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Forest Friday

As usual we will be venturing into the woods to practise a whole range of skills.

Why do we go to the woods?

‘The best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky’ (Margaret Macmillan, 1919)

This provides a way of meeting the Early Years Foundation Stage goals whilst developing practical life skills and an appreciation of the natural environment. Many children benefit and prefer to be outside; they thrive in an extended outdoor environment. It also provides health and social benefits as well as engaging the children in all areas of learning.

Learning in the outdoor environment helps to develop:

  • Higher levels of involvement in their learning
  • Greater levels of language
  • Team work and cooperation
  • Self-confidence, self-esteem and a positive self-image
  • Curiosity and exploration
  • Wider knowledge of the natural world
  • Increased motivation to engage in all learning
  • Physical confidence, improved coordination and independent challenge
  • Imagination
  • Self-evaluation and risk management; comprehension about safety in the environment and understanding of capabilities and limitations
  • Knowledge and confidence to use real tools
  • Problem solving
  • Observation skills

Every Friday children spend the morning exploring the local environment.

Activities may include:

  • Whittling wood using vegetable peelers to help improve fine motor control
  • Sanding wood to explore texture
  • Creating a mudslide to improve core strength
  • Climbing uneven terrain to improve gross motor skills and challenge capabilities
  • Making soups and hot drinks gaining an understanding of safety measures in the local environment
  • Free exploration to enhance language skills
  • Den building and group activities to improve teamwork and the ability to support peers

Please remember the children have PE every Thursday and must have their kit in school. This includes: Black PE shorts, red school t-shirt, white socks and plimsolls

Also, ensure that your child has warm clothes and wellingtons in the right size for our woodland adventures.

Homework will be given out on Thursday and collected in on a Tuesday.

Buzzards News

The children have been working on their topics with Buzzard class working hard on castles and knights, which led to a magical trip away to Warwick Castle where the children took part in dressing up and finding out what it was like to be a knight.

Buzzards Class Letters and Communication

Great Learning! Great Challenge! Great Fun!

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