Y5: Off to the Copse...
A stunning afternoon in our little copse. So much learning today.. we did natural art, stone mining and foraging, along side a HUGE about of team work and developing mental strength.
Firstly... the field had a new crop in it that may of us had never seen. It has stuck me lately that even with all my wise years, I still don't know what many of our UK crops look like. This one was OATS! This opened up loads of discussions about what oats are used for and how they look like this and then get turned into porridge oats, for example. One to ask the Nettlebed Estate I think!
We took some ropes up with us and very quickly a small group had worked out how to use the rope climb up a branch and into the tree. William was the first to have a go and we all looked on and encouraged him. Jamie was very reliable as the anchor handheld on tight as he bravely balanced his way up the branch. I had a go afterwards as I needed to know quite what the children were setting themselves up for. Wow, it was scary, wobbly, high... and the biggest thing was putting trust in someone else to hold the rope. Once at the top getting down was a whole new learning experience requiring a lot of upper body strength, self control, self belief and again, trust in the 'anchor'. Jamie did a great job and didn't let anyone down. Not everyone made it to the top, but it is a learning curve for next time.
Meanwhile, Libby and Luke got stuck into some great natural art and Edward T and gang were playing cricket with pine cones.
In our quest for things to use as art, Ellie and I found a very round white stone that had a rattle sound inside. This prompted a load of smashing up of rocks and the children found some really cool stuff. Inside the round rood was a small ball of chalk and a load of dust... and Summer found a crystal in hers!
Lots if inspiration here and another example of how wonderful it is for us to have the whole year of Forest School.. seeing how the fields and the nature change around us with the seasons (and planting schedules!), and the time we have in it to develop our skills and imagination.
Thank you again to the Nettlebed Estate for letting us use the Copse.