Outdoor Learning

Forest School and Duke of Edinburgh

utdoor Learning Classroom– Tom Spendlove

Topic Message:

Welcome to North Ridge’s Outdoor Classroom! All of the pupils at North Ridge will have an opportunity through the year to experience outdoor Learning in a safe environment in which they will be free to explore and investigate. This half term will allow for the pupils to become more aware of their surroundings and learn how to have safe experiences in a natural environment. We will also be linking in lots of topic work; Primary classes will look at There’s No Place Like Home, where they will get to build shelters and dens for bugs, mammals, themselves and even our very own Forest School Fairies! The Secondary classes will become nature detectives, helping to investigate all of the different goings on in our outdoor space!

Week Commencing 22.11.21

It’s just a short blog for outdoor learning this week, as all of the classes have been using their time outside to film their parts for the school Christmas production! We’ve filmed songs and stories, that will all be put together in a giant nativity montage. The outdoor classroom lends itself well to being a stable, and it’s been great seeing wise men and shepherds walking around the area! We can’t wait for everyone to see the finished product.

 

Outdoor Learning Classroom– Tom Spendlove

Topic Message:

Welcome to North Ridge’s Outdoor Classroom! All of the pupils at North Ridge will have an opportunity through the year to experience outdoor Learning in a safe environment in which they will be free to explore and investigate. This half term will allow for the pupils to become more aware of their surroundings and learn how to have safe experiences in a natural environment. We will also be linking in lots of topic work; Primary classes will look at There’s No Place Like Home, where they will get to build shelters and dens for bugs, mammals, themselves and even our very own Forest School Fairies! The Secondary classes will become nature detectives, helping to investigate all of the different goings on in our outdoor space!

Outdoor Learning at North Ridge has had a strong focus on UK landmarks this week! The pupils have learned about different man-made landmarks, and even had a go at creating their own interpretation of them whilst outside. Among others, we’ve had some amazing representations of places such as Tower Bridge, Stonehenge, The London Eye, Blackpool Tower, The Angel of the North and Big Ben! The pupils have loved trying to recreate these landmarks, and they confidently went forward trying to make the biggest model possible. There was some excellent communication and teamwork involved throughout. Well done everyone!
Star of The Week goes to Isaac in Mole Class, as he impressed everyone with his knowledge of capital cities!
WOW moment goes to Mae in Otter Class, for her amazing representation of The Angel of the North.

 

Week Commencing: 8.11.21
The pupils at North Ridge have had a creative week this week, as we have been making and labelling mini landscapes! Some classes have worked in groups to make a landscape on the ground, and other classes have made slightly smaller ones in the style of the Japanese art of “Bonkei” which literally translates as ‘tray landscape’. The pupils have used their imagination to make natural geographical features such as rivers, mountains, beaches and forests, and man-made features such as towns, cities, farms and even ports!
Star of the Week for Outdoor Learning is for May, Simran, Harmony and Zara, as they worked together to create a superb mini-landscape that could have been based on a scene from the Lake District!
Our WOW moment was for Tim in Deer Class, as he stayed engaged throughout a session and even learned how to make a sandcastle!

 

Week Commencing 01/11/21

Well, we definitely know that it’s autumn now! Yes, the weather has started to turn for the worse; there are definitely more hats and scarves being worn! However, our pupils at North Ridge are proving to be a hardy bunch that can’t wait to get outside and explore, regardless of the wind or rain! This week has seen a shift in focus for the Outdoor Learning; we’re now all about Geography. The main activity most classes have done this week is to make a map of the Forest School out of natural materials. We’ve looked at the shapes involved, and the location of objects in relation to one and other. Pupils have chosen different natural materials to best represent the fences, stools, and fire pit, as well as other objects out there. This has allowed our pupils to challenge their own perspective of the immediate environment, and to think critically about the choices they could make. All of the pupils have really enjoyed watching the physical maps take shape, and they have made some really accurate creations. Some of the younger or more sensory classes have still been able to practice manipulating natural materials to play games or make shapes. We’ve had some excellent independent stacking from Sam in Deer Class which was our WOW moment!

Star of the Week goes to Will in Squirrel Class, for his excellent attention to detail and double checking for accuracy during his map making.

 

Week Commencing 27th September

The weather has been a deciding factor this week for Outdoor Learning! For those classes that weren’t graced with a heavy downpour or blustery winds we could still go out and explore. Beaver Class were making the journey sticks this week, as they had had a good practice using the loppers the week before. Fox and Rabbit Class were painting with natural paintbrushes and making creations in the mud kitchen. Mole and Deer Class were the groups that got caught out in the rain, so we explored their topic of ‘There’s No Place like Home’, focusing on how we can be comfortable in bad weather (the answer was making hot chocolate!) Otter Class were introduced to another tool: the billhook; they practiced working in pairs to chop firewood to stay warm. Squirrel Class were learning how to tie a clove hitch in order to tie sticks together in order to make a game of Naughts and Crosses. Seal Class had their story outside, and are beginning to find the confidence to explore the space and the different materials around them. Finally, Owl class need a special mention as their sessions are after this blog is submitted for the week, and they always get left out! The Owls have done some amazing exploring and investigation work, and have really taken ownership of building the bug hotels!

 

WOW moment goes to Deer Class for staying focused through the entire afternoon!

 

Stars of the Week go to Mckenzie Rigget in Beavers, Kenzi-Dean in Otters, and William and Brianne in Squirrels for all showing tremendous determination and tenacity when using a ferro rod to start a fire.

 

Week Commencing 20th September 2021

This week has seen the classes at North Ridge do lots of different things during Outdoor Learning. Primary classes have made traditional journey sticks that Native Americans and Aboriginal people used to help remember where they have travelled as well as be a visual aid when re-telling stories of their adventures. To make their journey sticks, pupils were introduced to loppers, and they were made aware of how to use them properly with a partner so that they were safe. This encourages lots of independent communication between peers.

Secondary classes also used tools, but they were using them to help recycle willow for the bug hotels! Before they worked on the bug hotels, secondary classes were out and about on mini beast hunts, looking around the Outdoor Classroom to see what they could find hiding under logs or in the trees!

Finally, a few classes were introduced to the infamous Kelly Kettle, as the weather will soon start to turn for the worst! When we’re still outside in the wind, rain and/or snow come winter, we’ll be able to have a warm drink to keep us comfortable!

 

WOW goes to Mole Class for their excellent listening skills during the safety tool talk and the Kelly Kettle demonstration

 

Stars of the Week goes to Lola Morton and Lilly Richmond, for their excellent interaction and creativity in the mud kitchen!

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