Learning Outdoors

 

Friday 27th March

 

Don’t forgot Take Five and Daily Diary to get you started.

 

Try Art outside today! If you can, look up the artist Andy Goldsworthy who makes patterns and sculptures out of natural objects like leaves, sticks and stones. Most of you will remember doing this with your class, or during Out and About! Now’s the time to use and enhance your skills at home! Collect things that are laying around, but ask before picking flowers! They look better, and will last longer, growing in the soil!    

 

If you can, take a photo of your piece of art.

 

 

 

Wednesday 25th March 

 

REMEMBER looking at nature is wonderful, free and ever changing - no need to be bored if you learn how to appreciate our amazing living environment!

Start your outdoor session with TAKE FIVE - a quiet, sensory exploration and meditation on your own, in your special place in the garden. (see yesterday's post for ideas)  

Today's task is to set up a Nature Diary or Journal to which you can add an observation every day or two and eventually create a wonderful collection of the changes in your own little part of the world. It really doesn't matter how small the area is, the important thing is that you look hard and take note of it!

Record the date, time and the weather conditions. Choose a branch or twig of a  tree, bush or plant or flower, and carefully draw it  in as much detail as possible. Make  a note of any birds you see and watch them for a while to see what they are doing and where they go - they are beginning to pair up ready for nest building! Some of the birds are doing funny dances to attract each other! Can you see any minibeasts on the move? We spotted a bright yellow Brimstone butterfly in school on Tuesday and I saw a Peacock butterfly in my garden too! Beautiful!

Have fun Nature Watchers! 

 

Daily Nature Diary!

TAKE FIVE! Try to do this EVERY day, whatever the weather! Take 5 minutes to concentrate on each of your 5 senses to explore and tune into the natural environment of your garden (that’s 25 minutes altogether!)

  •  Find somewhere outside where you can sit quietly and take 5 minutes (or longer!) to close your eyes and really listen to the natural sounds you can hear – what is the loudest/quietest sound; can you identify different bird song or insects sounds; is there a breeze rustling through trees? Can you identify 5 different sounds?

  • Now open your eyes and really notice the natural living things around you – what are the smallest/largest thing you can see from where you are sitting? How many different colours are there in your garden? Can you notice 5 different types of plants ? (remember trees are plants too!)

  • How about your sense of smell? Wander slowly round your garden. Smell the earth, the leaves, the bark or twigs of trees, any flowers and even the air (sometimes the air smalls different after rain, or in warm sunshine) Try crushing or rubbing leaves between your fingers to get a stronger scent. What do you like/dislike? Would you know what something is by its smell?

  • Often we miss out our sense of touch – can you describe the texture of different natural things in your garden? A smooth or rough stone/cold earth/rough bark on a tree/furry or prickly leaves?  Be careful of any sharp thorns or stings though! Can you feel the sun on your face, or the air on your face?

  • Now – the last of your 5 senses, your sense of taste – time to savour a snack! How about a raw piece of fruit or vegetable? Chew slowly and really taste, rather than gulp your food down!  

HAVE FUN!

 

Have a look on the National Trust's site at their 50 things to do. How many of these can you achieve at home, or on a safe walk out with your family?

10 nature activities for staying at home, from the Woodland Trust.