Another fantastic year, for our OWL – Outdoors with Learning. The children’s learning has been greatly enhanced by the new activities and with the help of all the year groups many projects have been put into place: A bird feeding station; 5 star Bug Hotel; Willow dome over the storytellers chair and Bulb planting for a spring display.
We now have a Wellington boot store with all sizes catered for and at present after funding from the Rotary Club Exmouth we have made a start on a wet weather gear store too.
Our new outdoor ‘Mud Kitchen’ has now been completed with donations of old kitchen utensils and recycled furniture. This has really been enjoyed by all the year groups and we now have a Mud Café in our forest area too! We also have a new raised fire pit with a parachute canopy which is very popular for storytelling and marshmallow toasting. The pond area has also been re-designed and developed to create access for more children to investigate during a session.
Pond dipping and bug hunting are a great favourite and help develop knowledge of life cycles and different habitats.
Outdoors With Learning
As the warmer weather approached, the children have been planting seeds to produce vegetables and flowers for the raised beds.
What a wealth of activities have occurred!:
Foundation and year one has been learning through play in our recent Pirate Adventure week. They followed a map to find treasure, read stories and enjoyed dressing up.
Year two learned about Bees and thought of some great ideas to improve our school grounds for pollinators. Year 3/4 have also been learning about insects and created a new Bug Hotel near our polytunnel.
Year 5/6 used the latest technology and created visual imagery through different media to explain these changes to an outside visitor and gave their views of these changes.