Outdoor Learning and English
In 2016/2017 we had the most fabulous English Week linked with outdoor learning which is a strong feature of our school.
The children studied the book “Coming Home” by Michael Morpurgo. It tells the tale in poetic form of a Robin travelling home, overcoming many difficulties on his jouney to be with his mate. We watched Michael Morpurgo read the story in assembly and discussed the themes in the book.
After this our resident Outdoor Education expert Mrs Gillman gave a talk about Robins. Did you know that it is very hard to tell the male and female apart and their infamous red breast is used to mark it’s territory. The cold is the greatest threat to Robins and they can lose as much as 10% of their body weight on a cold night!
In class we thought about what home meant to us, created story maps and some acted out the key parts of the story using freeze frames. We focused closely on Michael Morpurgo’s use of language for effect.
The illustrations in the book inspired some wonderful artwork too. What talented artists we have at Kings Hill School!
Finally we made pine cone bird feeders stuffed with seeds, oats and raisins to hang in the garden and feed the birds this winter.
Perhaps a Robin might visit you in your garden!