I can use my knowledge, on my own or to help others to understand and achieve.
Week 1- Via Ferrata
' I can keep myself and others safe when doing ripe work activities'.
Week 2-Den Building
'I can understand that there are others less fortunate than me'
Week 3-National Insect Week
'How can we Beehave to the Bees'
Week 4- Problem Solving
'I can think for myself or to help others solve the problem'.
Week 5- Map Work
'I know what's in the local environment'
'How do animals survive in the Wild?'
A walk on the moor. We visited Dartmoor with Pine class, this was a very hot day! We walked down through a part of Burrator woods that had recently been felled and we went down to the leat to cool our hot feet.
The boys were well behaved and enjoyed the morning of exploring.
Practising our skills on the rock. Oak class visited the Dewerstone at Shaugh Prior. They helped carry all the kit along the trail to the rock were the climbs would then be set up. The children recapped the skills they would need and talked about how to stay safe before they attached the rope to themselves ready to climb.
Lots of kind encouraging words were said throughout and behaviour was excellent.
Why are bees special?
Why do we need them?
This weeks themed lesson exploring these questions was enjoyed by all the children, even when the weather turned wet and nasty!
We played a game to understand the bees part in pollination and completed a jigsaw puzzle collecting the pieces from all around the school site using a map.
We spent some time talking about how lucky we were in our lives. What safe meant to the children, and what they thought about the picture of the boy who had nothing and slept on the streets.
The children really took time to think and thought about how lucky they were.
It is with a sad Courtlands heart that we share the death of our chicken Penny.
Penny the chicken was raised at school from an egg. She was a year old. Sadly she had damaged her leg and her body was unable to fight the infection.
Parents and Carers-for your information this has been discussed at school and children were part of her funeral, everyone had the opportunity to ask questions and we explored what death meant and what the children thought. It was a very good life lesson, explored sensitively.
Term 5- First half of summer term
'I am learning more to be able to understand the environment around me'
Week 1- Back into routine, remembering our responsibilities.
Look how much the garden has grown during the holidays. We need to carry out some jobs and make sure that the plants have everything they need to grow.
Week 2-Heatree residential
Week 3-National school grounds week
Appreciating our school grounds, we are lucky to have all the green space. How do we make sure we look after it?
What part do worms pay in helping the garden?
Week 4- Using our senses to explore the environment.
Using our imagination to be creative and make things from natural object in the grounds. Following instructions to create.
Week 5-How can we protect the plants and produce growing.
Making scarecrows and reading a 'scarecrows wedding together'.
Week 6- Using a map to navigate
First day at Heatree complete!
The children had a fab first day, they enjoyed low adventure, a muddy assault course! Covered head to to toe in thick boggy mud! There were lots of smiley happy faces!
A quick shower and chicken pie for dinner. Later on we went on a mini adventure around the grounds, exploring the Bronze Age round house on site. We lit a small fire inside to warm us as we chatted about our day and toasted marshmallows.
All slept well in their rooms, asleep by 11....pretty good for the first night.
Breakfast now and a day of exciting activities ahead.......
Today we are doing archery and mountain biking in the morning and then raft building in the afternoon. The children were grouped in ability to go and take part in the activities around the grounds. The Archery group went over to the area and enjoyed the safe enclosed environment to learn and practise together. They enjoyed some skill sessions and then practising them as they tried to hit balloons and other objects. The children concentrated hard and showed great perseverance.
The mountain bike group practised on the skills section of the course, a track with similar features to that of our school track. The gained confidence on the new bikes and practised some of the skills they would need to apply on the bigger trail.
All the children did themselves and the LOtC staff proud, showing that they had listened in lessons and were applying the skills they had learnt. In the evening the staff from Courtlands drove up to visit for the BBQ, the children were very excited to show the adults around and share the stories of the week.
Delicious dinner of fish and chips and sticky toffee pudding was devoured by all the children and then children got ready for bed.
Today we are off to explore Dartmoor. We are visiting Grier Tor to go scrambling and try and climb up the Tor.
They took it in turns to navigate and lead their group to get to the Tor. The children got ready in harnesses and then got started with the climbing. After lunch and once everyone had a go climbing we walked towards the medieval village, we explored each of the houses and created a story about the house.
