We were all very excited when we knew it was time to go back to the Secret Garden for Forest Schools. We started off with a game of 1-2-3 Where are You? It has quickly become one of our favourite games.
Then we started our first activity. Miss Parker told us about some footprints which had been spotted in the Secret Garden. It was our job to go and find as many as we could. When we found them we had to sort them out and find out from the posters which animal they belonged to.
Once we had found all the footprints we got busy with our second activity. Miss Parker asked us all to draw a picture of some of the footprints we had found. The only problem was we had no pencils or paint. The only thing we had was some cups and a bottle of water. Can you remember what we did?
We made mud paint! We had to find sticks to help us paint our pictures instead of a paintbrush.
Our final job was to go and find as many items as we could for a special picture when we got back to the classroom. We picked up anything which was flat and that we thought was interesting.
Here is our finished picture…….
It looks amazing in the sunshine. Come to our classroom to see it on the window.
What have we been learning?
- To listen during games.
- To look carefully and be observant in the Secret Garden.
- To sort and match animal footprints.
- To use sticks to do mark making with mud.
- To look at different objects which interest us and talk about why we like them.
How can can you continue the learning at home?
- Visit the park or look in you garden and try to find objects which interest you. Can you use them to make a picture?
- Use sticks and other objects to to do mark making with mud.
We all had a wonderful time on our school trip to Cannon Hall Farm. We looked at the photos when we got back to school and Miss Parker turned it into a book all about our day. We remembered so much about what we’d done and where we’d been. We really did learn lots not only about the farm animals but also about an environment which is very different to Manor Top and near school.
We had such a good day its hard to say what our favourite part of the day was. You’ll have to ask us next time you see us.
If you would like to find out more information about Cannon Hall Farm you can find out more on their website.
A HUGE thank you to all the grown ups who came with us to help. We couldn’t have gone without you. And a huge thank you to Alison and everyone at Cannon Hall for a wonderful day. The children had a wonderful time 🙂
On Tuesday we had a visit from the Dogs Trust. We talked all about dogs and if anyone in Onyx Class had a pet dog.
Then we talked about the foods that dogs like to eat and also the foods that make dogs poorly so we know how to help take care of our dogs at home. Can you remember what a dog should not eat?
We talked about staying safe around dogs and what to do if a dog you don’t know comes up to you. Can you remember what to do?
We all got a certificate to say that we had listened well and participated in the session. Well done everyone 🙂
Parents/ Carers if you want to find out any more about The Dogs Trust you can go to their website by clicking here.
We had a great time on the first Tuesday after the holidays going on a Bug Hunt. Before the holidays when we let our butterflies go we went near the Secret Garden and talked about going in there sometime soon. A Bug Hunt seemed the perfect opportunity!
It was a very wet day but we didn’t let that put us off. We set off to see what we could find with Miss Oades and Miss Morris.
We used this sheet from Twinkl to remember what we’d found.
Can you remember all of the different bugs that we found? I wonder what we’d find if we’d gone on a sunny day…. do you think it would be the same or different?
Everyone loved going on our Bug Hunt. We can’t wait to go the Secret Garden again.
This should really be called Butterflies, Butterflies because look what happened?
Our caterpillars hatched from out of their cocoons and we had 4 butterflies in our classroom 🙂 Everyone loved watching them fly and if we looked really carefully we could even see them drinking through their proboscis. Can you remember anything about their proboscis?
After we’d had them in our classroom for a few days we decided that we needed to let them go. We had a talk about where would be the best place for them to fly. It was agreed that we would go up on to the new school field by the Secret Garden because the children said there were the most plants and flowers there.
Thankfully it was a sunny day because we weren’t sure if the butterflies would like the rain.
Miss Parker unzipped the Butterfly Garden and pulled it down slightly. It didn’t take long for the butterflies to fly off into the sky. We all clapped and cheered when they went.
We’re going to be keeping an eye out over the next few weeks to see if we can see our butterflies when they come back to visit us. We’re sure they will fly back one day and see us 🙂 Maybe they will fly to our houses?
We has some more special friends arrive in our classroom this week….. 5 tiny and very hungry caterpillars!
Everyone is very interested in them and seeing what they are doing. Already they have nearly doubled in size. It has generated lots of talk between the children as they share their ideas. We’ve been discussing what we think will happen the caterpillars next too.
Come back soon to see what has been happening…….
What an amazing last day of term we had…. after waiting such a long time for our chicks to hatch, they did! We’d had them in the classroom keeping them warm in the incubator for 21 days (Click here to see the post)
Everyone was so excited when we came to school on the last day and one chick had already hatched. It was then very exciting when we got to spend the rest of the day watching the others hatch as well, by the end of the day we had 6 chicks. Some of our parents and carers even got to see the chicks hatching at our Easter Workshop.
In the afternoon we said a special hello to the chicks and everyone had a chance to hold a chick. Miss Parker and Miss Deakin were really proud of how sensible everyone was and how they held the chicks really carefully. After we all had to wash our hands remembering what we learnt at Cannon Hall about always washing our hands after being near animals.
We LOVED having the chicks in our classroom and are going to be sad now they’ve had to go back to their farm.
What have we been learning?
- About the life cycle and how chicks come from eggs.
- To observe animals talking about what we can see, hear and feel.
- To care for animals and treat them with respect.
- To make sure we follow hygiene rules after handling animals to keep ourselves safe.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Visit Graves Park or somewhere else with hens and chicks so you can continue to observe the animals at different stages of the life cycle.
- Look for other birds when you are out and about and in your garden. Can you find out what they are?
- Find out about different life cycles, such as tadpoles/ frogs, caterpillar/ butterflies or even for plants. You can use books at the library and internet searches to help you.