Aut 1 Forest School
“Where We Live” in the World pupils were introduced to the topic of where they live and were shown in context with the World, Hemisphere, Continent, UK (and associated Countries), England, County, Town and Village. Pupils were guided to work together in groups to build a map of the UK with naturally found resources. They were also guided on differentiating the 4 countries of the UK and their capital cities. This was recorded on group worksheets. Living in Stafford- pupils understood where they live in England, Stafford compared to the capital city and the size of the country. They were given context and history to Stafford, from its origins in name "ford" by a staithe (landing place) and community along with its prominent industries (Food Grains, Pottery, Shoes). Recreating Stafford industries they were tasked with designing their own favourite shoe in small groups then modelling their shoe design with clay in small groups. (pottery connection) The Stafford knot- pupils discussed the “Stafford knot” and how it became a symbol of unity for Staffordshire through history and is an emblem in many places. They were shown how to tie the “Stafford knot” and how this could be used. They then demonstrate the ability to tie the “Stafford knot”.
Where we go to school – basic mapping- pupils were taught the basics of mapping and the “birds eye view”. They examined the maps of the school’s grounds and where they go to school. They investigated key features in the school grounds. They created a version of their own school map and the key features they had seen. (Worksheet or 3D map using natural resources). Pupils were taken on a treasure hunt taking into consideration direction and distance and making Popcorn from corn grains. Pupils were taught how to be safe around fires and fire resources and equipment. They were also shown how corn (grains) can be roasted into popcorn for them to enjoy.