Roast for Dinner! We were really lucky to have our cook Jenny serve us dinner, the kids were really excited to see her.
Final day of our residential....
All the children were quite tearful, tired and fractious this morning. It was a struggle to get them up and moving to pack up their rooms.
Once we had had breakfast they were great at helping tidy and pack up their rooms to go home.
The activity of high ropes was a great way to end the week. The children moved between the activities and enjoyed the problems that they faced on each one.
Term 4- Second Half Spring Term
Health and Well being
'I can learn new things to understand what makes me a happy healthy person'.
Week 1- Remembering my responsibilities in LOtC lessons.
Remembering what we are responsible for; our behaviour, the animals, caring for the environment....etc.
Week 2- 'We have a powerful imagination'
National storytelling week, exploring the characters of the woodland. Finding fairy doors and fairies hidden around the woods.
Week 3- 'I can help somebody who is hurt'
Learning and practising first aid skills to help somebody who is hurt.
Week 4- Nature is full of shapes.
An awareness of the practical application and shapes that appear around the environment.
Week 5- Spring Equinox
Recognition that the seasons are changing, and spotting the signs of nature changing.
Week 6- The environment is full of creatures.
Preparation sleepover for the residential experience at Heatree House.
11 Children stayed after school to take part in outdoor activities around the school grounds. Initially we talked about the experience and how different children might cope, they agreed that they would look out for their friends and appreciate each others differences. The children learnt how to play some wide games, Ninja squirrel, 40 40 in.
The children prepared for dinner around the fire in the secret woods. They had fire cooked Jacket potatoes, cheese, Ratatouille which they all tried and devoured. Then they all toasted marshmallows around the fire for pudding.
More playing and then time to chill out.
There were lots of tired children as they settled to share snacks and watch the Incredibles.
Asleep by 11pm pretty impressive!
They had breakfast together.
We then chatted about the experience and how it might have helped their feelings towards going to camp.
Term 3, First half spring term.
Living in the Wider World
'I can identify and explain how to manage risks'-Speaking up for myself.
Week 1- Welcome back to LOtC and routine. 'I can play with my friends nicely.
Remembering the routine of LOtC and the expectations of the staff.
Week 2- 'I can come up with an idea'
The bike track needs some work doing to it, the children will help dig the grass off the track.
Week 3-'I can use tools safely to help create something'
Creating benches, a mud kitchen, a perch for the rooster, chicken swings, ramps and bridges.
Week 4- 'How many ways can we communicate?'
Discovering how we can get our ideas across to other people. The children will take part in activities to explore the many ways which we can communicate; reading, braille, smoke signals, tin can, walkie talkies, morse code.
Week 5- 'Big Bird Watch'
Understanding the importance of birds within the environment. Taking part in the RSPB schools big bird watch. Recording the number of birds we see.
Week 6- Trees are special
Why are trees so important and why should we respect them?
Our poor chickens are quite bored!
Instructions from DEFRA to prevent our chickens becoming ill with Avian Bird Flu.
'Whether on a commercial scale or simply a small backyard flock – you are now required by law to house them (keep them under cover) or otherwise keep them separate from wild birds. This requirement (the Prevention Zone) has now been extended until 28 February 2017. We have also banned gatherings of poultry across the UK'. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-influenza-bird-flu-in-winter-2016-to-2017
Term 2- Second half of Autumn term.
Health and Wellbeing
'I can identify and explain how to manage risks'
Week 1- Fire Safety
'I can be safe around the fire'- importance placed on how we behave when we are learning how to light a fire.
Week 2-Rope Work
'I can keep myself and others safe when doing rope work activities'-Learning how to be responsible for their equipment. Learning some rope work skills ie. tying knots.
Week 3-Wood work
'Learning how to use tools safely to create things from wood'-Creating products from raw natural materials.
Week 4-Road safety
'I can identify the risks when i'm out walking'- Taking part in national road safety week, completing tasks and activities that focus on being safe around the streets.
Week 5- Hibernation
'I understand what hibernation is'- Asking questions, why do animals hibernate?
