Fire building

Owls had their final Forest School session on Tuesday where we collected dry sticks of different sizes to create a fire and cooked on it, just as they would have done in pre-historic times. The only difference was that we cooked marshmallows, apples and chocolate filled bananas which, sadly, were not available to our predecessors! In our English work, building on our persuasive adverts, we are now writing letters to Mr Woolston to see if it is possible to have some more forest school sessions in the Summer. We discussed all of the merits of forest school, thought about the groups of people who might need convincing and tried to find solutions to any misgivings they might have. One suggestion was that they could clean their own kit which I’m sure parents would get on board with!  Elsewhere, in Maths work we have been working on column addition and in PSHE thought about the benefits of being different from one another. 

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Persuasive Writing

For many of the children in Owls a career in sales and marketing could be on the cards as they work hard on perfecting their adverts to sell different items using a range of persuasive techniques. The children are creating radio adverts for all manner of things from Ferrari’s and mansions to pencils with a novelty animal rubber on the top. We discussed that no matter the product, you need to show passion and excitement about it (as demonstrated by the advert we watched where the man got terribly excited about a ‘Turbo Brush’ - basically a bathroom brush!). Tomorrow our radio commercials will be ‘aired’ and we will vote for who has been the most persuasive to make us want their product!!

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Being an illustrator

It’s been a busy week for Owls with the Literature Festival, harvest festival and forest school in amongst all of our other activities. In the Literature Festival we saw Steven Butler and Steven Lenton, the author and illustrator of the ‘Nothing to see Here Hotel’ series. They talked to the children about developing interesting characters and we had a go at illustrating one of the characters. Parents may have noticed some of Owls coming home heavily armed but beautifully decorated on Wednesday after our forest school session, where they made Stone Age jewellery out of natural resources and bows and arrows to defend our settlements (children were given clear instructions on keeping themselves and others safe with the bows and arrows!)
Elsewhere, the children did a great job in performing their poem ‘Conkers’ in the Harvest Festival assembly and discussed strategies to persuade in English (watch out parents - Owls are honing their powers of persuasion before Christmas!)

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Round Houses Part 2!

Our round houses are progressing well despite the damp weather we endured for a second week at Forest School. This week we dug for clay and used it to pack round our wattle frames to finish our walls. Once this was completed, we used five or six sticks tied together with twine to create a tipi style structure for the roof, which we further strengthened by weaving in strips of willow. We finished the rooves by weaving small bundles of hay into the structure. Back in the classroom, we have been practising our poem ‘Conkers’ for the Harvest Festival service where it is discovered that nothing but a tree can create such a wonderous thing. We then did our best to prove the poem wrong by recreating a conker on our pages in watercolours. Although are efforts are very impressive...perhaps nothing is more impressive than the conker itself!

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Round Houses

Owls braved the wet conditions and were transported back to the Stone Age this week in our Forest School. The children were tasked with making their own mini round houses. Before they got started, they needed to construct their own mallet which they used to hammer in their upright pieces into the ground. They then took strips of willow and weaved them in and out to create the walls. The rooves will be added next week but great progress has been made and lots of creativity shown. Elsewhere we have practised writing extended noun phrases in English to describe some monstrous creatures and in Art work have been creating some Stone Age artwork through a variety of different mediums including charcoals and chalks. 

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