At school we spend a lot of time learning outside the classroom and we are fortunate to have fantastic grounds and surrounding countryside to do this in. However, we had lots of fun during Empty Classroom Day taking all of our learning outdoors including a lunchtime picnic and open-air assembly.
Reception and Year 1 are learning about growing this term and went outside to look at trees. They talked about parts of a tree and compared to parts of a flower. They then made bark rubbings and compared them. They finished their lesson with a tree quiz. They also spent a lot of other time outside during phonics and literacy. In the afternoon the children who will be starting school in September joined us outside.
Years 2, 3 and 4 worked together for most of the day. They started the day with a session of drama based around our learning of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The children acted the comedy and tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe. They performed inside a circle to represent the Globe Theatre and thought about how plays were performed in the open air. The second session was mathematical learning around the theme of symmetry and tessellation. The children collected natural resources from around the school grounds to create their own designs. The afternoon was spent on natural art work and the children enjoyed using a variety of drawing materials to create observational drawings. Some children chose to create characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Years 5 and 6 were on the last day of their Residential where they spent the whole week outside. Take a look at Mrs Kaye’s Residential Blog for the ins and outs of their trip. There are some great photos also.