Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Finding Nemo and other things too

Last night I found a load of twigs and branches in a local skip. I collected them all and took them to school today for Forest School. I still have not started actually teaching it, due to various delays in things such as tree audits and fencing, but hopefully I will start before the end of the term! These twigs are perfect for building, pattern making, whittling, hopefully not poking anyone though.

After lunch I took groups of children to my car to help collect the twigs. They love expeditions like this so I prolonged it by giving them one twig each to carry. I showed them twig carrying skills such as holding it in the middle (the twigs are very long and the children very short) and holding it upright. They excelled at twig carrying!
We noticed some beautiful Ox-Eye daisies growing.
I have temporarily propped the twigs in the corner of the office by my desk. It looks like an indoor tree. I was doing a quick printing job on the computer in there this afternoon and Awez came to give me this little fish. He and his companion fish were helping us with our counting and calculating last week and he obviously stayed behind. We thought he looked good swimming amongst the branches. Forest Fish.

9 comments:

Poetikat said...

Nemo looks very at home amongst the branches. Forest fish - yes!
Your class sounds like tons of fun. I do love daisies.

Kat

Sonia ;) said...

Hope you had happy time...

Smiles
Sonia ;)

Candace said...

Oh what a great post and how fun it must have been for all of you! Say, that first photo qualifies as a self portrait, doesn't it? Love that Nemo...! And daisies, a perfect little flower.

Take care!
Candace x

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

OH! I would love to learn proper twig holding and take an excursion of hunting and gathering to your car!!! Such things would have delighted me as a kid!! ;) ANything to get out of the classroom... Can't wait to see what you all make!! xoxo

ADonald466 said...

Thanks for this post - it cheered me up as I sit here wallowing in my toothache misery!! I love the idea of twig-carrying lessons - soon to be a degree subject perhaps!

Liz said...

Sounds like so much fun! I loved excursions away from the classroom when I was a child!

Allegra Smith said...

I have never seeing a happier fish! Look at him/her smile, (how do you tell if he is a he or she is a she?) the children must adore to be with you, a class that involves twigs and fish and walks to cars is bound to be as valuable to the spirit as it is to the brains. Well done!

Sarah said...

Thanks everyone! The twigs are in the garden now, awaiting use!
Hope your toothache goes away soon ADonald!

Renee said...

Are you a teacher. I have a very special love for teachers.

xoxoxo