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.
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.