The whole school have loved taking part in this term’s outdoor learning week. Whenever the opportunity arose the children took the chance to get on their coats and wellies and learn outside.
Please see below for some on the highlights of the week:
Year 1 started the week by making their own tin rainforests. On Wednesday they used the yard to explore giving instructions. On Thursday they visited the tent to create a human pictogram in order to find out which school dinner was the most popular. Friday proved the busiest day as the class created rainforest sounds, acted out stories and created story maps.
Year 2 enjoyed turning members of the class into robots and guiding them round the yard using clear instructions.
The highlight of the week for Year 3 was when they made their own flowers from organic materials. Please see the photo of the only one that managed to stand up. The children also collected branches and sticks from outside and used them as a writing prompt when completing a description. In ICT, each class went out onto the yard to collect data, on how popular each school dinner was, which they then used to create bar charts on the computers.
Year 4 embraced the week with their usual gusto and enjoyed taking part in a wide range of activities including measuring the perimeter of leaves, convincing Mr. Wright not to sell our school field to developers and performing Roman military drills, including the infamous tortoise formation.
Year 5 managed to do a number of their lessons outside. In Maths they collected data and created graphs out of natural materials. As part of literacy, they collected objects and made up their own stories based on the objects they had picked up.
Natural materials were also used as musical instruments when they performed their class song, Don’t Stop Believin’. They followed and wrote instruction to make natural art and investigated the Fibonacci spirals. They even went outside and used natural materials to insulate ice cubes, comparing them to man-made insulators, in Science!
Year 6 were unlucky enough to have to build shelters on a deserted island when their Viking long ship capsized in the North Sea. When things got desperate, they attempted to find some safe drinking water by sieving, filtering and boiling dirty puddles.
On a lighter note, they had great fun making a human graph! To finish the week off, they had a campfire, roasted marshmallows and told the ghost stories they’d been writing in Literacy!
As a perfect finish to the week, Friday’s whole school assembly took place in the tent.