Maple Class Forest School

Maple Class Forest School

The children started their afternoon by looking out for and collecting rubbish, using a new grabber. By the end of the afternoon they had a whole bag full and talked about how different materials such as metal and glass could be recycled.

The whole class fitted in a puddle on the croft.

There were some great puddles along the way!

The children looked at different shaped flower petals along the way, talking about the heart shaped wild rose petals.

We counted 16 heads of elderflower which we can make into elderflower cordial

The children measured themselves against the grass in the meadow. All of them were proudly taller than the grass!

As always, listening for the troll under the bridge was fun!

As always the slack line was brilliant!

The children dug up some bluebell bulbs and crushed them to make glue. They then tested it by sticking leaves onto the tree trunks.

Thanks to the ptfa for funding some of our new Forest School equipment… the children already love the new trowels, wheelbarrow and litter picker!

Maple Class Pirate Day

Maple Class Pirate Day

Today the class was taken over by a band of pirates!

We played some Pirate games and learned how to follow instructions from the captain of the ship, running from port to starboard, scrubbing the decks and saving each other from being a ‘pirate overboard!’

The crew demonstrated their skills with an over and under game to load the cannons and then they set sail on the ‘Jolly Mary’ pirate ship.

There were sharks in the sea, so the crew sent rescue messages in a bottle to ask for help.

In the afternoon, the children worked together to play pin the eyepatch on the pirate and made a fantastic Jolly Roger flag pole.

The pirates counted and weighed their treasure. What a great day of adventures! And a fantastic crew.

Outdoor Club

Outdoor Club

We started a wild challenge, which is about doing 30 days of wild activities.

We took off our shoes and socks to feel the ground beneath our feet. We looked at clouds and talked about what we could see. We hunted for mini-beasts and we had a go at making daisy chains. We will try more activities next week.

We also looked at our new tools which the PTFA have bought for Forest School. We tied coloured string on some tools, so if we drop them in the woods, they should be easier to find!

PALS Assembly

PALS Assembly

On Monday 20th May, the children took part in our latest Progress and Learning Assembly. Once again, the children brought their books to the assembly and they all sat with someone from a different year group, to share what they had learnt so far this term. Here are just a few of the quotes heard at the assembly; Zara is really proud of the picture gram she did. Coco now uses dictionaries to improve her spelling. Roma now independently uses long multiplication and Chloe has improved in her presentation.

Outdoor Club

Outdoor Club

The children got very excited about using our ‘Bug Hunter’ kit and set off exploring our grounds for different minibeasts. They collected leaves, mud and sticks to put with them during their explorations. They then returned the creatures to their original habitats at the end of the day. How brilliant to see such enthusiasm and excitement at school, well done investigators!

The children were also very excited to see how their seedlings had grown. They decided that as we had so many, they could sell them at next weeks ‘May Festival’.

So the children worked together to pot the plants on and made some signs in preparation for next week.