Parachutes outdoors are great!

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Mission in Woods - session 2

Had so much fun this morning up in the woods again.  Tarps were set up within 5 mins, like professionals now these kids!  Just as well as a few light rain showers.  Today we improved our maps of the wood and then each group chose a tree to measure the height of - by measuring a pupil who had to stand next to the tree then standing back and working out how many times that pupil would fit into the height of the tree.  Biggest beech trees were 15m high.

Next for the age, we tried measuring the girth of the tree 1m above the ground then divided by 2.5.  It made the oldest trees measured between 80 - 100 years old.  Probably about right as they are a protected strip of trees.

When the kids realised the biggest trees started growing in 1912 they were amazed!  One said they couldn't believe the trees had lived through World Wars 1 and 2.

A real moment of understanding!

Loved it today.

1 comment:

  1. Interestingly it was the First World War which made the Government realise we lacked self-sufficiency in timber and that's why the Forestry Commission was set up - or its predecessor.