Whenever opportunities arise in forest school, the children are quick to offer a helping hand and/or words of encouragement to each other. This shows an increasing awareness of their own capabilities and understanding the needs of others. It is so rewarding to observe the children supporting each other spontaneously.
Class 1 and 2 have enjoyed a variety of forest school crafts and artisan activities this term, from buddleia beads to clay boggarts (the old mythical name for goblins!), using a range of natural materials. This has encouraged intrinsic motivation and manual dexterity and also allowed the children to follow their own ideas and creativity.
Class 1 are aware that most of the planting and development of our Forest School site has been done by Class 2, so they were very excited to be able to plant a Silver Birch tree, just inside the entrance gate, to mark the final part of creating our forest school. In addition to this, each child also planted a bulb around the tree. Being involved in the planting and development of the site helps the children to foster a natural curiosity and interest of the forest school environment and to take an active part in it's care.
There are always jobs to do to make sure that the forest school site is kept growing and developing in a healthy way for all the flora and fauna within it. Class 2 are eager participants and love to plant, support, fix and nurture. This means they become totally invested in the site and are able to use their initiate, problem solve and develop their own skills in a variety of ways.
Class 1 spent time collecting a range of natural materials from around the forest school site, then created their own amazing transitional art. The end results were inspirational!
Class 2 used oil pastels to create their own contemporary impression of the Pentecost. This artwork was then presented to Reverend Brook, when he came in to school to talk about what the Pentecost means to Christians, as part of this term's Religious Education learning.
Many congratulations to our cricket team who won the Gold medal for Lydford Primary School recently. This was at a small schools cricket tournament held at Hatherleigh Cricket Club. What a fabulous achievement. Well done, everyone!
As part of Class 2's history project on the industrial revolution, the children enjoyed a visit to Coldharbour Textile Mill and working Wool Museum in Uffculme, East Devon. It really brought their learning to life; they experienced the cottage industry of wool weaving through to the intensely noisy and busy factory environment of the steam powered weaving looms.
The Industrial Reveloution, Georgia O'Keeffe, poety and more.
All children are expected to complete the following each week:
Homework projects / spelling / times tables: Activities and projects will be set half termly. Homework tasks consolidate learning taking place in school. Studies have shown that home learning can be extremely important in a child’s cognitive development.
The children will get more out of the homework projects if they apply themselves correctly and these are designed to encourage creativity. Children who rush their projects and do not spend an appropriate time on them will not gain the benefits of our homework policy.
Project homework tasks are for EVERY child to engage in. Choose one task to complete this half term and another to complete next half term. Please bring all homework into school on or before Monday 18th October so that it can be displayed and celebrated on Thursday 21st from 9-9.15 in the school hall, to which you are all welcome.
Thank you for the ongoing support with your child’s home learning,