This week we have been fascinated with nature. The children were curious about a few holes on site and wondered if they were snake holes. This has led into a journey of learning through observation and investigation, thinking about British snakes, sharing knowledge, stories and research about Adders, our most venomous snake in the UK.
It is fascinating for me to watch as the children engage in a spontaneous learning journey inspired by nature influencing play, circle times, acknowledgements of each other, sit spot and nature journalling all focussed around snakes and adders. Love their curiosity, passion, drive and energy when something captures their imaginations and they drive their knowledge and experience forward individually and collaboratively.
This week we have enjoyed:
- Practising 'Owl Eyes', our peripheral vision for nature observation and tracking
- Moving through nature quietly, smoothly and fully alert, a technique called ''Fox walking'
- Inventing a game to practice our 'fox walking' technique
- Visualising what we wanted to create for our Interest Led Projects
- An Aesop fable about Androcles and the Lion
- Discussion on how you have to be brave to be kindness sometimes
- Shared ways we have been or received kindness this week
- Started our Nature Journals
- Learnt the scientific skill of logging Day/Date/Place/Time/Weather/Compass Direction on each entry of our journals
- Practising using our 'Minds Eye', memorising details of something and recalling it
- Shannon's presentation on Helicopters and Planes
- Lots of play on the wooden platform together, collaborative games and laughter
- Caspar's food share of his favourite 'energy balls', yummy