Wychwood School: on the way out?!

wychwoodschoolfun with autumn leavesOutdoor learning
We are so fortunate in having a Forest School on the school site and we have extended our curriculum to include Outdoor Learning for our KS1 children.

Forest School takes place in all weathers: hats and sun-cream are needed in the summer and layers of warm clothes, waterproofs and wellington boots in the winter. Forest School is teaching our younger children about risks and how to evaluate them. They are taught how to build and add fuel to a fire, cook and make drinks, and climb trees. They get to build dens, go on bug-hunts, work with an adult to learn to use tools and make fantastic things with twigs, sticks and leaves. By allowing them to take these measured risks it is helping to prepare them for making choices when they are older and teaching them to be actively responsible for themselves.

Outdoor Learning is a bit more structured and is led by the topic the children are studying. For example, they have been looking at seasons so last autumn they made some leaf pictures with the different coloured leaves they could find. They had been learning about explorers and made boats like Shackleton might have used on his expeditions and sailed them in puddles. Stickman is a book loved by many of the children so they made their own stickmen and took them on adventures around the school grounds. There are also some team-building activities in which communication is important when trying to complete a task. In the winter the sessions end with hot chocolate and a discussion on the learning they have been doing.

Indoor learning
The teaching of Maths has certainly developed since I was at school so we have produced some videos which can be found on the school website (www.wychwood-pri.oxon.sch.uk, click on ‘School Information’ and find ‘Maths Homework’ from the drop-down menu). Our parents have found these very useful in supporting their children with their maths homework.

Thank you
On Wednesdays in term time Vicar Geoffrey and a band of willing helpers take an ‘Open the Book’ assembly. They enact stories from the Bible, knowing that a visual recollection of the story helps them to remember. We thank everyone who takes part – the children really enjoy them.

Julie Hemming

February – March 2020