Construction with Moving Parts

For their construction this week Year 6 children were encouraged to see if they could incorporate a moving part. They were asked to think about using the topography of the land and repurposing objects in an imaginative way.

Despite lots of chat in class about the various kinds of motions possible, whether on a horizontal or vertical plane or rotating. Once outside, swings seemed to be the order of the day. They made quite a variety, some went for a straight forward tyre swing, others opted to add it into a construction that had a storyline behind it. Rope lines were used by some groups. These are harder to put up because they require rope lines under tension. However you gain a bigger range of movement and were potentially a bit safer as there is less risk of banging into a tree trunk.

During reflection however there was a clear favourite. A slide, simple and effective, using the topography of the land, some hard plastic boards and a hammock to land in. What fun! We got to try it out, sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Reflection and feedback help the children to be inspired by each other and assess what was successful and how things can be improved.

Article 2: We all have the right to develop our personalities, talents and abilities.

Principle 1: Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School.


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