Week 6- Enjoying books outdoors
'The moto of the story is?'-Exploring enjoyment of literature that has a direct link to the natural surrounding. Make a connection with the book by travelling around the woods.
Week 7- Christmas themed activities.
Autumn Term First Half- September 2016
Term theme;‘I Know I have responsibility to care for people and the things around me’
‘This is our LOtC, look what we are lucky to have’
- Welcome back to Learning Outside the Classroom at Courtlands School. Lots happened over the summer!
‘What do we wear outside?
-Understanding that it is important to dress appropriately to enjoy being outside.
‘There’s something in the way’
- A river is running through the playground and there a various challenges to overcome.
National Organic Week
- Harvesting our produce from the garden. Can you remember what we grew.
What will they taste like? What can we cook with the produce?
‘I can talk to my friends to help them’
-Problem solving challenges that encourage the children to talk to one another to complete the task.
‘Let’s go Camping’
-Plan and undertake a small expedition camping.
Stabilisers are banned!
We are trying a new approach to encouraging the children at Courtlands school to ride a bike. We found that children can become dependent upon stabilisers and psychologically they cause more problems for us than good. The children were prepared and we were all very impressed with the positive reaction and determination that the children showed. It was often a problem having some children on stabilisers and others confidently cycling around, terrible for a beginners self-esteem. All children tried it and all ended up trying harder and feeling the satisfaction of moving around the playground quicker, not realising they were lifting their feet off the floor to balance! Result!
During the summer 2016 Courtlands School was broken into and the offenders thoughtlessly damaged property on the school grounds , part of the Learning Outside the Classroom equipment.
It was a shock for the children to return to see there poly-tunnel and produce damaged, as well as a rabbit missing. The children shared their thoughts and feelings about what had happened and the damage that had occurred. We talked about respect,caring, responsibility and solutions. They soon set about tidying up and repairing the damage. Some children even asked about the consequences the offenders would face, and stated they wished they could help!
Summer Term-Second Half 2016
Our focus this term is; 'I can use my knowledge, on my own or with others to overcome a challenge'
Week 1- National School Grounds Week and Insects
Let’s explore and discover the bugs and insects that live in our school grounds.
Week 2- Nest building
Most birds have started nesting. Can we see evidence of this around school? How are they made?
Week 3- Woodland cookery and craft
What can we make and do in a woodland. Learn how to cook with ingredients we can find around our school woods.
Week 4- Our world is a colourful place
How do animals survive in the wild with predators? Learning about camouflage and how it helps disguise things so they are difficult to be seen.
Water sources, water habitats, moving water. There are lots of things to learn about a stream. Let’s go and explore the local stream in our woodland. What can we find out about it?
Week 6- Road Safety
How can we be safe when we ride our bikes.
Week 7- ‘Let’s be curious about the sunlight’
Curiosity- discovering what affects the light has on the environment has around us.
Summer Term- First Half 2016
This term we are thinking about- 'Using our knowledge old and new to understand the environment we live in'.
Week 1- Year 5 & 6 children at Heatree and activity week.
‘How can we care for our garden?’ National Gardening Week and advancing skills on a bike.
Getting back into routine. Observing and finding out how much the garden and the environment around school have changed over Easter. What do we need to do to continue helping the plants in the garden?
Week 2- Egg Week
‘What is an Egg, where does it come from and can we eat it?’
Egg week-Discovering more about the chicken eggs that we are incubating. Learning how they grow inside the egg and understanding when they are ready to hatch.
‘I can understand that there are others less fortunate than myself’
Week 4-Simple grid References
Building upon last terms map work; 'I can learn how to use grid references to help me find specific things on the map’
More map work, grid references, battleships
‘I understand that bees are good for our environment’
Let’s find out why. Bees and pollination week
Week 6-Our garden produce
What can you cook with the produce from the garden?
Week 7-Obsticle course
Working together to achieve a challenge- Obstacle Course.
' I can keep myself and other safe'
We talked about why and how we were going to keep ourselves safe.
Den building week, to raise awareness for children living in poverty. 'We are lucky' 'we understand that there are others less fortunate then us'. What would it be like to sleep on the streets? Sleep alone?
Can we create somewhere safe for them to sleep and play.
