🌲 Forest Schools 🌲

Recently in Sapphire class we have been enjoying Forest Schools sessions with Sarah and Matt from Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust.

Our first job of the day was to warm ourselves up. We warmed up by playing Winter Dragons. To be the dragon, we had to show Sarah our scary dragon faces and do the loudest dragon roar possible. This game helps us to warm up our bodies on a cold autumn morning.

Our first activity of the day was a scavenger hunt. Sarah gave us instructions such as “find something soft” and our job was to hunt around to find something that matched that description. The only rule was that everything must be natural, not man made.

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Next, we had a go at making fire ourselves. We used a flint and steel and had to strike the flint with the steel to make a spark, then we had to try and land the spark on some cotton wool to make fire! This was our favourite part of the morning.

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After making fire, we worked together in teams to build a shelter. We used the materials that we could find in the secret garden and some big plastic sheets from Sarah and Matt.

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Our afternoon task was to build an obstacle course that we could use in our session today. We used some of the skills that we had learnt previously such as our den building skills and using the tarpaulins to create tunnels for us to scramble through.

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Our final job was to toast marshmallows by the fire. We had to used a willow stick to pierce the marshmallow on the end and then come up to the fire in small groups. It was tricky to make sure that marshmallow didn’t get too close to the fire otherwise it would have caught alight.

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We would like to say a massive thank you to Sarah and Matt from Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust for coming to work with us. We have loved working with you and have learnt so much.

 

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Special Mentions

Leading in Learning – Bronze – Henrique Da Costa

This week in Literacy we have been writing descriptions of the cave from our book Stone Age Boy. Henrique completed a fantastic piece of writing and used lots of amazing vocabulary. Henrique even created this sentence to describe how he was feeling walking into the cave:

‘The more I walked into the cave, the more my fear grew like flames in my stomach.’

Excellent Effort – Bronze – Eva-Lee Petch

Eva-Lee is always hard working, but Mr Little has been particularly impressed with the effort she has shown this week. Sapphire class have been looking at investigations in maths this week and Eva-Lee found this a little tricky at first but she persevered and showed determination to find a solution to the problem. Keep up your fantastic attitude to learning.

Charming Citizenship – Bronze – Ethan Ncube

Ethan has impressed everyone recently with his amazing attitude. Ethan has been working hard on making sure he is always doing the right thing. He has been polite, hardworking and kind in class and can now be relied on to be a sensible role model to others in the classroom. Keep it up Ethan, we all love your mature attitude!

Boccia

On Thursday we enjoyed another boccia session with our coaches.

Boccia is a Paralympic sport that tests muscle control and accuracy. Players propel balls to land close to a target ball. Two sides compete as individuals, pairs or as a team of three over a set number of ends

We have loved learning to play boccia, some of us have even asked our parents for a boccia set so we can play at home!

Stone Age Houses

Sapphire class received another email from our friend Stone Age Boy this week. Stone Age Boy explained that his friend OM’s village had been destroyed by a storm and all the houses had been destroyed.

We told Stone Age Boy that we would write him some instructions of how to make a Stone Age House so that he could help to rebuild OM’s village. But before we could write some instructions we needed to have a go at making a Stone Age house for ourselves.

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And here are some of our finished houses…

What Makes a Balanced Diet?

This half term our science topic is ‘animals including humans’. This afternoon we have been looking at what makes up a balanced diet.

We learnt that a balanced diet is made up of five food groups:

  1. Fruits and Vegetables
  2. Carbohydrates
  3. Dairy
  4. Proteins
  5. Fats and Sugars

Fruits and vegetables and carbohydrates should make up the biggest part of our diet. Fats and sugars should be the smallest part but still make up an important part of our diet.

Our task was to sort foods into the five food groups. We enjoyed this task as it challenged us to think carefully about where each food belongs.

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