Little Acorns and Year 1 children were recently joined in the forest by someone special…Stickman! After being inspired by the story, the children decided to make their own version of Stickman using resources from the forest. Some of the children even took their Stickman home. As well as this, the children continued to have fun exploring the scramble net, adding to their dens from the previous week and creating mud sculptures (hedgehogs, dinosaurs, cows, pigs and goats).There was also lots of concentration, persevering and proud peacock moments with the fire lighting session, while lots of children perfected their sparks!
Little Acorns and Year 1 children have been continuing their forest school learning and the children’s focus shifted from mud to den building and fire lighting. The children discovered some newly created dens in the forest and took it upon themselves to enhance and develop them as well as create their own or turn them into their very own spaceship! Also, with a keen interest in lighting the fire, a small group of children were intrigued by John’s demonstration of how to start a fire without matches, and two had quite the knack and were able to light a piece of cotton wool on fire. Forest school was finished off with a special treat of toasting marshmallows and using the talking stick to share their best bits. Another amazing week and still more to come.
Little Acorns have been heading down to the forest with Big Acorns for the first time this term and it is safe to say they have been having a fantastic time. Nearly everyone was in need of a wash by the time they returned from their first visit, including the staff! The first session taught the children the forest boundaries and rules and allowed them time to explore their new classroom environment. There was a lot of fun had in the bog pits as well as children enjoying swinging in the hammock or clambering through the suspended scrambled net. The children loved eating around the camp fire and learnt important lessons about cleaning up rubbish and looking after the environment for the animals who lived there. We are all looking forward to seeing what our next sessions bring!
Little Acorns recently went on a school trip to Godinton House. Whilst they were there they got the opportunity to explore the gardens. They learned about the importance of bees and how they pollinate plants by pretending to be bees, stepping in different coloured chalks which represented the nectar. They also had a lot of fun pond dipping in the Italian Garden pond, finding and identifying pond life such as newts, mayfly nymph and water boatman to name just a few. They made use of the ‘Aqualab’ to identify what they had found in the pond and ended the day by playing around the most enormous tree!
Little Acorns celebrated the Royal Wedding on Friday. The children came to school in their special celebration clothes, we made crowns, wedding cake and celebrated with our Royal Picnic. After lunch the children had the opportunity to make Union Jack flags and play-doh crowns with jewels. The children were so excited and really enjoyed celebrating this historical event.
Congratulations to the special couple!
Little Acorns celebrated National Scratch Day a day early, as this year it was held on Saturday 12th May. Scratch is a programming language where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games and animations with people from all over the world. As programming is a new concept to the children in Little Acorns we spent time getting to understand giving commands and instructions to the class Beebots. We had children programming a Beebot to move around a race track, using the Beebot app on the iPads, using the computer Beebot mats to find different letter sounds and finally we had children giving commands to a child dressed up as a Beebot outside.
Little Acorns have been designing, preparing and making smoothies this week. They worked together as a group to plan a smoothie and then set about preparing and cutting up the fruit they needed, before whizzing it up in a blender and tasting their designs. We were very impressed by how carefully they prepared their fruit. The children have written a review about their tasty smoothie and this has gone up in the hall for everyone to see. Feel free to pop in after school and see their amazing writing!
Little Acorns buddy up with Big Acorns for a ‘Finding Out’ session on Friday afternoons and it is a pleasure to observe as it provides plenty of opportunities for social and emotional development for all of the children as well as communication and language. This week they have been exploring the dentist surgery, the dining room, the mud kitchen and a fantastic new castle that was kindly donated to us. We had some great conversations in the dental surgery as they booked people in for their appointments and the children had lots of dental advice to give, especially how important it is to brush your teeth. Over in the mud kitchen they were cooking up a ‘delicious’ buffet. Not forgetting a quick round of Duck, Duck, Goose and the creation of a beautiful piece of artwork using paint, fruits, vegetables and hands! They were certainly kept busy!
Little Acorns have been having lots of fun with bubbles. Who knew that as well as causing lots of smiles, giggles and fun there was also so much learning that could happen from a pot of bubbles! From one session of bubble blowing (and popping) we learnt about counting, adding and subtracting as the children counted the number of bubbles they could blow, adding all the bubbles together and subtracting them by popping them. We also spoke about more and less. Then as some children lost bubble mixture we had a few children sharing their own mixture so everyone could still keep blowing their bubbles. Finally, once the children ventured over to the water table with their bubble mixture the children discovered that the bubbles floated on the water and didn’t pop like they did when the bubbles landed on the floor.
Little Acorns were very lucky this morning as we had a special visit from the Cats Protection charity. We learnt all about how they help cats, what cats need to be happy and healthy and we even were told a story about how Lula adopted a cat. We knew lots about what cats need to be happy and healthy as we had a visit from Ella’s cat Bella this week, so we were able to answer lots of questions and the visitor was very impressed!