How lucky that at Hilton Primary Academy, groups of Year 1 children go to a near by woods, having access to wild experiences every week!
We’ve looked high and low; looking up into the trees and taking a closer look at what’s under our feet. We’ve followed our noses; sniffing things from moss, pine, plants and bare earth. We’ve chased sounds by listening carefully with eyes closed and mapped those sounds. We’ve heard the birds’ tweet and the wind blow, the trees rustle and the river flow.
Tucker “I heard the silent sound of the rain dropping”
Lucas “I heard the birds tweeting.”
Chelsea “I could hear the waterfall. drip drip dripping”
We’ve fallen in love with sticks and are great gathers of sticks, all kinds of sticks. Sticks can be something practical, a flicker, a poker, a shift-things-a-rounder. It provides a starting point for an active imagination and the raw materials for transformation into almost anything!
We experience all kinds of weathers, sometimes all at once, but we don’t mind and as the Scandinavians say: “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes!”
As the woods have become familiar to us, the children have become competent and capable explorers. We have been exploring the different areas in Chopwell woods, Thornley woods and Gibside Pleasure gardens. We go as Kira says,
“Deep into the woods, that’s where the real forest is.” Kira