We took a school trip to Arlington court to explore the grounds using maps, compasses and GPS systems. We developed our map reading skills by finding letters that were hidden around the grounds, using a map of Arlington court as a guide. Once we had collected those letters it made the word volcano for a topic this term.
We then looked at how to use a GPS system alongside a map and compass in order to find different locations that had boxes with items left by other people. We had great fun doing this and enjoyed seeing what other people had left in the boxes on their visits.
In the afternoon we created their own volcanoes out of natural materials. We were each given a lump of clay which we had to mould into a volcano, then add any natural materials we could find to enhance our work. Some of us used leaves, moss and stones to develop our volcano, while others used some charcoal from the firepit to create the ash look.
We also had a go at building our own dens with blogs, branches and other natural materials. We really thought about our structures, and making our dens homely. Some of us even added chairs and a pretend fire pit to add warmth.
What a fantastic day we had!