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Shepley First School

Autumn

On Friday 23rd November, Year 1 were explored their local area for signs of autumn.  We discussed the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees.  The children explored the woods, finding leaves which they used to name the tree they came from.  They then looked at the colour of the leaf in autumn and decided whether the tree it came from was deciduous or evergreen.   We found that in the woods, there is mostly deciduous trees such as oak and birch trees.  We also found some evergreen trees such as holly.   Super tree identification Year 1!

On Friday 9th November, we were learning about fire and how to stay safe in the fire circle.   We discussed which sticks are the best to use and we used the snap test to find dry sticks.  If they made a snap sound and they felt dry when we placed them above our lips, they were dry and good to burn on a fire.  We then dicsussed the rules for entering the fire pit and how to kneel when by the fire pit.  We also made sure the fire pit was clear of any leaves or trip hazards before we moved in the fire cycle and knealt by the fire pit. 

To celebrate the opening of the pond on the henny, Year 1 had a muddy puddle day.  Firstly, they planted their beautiful poppies which had painted with the local community to mark 100 years since the end of WW1 by the war memorial in the woods.  They then made clay faces of themselves onto the trees on the henny using natural resources for their facial features.   They also collected lots of leaves to do leaf rubbings using wax caddles and water colours.  After the pond opening, Year 1 and Reception went to the woods to collect sticks and work together to build our very own class natural shelter.  Well done Year 1, super team work!

On Friday 5th October, we collected conkers and acorns.  We discussed which trees conkers and acorns were from and what was similiar and different about them.   We then used the tarps and natural materials to make dens.

On Friday 21st September, we built dens using natural materials.  We explored where would be a good place to build our dens using natural materials and which natural materials we would be able to find and use from the woods and the henny.  Year 1 built some fantastic dens using natural materials despite the rain.  Well done Year 1!

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