Autumn Term 2017

Team Games
20th October 2017

Today we all ventured out into the field to take part in some team challenges. Each one was designed to promote effective team work and clear communication. The tasks were impossible without it!! As the children reflected on their successes, the other children listened. When they heard something that reflected one of our characters, children started to make the appropriate animal sounds. It made for a fun and noisy reflection!

Gorillas with Butterfly Wings
6th October 2017

This week we were introduced to 7 animals that helped us to talk about our approaches to learning. There was:

  • The Caterpillar- he grows and develops his thinking and attitudes.

  • The Gorilla – he likes to create and try out new ideas.

  • The Owl – he likes to hover overhead and reflect on his learning.

  • The Bee – he likes to work with others and communicates well within a team.

  • The Tortoise – he never gives up when things get tough.

  • The Spider – he connects lots of ideas together and sees what is similar, different or transferrable.

When completing team activities, we had a Learning Investigator who watched our interactions and took notes to see which approaches to learning were taking place.

Asking Abel
8th September 2017
When introduced to Abel, the main character from our story, we asked him questions that led to even more questions!!  We wanted to know how Abel knew he was in a beech tree and also, why he didn't just build a raft to escape.  So, this afternoon, we made our own leaf spotters to help us identify the different trees in our school grounds.  We also had time to make some rafts, which we tested with some success.
Tying it all up
13th October 2017
Today we recapped the learning characteristics introduced last week. We were given the challenge of following instructions to tie knots. As we completed the challenge, we turned up our Mind Microphones. We did this so that our partner could hear our thinking processes and make comments about which learning strategies we had used.

Having mastered some knot tying skills, we were challenged to put them to good use. There were lots of creative ideas on show, such as Fairy Ford Castle, tiny washing lines and even a full size swing.

When we reflected at the end of the session, children were asked to discuss the processes that got them to their current position. As they did so, the others listened and gave feedback on what animals their response had represented.

Leaves and Pulleys
22nd September 2017
This week we combined our knot tying work with our understanding of forces.  We made pulley systems to pass information about different leaves backwards and forwards. This allowed us to match and classify different leaf types.  It was a tough task and one that we could only complete if we worked together.
Making Magnets
15th September 2017
As part of their survival topic, Pioneers used their knowledge of magnets and the Earth’s magnetic field to make their own compasses. They used them to orienteer in the outdoor area and find hidden symbols.