We are inquiring how we discover and learn in nature. To help the children find connection with the natural world around them, we asked 'Who lives in the forest?"
This is a video of us exploring the woodland throughout the 2017/2018 school year.
So. Much. Fun!
Credits to Katie Grantham for making such a well put-together movie!
It took a little while to figure it out, but the children were fantastic detectives and realized the sound they were hearing was coming from frogs!
We have a year long Unit of Inquiry that has us learning about our learning. One of the big questions we inquire into is "How do we learn?" This video shows us learning about autumn and nature through exploration.
I wanted to post a video to show how many learning objectives a teacher is able to hear and observe when allowing children to explore the natural environment. As we go out in search of the elusive Mandarin Duck, the children are connecting with countless objectives in their learning.
Watch and enjoy!
The forest is fresh and new with a new group of children to explore it!
New discoveries, new feelings and emotions, new experiences to be had in our woodland.
We are so fortunate to have this amazing resource to learn from, and only a 5 minute walk from our classroom!
This is a long video, but it shows how learning changes our theories about things. .
We saw a sign that showed us images of some of the water rodents that we see in our park. There was a question as to what a beaver's tail looks like. Are they small and hairy, oval shaped, or long and skinny? Everyone thought something different.
Then, the most amazing thing happened! We saw a beaver!
Check out around minute 5 of this video to see it arrive, eat bread fed to it by a local park goer as the children were there to see first had what the tail of a beaver looks like!
Later, when the children were watching the footage we captured and reflecting on their theories, they all agreed that beaver tails are in fact flat and oval shaped.
There is nothing like a bunch of slugs to get a group of children feeling excited, scared, interested, and repulsed, all at the same time!
The children were offered chalk pastels and paper of various sizes of rectangles. Some long, some squat, some large rectangular pages were used. The results were fantastic! One long piece of paper was filled with falling leaves and the tall tree trunk up the middle. Red, orange, yellow and green coloured sketched leaves covered their papers. Autumn is here and the children are contemplating the changes they see.