All the way to the A14
They will help people find some places where we go to…the signs will stay here forever (William)
Taking their own signs they had made for the woods, the reception class led their year 3 colleagues and a group of parents on an detailed tour of the woods on this sunny morning. Their knowledge of this extensive park – both real and fantastical – was amazing. Our group began at Slippery Mountain, but then went all the way to the A14 and the secret pond via Angel Grass, coming back via Harry Hill.
Ariana (year 3), who had never been before, said it’s so far – if you tried to ride a horse this far, we wouldn’t get there. I really want to measure it.
Between the Split Path and the Button Tree, we gathered around Jessica from year 3 to hear a story her Dad had told her of the wild man in the wood:
A man was sick of city life and ran away to the woods. He ate bugs. He had no contact with human beings. If it’s shaky around the woods, it could be him. He could be anywhere. If you get lost, he could help you.
The signs were made using rice paper and clay paint so that they could disintegrate naturally and the park management had agreed these could be left there for other visitors to discover. The children were very thoughtful about where to place their signs and seemed eager to share their stories and discoveries, sometimes inviting the year 3s to add their observations too. Louis wanted to hang his high up beside the Slippery Mountain whilst Jim wondered if his sign of a scarey monster might be frightening for people and decided that under the A14 was good because it tells you where the monster of the lake is.
Back in the circle with all the other groups, we heard that a new place had been discoved plus a special branch that seemed to map the park on its bark. This was carried back to school by a group of the year 3s to be part of their afternoon activities.