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Term 6

Summer Term

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'

Week 6-Camouflage

'How do animals survive in the Wild?'

Week 7-Bikes

Thank You Woodland Vets Plymouth!

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Balfour Beatty Donation

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Map Work-The environment around me

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A hot Dartmoor summer day!

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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.

Climbing at Dewerstone

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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.

Bees are special

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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. 

Habitats

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National Denbuilding week

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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.

Empty Classroom day.

Empty Classroom day. 1 Children on the assault course, children playing
Empty Classroom day. 2 Mud kitchen
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Empty Classroom day. 5 Running races and den building
Empty Classroom day. 6 Even the chickens got envolved
On Thursday 18th May children at Courtlands took part in Empty Classroom day. A national initiative to get all children learning outside the classroom. All classes had the opportunity to sign up for activities throughout the day. These were run in varying locations around the school grounds. At one point we had 7 classes outside at the same time! That's 65 children outside (out of 82 kids in school). Fantastic.

Sad news

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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. 

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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

Exploring the worms living in the compost

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Parts of a plant

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Why are worms good for our garden?

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Learning how to hold and use tools

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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.......

Day two

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.

On the water

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Day three

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.

Day 4

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.

Mountain Biking at Heatree

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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.

 

Sleepover success!

Preparation sleepover for the residential experience at Heatree House. 

The evening

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!

The morning 

They had breakfast together.

We then chatted about the experience and how it might have helped their feelings towards going to camp. 

 

 

Spring Equinox

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Angles

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Our world is full of shapes

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First Aid

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Making

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Helping our friends

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Creative writing

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'We have powerful imagination'

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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?

Trees are special

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RSPB Big School Bird Watch

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RSPB Big School Bird Watch 5 Naming parts of the bird
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Making things....

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How many ways can we communicate?

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How many ways can we communicate? 2 Semaphore
How many ways can we communicate? 3 Making our name in Braille
How many ways can we communicate? 4 Air Marshal
How many ways can we communicate? 5 Through the minefield
How many ways can we communicate? 6 Telephone
How many ways can we communicate? 7 Braille

Star reward

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Oak,Cherry and Ash have been visiting Marjon University to take part in sessions on the climbing wall.

Small world muddy play

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River and Amy- Two new chickens at school

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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 

Poly tunnel gets fixed

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Thank you to Ferryman Polytunnel for fitting our new polytunnel after the vandalism that occurred during the summer.

'I can come up with ideas' -speaking up for myself.

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It's a bit chilly!

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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.

The Wild Woods

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The Wild Woods

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Books can be exciting. They can allow us to make connections to the environment around us.

Some maths- Counting how many spikes Ian had.

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Hibernation

Hibernation 1 Meeting Ian
Hibernation 2 Checking to see how much Ian weighs-is he ready?
Hibernation 3 Lulu was very intrigued to meet Ian
Hibernation 4 It was a very cold week in the classroom!
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Star treat-cooking over the fire

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Road Safety Show

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Made by two Elm Class children to raise awareness of staying safe crossing the road.
The children were inspired by some of the adverts we watched and were set the challenge to create their own advert.

Storyboard

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National Road Safety Week

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National Road Safety Week 3 Somerset County Council made a great resource
National Road Safety Week 4 Practising in the classroom before heading outside
National Road Safety Week 5 A practise in the car park before heading out
National Road Safety Week 6 Out and about

Enjoying the windy autumnal day

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Enjoying Autumn

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Looking around the outdoor environment for the autumn leaves. Finding specific numbers of things.

Scrap wood sculptures

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Woodwork

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This year we are making hedgehogs, decorations, scrap sculptures and owls to sell at the Christmas assembly. The children are learning to use the tools to create something. The older children are learning how to be independent with the tools. 

Seasonal Crafts

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This is the flint and steel

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Show me you are ready to learn. Can you sit sensibly? can you listen? are you respectful of the equipment?

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Autumn Term First Half- September 2016

Term theme;‘I Know I have responsibility to care for people and the things around me’

Week 1

‘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!

 

Week 2 

‘What do we wear outside?

-Understanding that it is important to dress appropriately to enjoy being outside.

 

Week 3

‘There’s something in the way’

- A river is running through the playground and there a various challenges to overcome. 

 

Week 4

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?

 

Week 5

‘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.

 

Week 6

‘Let’s go Camping’

-Plan and undertake a small expedition camping.

 

Week 7

History Week

-Egyptians and vikings.

