Inspiration for outdoor learning – Inset Day

Group under and around a willow tree

Creating a poem about a willow

We recently ran an Inservice training day with Charborough Road Primary School (whom we have worked with before to create a mini orchard) in North Bristol to explore a range of outdoor activities that would engage their pupils with the natural spaces in their grounds. The day focused on a range of creative and practical approaches to explore outdoor spaces, including – exploring colours and creating a natural mosaic and making natural perfumes. In addition further activities covered – using mud to make and paint flags and making mini habitats and shelters. The following is an acrostic poem created by a group exploring the fantastic willow tree shown from different perspectives.

Weeping – Iguana skin – Lonely – Light filtering – Old – Waterfall.
Twisted РRugged РEnveloping canopy - Elongated fingers.

Everyone seemed to really enjoy the day and made plans on how they would bring their pupils out in the near future. The following are a range of comments from those attending:
‘I will use all of the activities with my class … we need to be out here more often !’
‘When covering classes, I will not feel so anxious if I am asked to cover Forest School sessions.’
‘Very good balance of practical and theory. Great to do things as a team.’
‘As we are doing a topic about the senses the activities were really relevant and will be useful to incorporate in to this.’


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