YEAR 1A SPRING 2013 at Stannington Infant School
"A friendly, creative, environment for learning together"
Stannington Infant School
Stannington Road, Sheffield S6 6AN
0114 234 4401


Y1A took part in Forest Schools on a Friday during the second half of the Spring Term

Week 1

We split into groups to do different activities. We made minibeasts out of clay and wrote about ladybirds.  We used an information book to find out about minibeasts and drew and recorded facts about them.

Finding facts out about our minibeasts: We found out that a snail can cover 50 metres in one hour.  We used a tape measure to measure 50 metres and then we strode out across the playground.  We all have a different length stride.

We all enjoyed minibeast hunting.  We are very careful when we find minibeasts and always put them back where we find them.

Our science this week is forces.  We watched and recorded our friends using a bow saw.  Push, pull, push, pull.

Deer Ears help us become more sensitive to sounds and the direction they are coming from.  As soon as we hear "deer ears" we cup our hands behind our ears to capture more sound.

Week 2

We were very excited about our science activity.  We talked about the forces needed for a volcano to erupt, we call it a natural force.

How to make a volcano:  Mrs Ashley put bicarbonate of soda into the middle of the volcano.  Then she added vinegar.  It starts to bubble up................and bubble up.  Look at the lava exploding into life.  Wow, what fun we have learning.

We used a straw and ping pong ball to see who's ball moves the quickest by blowing the ball through the straw.

Our next challenge was to plant a broad bean seed and record what it needs to grow.  We looked at different seeds.  We had to plant them 5cm down in the soil.  We filled our plant pots with compost and used a pencil with a mark at 5cm to measure how deep to plant our seed.  The pots were labelled so we knew which pot was ours.

Our Growth Project

All the children have taken their seeds home and have been asked to keep a diary to record the seed's growth.  Next term the children will be asked to bring their beans back to school for us to see how they have grown.  Recording what seeds need to grow and comparing this with what we need to grow healthily.

We used an information book to find out about the different habitats of mini beasts.  We made a habitat for different minibeasts: a nest, a home for a wood louse.

Finding out how tall our trees are:  Most trees in this area grow on inch to their circumference every year.  If you divide the total circumference by one inch you have the trees age.  With a measuring tape, measure from the ground up to 1.5 metres.  Mark the 1.5 metre line on the tree with chalk.  Measure round this line and divide this number by 2.5 cm to get the age of the tree.  A tree with a 45cm circumference is 18 years old.

A big thank you to our Grandads and Dads for putting up our new polly tunnel.  Now we can plant our seeds and keep them warm.

Week 3

Tree planting on a very foggy Friday!  Today we are planting trees kindly given to us.  We were given a safety talk and then we looked at the trees.  Three very kind volunteers dug very big holes to plant the trees in.  We put manure into the holes to feed the trees. 

We worked in teams to plant the trees.  First we unwrapped the tree and talked about the parts of a tree.  The tree had to be rolled round and round until it was lined up with the hole.  In it goes!  One, two, three up she goes!  We all helped to get the tree in place.  Now the hard work starts!

We made a hole with a crow bar for the stakes and used a post knocker to knock the post into the ground.  We used spades to put the soil back around the trees and then put wood chip around the trees to stop weeds and keep moisture in.

We used a screw and washer to hold the rubber strapping in place to support the tree.  Then used a driver to drive a screw into the post.  We all took turns.

Week 4 - Den Building

In our groups we talked about how we would like our dens to look.  Next we designed our dens.  We dug a hole to put a support in and put a cover on our den to keep the rain out.  All our dens were different: round dens, tepee dens, some dens had a door and a fire outside, one was low and cosy.

Science: floating and sinking.  We predicted what would float or sink and recorded our findings.

The Gruffalo: using our senses.  We listened to the story of the Gruffalo and played games after each section of the story.

Fox-  relay race to find  “jewels” hidden in the grass. Different coloured beads were collected by each team (sight).

Owl – children sit quietly for a few minutes and describe what they hear (hearing)

Snake – smelly cocktails. Collect natural materials grass, leaves, flowers and mix with a stick. Add magic water (food essences) and hay presto it smells good (smell).

Week 5

Our last day of Forest Schools.  Snow can't stop us! We walked on the fresh snow and looked at our footprints.  We all made snow angels.  Neville and Evie made angels at the side of each other.  We found out that two of Evie's height angels made one of Neville's height.

We cleared to snow off the trees so it doesn't fall on our dens.  We know how to carry wood in a safe way and worked well together.  We were very cosy in our dens.

We looked very carefully for animal tracks in the snowand identified the tracks; deer, fox, badger?

To keep us warm we made giant snowballs.  They got bigger and bigger! We gathered our snowballs and Neville and Barry put them on top of each other starting with the biggest.  One, two, three, four, five, six.......we made a snow totem pole.

Thank you to everyone who made our Forest School so special, from 1A.

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