There was enough ‘not raining’ periods for most of the lesson time to be spent outside learning about leaf shapes, trees, birds, mini beasts, creature habitats, den building, leaf mulch and safe fire lighting. Hedgehog houses were built and willow rings woven. The poly tunnel provided a warm, dry space to finish each lesson where apple and carrot nibbles could be eaten and hot chocolate sipped.
For the past 4 weeks in November, Ms Unwin has been working with Altarnun Primary pupils doing some Outdoor Learning activities. All 54 pupils, split into 2 groups, have been experiencing English Autumnal weather, which means rain or shine they, have been outdoors. With no wooded shelter it quickly became apparent that we needed to make and /or, adapt one. Firstly, Ms Unwin taught the children, (and teachers), how to put up a group shelter around their now bare willow dome, using tarpaulins, a long rope/ pole and giant crocodile clips. Secondly, she converted their splendid poly tunnel into a dry and warm seating area for 30. The old veg was dug up from the central raised bed, soil covered with leaf mulch bags and chip board laid on top- voila!