Gruffalo foraging and cooking

We had a week where we read about The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.  We read The Gruffalo’s Child too.  We also heard them in Shetland Dialect.  That was very interesting as there were some words we had never heard before!

After that we went out foraging for ingredients to make some Gruffalo recipes.  Here are photos of us doing that.  We had great fun and used great language and role play used in our cooking and searching.

Chasing those blues away and starting the day with a nice easy task

Soft start activities are important to help ease into the school day.  These help with pre-handwriting skills, strengthening hands, grasp etc and most importantly they are fun.

These type of activities may be going to the Dough Disco, which we do regularly.  That is great fun!  It might also be the ‘Cheerio Challenge’ where the children have to try and thread cheerios onto a skewer in a set time.  Then, they have to try and get faster and improve on this skill.  They love it.  Here are some pictures.

Soft start

We get to have soft start activities in the mornings before we begin any writing.  Sometimes our learning begins outside, sometimes it begins inside.  Here are some photos of us with a soft start activity.  This helps us to build up our fine motor skills and is a pre-handwriting activity.  It helps to strengthen our hands/fingers to help us with our pencil grip, writing etc.  We loved it.  What we had to do was build a tower using lego, but we only had a set amount of time to do it in.  Then we got another go at it, the same amount of time and we had to see if we could get more blocks built on our tower to make it even bigger.

Have a look at the concentration while we were doing it!  It was great fun and we rose to the challenge!

What the ladybird heard

We listened to the story called ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ and then we followed it up with ‘What the Ladybird Heard Next’

It got us thinking that we could be quite creative and make some ladybird stones while we were doing outdoor learning.  We had great fun, here are some pictures.  We learned about colours, symmetry, numbers, ladybirds, language and many other things.  All whilst having fun and working with friends.

Imagination is key

We’ve used our imagination in many ways.  We’ve been explorers looking for treasure, finding long lost animals and even hiding from robbers.

Exploring hasn’t been everyone’s cup of tea so there have been some inventive cooking classes and meals made during our time outside.  From grilling sausages and pasta……

to making soup and other glorious recipes…….

with all ingredients foraged from the forest!

Then cooking hasn’t been for everyone either.  Being in the south mainland and having many farming opportunities, the hairst has been a very busy time!

Tractor and combine harvester designs were discussed before the final model chosen and made.  Crops were harvested and taken in and the staff were given many lessons on what to do and how to help with this busy time.

Next, the sheep have to be ca’ad…..

The Three Little Pigs

Some of us tried to make a house of straw for the three little pigs.

There were a lot of helping in different ways and teamwork was key.

Then we decided the wolf might be hungry and need something to eat, hopefully not one of the three little pigs!

So a group set to to make delicious soup that the wolf would like.  With a little bit of this and a little bit of that, the soup was made and the trap was set!

Other people in the class set to building different types of houses for the three little pigs.  These were made of branches or pallets of wood.

They thought if there were leaves on the branches, the wolf might think it was a home!

The wolf fell for the trap, climbed down the chimney and ended up in the pot so we were able to make wolf soup!  It was delicious!

Here are some architects, planning their next houses to build.  I think they decided on houses made of tyres!

We’re going on a bear hunt

We went on a bear hunt and had lots of fun!  Before we went outside, we did the actions to go along with the story.  We also learned about different bears.  There were bears EVERYWHERE!

The bears were in the forest, in the tyres, hiding behind the fence, next to the drainpipes, some were even in the pond area!  We worked together to find as many bears as we could.

It was very tiring looking for all the bears and we still haven’t found them all!  When we go into the forest, sometimes there are still bears there.  We hear them roaring at us and have to hide.  We found a den while we were looking.

Some of us decided that maybe bears could live in a cave built of bricks or wood and decided to build some bear caves.  We had great fun and learned lots.

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