Over the last few weeks Seedlings and Heathcote children have been spending lots of time in the Nature garden.
We have a great new book called
‘Forest School Adventures – Outdoor skills and play for children’ by Naomi Walmsley & Dan Westall
This book is really interesting and has some great ideas which we have already put into practice.
Here is a quote from the book which we wanted to share with you
The Importance of play in Nature
”Research confirms that interacting with nature nurtures children’s creativity promotes good health, raises vitamin levels, inspires problem-solving and builds confidence”
Nature can be used within both playground and a classroom activities.
We have been exploring the Nature Garden starting off our session by sitting in our log circle, talking about the safety roles and what we will be doing in our session.
We have done lots of clever learning as well as having lots of fun! We have made large nests by working together collecting sticks feathers leaves soil and grass and weaving and binding them together.
We have made animal dens using large sticks and remembering how to transport them safely dragging them behind us and covering the end with our hand. We used string and tape to bind them together and make it secure, we then added more grass and twigs to camouflage the house to make the animals feel safe. We have also enjoyed making stick towers and structures using a range of different sized sticks.
We went on a nature hunt and all found items we wanted to share with the group at the end of the activity once back in our log circle. The children confidently stood up and talked in front of their peers. We found some great things and used good descriptive and mathematical language when describing what we had found. One child had found a leaf and described it as looking like a star, another child found a stone and said “It’s a dinosaur tooth!’ whilst another child found some bark and we talked about how we can make paper from trees.
We have all loved our outdoor learning this week, we hope you like our photos!