 

 

 

 

Vikings-History week

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The Egyptians- History week

The Egyptians- History week 1 Building a pyramid
The Egyptians- History week 2 What is mummification?
The Egyptians- History week 3 Making papyrus
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Giving Instructions

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'Giving Instructions'

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What are instructions? how do we communicate to someone when they cannot see? a night line trail around our secret woods.

Thank You

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A massive thank you must be said to all the parents past and present that have recently supported learning outside the classroom. A donation and equipment that needed replacing was made from the parents. This will support LOtC during our time of repairing and restoring our garden.

There's something in the way

There's something in the way 1 All safely on the other side of the river bank
There's something in the way 2 Using the magnets to collect the fish
There's something in the way 3 What goes next....
There's something in the way 4 The chicken and the farmer
The Fox, Chicken, corn and farmer....how do they all get to the other side of the river. Picturing it is hard? The children used real toys to solve the riddle.

What do we wear to enjoy the outdoors?

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What do we wear to enjoy the outdoors? 4 Mr. Woodie is ready for his adventure
What do we wear to enjoy the outdoors? 5 Using the map to help find the clothes
What do we wear to enjoy the outdoors? 6 A human Mr. Woodie
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What do we wear to enjoy the outdoors? 8 Found it
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Laying the foundations and stating the importance of what and why we wear different clothes for outdoor learning. So far we have seen a really positive impact on the child's decision and willingness to listen to adult instruction.

Check our bikes are safe to use

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Check our bikes are safe to use 2 Checking the tyres are pumped up
Check our bikes are safe to use 3 Checking the brakes
Check our bikes are safe to use 4 Encouraging them to lift up there feet and balance
Check our bikes are safe to use 5 Weeee
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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!

Yay they survived!

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Children begin to tidy up after act of vandalism 

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!

It's not all bad news

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It's not all bad news 2 Harvesting our vegtables
It's not all bad news 3 The chicks have grown a lot over summer!

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.

 

Week 5-Streams

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.

Shadows

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Waterslide

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Year 6 at Plym Bridge

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Our Garden and Poly tunnel are looking fab.

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Hide Clyde

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The children had to find Clyde who they had camouflaged around school. They liked looking for him and working out which colours he hid best against. 

Leaf print bunting

Leaf print bunting 1 Miss Izzy spent time sewing into the prints
Leaf print bunting 2 Bunting for the Summer Fete

Canoeing with Willow Class

Canoeing at Lopwell Dam, an experience of paddling a boat together as a team. Listening to one another and communicating to be able to get the boat to move in the direction they all want. 

Nettle Scone Recipe

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Woodland cookery and craft

Woodland cookery and craft 1 Collecting the nettles
Woodland cookery and craft 2 Stirring in the nettles to wilt.
Woodland cookery and craft 3 Bashing the leaves to create some beautiful prints
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Woodland cookery and craft 5 Making the bunting
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Woodland cookery and craft 8 Talking about the method and the next step
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Woodland cookery and craft 11 'I'll try it'
Making nettle scones, collecting stinging nettles from around school and learning how to wilt the nettles down so that they won't sting. They then followed a recipe to be able to make the scones.

Nest building

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Nest building 6 Adding material to the nest dispenser
Nest building 7 A beautiful creation

Bug Hunt

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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.

Week 3-Den building

‘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

Week 5-Pollination

‘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.

 

Growing

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Practising tying knots

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' I can keep myself and other safe' 

We talked about why and how we were going to keep ourselves safe. 

Teaching other people to tie knots

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Our new animals

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We have been waiting for the chicks to arrive for over 21 days! The waiting finally paid off and we watched as the eggs, wobbled and the chick started to peck its way out. 

Busy Bees

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Pollination

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During Pollination week, we learnt about how the bees helped our environment. The process of the bee collecting nectar from the plant and moving pollen from one plant to another. We played a game to help them understand how this transfer happens and that once pollinated the tree will turn into fruit.

'We are lucky in our lives'

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'Welcome to my den'

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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.

'Developing our map reading skills'

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Learning what we can do with eggs....

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Each year group learnt something different about the eggs that we are incubating. The younger children read a story 'An egg is quite' they learnt new words to describe what an egg is like. Whereas the older ones discussed the structure of the egg and how a chick grows. All the children then enjoyed finding out how eggs could be cooked.

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.

