Outdoor Learning Summer 1

posted 23 May 2019, 15:04 by Lisa Wells   [ updated 28 May 2019, 04:47 ]
Understanding the World and our local environment
Week 1
Making Birds nest and matching birds with their eggs.
This week we were thinking about spring, birds nest and investigating the different colour eggs that our birds lay.
The children were able to explore a crows nest and small robin nest. They looked at the similarities and differences between the nests, and then we looked at how the birds had made their nests and what materials they had used. We saw that they had used sticks that were different thickness and shapes, also they had used straw and feathers. The children were also able to see how the nests were held together with mud. The children were then given 2 activities to complete . The first was the make their own birds nest, they used clay, sticks and other materials they could find lying about outside. They tried weaving their sticks together and  mixed up mud to help fix their nests together . We decided that making birds nests was very tricky and that birds are very clever.
The second activity was to match a picture of a bird with the pictures of  their eggs hidden around the outside area. The children learnt that each bird has a different colour egg.

Week 2
Looking for signs of Spring .... We're going on a Spring Hunt !

With spring well under way the children went on a spring investigation . They took with them; an identification sheet, binoculars and their magnifying glasses. We heard lots of birds, found new shoots, flowers and lay down under trees to see how high they stretched into the sky.

Week 3

Grow Grow Grow.

This week the children were gardeners, and we started adding some plants to our outside area. They listened to a story called 'Eddie's garden' and then used tyres and herbs to plant their own gardens. When they had finished planting their herbs the children then sowed some cress seeds in individual pots. They drew faces on the pots as they hope the cress will grow and look like hair sprouting .

Week 4

Exploring and using a variety of materials, tools and techniques

Down on the Farm

This week the children made their own farms. They were given a tray, soil, grass seeds and clay. Using their imagination and creative skills they made their own farms, these included trees, fencing and farm animals . 

Week 5

Exploring and using a variety of materials, tools and techniques

Bees, butterflies and Ladybirds

This week the children made their own mini-beasts out of Elder wood. I talked the children about the Elder tree, we looked at its bark and felt how rough it was. We then looked at pictures of an Elder tree and how we can identify it in the spring with its white blossom and in the autumn  with its berries. They then listened to a poetry book that identified all the different mini beasts that may be hiding in the garden.

To make their mini-beasts the children were given a wooden disc with pre drilled holes. They had to decide if to make a butterfly, bubble bee or ladybird. The children looked at pictures to make sure they were using the right colours and markings.

Week 6

Understanding the world and our local environment.

Sunflowers and Peas
This week we re-read  'Eddie's garden' and using inspiration from his story planted our own peas and sunflowers. 
The first group of children helped to move the wooden planting frame from the car park area. 
A big thanks to growing club for letting us have this frame
Then all the children in FS2 took turns in filling the frame with compost. We then carefully took the seedlings from their pots and planted them into the soil. We were able to see the seeds that the seedlings had sprouted from and the roots of the new plant. The children worked in pairs to dig a hole then carefully place the seedling into it without damaging its roots or stem. They found that using their hands, instead of their trowel, to cover the roots of the seedlings was the best method. To help the seedlings grow straight the children found some sticks and gently pushed them into the soil. The job was then finished off by a giving the seedlings a good drink of water. 
The other activity the children did was plant their own sunflowers. They looked carefully at the seeds and saw that some seeds were black and some had stripes, we're wondering if the seeds will grow different types of sunflowers? They then put soil into their pot and gently pushed the seed into the compost. The children drew a sunflower face and stuck it on to their pot. 
The children remembered how Eddie grew his sunflower, that it needs sunlight, water and compost. The adults in FS2 would love to see the children's sunflowers growing at home. Perhaps you could email us some pictures to share.