Spring Term 2019

Hibernation, Migration, Conservation and Preservation

We're planning to introduce three big subject areas this term, so we'll be ticking lots of skills and adding them to our toolbox.

We aim to have an understanding of what hibernation and migration mean, why animals do this and thinking about their basic needs of food, shelter and safety.

Continuing into Spring 2, we will use our newly acquired knowledge to make comparisons; in the seasons, looking at new growth and life cycles of some of our wildlife friends.

One of our targets this year is to take a good look at our outdoor environment and see what improvements we would like, which will benefit us as independent outdoor learners but also how human intervention can have a positive impact of the flora and fauna.

There will be opportunities for the children as well as helpers to experience sensitive maintenance of key areas, as well as looking to the future benefits of new growth, making resources for learning, such as coppicing the willow and some hazel.

Friday 8th February 2019
Squirrel Stash
This week’s challenge was to make a trail for our friends to follow to find squirrel’s stash.

Our Year 5 Pioneers and Voyagers used sticks to make arrows, they planned a start and finish point laying directional arrows in between.

Our Adventurers were guided to the start and had to follow the trails in teams of five.

Our year 3, 4, 5 children then evaluated how well they had worked in their teams.

We also played Silent tag, where we had to move quietly so as not to be caught. And do not disturb, where the children had to collect the berries without waking hibernating hedgehog.

Friday 18th January 2019
Tracks in the Snow
Today we had a fantastic opportunity to look for signs of wildlife in the snow.

After wrapping up warm we used our map making knowledge to record using key words and letters.

Walking around the school grounds we found footprints in the snow, signs of rabbits, maybe a fox and even what looked like deer prints, but we couldn't tell for sure.
There was lots of rabbit pee and poo as it was easy to spot the yellow snow.

We found an old nest in the Hazel trees and some bones under the trees which told us birds and carnivores live in our woodland.

We began to think what animals may live where and the types of habitat they live in.

We ended the session with a big run around in the snow and a game of track my family, where we had to match our track print with others who had the same.

Friday 25th January 2019
Winter Birds and Very Long Words

Today was all about thinking how we could help birds to keep warm and well fed in the cold winter months.

We shared our knowledge of the meanings of specific words; which we use when talking about wildlife and how their lifestyles change in the winter months.

We then made fat and seed balls to hang from the trees to give the birds extra fat and protein to give them energy and keep them warm.

It was super sticky and very smelly, but lots of fun to make.

We hope the birds enjoy their winter treats.

Friday 11th January 2019
Skills, safety and caring

We put our thinking caps on to go outside today as we had to share ideas on how activities planned for this term would develop our thinking and doing skills. 

We reminded each other how to work safely and also how be caring and thoughtful with our friends and our wildlife and environment.

This linked in with introducing our sleeping friends who are hidden away for the Winter, and how we need to be careful and considerate when moving about and clearing up; as well as remembering to share and re-use resources as they are limited and very important to our wildlife neighbours.

We finished the day with a game of corners, using migration, hibernation, rest and active.