Well, I was rather happy to see that today’s weather forecast was much better than last week’s – when we got rather wet on our nature walk!
If you follow the weeks in order, then the curriculum shows that the third week is the harvest moon, but that moon doesn’t happen for another week or two yet, so we switched for the autumn equinox week as the equinox takes place this week.
I will admit that, prior to yesterday, I knew nothing about the autumn equinox. So, I had a good read through this weeks curriculum pages and realised it was actually quite straight forward. The equinox is officially on Wednesday, but our nature walk day is today so we stuck with that.
I had a think about how I wanted to approach this, so we read about the autumn equinox together yesterday and talked about the signs of autumn, and we went for a walk in the afternoon to some of the horse chestnut (or hot chestnut as Miss E calls them!) trees to search for conkers. We got a small number and saw plenty still on the trees.
Equipment we used
Thankfully this week we didn’t need to pack waterproofs! We still donned out wellies though as the pathways can be a little muddy. I wanted the children to do some drawing outside today, so we took things for that:
- Guided Nature journal autumn hunt checklist
- pencil crayons
- Flask of hot chocolate
Our Nature Walk
We headed off first thing to our nature walk place – I’m enjoying this being a firm part of our routine at the moment. It’s nice to see the children recall the places where they have spotted different things. They were excited to have their clipboards and pens and soon spotted a spiders web along the gate as well as a golden leaf, so they were promptly ticked off the list.
We continued along the walk and came across holly (evergreen leaves) as well as a minibeast (a slug) and a clutch of berries. Mr D was most concerned that we weren’t going to find a red leaf!
They spotted a few mole hills and Miss E inspected one, declaring that the earth was soft (so she could tick that one off her list).
We managed to cross the river today – it had been much too wet last week. They had fun looking for seeds again and Miss E also found a feather here, which was another soft item. They both found some wet sticks and leaves and had fun throwing them into the very fast flowing river.
We then headed across to the garden area, where we planned to sit and enjoy our hot chocolate and listen to the sounds. The air was very still today so it was lovely to hear the birds chirping away. We managed to spot a robin bouncing along the pathway as well as some sparrows too. We didn’t spot any migrating birds – it’s a little early yet, but Mr D did remember that we usually see lots of geese migrating in the autumn, and we had a lovely chat about how they fly together in flocks. I was impressed he could recall this as it isn’t something we have talked about before, I don’t think.
We enjoyed our hot chocolates and the older two got out their pencils and drew some sketches. They both opted to draw autumn trees, not unsurprising given we had been looking at the different leaves and their colours. Mr D then, rather excitedly, spotted a lot of red leaves so he was able to tick that off his list.
We then headed back along the pathway to the car after a lovely couple of hours exploring.
Activities at Home
Other than our conker walk yesterday, we haven’t completed any activities yet this week – my parents were home this morning after two weeks away so we went to see them for lunch. I have a couple of activities planned later this week though to create some autumn equinox inspired sun catchers
Books we Have Used
Again Nature’s Day has been looked at this week. We also took a look at the lovely ‘Autumn‘ book that we have had for a few years now. This book is brilliant and was one of the first books the children used when learning about the seasons. It really is superb. I am keen to take a look at this Autumn book at some stage, as we have the Spring and Winter ones and they are superb.