For our last Woodland Wander of the year we decided to make some Christmas presents for the birds after talking about the fact there wasn't as much food for them on the trees. We made bird feeders and decided where we would like to put them in our wildlife area. We finished off our chilly woodland wander with a delicious hot chocolate.
As today was out last Autumn woodland wander we decided to think about how much has changed since we first starting exploring the outside area. We drew pictures of what we could see, took photographs and also did leaf rubbings. We talked about how we weren't noticing as many animals and thought about why this might be. We added our pictures to 'Our Year Outside' display.
Today, now we have found all of the guardian elves, we ventured into our wildlife area for the first time. We talked about how we keep ourselves safe in this area when we are doing our woodland wanders and also continued learning our song about the guardian elves. We noticed that we could no longer see the floor because of all of the leaves so we decided to see if we could cover our parachute with them and then played parachute games, before playing in the leaves.
We found our last Guardian Elf today, Violet, who is in charge of the night sky. As we have now found all 7 of the Guardian Elves we went on a rainbow hunt to see if we could find objects outside to match the colour of each of the elves. We noticed that we only really found red, orange and yellow. We wondered why? Ettie said that it was because 'it's the colour of autumn'. There were also some things in our green box. Macey said 'they are evergreen plants'. We wondered when would be a good time to do another rainbow hunt. We decided that we would try again in the spring as the new flowers would be starting to grow and we would see if could find something for each of the elves.
It was a very wet and windy woodland wander this week so we put on our waterproofs and headed out (via the big puddle to see how big a splash we could make!). When we got on to the field we couldn't believe just how many mole hills there were. We counted 27! We wondered why we never saw any moles and some of us thought that it might be because moles come out at night time. We are going to find out more about that.
We found the next Guardian Elf today. Indigo! We learnt that Indigo is in charge of the weather. There was a note from Indigo asking us if we could sing 3 songs about the weather. We chose, 'the sun has got his hat on', 'rain, rain go away' and 'I can sing a rainbow'. We noticed how many more leaves there were around our woodland base and used them to make leaf people. We had a bit of trouble as Indigo kept sending the wind to try and blow them away. We finished off by making an enormous leaf mole hill. We wondered if Indigo would be able to blow that down over night.
Today we headed off on our woodland wander and noticed our shadows on the playground. We decided to draw around our friends shadows and then see what happened to them after we had been off and explored. As we got around to our woodland base we noticed the blue guardian elf sitting in a boat. We learnt that blue looks after the rain and talked about just how important the rain is to us. We then decided to make our own boats out of the natural things we could find. We tried different sized leaves and then added berries to see how many they would hold. We we arrived back at our chalking people we were very surprised to find that our shadows had moved. Some of us thought that it was because the sun had moved. We wondered if they would have moved again by the end of the school day and we wanted to check at home time.
This week we enjoyed some more splashing in the puddles after a very wet weekend. Today we had some clues as to the next guardian elf we were going to meet. From the clues we thought we would meet green and also because that is the next colour of the rainbow. We were right! We found green hiding in some ivy and learnt that green looks after everything that grows in the ground. We played a memory game today. Mrs Oates had found some different natural objects around our woodland base and then challenged us to remember what she had found and go and find the same. We finished by singing happy birthday to some of our friends who were turning 5.
Today we met another one of the Guardian Elves, Yellow! We learnt that yellow is for the sun that shines down on us, giving us light and helping everything grow. Yellow left us a note to help us find her which had a picture of a sun mandala on it so we decided to make her a sun mandala of her own from things we found around our woodland base. We found feathers for the middle and lots of yellow and orange leaves. We used conker shells for around the outside and then made the rays of the sun using lots of different sized sticks. We sang 'The sun has got his hat on' and as we did the sun came out from behind the clouds so we had fun playing with our shadows.
This week it had been raining so we put on our wellies and waterproofs and went on a puddle hunt! We also found some lovely squelchy mud to walk through as we wandered around the field. We met the next guardian elf this week, Orange! Orange's job is to help look after the soil to help us grow the things we need. We decided to go for a dig in the mud and we found some wiggly worms.
This week we met the first of our Guardian Elves. We met Red who helps care for all of the animals. Red left us a little note to help us find her and she was hiding in a tree. We found some mole hills and found out how they manage to live under the ground. We also found a clue that rabbits had been on the field, rabbit poo! We thought that Red would like to know about the animals that visit our school. We had a challenge to try and find 3 leaves that were each a different colour. We managed to find 1 leaf that had three colours on it. We also collected things that we are going to use in our Autumn Cafe.
We had our first woodland wander. We put on our wellies and headed out to our woodland base where we firstly talked about some important rules that would help keep us safe when we did our woodland wander each week. We talked about seasons and we wondered what season we were in at the moment. Some children thought that it was Autumn and we decided that we would go and hunt for clues to help us find out if they were right. We were given an egg box each and we challenged ourselves to find 10 different things to go inside. When we were walking around, collecting our treasures, we spotted an apple tree and decided to pick some apples which we turned into a delicious apple crumble the next day.