Well things have been so hectic last week getting classes set up for next year and organising transition visits that our 30 day wild activities have got lost along the way.
So I thought that as it is the end of term on Friday with a little bit of June still to go and the summer holds lots of opportunity for getting outdoors that I would post all the activities here. Remember it might be #30dayswild in June but these are great activities to do and some can be revisited at different times of the year. Research has shown that children who learn to look at and enjoy nature are more likely to protect nature in the future. Which can only be a good thing.
If you do get catch the nature bug then this website has tonnes of great activities and ID sheets Wildlife Watch is a great website to investigate. If trees and woodland are you thing then check out Nature Detectives by the Woodland Trust.
I can’t believe that is us at the last week of term, and of the school year! It has been a strange year for all involved but I am so proud of how everybody has coped and adapted to the new way of learning. It is sad we can’t finish the year together but these things can’t be helped. We have ALL done our bit and made the situation as ‘normal’ as possible. The main thing is we are safe and happy.
This week we say Goodbye to our Primary 3 children off to their new school. I am sure you will join me in wishing them the best of luck in Primary 4! They have been a great example to our younger children in the class and have had a fantastic final year at Dechmont!
As you now know, I am also leaving. It has been our dream for a few years to move to Fife to be nearer to all the lovely beaches and harbour villages, and for a slightly more chilled way of life! If I could pack up Dechmont and take it with me, I would! I have thoroughly enjoyed my 2 years here and this last year especially (the bits when we were still in school!) have genuinely been the best in my 11 year teaching career! I have loved working with such polite, kind, funny and hardworking children who have made me smile everyday and remember why I chose to be a teacher all those years ago. Thank you. Unfortunately I won’t be able to see you all before I leave, but I will keep in touch and see how you are all getting on.
Thank you for being such a fantastic class. I will miss you all very much.
Love Mrs Stenhouse x
Here is some work for this week! We are having a Health focus so please find attached the plan and I have also included a Summer themed plan. I think the weather is looking quite nice next week so please just do what you can.
Well here we are on the last day of our trip to the virtual zoo. I hope you all had fun.
Did you all choose your animal yesterday? Today we are going to write an animal report about your chosen animal. Details on the learning grid.
There is also some animal numeracy activities for you to try.
Just to let you know that next week will be a bit different as it is health and well-being week. There will be a grid posted on Monday with the weeks activities on so just work through those over the week.
This week we are going on a virtual zoo trip to Edinburgh zoo. Luckily for us there are lots of great webcams for us to watch all the animals. I wonder what mischief they’ll be up to today? I love to watch the penguins the best!
To help make our trip more interesting we will have lots of activities to do.
Today is butterfly day. This time of year is a great time to spot butterflies and caterpillars. I was watching Springwatch this week and they were saying that because it’s been so warm in May and the beginning of June there are more butterflies around than usual for this time of year. Although we have only seen orange tips round where we live but they are so pretty.
I’ve also included a couple of spotting sheets to use on your walks. Remember if you see something not on the sheet try and look it up online. If you want to try and encourage more butterflies into your garden then why not have a go at making a butterfly table.
Today we are going to be creating some nature mandalas inspired by the artist Andy Goldsworthy. You’ll need to get outside and collect lots of natural materials such as stones, leaves, pine cones. Anything you can find! But remember not to destroy plants or pick wild flowers only use flowers from your garden.
Remember to check out your family and individual Random Acts of Wildness for 30 days Wild on twitter. Share your pictures on twitter too.