We are four weeks in to our first term of Venture! All of the children have settled so well and are making new friends and we are really enjoying getting to know them all.
The group have settled into a rhythm for the day, spending time getting ourselves equipped for an adventure together and deciding where we should head to. We have had high winds, rain and extremely high tides to consider and base our choices on. When we are all suitably water-proofed and insulated and we have checked our backpacks, we head off on an adventure and spend the morning following the children’s interests and talking lots about what we find. After lunch and stories, the children help to pack up camp and we head back to the garden for play and hot chocolate.
Zoe’s favourite thing this half term has been watching the children becoming more comfortable using the natural resources that we encounter to play and learn. We have taken very little out and about with us so far, stretching the children’s ability to just play as nature intended without the adults influencing them at all. It is tricky as an adult not to jump in and direct the children when we first arrive in the woods or wherever we are headed. The children often appear to be doing ‘nothing’ at first, but if we give them space they gradually move away from us and become engrossed in something, alone or together, that we would never have dreamed of suggesting. The play that is beginning to emerge has been very peaceful and purposeful.
Jenny’s favourite thing so far has been all the things we have discovered in Hope Cove, such as the fisherman washing his lobster pots, the farmer rounding up sheep, the digger picking up bags of rubble, the drain full to the brim with water and the seals playing in the surf. All of this has highlighted to her how much we can offer the children in an ever-changing environment compared to everyday being the same room full of the same resources.
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