On their 'outdoor classroom' sessions through out October and November the bonfire at the bottom of School Lane has been a source of lots of exploration!The 'raw materials' mysteriously appeared and the pile seemed to get bigger each week! Of course we all had to investigate closely.
The two year olds found apples still on one of the branches and one of the 4 year olds recognised the oak leaves on another.
The 3 and 4 year olds are learning to identify trees they come across on their walks, like the distinctive bark of the silver birch and the size and shape of the oak trees.
The children didn't see the pile of branches arriving but they were able to watch the farm and estate actually constructing the bonfire http://www.overburyestate.co.ukLots of the nursery children went to the display and talked about it the following week at group time and made lots of lovely bonfire pictures. Staff were able to do lots of assessment in the areas of Communication and Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World, http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf
Other 'outdoor classroom' sessions have been great fun;
collecting different leaves, getting 'used to' going to the church (in readiness for nativity practises!)...