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Friday 19th July - Nature School

Despite the showers this morning it didn't dampen our spirts at nature school. Children put on their waterproofs and were really happy to venture out.  Due to the weather we did have to change some of our activities a bird ringing can't take place when it is wet.  We kept out of the rain and under the canopy where children took part in a range of activities, including making a dream catcher, a clay woodland animal and the favourite, chocolate lollies.  They also had toasted marshmallows at snack time which went down really well.  We are really sad that nature school has come to an end this term but look forward to plenty more fun next year. 

 

Nature school would not be possible without the committment and support of Sarah Baker and Sally Lockwood, who have given up their time to prepare sessions and run activties most weeks this term. We have also had a really lovely group of parents  and grandparents who have given up their time to support sessions, some of whom have supported sessions when their child's class aren't even attending.  We feel this is such a valuable experience for children enriching their learning outside of the classroom.  We also thank our friends at the National Trust who have bought up equipment every week for us, as well as running some activities too.

 

We hope to run some ad-hoc sessions throughout the year as well as Summer 2020, If you are interested in helping out please come and speak to Caroline Andrews. 

 

Nature School - Friday 12th July 2019

Another fabulous session at Nature School today, with a pleasant breeze to keep us cool.  We were really lucky to have experts in today sharing their knowledge with us.  Helen Parr from the Devon Wildlife Trust came in and talked to us about bats and what we can do to ensure their food chain and habitats are not endangered.  We looked at photographs of different types of bats and also compared the skeleton of a bat with humans and spotted many similarities. We have now received our Silver Award for Bat Preservation. We  enjoyed a craft activity with Sarah Baker where children used paint to create a symmetrical pattern to form butterfly wings.  The worked so carefully on the craft activity and all the butterflies look amazing.  We also found out about butterflies and were surprised to discover that there are less than 60 types.  We played a game to identify butterflies which was great fun, children all have a leaflet about a butterfly activity they can take part with during the school holidays.  The den building and mud kitchen as always were really popular, the children have loved the opportunity to play creatively under their own steam, cooperating with friends and using the environment as their stimulus. 

Nature School - Friday 8th July

Whilst exploring at Nature School Oliver found a perfect stick to create his own Stickman who is now living in his wild area in his own garden. We want to give children opportunties to create meaningful memories of their experiences at Nature School to inspire them. Well done Oliver!

Whilst exploring at Nature School Oliver found a perfect stick to create his own Stickman who is now living in his wild area in his own garden. We want to give children opportunties to create meaningful memories of their experiences at Nature School to inspire them. Well done Oliver! 1
Whilst exploring at Nature School Oliver found a perfect stick to create his own Stickman who is now living in his wild area in his own garden. We want to give children opportunties to create meaningful memories of their experiences at Nature School to inspire them. Well done Oliver! 2

Friday 8th July

What a fabulous day to be at Nature School finding some shade under the canopy of trees. Children enjoyed a range activities today, we made a 3D map of the nature school area and using a compass were able to navigate our way around the map,  we created  amazing little woodland clay animals with Sally Lockwood and had a fantastic drama session with Ashleigh Edwards.  The children also enjoyed the free choice activity of den building and playing in the mud kitchen.

 

Whilst in our local environment we encourage and promote the importance of looking after our local area.

The children all absolutely adore our Nature School and we are so privileged to be able to see them working creatively and imaginatively with their friends in a range of ways.  We wouldn't be able to run these sessions without the dedication and support of Sally Lockwood and Sarah Baker who have worked so hard in not only setting up our Nature School alongside the National Trust but also give up their time each week to attend the sessions. If you are able to help out with some of our sessions next Summer term please come and speak to us. 

 

Whilst in our local environment we encourage and promote the importance of looking after our local area.

 

Please check your child carefully for tics as we have had one case.  

Friday 14th June 2019

 

The children were delighted that the sun was shining and we were able to go to Nature School this week. We all had a fantastic morning and loved the activities.

 

We learnt all about caterpillars, what they like to eat and what they look like. We then got the chance to get our hands a bit messy and made our very own clay caterpillar ( which hopefully have made it home!)  Once these have dried the children are very welcome to paint and decorate them.

