YEAR 2BL AUTUMN 2013 at Stannington Infant School
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Stannington Infant School
Stannington Road, Sheffield S6 6AN
0114 234 4401


Week 1

• Science
• Unpacking our Forest School rucksack
• What do owls eat?
• To build a bug hotel
• To make a collage of the place the Tylwyth Teg live
• Today was Roald Dahl day, some children dressed as characters from his books.

Our Science is to understand the differences between living, non-living and things that were once alive. We named something that is living, non-living and something that was once alive that can be found in our school grounds. We understand that animals move, feed grow and use their senses. 

Unpacking our Forest School rucksack. Children took it in turns to remove and describe an item related to Forest School. For example: 

• First Aid kit – health and safety.
• Gloves- personal protective clothing 

Our Forest School sites and activities are risk-assessed in order to facilitate our children’s risk-taking. It is important for our children to learn to assess and take manageable risks while keeping themselves safe. Unpacking our rucksack gives the children time to discuss basic safety rules and why they need to stick to them. 

Finding out what owls eat. Our children carefully dissect owl pellets to find out what the owls have eaten. We looked at Barn owl and Tawny owl pellets. 

Bug Hotels: At this time of year we need to think about how the animals and insects in our grounds prepare for their winter hibernation. Each group made a section of our bug hotel. When they were finished we put them all together to make a cosy winter home for our garden insects. 

“The Door in the Mountain “ is this term’s oral story, we used this as a stimulus for our art work. What do you think is behind the door? Children’s ideas were recorded to be used back in the classroom. The children used natural materials to make a collage of the place the Tylwyth Teg live. Everyone contributed and added their own ideas. We discussed how to develop the collage and finally we had made Tylwyth Tegs Island.

Today is Roald Dahl's birthday.  Some of the children dressed as characters from his books.

Week 2

As a ‘warm up’ we played a game on the field …… then it was into our groups!

This week in science we talked about mini-beasts - where they live/why they live there. Our key words were:

Habitat Adapt Environment

Following on from our ‘Door In The Mountain’ story, we made boats for Betsi using our own designs and natural materials – most of which we found in the garden! Holly even made oars using berries and sticks. WOW ! We tested them to see if they would float – and most of them did.

Each group did some cooking, collecting berries and apples from the garden to chop up and stew. Yum!

Den building was given a new theme this week – The Tylwyth Teg.(Little People) – so they had to be small. Alex made a ‘Tylwyth Teg Tent’!

We also went on a ‘mini-beast’ hunt with Neville around school. Alfie was fascinated by the fly they found moving in a spider web.

Another VERY BUSY week – and it didn’t rain!

Week 3

In science our topic has been plants. We looked at a selection of plants and talked about the similarities and differences.

Our key words are: root, stem, seed, flower, leaf, bud, petal, soil, water, sun.

The Dragon theme has been continued in our groups. We designed and made musical instruments from natural materials to represent our Dragon group names.

Our art ‘project’ was to create a large scale dragon on our canvas using things we found in the garden. Can you guess what kind of dragon we did? We changed it a few times!!!

As a follow-up to our science, Neville took us around school to look at the plants in our environment. We collected some fruits and seeds too then examined and drew them! Wow! Some of us also did a plant or animal survey.

Linking to our work last week on mini-beasts we collected snails from the garden and then RACED them!!!! Some were fast, some didn’t move… Some were VERY small.

We also built nests for Dragon eggs and painted using juice from berries we had collected.

To end our day we read a story about a dragon and played a game on the field in the sun.

Week 4

In science our topic this week was habitats. We recapped on what a habitat was and then thought about our school garden and why it is important. We also talked about the different habitats in the garden and then went to look at them. Some of us were able to say WHY they were good habitats.

Our key words: habitat adapt environment animal

Linking to our science topic, Neville and Lucy worked with us in groups to create a habitat for a chosen animal or mini-beast. The results were AMAZING – and all the creatures seemed happy with their homes !!!!

As we have been learning about castles in class, our ‘Art project’ this week was to create a castle on the large canvas using natural materials. We even made a draw bridge that worked. Can you spot the portcullis?

Mrs Gillott worked with groups to finish their Tylweth Teg puppets using the bow saw and THEN started cooking. Can you spot any of the ingredients???

Amy’s mum worked with groups to talk about plants and then plant them around school. Then we played the ‘woodcutter game’ to remind us of the importance of trees for the environment.

To end our day we tasted the potatoes we had peeled and cooked.

Week 5

This was the first visit to our Forest School site at the farm. We set off on a walk through the mist. We walked through fields and climbed over stiles and looked for differences between our school grounds and the farm.

Our science is forces. We are looking at push/pull linking it to how draw bridges work.

We talked about how to make a bow and then worked together to make them.

Our challenge was to make a drawbridge or a portcullis out of natural materials.

We found different minibeasts in the forest. Caterpillars and ants.

Going down the not so muddy mud slide is still a favourite. What force are we using?

We finished with hot chocolate and marshmallows. A lovely end to a fun day.


Week 6

Sadly 2BL has had their final Forest School sessions at Stannington Infants – but what an amazing few weeks they had!

They used their outdoor sessions to bring the science of habitats and mini-beasts to life as well as thinking about the push and pull forces they were using in their different forest school activities.

The oral story of The Door in the Mountain was created in a large scale art image made from natural materials and this large scale canvas was then used to design a castle with a moving portcullis and drawbridge in another session and then a dragon in a later session!

Mrs Gillott was the ‘cookery leader’ and helped 2BL make several dishes over their 6 sessions – from fruit compote using fruit picked in the garden to pumpkin soup - and they all tasted delicious.

They also planted, built dragon dens and traps, made bows and arrows to fight ‘The Jabberwocky’ and created shields from natural materials to protect themselves.

And the best would have to be sitting round the fire at Mrs Simpsons farm drinking hot chocolate and eating marsh mallows...or maybe it was the bows and arrows...or the bug hunting...or the art.....!!!

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