year 4 even had their violin lesson outdoors! Each class also took part in a skipping session, learning new skills.

On an allocated day, each class had the opportunity to bring ‘wheels’ to school. We had a great time with bikes, scooters, roller skates, remote control vehicles and many other items. It was fantastic to see so much teamwork and sharing taking place

Weekly French lessons were also outside. Years 1 and 2 were challenged to pass a hoop (un cerceau) around in a circle whilst holding hands. We practised the words: un pied, l’autre pied et la tête.

Years 3 and 4 went on a trail to match the vehicles and their animal drivers. They also had to identify the colours of the vehicles in French.

Year 6 had to work in teams to identify vehicles in French, as well as their colour. Finally they practiced their numbers in French with a game of Snakes and Ladders.

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In the Forest

During Outdoor Learning Week each year we work on a project with Mr Danby, a parent & Governor in school. This year we planned to build a bridge as well as extend the Forest area by erecting new fencing. Each class in school had a session helping Mr Danby. We unloaded supplies, dug holes, removed old fencing and worked on the ropes for the new bridge.

 Ms Jagoe and the PTA organised a cook out in the forest one night after school. It was a great chance for parents to join us and to see our new Forest bridge.

Years 1 & 2 Outdoors

Following the theme of ‘On the Move’, Years 1 and 2 worked together in pairs to make minibeasts with natural materials as well as minibeast play parks. We’re sure the bugs in the forest are going to have a great time keeping fit!

 

As it is outdoor week, everything is done outside, including computing! Year 1 did active sequencing before writing their own code.

They also enjoyed their Multi-sports session as well as a blindfolded Obstacle Course.

 

 

 

Outdoors with Years 3 & 4

Years 3 & 4 made parachutes for Oompa Loompas to be able to get into the trickiest spots in Willy Wonka’s factory so that mechanical issues can be sorted out as quickly as possible. They had to work with a partner to create the slowest falling parachute and then design a fair test

They timed how long they took to land when launched from trees in the forest. The most successful ones took over one and a half seconds to land!

Year 4 had a great time in the Mud Kitchen making ‘chocolate’ creations inspired by their topic this term.

 

Outdoor Challenges with Years 5 & 6

Years 5 & 6 showed great teamwork in the crate challenge.

They were challenged further – to build bridges for the three Billy Goats Gruff using only spaghetti and wine gums. A tricky task!

Year 6 created a blind-fold challenge course for each other. Their communication skills were really tested.

They also had a challenging scientific task  –  they had to get their egg to travel as far as it could (through the air) and come out unscathed after landing. They had a 100% safety record!