School day in the Forest with the Elves

Yesterday we had our forest session for ‘The Heart’ programme at Kings Heath Primary Academy.  The children were amazing and got to enjoy learning lots of new skills.
Activities such as den building and crafting woodland animals from cutting their own fruit, were all designed to support the children in developing their knowledge of shapes and allowed them to experiment with 3D shape construction. Activities also allowed us to improve fine and gross motor skills, whilst building upon self esteem. There were some magical examples of improvisation, imagination and team work.
So much fun and mischief was had.

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Thankyou Sonia Sofia & Leanne Brown for all the fun x

Welcome to Sherwood

On the 10th we hosted “The Heart” classroom from Kings Heath Primary Academy. Everyone was curious to explore all the different activities that Robin Hood and his woodland friends set up for them in Sherwood Forest.

 

 

 

Build Your Own Bow & Arrow – how to use tools (saw, etc.) develop coordination, critical thinking and confidence.

Archery – Each child had the chance to do archery with a real bow and arrow. An archer at hand to guide them through the main steps and tricks to ensure success. The main aim was to hit the balloons filled with water. Inside each balloon there was treasure: real money. This was an excellent activity for them to practice taking turns and following the rules.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shop – With the money they found in the balloons the children could buy different ingredients ( flour, milk, banana, etc.) in order to bake their snacks on the fire. A teacher was the shopkeeper and help the students to do additions and subtractions, working out the price they had to pay as well as the change they had to get from her.

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Bread or Banana Split

 

 

 

 

Mixing the ingredients to make a bread dough or cutting the banana and spread the chocolate in the middle were all activities which help their fine motor skills and coordination. Following the recipe was also a brilliant way to introduce some reading too. Most of the children ended up teaming together, reaching the goal by combining their strengths which helped with team work and bonds between them. It was wonderful to watch them working together, sitting around the fire and talking while waiting their food to be cooked.

 

 

 

 

Thankyou Sonia Sofia, Aaron Vackieo, Leanne Brown & Raheem Scott – Coach, Leicester Archery Academy for a great morning of Archery & Cooking. All the children from the “The Heart” Program at Kings Heath Primary Academy, Northampton loved it.

Tens & Units

Learning about tens and units

  • Let’s find the brachiosaurus and the iguanodon!

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Goal: learning about the concept and the meaning of tens and units

During the game:

We were looking for the brachiosaurus. We had to follow the clues along the path that would lead us to the brachiosaurus.

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The first clue was a group of ten brachiosaurus made out of paper that we found along the path. This represented one ten of brachiosaurus. We knew then which way we had to go by following the right directional sign.

We followed the right path and arrived to another clue which was one brachiosaurus made out of paper, which represented one unit.

By following again the right directional sign we finally arrived to a sign “how many brachiosaurus did you find? “, where we could find out how many brachiosaurus we have found.

Eddie knew how many brachiosaurus we had found, that one ten plus one unit makes 11 brachiosaurus.

Then we found the brachiosaurus (toy) by looking behind the right piece of paper with the matching number.

After that it was onto the iguanodon by following the same process. The clues were this time 2 tens of iguanodons and then 4 units of iguanodons.

After finding the tens of brachiosaurus, Eddie noticed that he found two series of ten, and then 4 units. He was really active in the process, and then he finally figured out that we have found 24 iguanodons, so he could eventually look for the iguanodon behind the right piece of paper.

 

  • In which world should I go?

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Goal: learning the nomenclature of tens and units

During the game:

We found several animals toys, each one had a label with a different number on it.

Different signs around the animals were indicating different world where we had to bring each animal according to their number.  Each world was represented by a tree branch indicated by a sign “one tens world”, …, “five tens world”. In each world there were different parts which represented different numbers of units “1 unit”, “ 2 units”,…

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We had to place each animal on the right part of the branch depending on the number written on their label, so we had to figure out how many tens and how many units each number represented.

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Thankyou Laurence for this wonderful educational game that used Eddies own interests in dinosaurs to encourage him to learn all about Tens and Units, something we had heard from his mother that he had been struggling with at school  x

History of Life

It’s been a morning of fun, learning through a timeline & helping a Woolly Mammoth find his way back. Thankyou Laurence for this ingenious game about the History of Life, a perfect mix of education, using the child’s own interests and movement. Of course we can’t forget the help from their trusty sidekick therapy cat Thula

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