Treewise propose 2 options exploring wildlife, charcoal making, whittling and storytelling about trees to the schools who can sign up for both or either.
1.to run a 2 hour outdoor workshop for each school on a site on the disused rail line near the school.
2. to do a day event for all schools to take part in along with 2 other local organizations.
These workshops sessions are described by Treewise as follows
Each session will start with an exploration of the site through the senses, with short session collecting, sharing sensory elements, experiencing the site without undue mediation.
Duration: approximately 2 hours.
Numbers: a maximum of 15 children in each session.
Preferred adult to child ratio: 1 to 5.
Note: Ideally adults will also engage in the sensory exercises.
DENS AND HIDEAWAYS (SCIENCE)
Activity: Collecting and using finds on site. Making clay creatures and exploring what is needed to support them. Making homes from natural found materials
Follow up exploration of wildlife habitats. It may be possible to construction insect or invertebrate habitats on site.
JOURNEY STICKS (LITERACY)
Activity: tree exploration collecting leaves, twig, bark, seeds, fruit. Whittling wands and wish sticks, sharing ancient tree lore and tree facts through storytelling.
CHARCOAL MAKING (ART)
Activity: charcoal burning to make artists charcoal, stripping bark, cutting wood to size, stacking evenly, includes a demonstration of fire craft skills and fire safety.
It may be possible to follow with a mark making session to include earth pigments leaves and berries possible mapping.
These workshops will address elements of the key stage 1 curriculum –
Life processes and living things:
– the differences between things that are living and things that have never been alive
– that animals, including humans, move, feed, grow, use their senses and reproduce
– to relate life processes to animals and plants found in the local environment.
Humans and other animals:
– about the senses that enable humans and other animals to be aware of the world around them.
Living things in their environment
– find out about the different kinds of plants and animals in the local environment
– identify similarities and differences between local environments and ways in which these affect animals and plants that are found there
– care for the environment.
ART Craft and design
– investigate the possibilities of a range of materials and processes
– try out tools and techniques and apply these to materials and processes, including drawing
– represent observations, ideas and feelings, and design and make images and artefacts
Knowledge and understanding
– materials and processes used in making art, craft and design
Skills knowledge and understanding:
– sequence events and recount them in appropriate detail
– how ideas may be linked in sentences and how sequences of sentences fit together.
Breadth of study:
– to communicate to others
– to create imaginary worlds
– to explore experience
– to organise and explain information