Monday, 1 July 2013

Swaffham Prior School Outdoor Week

This is a bit of delayed post but I still want to share the events of Swaffam Prior Primary Schools outdoor week which was the week before the half term holidays. The whole school took part in a range of outdoor actitivies many of which involved the National Trust.

The week started with a whole school trip to Anglesey Abbeys wildlife discovery area exploring and playing in the outdoor areas and creating scrapbooks of their experences through drawing, rubbings and artwork.

On Tuesday there were a range of activies going on in the shcool grounds, wild weaving, tracking, and I lead pond dipping sessions in the shcools nature area pond.

On Wednesday year five and six came to visit Wicken and had a go at geocaching and Hurdle making with the help of our Fenmans Workshop volunteers. This was a new experience for me too, learning how to weave the willow tightly, wrap it around the ends and, everyones favourite bit, bash it down at the end with a mallet. The groups finished two hurdles, which will be used it the schools outdoor area.




I wasn't involved on Thursday but I heard some good stories of fire lighting with scout leaders when I returned to the final assembly on Friday where the children, appearing slightly worn out, were sharing their learning, experiences and art from the week.

All of the children got a fifty things to do before you are 11 3/4 booklet and completed many of the activites in the week - see https://www.50things.org.uk/. I think I had the most fun but hopefully the children enjoyed themselves too!

Lois

Community Ranger
Wicken Fen

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