Y4 Dalby Forest Field Trip

Yesterday, Y4 embarked on their field trip to ‘The Great Forest of Yorkshire’ Dalby Forest! What a fantastic day we had! Children, you were fantastic and were all amazing geographers and ambassadors for the school. Here’s how the day went:

Sniverdale Rabbit Run Hike – 2.2miles. 

The purpose of our hike was to compete a native forest with what we have learned about the rainforests of the world. Children identified the types of trees and quickly found that the area of the forest we were in was predominantly evergreen. We veered off the track and explored the forest floor to find that little grew there and the understory and canopy was pretty much non-existent. Children enjoyed feeling the spongy masses of needles under their feet! On the hike, we also found an area of trees which was cut down. After initial cries of ‘DEFORESTATION!’, we soon learned that this was a larch planation. Counting the rings of the trees we learned that they were planted around 60-70 years ago and were now being cropped for timber and more would be planted in their place. Relief!

Counting the rings of the larch logs

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“So it’s like a farm but it just takes ages to grow before you can harvest them”

Enjoying the sights and sounds of the beautiful forest.

 

Field Studies

The next part of our trip was some field studies. We had a number of activities to complete. First, there was some measuring of trees and calculating their age and heights. We also samples leaves and discussed the different trees produce seeds and reproduce. Children were also very excited complete our field studies in Dalby Beck which runs along the dale. In the water, children measured the water depth, the speed of he river and investigate the river bed. This was very enjoyable but quite cold!

Farai with a river bed sample!

Kye measuring the depth with a stick which was then measured against a tape measure.

Lacie, Sophia, Olivia, Fatima and Noah sampled different areas of the river bed and found different materials from large rocks to fine sand. 

 

Year 4 Dalby Forest 2022! Well done children and thank you for a fantastic day out!

 

Forest School Perfume…

Foundation Stage look forward to their Forest School Tuesday’s! And today we had great fun making our own perfumes…

We have been noticing the weather changing this week as the seasons begin to change and the world around us starts to grow again, the flowers, the bee’s, the tree’s! It’s all coming to life, the buds appearing and the shoots in the ground beginning to bloom. It’s the little things that you notice when you stop and take time to watch and listen… but these little things make a big picture of what’s happening in the world all around us.

We decided to go on a nature walk around school, looking for things that we could use to make our own perfumes and scents of spring. We talked about different flowers and weeds and collected bits from the ground and around us, using our senses…touch and smell. We talked about textures and scent and made observations of everything we saw.

We collected our findings and brought them back to our Forest School kitchen where we got stuck-in cutting, pulling, mixing, chopping, squashing, picking, stirring, pouring and sieving our very own Spring scents! We added a touch of colour, a splash of glittery magic and a lot of care and love into our recipes!

We compared scents with our friends, some smelt very strong! We discussed what we could smell and which ones we preferred…

Year 1 fieldwork

Year 1 are becoming confident geographers. At the start of the lesson we re-capped the 7 continents and understand that we live in Europe. We then used Digimaps to explore the United Kingdom, England and finally looked at Hull the city where we live. After, we looked at a variety of maps and photographs to identify our school. We were really interested to see how things look as a ‘birds eye view’ on aerial mode compared to ground level.

Next we set off on a walk around the school site to identify different features within school.

When we got back to class we started to put our features onto a key which will later be placed on our sketch map next lesson.

 

 

 

This week in geography we looked at a variety of different maps. We looked at a map of the United Kingdom and re-capped the four countries and their capital cities. We also looked at street maps, transport maps and a holiday park map. We discussed how maps had keys to help people identify where different things can be located.

We then looked at a map of Beatrix Potter’s world in the Lake District. On this map are a variety of different characters from the stories. We gave our partners oral instructions to find the different characters using locational and positional language.

Maisie using positional language.

Stanley using positional language.

To extend out learning we identified the different human and physical features found on the map.

We are excited to create our own map of our school next week.

The United Kingdom

In Geography this week, Year 2 have been learning about the four countries that make up the United Kingdom. They can now locate these on a map and label the surrounding seas. They have also been learning about the four capital cities.

We have learned that Queen Elizabeth II lives in London and we will be learning more about London next week!

 

positional language

In geography this week year 1 have ben talking about positional language.

We know lots of words like next to, in front of, behind, above and below.

We used these words to tell our friends where we wanted them to stand on a grid with pictures of Beatrix Potter characters.

We had lots of fun giving instructions to each other and then checking the instructions had been followed correctly.

Stand above the start

Stand next to Peter Rabbit.

We also looked at a compass and had a go at giving instruction to each other to move around the grid using North, South, East and West.

Take a step North from the start.

Where did the Anglo Saxons and Vikings come from?

In Year 5 have been discovering where the Anglo Saxons and Vikings came from, why they came to Britain and whereabouts in Britain they settled.

We started our lesson by using Digimaps, atlases and globes to recap the names and locations of the continents and the oceans and to locate countries that we had previously studied in history and geography.

We focused on the Angles, Saxons and Jutes (the three tribes that are commonly referred to as the Anglo Saxons) and discovered that they came from Denmark, The Netherlands and Germany. Using our maps, we located these countries. We then looked at the three main reasons why the Anglo Saxons came to Britain and where they settled. The Angles settled in East Anglia, the Jutes in Kent and the Saxons in Wessex, Sussex, Essex and Middlesex.

Finally, we looked at the Vikings and learned that they came from an area called Scandinavia – which includes the countries Norways, Sweden and Denmark. We located these countries using our maps and atlases and then looked at the reasons why the Vikings came to Britain, such as the land in Britain was more fertile for farming and Scandinavia was becoming overcrowded.