This year the children will be participating in weekly Squirrel School sessions. In each session the children will be developing their characteristics of effective learning; Playing and exploring, Active learning, Creating and thinking critically
The children will work in groups alongside an adult each session. They will work with their group for three weeks, developing their ideas each week and sharing their mini projects with the whole class in the fourth week.
The artists will work alongside our Atelierista, Jo, who will guide the children to develop their artistic expression and techniques.
The Story Tellers
The children will work alongside Amy, developing a community of listening and sharing ideas.
The children will work alongside their Class teacher, exploring the outside world and developing their tool skills, bush craft, and scientific exploration.
The explorers have been developing their ability to use tools safely and effectively. They have been whittling sticks to remove the bark and also using a hack saw to cut them to size. We have discussed what we might need to create a fire, the children decided that they will need sticks and leaves, but they were wet at Squirrel School. Therefore, the children got a bag and collected some leaves and sticks to dry out at school. In addition, the children have been practising using the flints to create a fire as in the coming weeks they will be creating their own camp fire to cook food.
The children shared the story 'The Leaf Man'. They explored the leaves to find out how they could be used to create art. "We could use the leaves to paint with. We could use their stems because it’s like a paintbrush". following weeks the children returned to Squirrel School, using the leaves as a tool for mark making and exploring the use of mud as a media. As the children made observations of the leaves whilst painting, they began to explore colour mixing to match the autumnal shades they could see.
The story tellersThe story tellers decided upon their project when at Squirrel School, using the natural environment to stimulate their creativity and imagination. They drew upon their own experiences of exciting times and combined language and movement to create a play based on watching fireworks around a campfire.
The whole class came together in our fourth week to share the work that they have been doing in their groups with the rest of the class. The Explorers used their skills they had practised and created a fire to cook the food. The Story Tellers went first and performed to the rest of the children. The Artists then went on to share their art project using leaves as a mark making tool. The Explorers prepared and shared bread cooked on the campfire with a deliciously warming drink of hot chocolate.
Overall School: 96.6% - Every day counts!