 

 

'Using words to describe the environment around us'

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'Using words to describe the environment around us' 8 Wet water
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'Using words to describe the environment around us' 11 Working together

The seedlings

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The seedlings 3 Start them early.... photosynthesis
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This week we have been spending sometime learning about the seedlings and seeing how much they had grown over the last few weeks. The children made an observational drawing and learnt about the parts of the plant and how they helped the seedling grow strong. We then ran two activities that focused on using language to describe the environment around us. They had to find specific objects to then create a sentence and also use photos to find a specific element within the outdoors.

Can you use a map to help navigate?

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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.  

Making charcoal to draw with....

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Making charcoal over the fire. The older children understood that the charcoal was the carbon that was left after all the bad fumes escaped out of the hole in the tin. They also identified the black substance in the tin was bad stuff from in the sticks from the Carbon Dioxide, tar. They were able to apply there 'old' knowledge from last term and tell me that trees take in Carbon Dioxide and give out oxygen. 

Planting and Increasing confidence on the bikes

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Get Planting!

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.

Spring term-First half 2016

This term we are thinking about;

'I know my rights and responsibilities. 'I know how and when they change'.

  • Week 1- Welcome back, how can we look after what we have got? At Courtlands we are lucky to have equipment to help us learn, we are learning new skills so that we can look after it.
  • Week 2- Direct link to PE in school curriculum. Target practise and learning how to aim will provide the children with basic skills to prepare for archery in the summer term. 
  • Week 3- Dinosaurs, an investigation to find dinosaur bones in the school grounds. Pretend to be an archaeologist. Enquiry and investigation skills.
  • Week 4- Big bird watch, understanding the importance of birds within our school and how important they are to the environment. 
  • Week 5- National green week- What can we do? Thinking about our impact on the world. How we can think, care and support the environment.
  • Week 6-Weather, What is the weather doing? Know that the weather changes and be able to interpret what it's going.

Displays

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Ash Class Gold LOtC trip; Ash class enjoyed their trip to the University St.Mark and St.John climbing wall. Two weeks at the wall saw all the children improve! They can't wait to get their next four stars so that they can go again.

Climbing-Ash Class Gold Reward

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Big Bird Watch; A few of the classes in the school took part in the RSPB Big Bird Watch. They enjoyed being observant and spotting the birds on their sheet.
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Helping out in the garden; Willow class enjoyed sorting out the Wild flower bed!

'I am aware that it is important to care for the environment'

Playing in the wild weather!

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Playing in the awful weather; This weeks weather has been awful and it created quite a lot of challenges. It was important to show the children that you can still have fun and enjoy being out in all weathers. We played in the puddles and in the mud! 

A taste of Parkour

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Elm Class LOTC Gold Trip

Exploring the woodland

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Pine class gold trip!

'What do you know about Dinosaurs?'

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'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.

Target Practise

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Three activities that required different aiming skill and practise. Welly wanging, shoot the duck down, can shy. The children followed strict instructions on waiting their turn on a line, and aiming from a specific point on command. They had to check that it was safe at all times and decide how best to aim at the target.

Data recording, practical maths.

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Bike Maintenance

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Being bike mechanics, learning how to check the chain, making sure it has enough oil. Learning how to put the chain on. Learning how to pump up a tyre and understanding when it has a puncture.

Autumn Term-Second half 2015

This term we are thinking about 'I can identify risks and know how to behave'

  • Week 1- Fire Safety-Identifying the risks of the fire in the secret woods and understanding how to be safe around it.
  • Week 2-Remembrance week- Poppy puzzle, what does the poppy represent? Time for discussion, thoughts and time to remember those that died for us. Also starting woodwork- identifying the risks and how to stay safe.
  • Week 2- Three little pigs, playing in the mud, making houses. Acting out the story-EYFS and 1&2
  • Week 3-Farming and measure- 3,4,5 & 6-Two activities; On the farm with the lower school; giving the children a taste of some of the activities that would happen on a farm. Labour jobs, moving earth and pushing wheelbarrows, milking a cow and building a tractor. The children worked together to achieve a task, problem solved to build the tractor, discussion of ideas and role play. The upper school were carrying out an investigation to find the oldest tree in Widey woods. The measure the trees in different ways and even measure the height of the tree to see which was the oldest!
  • Week 4-Being creative in the outdoors-3,4,5 & 6- continuing making snowmen and starting leaf lanterns. The children this week are using the scooters to provide opportunities for creative play and independent thinking.
  • Week 4- Pretend play- EYFS and 1&2- search and rescue. Find Woodie who is missing around school, he is injured how can we help him.
  • Week 5-The effects of the wind and first aid- 3,4, 5 & 6-The children learnt about how to look after someone when they are injured. To look for Danger, a Response from Mr. Woodie, to check his Airway and see if he was breathing. They also investigated 'The Wind' and asked questions to explore the strength, direction and affects.
  • Week 5-EYFS, The Stick Man trail through Widey Woods- creating their own Stick man character the children took him on a walk to find the stick man trail. They had to find and follow the story, acting out and carrying out activities as they went along. The children's comprehension of the story was evident in the fantastic writing they produced.
  • Week 6-  Stick Man 1,2,3 & 4 and Hibernation 5 &6 , talking and investigating what hibernation is. Carrying out a science experiment about hedgehogs body temperature and helping a hedgehog prepare for Winter.
  • Week 7 Christmas games- musical bikes and Christmas jigsaw. Finding the jigsaw pieces around the the school grounds to create a picture of Christmas.

