We have really enjoyed our Forest School sessions this half term. Look at these amazing wooden fungi that we crafted! Some of us have painted them, some have chosen to leave them plain and some of us will finish them after the half term break. They really are stunning!
We learned about the festival of Michaelmas and why it is celebrated.
Michaelmas is a Christian festival, also honoured by Roman Catholics, which is held annually on the 29th September. A basilica in Rome was named in honour of Michael on the 30th of September, but all celebrations began on the 29th of September. This religious event, also known as the Feast of the Angels, celebrates and honours Saint Michael the Archangel who defeated Satan (the Devil) in the War in Heaven.
We worked in groups to create collaborative pieces of art based around Michaelmas.
As part of our wellbeing project this half term, we created our own special places using geometric shapes. We thought about what would be in the room, what we could hear, what it might smell like, what we might do in there and what we could see and let our imaginations run wild!
We also learned the basics of stop motion animation to show our special places.
We have been learning forehand and backhand, improving our footwork, hand movement, hand-eye coordination, overhand throws to help with our serve and having small rallies and mini games.
We have been learning how and why scientists classify living things. Can you remember why and the name of any scientists we have learned about? How about which ancient language is used?
We used an online resource which was based in Combe Martin to learn all about crustaceans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dp3aDuC9nU.
Some of us have been to Combe Martin, some have been to other rock-pools around our local area too.
Following the instructions, we used our engineering skills to have a go at making our own crab legs. We had a choice of thickness of card and string type. Some of them didn’t work to begin with but we used our problem solving skills, perseverance and resilience to work out how to improve them.
Why is resilience important when trying to learn new things and overcoming problems? Can you share any of the mistakes that you made and how you overcame them?
What started as an afternoon of science, turned in to a few sessions of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics! We got so excited about the project and researching different crabs-finding out many interesting facts. Some of us even went rock-pooling at the weekend, found a dead crab and dissected it to learn more.
We are really pleased with our final products and are looking forward to designing some science investigations probably linked to catapulting objects!
We worked with Mrs Farr from Pilton Community College to learn how to lead sports games. The important rules that you need to know to be a great sports leader are: fair play, enthusiasm, enjoyment, inclusion, safety, cooperation, people, space, equipment, teamwork.
Some feedback from the day:
” We played lots of fun games.”
“It was very fun and I would do it again.”
“It was good.”
“I learnt communication with smaller children.”
“I liked it.”
We were visited by Bob! We asked lots of classification questions to find out what she was before we guessed that she was a mantis!
Carl Linnaeus was a Swedish botanist, zoologist and physician who formalised binomial nomenclature, the modern system of naming organisms.
We learned about the history of how Linnaeus became the ‘father’ of modern taxonomy and were given the challenge of creating a portrait all about him and his work.
We identified trees in Coombe Woods , enjoyed some hot chocolate and played hide and seek. Then in the afternoon we used a mallet, saw and billhook to craft our own wooden fungi. We also had fun playing, working together, making and creating on the Willowbank.
We had great fun learning how to be safe riding a bike.