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2020/21

 

With Covid disrupting our usual plans, this year's activities stay onsite.

 

Term 2


Y1: bug-hunting, making mucky bugs, bird-feeders, birdsong, Christmas games / decorations
Y6: autumn scavenger hunt, leaf identification, Christmas decorations

 

Terms 3 and 4


Lockdown: key worker children are in school and make the most of any opportunities to take learning outdoors, including: learning semaphore, team-building games, craft activities, orienteering, whittling, obstacle courses.

 

Terms 5 and 6


Y4: Egyptian-linked activities (making hieroglyphs, mummies, making scarab beetles, bug-hunting, making papyrus), team-building games, orienteering, tree ID trail
Y5: orienteering, team-building games, planting
Y6: orienteering, compasses, tree ID trail, pond-dipping, making papyrus, bug hotels, team-building games

 

September 2021


A slight easing of restrictions allows for some off-site excursions to the Chalk Pit, the Scout Hut and Palace Park Wood - see Photo Gallery from Whole Class Sessions.

 

December 2021


Increase in cases and Omicron variant restricts ability to go off-site again.
 

Jan - Feb 2022:

 

- restrictions ease and we head off-site again with Y2 and 4;

 

- 11 birdboxes (some with cameras) are installed around the school site; Forest Explorers make birdfeeders from recycled materials and take part in Big Schools Birdwatch.

 

 

March - July '22

 

Chalk Pit now off-limits until ash trees with ash die-back disease are dealt with - most likely not until next year.

 

However, other local spaces used instead - Oxenhill Shaw, Palace Park Wood, Otford Palace Garden, Otford rec, footpaths/river near Shoreham, fields behind One Stop.

 

Forest Explorers make big bug hotel next to pond.

 

Been a busy and fun-filled Spring and Summer!

 

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