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Jesus, Friend to Everyone

January 16, 2018 - No Responses

In R.E. we are looking at Jesus as a ‘Friend to Everyone’ this half term.

Today in R.E. we looked at Jesus being a friend to children. We read the story of ‘Jesus and the Little Children’ from Mark, 10:13-16, we then watched the story being told through a video to help us understand what happened.

We then looked through a Power Point of different pictures of ‘Jesus and the children’. We talked about what we could see and what each picture represented.

After that, we decided to create our own wall mural of ‘Jesus and the children’. We thought that our painting should include a painting of Jesus, the disciple who turned the children away, the children, the sun and the cross.

We are going to put our paintings together to make our wall mural in class.

Forest School Weeks 5 and 6

December 19, 2017 - No Responses

It’s been a very hectic last few weeks around School as you can imagine, with Nativity’s, Decoration day and Christingles to practise for. So may I apologise for the delay in our weekly write up.

In week 5 we used ropes to create play around the Forest School environment. The children independently attached the ropes where they saw fit, attempting to create swings, tightropes and zip wires for their play.

It’s amazing how something as simple as a rope can enhance children’s play, yet it provided the children with hours of fantastic imaginary play, super conversations between each other and of course lots of fun! Whether they were swinging down the muddy embankment or climbing up the steep hill, the children created the play themselves and encouraged each other to join in.

A group of children used sticks as swords, creating their own rules with which to follow. All children enjoyed chasing each other and attacking each other with sticks (just like the good old days!) Not one single child complained about being hit by the stick, largely down to the fact that each child was fully compliant in deciding the terms and conditions.

We attempted to bake a chocolate cake inside a Dutch oven, an oven that is used outdoors on a campfire for stews etc. The idea is that you heat up the oven first, then put in the ingredients and then put the lid on and start the fire on top off the lid, meaning that the heat would circulate around the oven.

The chocolate cake tasted beautiful in the morning session however in the afternoon I tried to be too clever and added double the ingredients. The cake didn’t cook very well so we enjoyed lollies instead.

Week 6 was a much shortened affair as the class needed to practise for their nativity. We decided to set the children some challenges in order to win prizes. The children had to work as a team to crawl through some cargo netting with a cup of water. If they spilled the water they lost their prize. The children worked fantastically as a group helping each other through the netting, communicating with each other and giving words of encouragement.

The children enjoyed perfecting their tree house, placing planks of wood across branches to act as a platform. Others enjoyed using the mud kitchen utensils to enhance their den play.

Well done Holly Class. I hope you have enjoyed your Forest School experience. Your creative play, creating den’s, statues, artwork and in particular your play with ropes has really helped me to plan for future sessions. See you next year!

Mr Cross

Happy Hanukkah!

December 15, 2017 - No Responses

This week in R.E. we have been learning about Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of light. We learnt about the story of Hanukkah and why it is important to Jewish people.

We looked at how Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah. Jewish people light a candle each night for 8 nights on a Menorah. They also celebrate by eating special food, playing games and giving gifts, similar to Christian celebrations at Christmas.

Jessica said that Hanukkah is a celebration of something in the past, like when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Forest School Week 4

December 4, 2017 - No Responses

On a very frosty morning, a frantic warm up game and then cooking a stew to warm our bellies was the order of the day.

There was lots of food preparation involved in today’s session, with children using their expert peeling skills to peel carrots, and potatoes. Others used controlled chopping skills to chop onions and the vegetables. Not a single helping hand from the adults and the corned beef hash was on the fire cooking away. Excellent work children!

       

The children less inclined to help with food preparation, gathered together in the woodland and adapted their dens.

We had a talent show at the end of the session and the children enjoyed talking about their features and even asked if they could have their dinner in there.  Other children showed great confidence to dance and sing to each other on our natural stage.

In-between all that with had chase games, sword fights, digging mud and hopefully next week repairing the holes that they had created.

The corned beef hash went down really well, some children who had confidently announced earlier that “they would never eat that!” ate it.

We had some Australian visitors in the afternoon and the children revelled in the opportunity to explain to them all about Forest School. They sat around the fire square and listened to the children’s experiences and hopefully took with them a thorough understanding of the Forest School ethos ready to take back to Australia.

Next week’s activities:

Chocolate cake with lollies, mud sculptures, wool death star (??) clothe the statue of Jacobty with leaf clothes. Repair holes. etc

A fantastic ride out!

November 30, 2017 - One Response

Wow! We’ve had a fantastic day at Haverthwaite Railway, Miss Walton was so proud of how well mannered and polite all the children were. We had a super time on the Christmas train, singing Christmas songs and even had a special visitor!

Forest School Week 3

November 28, 2017 - No Responses

We started the session with a game of ‘Ape’. Idea of the game is that the children all start from a base and try and make it to another base without getting tigged. It appears to a firm favourite of the group, although it always seems to be me that’s ‘on’.

After running me into the ground, we collected willow stalks which we whittled with potato peelers. The willow stalks were needed to cook the marshmallows later. However some children enjoyed the experience of peeling and carried on doing this for a large part of the session.

