Thank you Cindy Adam's and Chris Tatchell who joined us today. Cindy showed us how to write agreements for our group to make it the best possibly group for all of us; kids, parents, facilitators and volunteers, taking into account our values and purpose at Littleton Mill. We all thought of what would make the group great and once we got the wording right on one agreement, we all had to say whether we could agree to it with a simple 'yes' or 'no'. If someone didn't agree then we ask them what they needed to be in place for them to be able to agree. It was important that we made sure everyone could agree with each statement on our agreement list. We will continue to make agreements for the rest of term where and when they are needed.
A team challenge of 'human knot'. They all worked together and didn't break the chain and very quickly solved the puzzle. Then a three of them were blindfolded to make it more difficult! This proved much more difficult...
Chris is an experienced gardener and is going to help us to create a kitchen garden. We walked around the space at Littleton Mill which we can use for our garden and asked Chris questions about what could grow, what things were and when. We then spent some time looking in gardening books and designing and planning our garden in the learning journals. Spaces we can use are some raised beds, large and small tyres and the poly tunnel. The children shared what fruits and vegetable we would like grow and Curtis picked a cucumber and we all tried it for a snack.
A foggy September start that ended in beautiful sunshine. Thanks Fran for joining us today and introducing the learning journals. She also facilitated the kids who wanted too, take home some caterpillars to take care of at home. We also decorated our own storage boxes, identified some trees in the ground with leaves and bark rubbings, sang sang songs and made up some actions to 'we are the earth' song Dean wrote of us. Lewella and Beth each lead the group to cross the Zambezi river with an new plan and strategy. Casper shared and taught us a game he loves, and now we all love called Ninja!
This morning we completed a team challenge: to get all the group across the Zambezi river, infested with crocodiles. We were thinking about the term ubuntu and that we succeeded when we were all across the river safe and sound. They identified how they had formulated a strategy, recognised problems, made a new plan and some agreements/rules were made between them, learn't from mistakes. They laughed a lot and had fun, working so well as a team, it was fun to watch. I especially enjoyed it when the cardboard was throw a bit far away and almost left the team stranded in the middle of the river. Some quick and divergent thinking saw the cardboard retrieved skilfully and everyone getting across the river safely. You did it!
Thanks to Paul who came and joined us today and bought in some caterpillars for us interact with, ask questions about and research using books and the tablet. We learnt how to look after them, what they eat and how they create a cocoon and become a butterfly. It was discovered that they will become cabbage white butterflies and therefore like to eat cabbages! We are excited to see how long this will take. Toby, Beth, Curtis and Caspar especially enjoyed handling the caterpillars and Toby found some more in the woods.
It was our first day in our learning space, there were lots of ideas of how to organised and decorate our space, Sam drew a plan with some of his ideas.
Here is our morning song which Dean taught us and wrote out so beautifully. We are singing it each morning and it has inspired lots of us to make up our own songs throughout the day. Curtis created one about the talking sticks and Beth about how we learn to discover and discover to learn.
Hello! What a great week we have had. Well done to everyone for making it such a wonderful time, kids, volunteers, facilitators and parents. A week of getting to know each other, getting to know the setting and space for our learning, getting to know some of the principles of Littleton Mill and how they work in practice; playing, discovery, singing, making, talking with the talking stick, cooking, fire lighting, den building, sharing and having fun. I have personally learnt so much already! Here are some pictures to remind us all of what we got up to. Its great to be on the journey of discovery with you all. What a wonderful group of young people you are. I look forward to getting to know you more over the coming term as we learn how to learn together, allowing our curiosity to practice the art of asking questions and empowering ourselves and others to discover and find answers to the questions we ask.