Christmas Fair

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The children have been constructing these snowmen over the term to sell at the Christmas fair. Who can resist their character, everyone individual.

Hibernating Hedgehog

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Talking to the children about hibernation, they received a baby hedgehog that they had to look after to prepare for hibernation. We carried out an experiment with warm water bottles to see how the hedgehogs body temperature changed in the cold. They foraged for food, berries and insects to fatten him up. Then walking round the school they looked for signs of hedgehogs moving around school boundary. They then created a warm cosy nest for winter hibernation. 

Hibination

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This is the work that the children produced, in response to the lesson on hibernation. They wrote about how the hedgehog prepares for Winter.

An account of stick man's adventures

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The children wrote a short paragraph about one of the adventures that Stick Man had with them.

Stick Man Trail

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Reading the story walking around the woods, the children acted out the story with the Stick Man they had made.

Stick Man's Adventure

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Following the Stick Man Trail

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Stick Man-A trail through the woods.

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First Aid-'Caring for Mr. Woodie'

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D.R.A.B

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Finding signs of Winter and being creative.

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An adventure to find granny.

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Building upon awareness of the school grounds and orientating themselves around the site. Conker class went on a hunt to find granny. They collected the characters until they found granny inside, she invited them in for tea and biscuits.

Wood work-Snowmen

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Red Riding Hood

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Milking cows

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Sensory and fine motor skill activity, to milk the cow.

On the farm, book work.

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Working on our farm

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Welcome to Courtlands farm, our school farmers have been working hard on the land. They have been working in the fields to move soil, fixing a broken tractor to drive to the fields. Milking Daisy the cow in the milking parlour. 

Building a tractor

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'We are farmers and we are making a tractor to work on the farm'.

An investigation to find the oldest tree in Widey Woods.

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The oldest tree in Widey woods

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The oldest tree in Widey woods 3 A more accurate measure
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Remembrance week

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Early Years 3 little Pigs story and Muddy Play

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Early Years 3 little Pigs story and Muddy Play 2 Huff Puff blow the house down
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Early Years 3 little Pigs story and Muddy Play 6 Big bad wolf
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Remembrance Week and Wood Work

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A new member of LOtC- Outdoor Puppy Lulu

A new member of LOtC- Outdoor Puppy Lulu 1 8 Weeks old and helping in the garden
A new member of LOtC- Outdoor Puppy Lulu 2 Small enough to fit in a pouch
A new member of LOtC- Outdoor Puppy Lulu 3 10 Weeks and growing into her Courtlands uniform

A very damp week.....

A very damp week..... 1 Playing with the broom
A very damp week..... 2 Trying the baked potatoes
A very damp week..... 3 Simple safety for EYFS
A very damp week..... 4 Walking round the pretend fire
A very damp week..... 5 Sheltering from the rain
A very damp week..... 6 Baked potatoes
A very damp week..... 7 Not too sure....
A very damp week..... 8 Something to warm you up

Autumn Term-First Half 2015

This term we are thinking about 'Being kind to our friends'

 

  • Welcome back LOtC- remembering the routine and showing our new friends what we do in Outdoor Learning.
  • History week- How does a fire start? How can we be safe around the fire?-Linked to the fire of London and the ancient Greeks use of fire the children will be learning how to light fires and how to be safe around them.
  • Movement in the outdoor-focusing on developing balance, the children will be set challenges that involve balancing and concentration.
  • Nature Detectives-identify colours in nature through a colour match game. Using sticky back plastic to collect colours and create a collage which represents the current season.
  • Working together- Using our voices to share instructions to get our group to complete a task.
  • Harvest-How does our food get to my dinner plate?

