Thank you to everyone who attended the ‘Great Outdoors’ open afternoon on Friday 13th March. It was great to see so many parents, grandparents and family members at the event. The children were able to showcase how they are able to take their learning outdoors and showed some of the fantastic activities they had been doing as part of our Great Outdoors Week. Here are some of the activities that everyone took part in during the afternoon:
Rec - Did a typical Forest School session linked to their topic of dinosaurs, the children (and grown ups) made a Dino World and Dino Lairs from all the outdoor resources.
Y1 = Created art in the outdoors from materials found around the field.
Y2 = Showed how algorithms in computing could be planned in the outdoors by directing each other around obstacles.
Y3 = Made musical instruments from natural materials and performed music on their makeshift percussion instruments made from wood and rocks.
Y4 = Looked at some of the things found in nature inspiring them to write poetry in the outdoors.
Y5 = Led parents and children around the orienteering course they had made earlier in the week.
Y6 = Created some wonderful nature trails for children and parents to follow, they had created some amazing information boards at the various points of interest including our frog spawn filled pond!
We also showcased some of the Outdoor Adventurous Activities (OAA) the children had been doing in their PE lessons this term; using a mixture of teamwork, logic and perseverance to complete the various challenges. The event ended with a short worship session praising God for his wonderful creation through songs and prayer.
This was a lovely end to a week full of outdoor activities where children had also took part in other subjects and activities including RE lessons, art and maths in the outdoors. We will continue to take our learning outdoors as part of our new enriched curriculum and hope to continue to develop our outdoor provision further with plans for a new community garden adjacent to the school entrance area. We are also looking to extend our residential activity provision to Y4 and Y5/Y6 are planning a camp out on the school field in the summer term as part of our passport scheme.