Each week we take the opportunity to get the children outside to enjoy the beautiful surroundings that we have in, and around Greystoke School.
Every Wednesday, we visit our 'Welly Wednesday Camp' deep in the forest surrounding Greystoke Castle. It is an amazing opportunity for children in Nursery to Year 2 to develop a sense of nature and wellbeing. We aim to provide an opportunity for individuals to develop, to learn and to enjoy themselves. To provide a safe and non-threatening environment in which children can take risks, make choices and initiate their own learning. To help children understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment.
Welly Wednesday (2020-2021)
May 2020 - As part of our 'Around the World in 30 Days' topic, we have been learning about India- we have thought about what the people like to eat, how they live and today we discussed what they enjoy doing. During our Welly Wednesday session, the children got involved in playing a traditional Indian game called ‘Seven Stones’ on the bank of the camp. They then enjoyed weaving using naturally found materials and finally concluded the session with some relaxing yoga.
November 2020 - This week, the children in EYFS have been finding out about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Today at Welly Wednesday they used sticks to make the Star of David by making two triangles and combining. KS1 children got busy practising and performing their own weather reports as part of their work in science. We all enjoyed some time to get muddy too, by sliding on the mudslide, playing on the seesaw and making mud cakes in the forest kitchen!
November 2020 - The rain didn't dampen our spirits as we embarked on our Children in Need sponsored ramble around Greystoke Castle Estate and Greystoke village. While out walking, we paused at Welly Wednesday camp and fell silent as we remembered the fallen, on this Remembrance Day. By the end of our ramble the children had clocked up just over their 3 mile goal - what an achievement!!
October 2020 - A colourful and exciting session at Welly Wednesday as children in EYFS and KS1 children went looking for the signs of autumn. What a lot of autumnal colours were seen as we hunted for conkers, leaves, acorns and sycamore seeds.
September 2020 - EYFS and KS1 children enjoyed a sunny afternoon at the 'Welly Wednesday' camp. As part of our whole school topic 'Here We Are', we explored the outdoor environment and completed three challenges. We made stick frames, wind streamers using recycled bags and investigated the forest floor, hunting for bugs!
Welly Wednesday (2019-2020)
February 2020 - Bird Spotting & toasted marshmallows
February 2020 - Looking for signs of wildlife
January 2020 - Making bird houses
January 2020 - Making Bird Feeders
November 2019 - Maths in the outdoors
November 2019 - We're going on a leaf hunt!
November 2019 - Autumn leaves are falling down...
October 2019 - Welly Wednesday Camp Gets a Face Lift
September 2019 - A Listening Walk / Autumn Walk
Welly Wednesday (2018-2019)
June 2019 - The Day the Dragon Came!!!
May 2019 - Spring Time (Exploring minibeasts, time and working together)