Miss Fisher worked tirelessly with a group of children to create a den, looking at design and features. They worked as a team to position heavy branches up the sides. Well done children, hard work but will be very rewarding when the den is completed.

Inspired by the ‘statue of Jacobty’ from the following week, a couple of children used branches to create a free standing ‘willow cow’. The concentration and communication involved was fantastic to see. We have left the cow standing as the children wanted to carry on adding sticks to its frame.

We experienced toasting marshmallows over a fire, this provided us with a great opportunity to practice out songs from our celebration assembly and also our upcoming Nativity. After toasting our marshmallows we squashed them between 2 chocolate biscuits to make a version of the classic campfire treat ‘Smores’.

Shortly after enjoying our treat we held a ‘muddy’ Talent show. It gave most of the children an opportunity to throw themselves into the mud. Some of the break dancing was very unique. Messy but great fun!

Next week’s ideas:

More free standing statues, mud fight, improving the den, more natural artwork We will attempt to make some kind of casserole over the campfire as well.

Forest School Week 1 and Week 2

November 22, 2017 - No Responses

Week 1

We welcomed Holly Class (formerly Beech) back to Forest School, and they quite literally dived straight into activities.

Nearly all the children had a clear idea of what they wanted to do in the session. This group appear to embrace the muddier aspects of forest school and spent large portions of the time throwing themselves down the muddy embankment. New dens created, sticks were scavenged and fastened to branches and the children adapted the dens to make them ‘homely’.

A group of children challenged themselves to climb higher in the tree, one child in particular bravely climbed outwards on a branch but showed incredible balance and control to move around on the tree.

The mud kitchen was used frequently this session with a group of children creating soups and cakes, mixing leaves and stones and drinking water together. It was incredibly messy but incredibly fun.

A group broke away from the forest to play a huge game of tig, involving running between 2 destinations. I was ‘IT’ for most of the games. (I think the children enjoyed seeing me out of breath). This game really caught on and ended up with most of the group playing!

We sat together and enjoyed Brioche round the barely lit fire. The children discussed ideas for next week and chatted to each other about ideas for food. The children voted sausages for next week’s delicacy!

Ideas for next week:

Statues made out of wicker. (Statue of Jacobty), Adapting the mud slide to make changes. More tree climbing and more games like tig.

Here are some photos from Week 1 and Week 2:

Week 2

We started off this damp and rainy session with a huge run around game to get us all warmed up. The children enjoyed the game from the previous week so we all joined in. The children had so much fun they played the game over 3 times.

We collected branches to create a huge statue. Deciding on which branch would make the best limb, we attached each branch using a technique of ‘lashing’ and created a huge 8ft tall statue with leaf torch just like the statue of liberty. We then spent some time thinking through ways in which we could attach it in the air. The children showed great problem solving skills and we managed to fasten our ‘Statue of Jacobty’ to the back fence.

We provided the children with spades, rakes and trowels to make changes to the mud slide. They worked hard together as a team to change areas round so they could slide down quicker, and make it ‘slippier’. The children spent a lot of time transporting the excess mud between the slope and the mud kitchen via a wheelbarrow.

One child came with an outdoor activities book and inspired us to collect leaves of a variety of colours, these leaves were then fastened using twigs to decorate the fire square. This was great fun and surprisingly therapeutic.

We enjoyed hotdogs round the campfire this week. The fire was burning well this week despite the damp conditions that had hindered the first week. Next week will be enjoying the American scouting classic Smores, (Basically toasted marshmallow squashed between chocolate biscuits)

Next week’s ideas:

More statues, willow animals (pig), mud fights, more chase games, more tree climbing, Team dens, mud slide.

The Great Fire of London

November 22, 2017 - No Responses

As part of our topic this half term, we have been learning about The Great Fire of London. Here are some photos of us using oil pastels to create fire scenes in Art.

We are all really excited about sharing our Fire of London knowledge with you on Friday, during our Celebration Assembly. See you then!

Superhero Capes

October 11, 2017 - No Responses

In Design Technology, we have designed our own superhero capes. Over the next couple of weeks we are going to make our capes but before we can make them we had to investigate which material would make the best cape.

Each group had a material to test. We thought about why each material could be good as a cape and downfalls of each material. We tested the strength of the material and the flexibility of the material. We thought about how good it looks on and whether or not the material was waterproof.

   

We recorded our findings and ideas as a group and then shared them with the class. We have all agreed that cloth is the best material to use for our capes.

Watch this space for the final product!

Writing Instructions

October 11, 2017 - No Responses

This week in English we are looking at instructions. To kick start our instruction writing we made Rocky Road bars in class, ready to sell at the Macmillan Coffee afternoon this Friday. We have used Fairtrade chocolate in our Rocky Road bars.

Here’s a couple of photos of our bakers hard at work!

After each group had made their Rocky Road bars, they had to write about what they did in their English books. Here’s some photos of the children writing about making the Rocky Road.

We looked at more recipes in books. We also had the chance to use the iPads to research instructions and why it is important to buy Fairtrade products.