Pine grove meeting point.
Making Images With Natural Materials.
It’s interesting to see that as each group get 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 interesting other 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 the 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 crisscrossed? 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.
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.