Matilda Class Walkabout

Year 1 are currently learning about Aboriginal tribes and exploring the Australian outback and wilderness through their topic ‘Lets go backpacking’. They have learnt about how aboriginal teenagers would go on a long ‘walkabout’ by themselves in the Australian outback for as long as six months before they became men. As part of this walkabout they would create journey sticks, and attach items that reminded them of the places they had visited.

Today at Forest school we decided to go on our own walkabout around the woodland areas in East Hunsbury, and create our own journey sticks to tell the story of our walkabout. We worked together in groups and stopped at interesting points to add string, wool and natural items collected from the area to our journey sticks to help us remember where we had been and tell our story.

The children enjoyed hunting around for different items to attach to their journey sticks and had some good discussions about what different things represented. When we returned to school they could confidently use their journey sticks and recall the walkabout in detail.

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We were all very tired after our long walk, I’m not so sure we could all last six months like the Aboriginal teenagers!

Mrs Read 😊

1,2,3…..where are you?!

Simba class enjoyed exploring today at Forest School and particularly enjoyed playing and hiding in the very tall cow parsley. At times it was difficult to see them hidden between the wild flowers, however all of the children were very good at returning my call of ‘1,2,3…where are you?’ with a very loud and clear ‘1,2,3….we’re here!’

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Mrs Read 🙂

 

Paddington Class Walkabout

Year 1 are currently learning about Aboriginal tribes and exploring the Australian outback and wilderness through their topic ‘Lets go backpacking’. They have learnt about how aboriginal teenagers would go on a long ‘walkabout’ by themselves in the Australian outback for as long as six months before they became men. As part of this walkabout they would create journey sticks, and attach items that reminded them of the places they had visited.

Today at Forest school we decided to go on our own walkabout around the woodland areas in East Hunsbury, and create our own journey sticks to tell the story of our walkabout. We worked together in groups and stopped at interesting points to add string, wool and natural items collected from the area to our journey sticks to help us remember where we had been and tell our story.

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The children enjoyed hunting around for different items to attach to their journey sticks and had some good discussions about what different things represented. When we returned to school they could confidently use their journey sticks and recall the walkabout in detail.

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We we were all very tired after our long walk, I’m not so sure we could all last 6 months like the Aboriginal teenagers!

Mrs Read 😊

Lets go fly a kite!

Gruffalo class enjoyed the windy morning today at Forest School and made the most of the blustery weather by designing and making their own kites.

The children worked together in small groups and had to choose the right resources from a selection of items to design, make and decorate their kites. We then had time on the school field to test our kites and try out different techniques for flying them.

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Can you remember how we can find out which way the wind is blowing?

How was it best to stand to fly your kite, with the wind behind or in front of you?

Which way would make your kite fly for longer, by running or standing still?

Why not have a go at making your own kite at home, I would love to see your photos! Mrs Read 🙂