Owls have, once again, really enjoyed our recent forest school trips. During the past two sessions we have been busy wittling sticks, ready for using them to cook marshmallows on the fire this Friday.
There has also been lots of other exciting outdoor learning going on, including looking for signs of spring and den building!
A huge thanks to all parents who have volunteered to help.
Owls have been thinking looking at the festival of Easter and why we celebrate each year. We looked at all of the things that reminded of us and Easter and found there was a common theme of new beginnings, all linked to the Easter story. We have started to see there is more to it than just chocolate, though I'm sure we will all enjoy a little treat come Easter Sunday!
Our activities have included; writing acrostic poems based around all things Easter and also making decorative cubes with each face representing a different part of the Easter story.
On Monday we were visited by an author - Billy Bob Buttons. He talked a bit about his books, then shared with us how to plan a story. It was surprising to learn that he doesn't start with a character, or a plot, or setting; but with an audience. Most of his books are aimed at girls and boys aged 8-11.
He used some of Eagles to make a human story plan. The different heights of the children represented different levels of tension. He advised us to always have a gripping start to our stories and not to start with description. He also got us to think about teh relationship readers develop with the characters.
We voted at the end for a story for him to read to us - Billy Bob was very surprised we wanted 'The Boy Who Piddled In His Grandad's Slippers'! He thought we might want a more grown up story - but Mrs Holt and Mr Major knew better!
Eagles are improving their hockey skills weekly with our hockey sessions. They are all capable of a controlled push pass and can hit and dribble. Their defense is also good. We try not to lift the sticks above our waists to minimise any accidental contact! Charlie S and Alex B have done a sterling job of refereeing - not an easy task, especially when Mrs Holt is playing!