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What is it they say? Better late than never? Some ‘user error’ type technology problems, has prevented me from sharing this until now! Belatedly, enjoy…

Despite blistering heat the Gang kept Stomping, for over an hour at the Wallingford Carnival…

Three rosettes and two trophies later, it was clear that The Treehouse had triumphed yet again, despite adversity. What a Gang! What a Team! What a pleasure…

Thank you Cassie and Lou for making our float a recycling heaven. Your efforts were not in vain…your decorations look just as good in The Treehouse garden…

 

 

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I have been blogging useless recently! Perhaps looking back at just the past week at The Treehouse might explain why…

 

Sometimes facilitating inspiration, motivation, collaboration and hands on experiences is all-consuming, leaving little time for anything else. However, I think the pictures say it all…

Should we adhere rigidly to the National Curriculum, the exploration of other cultures and places could be tokenistic, scratching the surface of the real issues.

We prefer to respond to events both locally and globally, as and when they present themselves.

Last week, the starvation of innocent children in Somalia and Yemen, was much in the news. This was not an issue we would, or could, ignore. Furnished with the facts, comparing their own comfortable existence with those of children in Africa, shared on national media the Gang devised a way to help…

This small event, to which all our children contributed goods to sell, raised an incredible…

£312.30!

Which we plan to send to Africa…With Love.

To duplicate our excellent day in the woods you will need just 3 things:

Bikes, a group of people ranging from 2 years to 70! and an interest in the natural world…

With the Easter holidays on the horizon, you too might like to take part in the RSPB Wild Challenge. It certainly got the Gang going…

https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/kids-and-schools/kids-and-families/wild-challenge/whatiswildchallenge/

Although he died some time ago, the Gang today paid homage to this great man, whose writing has inspired so many youngsters to get ‘stuck into’ reading.

Our trip to Great Missenden, instigated by a parent and Trustee, was quite simply a delight. Our bevy of enthusiastic readers, relished the opportunity to find out more about his life, (which was punctuated by much sadness), the places, events and people who inspired him. The Gang’s behaviour whilst there, was outstanding…

They too were inspired to write…

Standing up…Or sitting down, as the Great man would have done…

AND…

EAT…

CAKE…

The least we could do is pay our respects…

Learning more, about both him and his family…

RIP Roald Dhal…

What better way to welcome in Spring, than a day spent on the site of our new school?

George from the RSPB joined us to show us how to make some nesting boxes…

Tony joined us to hone our moth identification skills, before releasing them…

After which we relished the time for some individual pursuits…

Some group pursuits…

And some collaborative games…

Hello Spring! Watch this space! We can’t wait to spend more time on this site…

Imagine…finding out that there was once a Roman Villa in your village…

Imagine…handling artefacts, last handled by a Roman…

Imagine…finding out that once upon a time, farming was done locally on an industrial scale…

Actually, no imagination needed. Just a 10 minute walk from our school, the Gang experienced all of this and more, as they visited the archaeological survey being done in preparation for new housing…

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The extent of which was huge…

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Our expert host Andy, proved welcoming, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable…

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The Gang in turn were attentive…

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We found out, how the colour of the soil, can indicate a ‘feature’; this time a well…

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In this ‘storage pit’ the remains of an adolescent female were found…

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The outline of a possible, enormous Roman corn dryer has been unearthed, just one of four on the site, indicating farming on an industrial scale…

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Whilst hidden under a small rectangle of blue plastic lay…

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The suggestion of a burial urn…

After one short hour, we had learned so much, some of which made our heads ‘go funny’.

All of which, was to be found on our doorstep.

I think the photos, from our 4th Treehouse Pancake Race today, speak for themselves…

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Sunshine + outdoors + people of all ages + laughter + pancakes = A community event that was…

Just flipping marvellous!

With the Treehouse 10k, 5k and Bunny Run on the horizon…

http://thetreehouseschool.org.uk/10k/

We have begun to build up the Gang’s fitness and stamina…

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Thus our Forest School session at Wittenham Clumps on Friday, started with a ‘Nixercise’ session led by Jo. Where a combination of speed walking forwards and backwards; jogging; balancing on one leg with our eyes open and closed; star jumps and tree kicks…

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In a terrain that was undulating…

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Led to demands that were punishing…

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And the final 100 steps were a killer…

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But by the end we were all energised…

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The increased heart rates and feeling of achievement, was immense.

Bring on the Bunny Run!

Come and join us.

We love to kick off a new term, with something that will get the Gang buzzing, particularly when it draws on an interest one of the team has initiated.

So, on Monday Marianne and Jonathan joined us, to regale us with news of the Plague! A young urchin and his pet rat told us how in 1665 a fifth of London’s population died as a result of the Black Death. The Gang were riveted as they found out about the gory symptoms, which included headaches, dizziness, fever, vomiting and buboes (blackened pustules found on the neck, armpit and groin that resulted in death), isolation measures and death pits! Enter the Plague Doctor…

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Whose outfit captivated and horrified us in equal measure…

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His coat and gloves, fashioned from leather…

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAs news of his role captivated both young and old. Just a year later London was in the news again…

King Charles II was on the throne, when fire broke out at a bakery in Pudding Lane…

Fortunately a young maid alerted the baker…

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Whist only 6 people perished, 13,000 houses were destroyed and 87 churches, including St Paul’s Cathedral!

Thankfully…

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Our ‘Just A Minute’ challenge revealed just how much the Gang had absorbed, as many spoke without repetition or hesitation!

Follow up activities included making and using quill pens; stuffing homemade nosegays with herbs and pot pourri; and burying a chicken! (Some were fascinated by how long it would take a body to decompose…)

Not a bad start to a new term really…