Last week was Year One Outdoor Week. It really is one of the highlights of our year and the children were so excited to get stuck in. Throughout the week, we were lucky enough to have the scout leaders come and join us to lead three special activities; shelter building, tracking and cooking. The children learnt lots of great skills such as knot tying, essentials for shelter, what symbols mean when tracking and how to build a fire. Equally, they got to see their skills of team work, determination, perseverance and many more in action. So many of the children loved testing out whether their shelters had worked and whether or not the weather would mean we got a little wet. Tracking around Chineham was so much fun, especially jumping out on everyone when we were found. The sausages and marshmallows were definitely the favourite of the week though. The scout leaders really were wonderful at getting the children to be active and involved in their learning - how lucky we are that they take the time to visit us.
When we were not with the scouts, the children took part in a huge range of activities. We searched for minibeasts all around our woods and outside grounds, we drew snapshot sketches of small and detailed parts of our grounds, we wrote minibeast riddles, we created a 'listening map' of what sounds we could hear outside and much, much more. The children had lots of opportunities to get a little adventurous with their learning and test out their ability to problem solve and communicate effectively with eachother.
The children were so enthusiastic and happy to get involved with all of the activities - possibly coming home a little bit more mucky than when they arrived! Thank you again to everyone involved in putting Outdoor Week together and well done children for your fantastic learning.