Autumn /Winter Sessions
Knowing basic knots is always a good skill to have so 3S spent a morning putting their fine motor skills to the test. We learned the overhand and square knot, as well as a half turn with hitches, though I'd guess we don't really remember the names! Then we went outside to practice our knew skills by testing out which knots work for different purposes.
We are extremely fortunate to have access to a large amount of green space at Mount Stewart, but we don't have many trees on flat or accessible ground, so we've decided to plant some! With help from the Woodland Trust and the Mayor of London tree planting project junior school students planted nearly 100 trees across both schools. With our heavy, clay-based soil it was definitely a challenge and really, really muddy!
More Mini-den Building
It was 3S's turn to create mini-dens though their people were a little bit bigger. The pirate Davy Jones and Batman were among the figures who needed a little outdoor living space. Some builders were focused more on open air living, while others wanted to ensure a sturdy roof over their characters. Either way, there were imaginative ideas on display in each mini-den.
Sorting by Characteristics
Students were asked to collect items that they thought were interesting, due to their colour, shape, appearance or just because they didn't know what it was. They were then asked to group them with other objects with similar characteristics and asked to describe their groupings. We had many leaves grouped due to colour and shape, but other objects grouped by size, texture, and even the fact they left marks on our hands (berry juices.)
Stick picture frames
We used fine motor skills today to learn some simple knots and apply them to a project. We choose and collected sticks of the correct length and thickness in the playground then and used fine motor skills to tie them together. In the end we had some lovely frames, though they were harder to assemble than you'd think!
Sometimes your mini-people just want to live outside, so 3M designed and built mini-dens for them. They had to consider how to keep them comfortable and dry, so there were a lot of creative ideas for beds and other furniture. Some even had a food supply nearby.
Working in the Garden
The students have been hard at work harvesting some of the produce that has grown over the summer. The beans were past their best and will be used primarily for seed, but the tomatoes were ready for eating!