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Thursday, 11 November 2010

Creative Choices

This term the children have been choosing an activity to get involved in every Monday afternoon. Now that we are reaching the end of phase 1 of this project it's great to see how each group has developed as the weeks have gone by.
The weaving group has learned how to weave with a variety of materials; pipe cleaners, straws, card, wool and plastic.
The group has made great progress with their weaving skills and it has been very interesting to observe their efforts as the age range goes from 4yrs to 11yrs. The children love when they get a chance to be in a mixed age group and the teachers find that it brings out the best in everybody; children help each other, talk to kids they maybe haven't spoken to before, and have fun together without feeling that they have to look cool in front of their mates.
At Kilmartin, we all love to use recycled materials in our creative ventures as much as possible and so for the final 2 weaving sessions the children are using strips of cut up plastic carrier bags to decorate our horrible, ugly security fence.
The children loved this activity and even though it was a freezing cold and wet day, they persevered. Now they are proud of their coloured weaving fence and have a new activity that they can do at playtime. The children also realised that there are other ugly fences around the school and can't wait to get weaving on those as well!

Forest Schools

At Kilmartin P.S. the children are incredibly fortunate living in such a beautiful rural setting. We try to make sure that we make the very best use of out surroundings and regularly take the children outside to experience their environment.

We are also very fortunate to a have a trained Forest School leader on the staff. The children only have to walk a short way along a country road to get to a small forest where they have the most wonderful time exploring and being creative with nature.

No matter the time of year, they go out to explore and the children always find something interesting to do! Jumping up high to catch leaves is great fun when you are 3.

Before Hallowe'en the kids went along to the wood and made besoms out of twigs!

There's always something interesting to find, observe and find out about.
At other times, we bring the outdoors indoors. Here the children are creating a bug habitat in compost. Great for little fingers!