6 weeks completed!! I am very near the finish line of my placement and I have been very busy as usual at Hyde Park Source.
Week 6 was pretty hectic and it felt like the week never stopped. We done so much this week and we spent two days in Hetchell Woods with Leeds Coppice Workers. Wednesday we took a group from the Rosebank group and a family from the Killingbeck group. We went to Hetchell Woods and we spent the day there doing outdoor activities, such as den building, fence building and learning about the woods and what the role of the Leeds Coppice Workers is within the woods. The day was overall very successful with one or two hiccups, one being we had a young child upset because his wellies got muddy...something that we could not avoid considering the environment. Behla made a hot lunch which was a nice treat in the woods, tomato soup and cheesy pitta breads! I left Hetchell Woods on Wednesday, muddy, tired, but excited to be back there again the next day.
Thursday we took a group from 'Cross Green Community Group' out to Hetchell Woods, they were very excited and ready to go to the woods and get stuck into the work. Thursday was a completely different day to Wednesday because the group dynamic was different as they were a lot older. We done more work with the woods, we done layering and some tidying up of the woodland area. We learnt so much about what layering is, what coppicing is and why is it essential for this to happen in order to benefit the woodland areas.
Friday at Richmond Hill was so successful because we had a team of 20 volunteers from NHS who came out to help us for the day. So much work was done and the progress of the sight had changes drastically from the previous week. It was brilliant to get some extra hands on the project, the work we got done on Friday would have taken weeks longer if we hadn’t have had volunteers helping us.
Next week is the start of my 7th week at placement, meaning I have only 3 left. Hopefully I will have a successful and enjoyable three weeks remaining at Hyde Park Source.
Until next time.
5 weeks down, 4 to go! I know I've said it a lot, but my time here at Hyde Park Source is just flying by, if I blink in the next 4 weeks I will have missed everything. Anyway, ill tell you about my week.
Spring bank Primary, reception Forest School finished this week, pretty sad to be finished with this group as I really took to all the children and I felt like we had built great relationships. Sad that its over but looking back and reflecting on my time at this school, I had such a great time every week, from the sessions, to the staff and more importantly the children. They were always so cheerful, bright and enthusiastic, wind, rain or snow! I think why I enjoy these sessions so much is because I have had limited experience working with children so young, and its so enjoyable, they always are happy and they say the funniest things ever which makes the session atmosphere so good! For our final session we done a 'mini beast hunt'. Very successful and very fun! We found so many 'mini beasts' and the children really got involved and had fun, which is the main thing. I will definitely be sad to not have another session with these receptions.
I hadn't been to Cross Green in a couple of weeks due to other commitments, but this week we got so much done and I was glad to be back. We are continuing to clear out the area that will be used for their new sensory garden. Two weeks previously there was a wooden fence put up to show where the new garden would end, however when we arrived at cross green's this week a part of the fence had been kicked in, annoying and unnecessary, but the group were still positive and brushed the incident off. We got on with work and we started to fix up the poly-tunnel. I am excited to get planting now that we are coming into spring, the weeks ahead seem very exciting! It was cold this week so we made a bonfire, someone forgot to bring the marshmallows however..
This week I started my 'Programme of Intervention' with Spring Valley Rangers. I was so nervous because this group, even though they are so great they can also be unpredictable. To my gratitude the young people really got involved and participated which was brilliant. They all seemed to engage with the session and were all paying attention. My programme is based on 'Healthy Eating and Exercise', for my first session I created an activity that the young people could separate healthy and unhealthy foods into two areas. We played some games and incorporated the session focus with the games also. I was really pleased and surprised at how much the group engaged and took part. Hopefully my next session goes just as well!
Richmond Hill is coming together, slowly but surely. This week we laid more path and created some steps in one of the areas where the ground wasn't level. Our first week at Richmond Hill we created a dinosaur sculpture out of excess soil, this week we created a butterfly where we are planning to make it into a flower bed. Still so much to do but it will be done, week by week. Rome wasn't built in a day was it?
Have a nice week, stay safe and get gardening.
Why is time going so fast? I have just completed my 4th week of placement at Hyde Park Source. I feel as though if I blink the rest of my time will fly past me. Once again another busy and great week on placement. Each week is always enjoyable and I think because the days are so fulfilled it is means the time goes so quick.
This week at Spring Bank Primary School we had a special request from the 'Wizard of Headingley' exciting or what?? He wanted the receptions of Spring Bank Primary School to make some magic potion for him, a potion to keep him young. This was by far my favourite session we've done. The children were so creative picking items to go into their potion. We had a magic tester, a power that when added to the potion fizzed; confirming if the potion was magical! This session really brought out my inner magical fairy side.
I missed Cross Green and Spring Valley Rangers this week as I was ill, but I was back for Richmond Hill School. This is a project that I really enjoyed because we are transforming the area into a new space for the school. We met with the school team to discuss the process and see what the next few stages are. Once again there is a lot more to come so make sure you are all keeping focused on my blog.
My 5th week starts and I have another busy week, I am starting my programme of intervention with the Spring Valley Rangers group. I am delivering a 4 week programme on 'Healthy Eating and Exercise'. Wish me luck!
Untill next time.
Week three done and dusted! The usual story in Hyde Park Source, busy every day and always something to do, but i'm not complaining! Always having different projects to go to means that I so involved with the design and planning process of each project which is really interesting.
The weather wasn't on form last week, meaning that forest school at Spring Bank Primary had to be taken indoors...we had to improvise and do something else. We made lavender bags and magically wiggley wands. I have never experienced such excitement and imagination with children, each person came up with a different magical property of their wand which was pretty funny and interesting to hear.
Wednesday was a change from the ordinary wednesday plan, Hyde Park Source had an activity with Spring Bank Primary school to do mosaics with each class. Each year group picked an animal to represent their year, such a diverse range of animals from squirrels to wolves to penguins. I had never done a mosaic before so it was definitely a learning curve for me. The finished products looked amazing!! I will get some pictures defiantly upload them on my blog.
Spring Valley Rangers, it gets more exciting, and something different happens every week. It is definitely a group that changes every week and can be very unexpected but so enjoyable. I have really started to build good relationships with the young people at the sessions and I really enjoy being apart of the sessions. Our plan for week three was to put their already made bird feeder into the ground and fill it with feed for the birds in the area. Our main activity for the session was to make wind chimes with old unused keys and plant pots. The young people had such a great time doing this and each person seemed to have a different method to how to make their wind chimes- as opposed to the original model.
Richmond Hill Friday's... Does the wind and rain have a timer to when we are working at this project? It is difficult to lay paths when the wind was so strong, but that didn't stop us and we have made so much progress with the area.
Next weeks is my fourth week with Hyde Park Source and I am so glad I have decided to do a blog following my journey on placement. I think it has really helped me and it has been something I have really enjoyed and I am looking forward to keep adding to my blog and hopefully add a gallery in the near future.
Have a good week and keep reading 'Beth's Placement Blog'. See you next time!
Hi my name is Beth. I am 19 years old and I am currently at Leeds Beckett University and in my second year studying Youth Work and Community Development. I have been placed with Hyde Park Source as part of my degree, my second year practical placement.