Mental Maths Helps to Make it Rain

After the sad loss of The Queen, it was lovely for the children and residents to celebrate her life and love of the outdoors in The Platinum Parterre garden, we created together, to mark her Jubilee. The new greenhouse is going up and the planting has taken root, the foliage is flourishing and the pond has cleared.

Neil Canavan, the artist who created the gardens driftwood pergola, has been working with residents during the summer to create pallet benches and begin to build a rainmaker sculpture. Todays jobs, first to finish the painting, put the benches in the garden and then to start to piece together the rainmaker.

This required some precise mental maths to work out the pivot points. The children talked through their working out, often with some debate. These central points will be drilled, then a steel bar and fixings will run through each one. Ultimately each box should spin on its axis, creating the sound of rain. The children tried to guess what materials were inside to make the different pattering sounds.

As the wind picked up, the maths continued inside, as Peter taught some of the children how to play Dominos.

Principle 3: Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

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