 

We all absolutely loved taking part in some drama activities. We were taught a new song with some actions and then got a chance to put our acting skills to the test when we were taught a really fun version of a very well known game. Finally the children were delighted to have the opportunity to use some dressing up props.

 

The mud kitchen was open as usual and the children loved creating, measuring, discussing and problem solving. There was a lot of excitement as there was water provided in the kitchen this week. This led to some rather wet, sloppy and soggy creations! The children also had the opportunity to make a den using the resources available.

 

The final activity that the children took part in was learning all about butterflies. We learnt about the life cycle of a butterfly and some of the different species. We went on a butterfly hunt where we had to collect stamps of the different types of butterflies. When we got back to class I challenged the children to keep and eye out in their gardens for butterflies. I wonder how many different types you will see?

 

We are all looking forward to our final Nature School session next week.

Friday 7th June

 

Due to the weather being really wet and miserable today we had to cancel going to Nature School. However the children still got to have lots of fun in school and took part in lots of arts and crafts activities.

 

We all had a go at making a cress potato head and  they looked fantastic! The children had to scoop out the potatoes and then decorate them. If you get a chance please take a photograph of your child's creation so we can see how well the cress has grown.

 

We did go outside for some of the session when we went in search of some leaves. The children then used ink and did some leaf printing to create some fabulous bunting.

 

As is was a wet day we decided to make the most of the puddles and created some rafts which we tested outside in the rain. Luckily all of them floated and we even tried to race them across the water!

 

Despite being a rather gloomy day outside the children all still had lots of fun inside. Fingers crossed it is nice and sunny next Friday!

 

On Friday 24th May Kennick Class enjoyed their first visit this term to Nature School. It was a lovely sunny day and we had so much fun! We made our own Nature School badge. We had to think of an animal that started with the same letter as our name and then draw a careful picture of it, making sure we used the correct colours.

 

We were really lucky and got to see some bird ringing, which was really fascinating. We loved seeing the birds up close and some of us were lucky enough to handle the birds before we released them. We learnt how the birds are weighed and measured and also the names of the birds ( some of which we have seen in our gardens).

 

The children worked really well as part of a team to build a den and loved using the mud kitchen to create lots of yummy sounding treats ( although we didn't eat them!) It was lovely to see the children immersed in imaginative role play.

 

We got to learn lots about bats as we had a talk from Helen who told us all about the bats that are found in this country and how we can encourage bats to visit our gardens. The children learnt all about the horseshoe bat which has habitats local to Bovey Tracey.

 

We had an amazing morning but we were all really tired in the afternoon! We can't wait for next session.

Nature School 17th May - What a fantastic last day for this block of Nature School! We learned about Horseshoe Bats, we did some drama in the woods, had marshmallows toasted on the campfire and made animal faces out of pieces of wood . Do come and see the faces which we will be putting up on the playground fence next week! Once again a HUGE thank you to all the parents and friends who have made this experience possible.

Nature School 10th May - We had a lovey time and managed to enjoy the sunshine and stay dry! Today we were up in the kitchen garden and orchard by the house, and also in the field at the bottom of the hill below the house. We did carrot writing, made a Mr Potato Head for growing cress, went stream dipping and bug hunting. Thank you again to the amazing team of volunteers that help make this wonderful experience possible for us all.

Nature School 3rd May - we explored the theme of butterflies today, making clay caterpillars, painting symmetrical butterflies and identifying butterfly pictures hidden in the forest. We also made dens and played in the mud kitchen.

Nature School - Friday 26th April 2018. We had a lovely time at Nature School despite the weather. Children were involved in a range of activities including badge making, 3D map work, story telling and a free choice activity where they were able to play in the mud kitchen or build mini dens. This is such a wonderful opportunity for children to work with friends and learn in a range of ways whilst enjoying the outdoors.

Nature School presentation and information sheet from the meeting on Friday 15th March.

We made jingle bells using sticks from nature school.

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We made nature shakers using autumn leaves!

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Indoor nature school

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We played instruments with Mr D!
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