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A wonderful morning of outdoor learning down in the woods

Posted: 23rd March 2017 | Category: Kindergarten, Reception

 

Last Tuesday on International Forest Day, the sun shone and all of the smalls donned waterproof trousers and wellie boots ready for our trek down to the woods. We were joined by some new friends who will be joining Reception in September and their parents, and some families of our present Upper kindergarten children.

As we approached the woods at the bottom of the valley, the cold wind dropped and spring seemed a reality! The children skipped, ran and fell into the mud as is usual on our familiar journey, spurred onward by the sight and smell of a campfire and the waving figures waiting for us. Jackie, Mrs O'Neil, Chris and James were greeted enthusiastically before we settled down for a serious 'Health and Safety' chat, all children nodding sagely whilst looking longingly at the fire, the bundles of sticks and the marshmallow packets.

With guidance and help from Jackie and Mrs O'Neil, the children made fabulous 'Stick Pets' with very individual faces, twig limbs and leaf clothing. The children then constructed intricate houses for them using sticks, tree trunks, moss and ferns. A whole settlement of dwellings sprang up, some with gardens and driveways. It was lovely to see the high levels of concentration and creative expression shown by the children, all of whom took great pride and care in their work.

Following their hard work the children gathered around the very impressive fire (thank you James!) on the log seats and ate large numbers of chocolate biscuits topped with toasted marshmallows. An unexpected addition to the morning added to the excitement - two huge, low flying WW2 planes gave us a spectacular flypast!  We sang a campfire song in celebration, before trekking back up to school covered in mud and chocolate and clutching Stick Pets.

 What a lovely morning! And how lucky we are to have such beautiful fields and woods to enhance our learning and warm our hearts.

Thank you to all the staff who worked so hard on Tuesday to give us such a wonderful experience.

With love to you all,

Mrs Pincott, Miss Sue and Michelle.

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