    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.

  • Movement in the Outdoors- Scooters and Climbing.
 

 

 

Poly tunnel cooking classroom.

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Making Leek and Potato Soup

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Autumn, signs of autumn and harvesting produce.

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Beach Schools

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Beach school South West approached the school, they announced that they had funding to take a class on an trip to learn at the beach. They had chosen our school because 'we were the group that they had most enjoyed over the summer months', they felt that 'our children gained most from the opportunity, and could see the enjoyment that the children had. We would like to thank Lisa Downing the beach schools practitioner who led the session and was enthusiastic and kept the children engaged, we look forward to seeing you again in the future. 

Wembury Beach with Beach Schools South West

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Summer Term - Second Half 2015

 

This term we have been thinking about 

'Fixing Problems'

 

The children have been:

 

  • drawing with charcoal from the fire.
  • creating faces with things they have found on a nature hunt.
  • on a treasure hunt to find gold coins around the school.
  • improving their archery skills.
  • helping their friends around a night line in the secret woods.
  • challenging themselves and their friends on the bikes
  • on a beach schools day to Wembury to rock pool
  • making and cooking pizza on the camp fire
  • trying to solve the problem of the leaky pipe
  • learning new forest skills
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Summer Term - First Half 2015

This term we are thinking about Working Together.

'Lets Work Together'

 

The children have been:

  • learning with their friends in the woods and eating bananas cooked on the camp-fire.
  • learning about road safety on the bikes.
  • helping their friends climb.
  • cooking noodles, macaroni cheese and rice pudding on the trangias.
  • orienteering in Widey Woods
  • planting the peas into the flowers beds
  • eating the lettuce
  • weeding with the school chickens
  • to Central Park Skate Park

 

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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:

  • talking about what new things they have learnt on the bikes, in the garden, the forest and on the scooters.
  • making bird feeders
  • planting pea, leek, tomato, onion and sunflower seeds.
  • weeding, hoeing the flower beds and adding new compost
  • in the secret woods pretending to be Robin Hood!

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.

Natural Connections Pupil, Parents and Carers surveys

http://www.growingschools.org.uk/about/natural-connections

Why we are running these surveys?  The Natural Connections project we are keen to understand pupil and parent / carer views of LINE in project schools. The surveys will take 5 minutes to complete and the results used to contribute to the project evaluation. The results will be anonymised and no individual or school will be identified.
If you could promote the links for the surveys on your school website or in your school newsletter then that would be extremely helpful. As we are asking respondents to indicate which school they attend, the project can produce a summary of responses for your school. If you would like this please let Martin Gilchrist know.Martin.gilchrist@plymouth.ac.uk
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Spring Term - First Half 2015

 

This term we have been learning how to solve problems

'Is that a problem'

 

The children have been:

  • solving problems with their friends. Building the tallest tower, keeping their team on the melting iceberg, walking with giant feet and many more problems.
  • On the RSPB Big Bird watch
  • solving skill problems on their bikes and building their own courses to ride around
  • crossing the tyrolean rope bridge
  • working out if they have had a problem with the archery and how they could solve it
  • cooking hot chocolate on the storm kettle.
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Autumn Term - First half 2014
This term we are learning about working together and 'Helping our Friends'
The children have been:
  • eating carrots, tomatoes, beans and raspberries from the garden
  • digging up potatoes with their friends
  • on the scooters and bikes
  • welcoming our two new guinea pigs and three new chickens to the school
  • pulling up the leeks
  • orienteering, matching shapes, numbers and letters
  • cooking soup on the trangias made from our leeks and potatoes we grew in the garden
  • helping our friends around an assault course
  • cooking and eating the potatoes we grew on the campfire
  • matching colours and leaves
  • making hot chocolate using a storm kettle
  • learning new skills on the bikes

 

Autumn Term - Second Half 2015
This term we are thinking about how we can get better.
 
The children have been:
  • cooking on the campfire
  • making reindeer's and Christmas tress from wood
  • practising our scooter skills
  • cooking soup made from the tomatoes grown at school
  • filling pots for our bug hotel
  • orienteering
  • climbing on the wall
  • watching the squirrels

 

Jump, Jump, Jump!!

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Look I can bunny hop over the wood now

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A short video of some scooter skills

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Counting - what a good idea

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Squirrel Assult Course

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