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Year 5 Jan 2018

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Year 5 Jan 2018 (40 images)

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Year 4 Jan 2018 (46 images)

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Woodland camera (3 images)

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Year 1 in the woods (96 images)

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February 2018

Year 5 have spent their time in the woods focussing on communication skills- listening to each others' ideas, positive responses and co-operative problem solving.  We've worked through various tasks which involved team thinking and even developing a collective working memory and communicating it, including making catapults, playing mine sweepers and recreating Egyptian irrigation systems- Shadufs. In the woods the children have learnt about using the flint and steel to light the fire, whittling techniques with knives and safely being independent on the ropes and swings. In the final session we whittled our own skewers to toast marshmallows and worked out how the Egyptians moved enormous pieces of stone around using rollers and slaves!

January 2018

Year 4 have worked hard in the woods over the last few weeks and covered a huge range of outdoor and curriculum skills in their learning.  We started off with map reading and learning some simple orienteering skills, which involved learning about teamwork and developing communication skills.  The children solved mathematical problems in a huge game of battleships which they had to create the grid for using string and pegs. Playing the game involved working as a team to develop a 'group working memory' and find ways to communicate it with each other!  We spent time identifying trees across the whole school site.  In the smaller group sessions the children worked with adults and learnt how to safely use a bow saw in the woodland area.  The children also spent time choosing their own activities including fire lighting with an adult, independently climbing and using the ropes and swings whilst learning how to assess risk for themselves. Dens were built, an armoury of spears was whittled and our imaginations came out to play...

5th December

Year 1 have had a brilliant learning experience in the woods, we have whizzed through exploration activities including looking at leaves, making shadow shapes, finding animal habitats and making clay creatures.  We have spent longer developing skills to read, draw and make simple maps, and created and completed an orienteering course.  We have learnt how to climb, swing and move around in the woods safely.  We also created some xmas tree decorations that we will be completing in class, by sawing discs of wood with the bow saw and using a hand drill to make holes in them.  We used the woodland camera to try and capture images of the animals that are in the woods when we are not there, and we also found a frog and a toad hibernating beneath our big bag...


Reception have had a busy three weeks in the woods exploring, They have got to know the space and learnt how to play adventurously whilst keeping themselves safe. We have climbed ladders, swung on swings, climbed ropes and built dens.

The children have had opportunities to be creative, making characters by peeling, knotting and modelling with clay.  We’ve played predator/ prey games, collected and studied objects in nature and looked for evidence of animals all around us.

We also watched how to light a camp fire and enjoyed toasting marshmallows on it in the last session!!!