Outdoor Learning 2015-16

Here are some of the Outdoor Learning Activities our children have been involved with since September 2015.
Year 3 were shipwrecked pirates down in Hirst Woods. They built shelters and used compasses to help them spell out a message to save them !
Year 2 visited the Hirst Wood Nature Reserve to use nature to inspire their sketches and art work.
                        Year 1 learnt about Bonfires and had a lovely time toasting marshmallows !
Year 1 had a Dads day down in the woods. They spotted signs of Autumn and learnt about different woodland animals. They also built homes for the animals to help them get ready for winter.                   
 Year 2 read the story of the Stick Man by Julia Donaldson. They went down to Hirst Woods to make their own stick men and re created their favourite scenes from the story.
Year 2 looked at the topic of Fairies and Elves and spent time sketching ideas for their art work down at Hirst Wood Nature Reserve.
Year 2 then created Fairy and Elf doors and the creatures that lived behind them with our resident artist Sharon Snaylam. Working along side the Hirst Wood Regeneration Group we decorated the Nature Reserve with hundreds of candles and created a magical fairy village with a wishing tree and a wishing well. The Year 2 children and parents were then invited after school to complete the fairy trail in the dark. 
In February our Reception children invited their mums to school for some planting and play activities. They planted primroses in pots for the Reception garden and sunflower seeds to take home. 
Year 6 visited Hirst Woods to identify leaves and classify them as as part of their Science topic.
Our Eco club took part in some Forest School sessions. The children really enjoyed learning about and interacting with nature. The sessions were down in Hirst Woods and at Hirst Wood Nature Reserve. Activities undertaken were den building, pond dipping, mini beast hunting and bird watching. 
They also made some nature music, art, recipes and also used tools to make counting strings out of elder sticks. They finished off their activities with a campfire where they toasted marshmallows and reflected on their Forest School experiences. 
Our Year 2 children visited Load Pit Beck in Shipley Glen Woods to do some stream dipping. They learnt techniques of how to net and identify the different fresh water creatures. They also searched for mini beasts in the woods.    
The Reception children invited their Dads into school to do some den building. They worked together to create some great imaginative dens and then enjoyed stories and lollies in the sunshine.