Creating Planets 31 January
This week in Forest School, children in Badgers class created planets to hang in the Mini Spinney. They used materials they could find in the Mini Spinney to make an image of a given planet. At the end of the lesson, the solar system was put on show.
This term we are studying space. We also have our chance to gain some extra Forest school skills with Libby and Steve from outdoor adventures. So far we have created our own planet terrains using materials we could find. We spent a session, in The Spinney, making satellite dishes. Each group was given a starter pack of bamboo sticks and a paper plate. The rest was up to them. There were some excellent knots holding the sticks together to get the satellite dishes as high as possible.
As a reward for filling the class jar with reward stars, we enjoyed smores during one session. This led to some very sticky, but happy, faces.
In December, Badgers class went to Stibbington and we role played being World War Two children that have been evacuated. I played Rose Graham.
First, we met Mr Stafford and he showed us around the village. Mr Stafford was a Billeting officer and a Headteacher. We were walking in the rain round the village and we stopped at the church. We all went in the church and Mr Stafford talked to us about it and what happened to the children. During the walk, we stopped at some houses and Mr Stafford said who was evacuated where.
After a while, we went to Stibbington School, Mr Stafford taught us. First, we learnt a song called “It’s a long way to Tipperary”. It was a good song and I enjoyed it. After that, there were spellings that we needed to practise aloud several times. We used an ink pen to do handwriting and used blotting paper to blob off the extra ink. It was fun using the ink, I have never written in ink before! I loved it.
Next, we did gas mask training. Mr Stafford rattled the brown, noisy rattle and we all had to carefully put our gas masks on. Before that, Mr Stafford taught us how to wear them. When he rang the bell we could take them off.
After that, we were allowed to write postcards to our parents to tell them we were safe. While we were writing, an air raid warning went off and all of us had to run to an air raid shelter. To scare Hitler away, we sang a song about him, then went back to the classroom.
Later, it was lunch time and the food was delicious! We all had spam sandwiches, jam sandwiches and cheese sandwiches. For pudding we had spice cake and an apple. In addition, play time was fun. We all played different games and everyone enjoyed themselves.
Afterwards, we had to get ready for our guardians. Our guardians came and we pretended to go to our homes. I did feel nervous when Mr Stafford called our guardians in.
To conclude, I had a brilliant day and I didn’t care if I walked in the rain!
By Georgia Wakefield
At the end of the project, we have been investigating the issues surrounding an excavation of a medieval burial ground. We have discussed the risk to the public and the current medical ability to cope with the plague. What if it hit London again? Would it spread as slowly as in the 14th century? How have our living conditions changed and what affect has this had on diseases like Yersinia Pestis?
Towards the end of the term, children have been bringing in their homework projects. The plague doctors have been seen on their rounds, with some unfortunate news for a few people. We have also had a plague of rats made from Lego, old teddy bears and some were edible. Well done, Badgers, you have set the standard for next term!