Pine grove meeting point.
Making Images With Natural Materials.
It’s interesting to see that as each group gets a different box each week they create their own ideas, so what they do differs from how those materials were used the week before. This week images and words were combined with the group who had the sea stones and chalk box. They began with words. A rock labeled so it could be seen camouflaged on a jumper. Then they made images – turtles and labeled them. Then one child re-labeled his turtle and it became a sun.
Our focus this week was the Mountain Ash and spiders and webs.While looking closely we find lots of other interesting things on the way. Each week it takes us longer to reach our camp as children stop and examine their finds.
We found different shaped webs. We noticed that there were a lot of webs on the hog weed seed heads and on the gorse. We observed the spiders and gently vibrated the webs.There were seeds and flies trapped in some of the webs.Here are some of the things we discussed.
Observe spiders and their webs. Count the spider webs. Notice them. Gently touch the web with a stick so as not to break it but to experience the stickiness and elasticity of the web. Notice the spider. Is it off to the side in a “den”? Is it in the centre? How does it act when you approach? Is there a spider sac in the web?
- What shape is the web?
- Why do you think it’s that shape?
- Do you think the silk is all the same?
- Why does a spider have a web?
- When an insect gets caught in the web, what happens?
- Describe the web. Is it criss-crossed? Is it in a sheet? How are the threads held together?
- Spiders release two types of silk. What is the purpose of each type?
What do you think a spider does when it is frightened?
Creating a string web.
We had a look at this diagram to use as a starting point to making web.
The children worked in pairs.
The pairs were asked to choose three rigid branches to create a string triangle or use a peg to anchor the threads to the ground. Using this frame,they crossed lengths of string from one side to the other.We had discussed that spiders are like fishermen only their nets are air nets instead of sea nets.The aim of their webs was to make the holes small enough so they could trap things. When they had finished they threw leaves at them to see what they could trap.
David noticed that he could make sounds when he vibrated the strings on his web.
Ms. Dungan’s 4th class.
We made some spider webs using string. We had to problem solve and co-operate to create them.
We played a maths game involving 90 degree and 180 degree angles.
We used field guides to discover what was around us.https://www.opalexplorenature.org/identification
We found lots of interesting things.
Alex and Benan were looking for acorns under an oak tree and got to see a grey squirrel eating a nut. They didn’t find any acorns though!
After hearing a story about Oisín and his youth, we continued developing skills needed to get into the Fianna such as jumping over things without breaking stride. Abby helped us learn by demonstrating her parkour skills which are a modern day equivalent.
– the glimmer of the sea (many photos)
– how there was moss at the bottom of most of the trees but not at the top. (photo)
– a spider web in a stone
– a beetle caught in a spider web on a rotten piece of bark
– a boat really far out in sea
– that our spider webs looked better from far away
– how flat and calm it was
– it’s fun to poke yourself with gorse for some reason
– a helicopter flying overhead
– an ash tree overhead with lots of keys (photo)
We had our lunch and our sit spot out on the rocks and really noticed the changing light on the sea. Abby took some beautiful photographs of this.
Our story this week was about Oisín’s birth.In the story we hear how Oisín has to undergo challenges to join the Fianna. He has to run through a forest without disturbing the hair on his head, pluck a thorn out of his foot while running and running under a branch no taller than his knee.
Sixth class create their own challenges by making an obstacle course for each other.
Fourth class practice fox walking.They have to sneak up to the ‘farmer’ who is blindfolded. The do this by learning how to walk like a fox.
Ms. Dungan’s 6th Class.
We’re preparing for being the leaders for welcoming our parents to the forest next week. We remembered the three golden rules. (Keep yourself safe and happy. Keep others safe and happy. Keep nature safe and happy.) We’ve chosen a game called Fox and Rabbit to get us active at the start of next week.
We found loads of things using our field guides, including lots of spider webs that were helpfully glistening in the sun. We even found a spider web between two sticky back seeds. And a few spiders!
We identified rowan, ash, oak and beech trees. We found dock leaves, plantain, bramble, hogweed and clover.
We kept finding spiders and other creatures such as earthworms, woodlice and slugs.
We created our own spider webs which worked very well as traps! They all looked so different.
We developed our Fianna skills and some of us were able to do trunk jumps!
We paid attention to:
– how many pine needles there are and how painful they can be
– a woodlice on the rock that was blending into the soil and I wouldn’t have noticed it if we hadn’t had our sit spot
– when I threw grass up in the air it flew into Isabel’s face
– there was only a tiny bit of wind
– that there was loads of gorse to one side of me and loads of trees to the other side
– the sun made a sun bridge to Bray Head
– that we were almost in line with this low cloud
– how many bugs were on the inside of the log
– the wind blowing on the cobwebs we made