Spring Term- Second half 2016
The theme we are thinking about this term is; 'Using our knowledge old and knew to understand the environment we live in'
Week 1 Older children- Walt; ‘Increasing my confidence when I ride my bike’
Getting back on a bike. Looking back at the bike targets that have been set and achieved over the year so far. Planning on how to work towards getting better and more confident on a bike. This term we will work on increasing the children’s balance and confidence with simple manoeuvring challenges around a road safety scenario. Learning how to balance as they use their arm to indicate the direction they are moving. Control over their bike and the correct speed they should be travelling at when undertaking manoeuvres.
Week 1 Younger children- Walt; ‘Increasing my confidence when I ride my bike’
Getting back on a bike. Looking back at the bike targets that have been set and achieved over the year so far. Planning on how to work towards getting better and more confident on a bike. This term we will work on increasing the children’s balance and confidence with simple manoeuvring challenges.
Week 2- Walt; ‘What can we use in nature to create art?’
Exploring the environment to discover what materials we can use to create art. Learning how to make charcoal. Lighting a fire, being safe around the fire and following adult instruction to make charcoal to draw with.
Week 3- Walt; ‘Can you use a map to help navigate?’ Exploring our local area by using a map.
Asking questions to explore and find out where we live, where our school is and what is around the school. This will broaden concepts of our place within the world and understand where we live within the local community.
Week 4- Walt; ‘Let’s be curious about the sunlight around us’
Being curious about the world around us and exploring the effects the light has on the environment has around us. Specifically understanding the role that light plays on helping our plants to grow. Asking questions; what patterns can you see the light creating? What objects create interesting shadows? What does your shadow look like? What games can we play with a shadow?
Week 5- Walt; ‘What are the natural signs that tell us the seasons are changing?
Spotting Signs of spring- Going on a nature detective hunt to discover what is happening in the environment around us. Using a check sheet and a camera to record. The purpose of this activity is to expand the children’s horizons and interest in the world around them.
Identity- Finding out where we live in the world, our place within England and the local community. Introduction to maps, looking to see what places and symbols they recognise in Plymouth. Finding Courtlands school on the map and then planning a route to follow as a class around the community.
Using the maps the children walked around the streets and footpaths to navigate their way around the area.
They had to work together to keep each other safe and learn how to cross roads safely.
This week we are aiming to get all the seeds in and start the growing. Every class talked about what the seed needs to help it grow, we talked about why it is important and why we enjoy growing things at Courtlands school.
The other activity on the bikes was stopping safely in a marked area and practising one hand off the handlebars in preparation for signalling.
'What do you know about Dinosaurs?'
Investigating Dinosaurs, asking and answering questions. Three simultaneous activities, 1- how many human footprints does it take to measure the same distance as one dinosaur footprint? Measuring objects in Dinosaur footprints and human footprints and recording the data. 2-Making skeletons, observation skills to replicate a skeleton on the ground out of sticks. What are the differences between dinosaur and human skeletons? 3- Archaeological dig to discover bones and fossils. What are the difference between the two? Using paint brushes to carefully uncover the bones.
The children absolutely loved all three activities but specifically using fine motor skills to uncover the fossils required concentration and respect. The children worked within the same location and it was amazing how respectful of one another and to the bones.
Autumn Term-Second half 2015
This term we are thinking about 'I can identify risks and know how to behave'
Autumn Term-First Half 2015
This term we are thinking about 'Being kind to our friends'
Harvesting has been continuous over the term however the children will now have the opportunity to prepare vegetables. They will wash and chop to make some food.
Summer Term - Second Half 2015
This term we have been thinking about
The children have been:
Summer Term - First Half 2015
This term we are thinking about Working Together.
'Lets Work Together'
The children have been:
Spring Term - Second Half 2015
This term we are trying improve our own learning and performance.
'We learn something new every day'
The children have been:
Courtlands School are a Beacon school for Natural Connections, to help them understand what you think about the Learning Outside the Classroom at Courtlands School they would like pupils/parents/carers to fill in this quick survey! Thank you for your time. Miss Slack and Miss Izzy.
Spring Term - First Half 2015
This term we have been learning how to solve problems
'Is that a problem'
The children have been: