If I had a Hammer...
Friday 17th May 2019
How our new pond has supported class curriculum topics.
Over the past week the children in Explorers have had the opportunity to experience a real pond as part of their life cycle mini adventure.
We have considered safety and recorded what we see. With real tadpoles on loan from another pond, the children have had the opportunity to see real animals and began to make connections to their natural habitat.
The children asked and answered some amazing questions as part of our pond experience, showing inquisitive minds and a willingness to learn outside of the classroom.
They made links with what they had learnt in class and shared experiences from home.
Friday 17th May 2019
Responsible for change
The final part of this stage of pond development, sees our key stage 2 children re-planting the pond plants into new baskets.
We needed to transport a lot of water to ensure the baskets stay wet on the pond shelf.
The Reception children joined us to share the work load and as an opportunity to see how we learn in Forest Based Learning before joining our sessions in September.
All the children showed care and consideration when paired with our younger learners and in turn our Explorers followed the instructions of their year 6 buddy.
The year 6 pupils will be responsible for monitoring the water level over the summer until Mother Nature can maintain it with more rain.
Keep watching for future sessions using our pond area.
A huge thanks to all our pupils for their contributions, however small when taking part in our pond restoration project.
Friday 10th May 2019
We have taken advantage of the lovely spring weather to spend time recalling, observing and predicting how the weather, flora and fauna change over the four seasons.
Whilst developing our pond area by planting flowers under the trees to encourage more insects; we have spent time making observational notes and drawings of what we currently see in and around the pond.
The pond level has filled an amazing 30cms in six weeks since we restored the liner, but it needs a little help each time we use it.
Friday 3rd May 2019
Team is the dream
Over the past two weeks we have been improving our environment, by clearing the felled willow and using it to continue to increase the height of our Unity Circle.
We also used our manual handling skills and safe practices to carry delivered pallets from the gate to the Early Years outdoor area. We look forward to seeing new developments there soon.
We’ve been checking in on our pond and pond plants, which are beginning to flower and look forward to planting them in new baskets next week as well as topping up the pond.
Whilst out and about, the children have been using recording skills to refer, recall, observe and predict changes in the weather, flora and fauna within Felton, some great facts were shared and are there to see in our individual learning journals.