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Colour hunts and bow saws

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

This week, the children were hunting for woodland colours. They were fabulous at this! They matched up their colour swatches to natural objects as we walked through the woods to our log circle, then later they worked together in teams to fill an egg box with a range of different greens or browns, yellows, oranges or reds.

We were also busy this week making creations with ropes and learning to use the bow saw to cut small wood cookies…we’re hoping to use these soon to make something for our families.

Another new tool for Willows and Acers

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Children in Willows and Acers were introduced to a Bit and Brace Drill this week. They listened carefully to a tool talk, learning how to hold and use the drill, then worked in pairs to drill a hole in a small wood slice.

After last week’s successful bird feeder activity, they had asked to make some more this week.  So we tried another type…a sunflower-seed filled apple, with a special perching stick at the  bottom! They were a bit more tricky to make, but we were impressed with how resilient the children were with this activity and also when working with the drill. They kept going despite it being hard work, and didn’t give up until they had completed the task. Well done to them all!

A busy morning hammering and threading…

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Willows and Acers learnt how to safely use a hammer this week, to transfer the colour and pattern from a fern plant onto a piece of cotton material. They learnt the different parts of the hammer and how to hold and use it properly, wearing a glove on their helper hand and staying at  a ‘2 arms and a tool length’ distance from anyone else.  We’ll be using the transfers to make two things in the coming weeks!

We also helped the birds that visit our school this week. We made bird feeders, by threading cereal hoops onto wire or pipe cleaners. This was a very popular activity and the children have asked to make some more next week. Maybe we’ll find a different sort to make next time…

We hung them up on our feeding station, and Willows were lucky enough to spot a friendly robin hopping from branch to branch, waiting for us  to move out the way so that he could start eating his  treat!

And lastly…well done Acers-you were brilliant at raking up the leaves and clearing the paths today! Really excellent work, great turn taking and co-operation.

Celebration Day…dragons and noodles!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Today was multicultural celebration day across the school. Every class rotated around school and got involved in preparing and tasting foods from around the world, and in creating crafts related to each country.

Whilst others focussed on Italian, French, Indian and Greek foods, in Forest School we talked about Chinese food.

Cooking Chinese noodles was great fun! We learnt how to use the fire striker to create a spark to light the fire. Then we used the Kelly Kettle to heat water, by making a fire in the special bowl, and placing the kettle on top. We took turns to carefully add sticks to the fire.

Once the water had boiled, Mrs. Smith poured it onto the noodles…they were delicious! Some of us tried eating them with chopsticks.

We also worked together to make this amazing Chinese Dragon, using different coloured leaves. We were very proud of how fantastic he looked!

 

A home for leaf man and friends

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Look what the children discovered tucked into a tree stump as they walked  through the woods this week…

We have some very thoughtful and helpful children here at Langley School…and they were keen to help Leaf Man and his Stick friends. They quickly set about finding a spot to build a house and started to collect together what they needed. It was great to see them figuring out how to make the sticks balance and stay in the ground, and working together in collaboration with their friends.

Here they are, hard at work…

Acers

Willows

 

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, Green and Brown…

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

This week, both classes played a game called ‘I am the Wind’. The children pretended to be leaves, listening carefully to ‘the wind’, and running around the outside of the circle whenever it blew them (…I am the wind, I blow the leaves, Now I’m blowing leaves who are wearing red/have glasses/with black hair etc)

Activities on offer today included leaf threading. The children chose a pattern using colour, shape or size, and threaded the leaves together…

Leaf pictures were enjoyed by everyone…especially as we made our own mud paint!

And as always, there was opportunity for the children to choose and to be creative. One group of children worked together using up their leftover mud paint to make a lighthouse! Conkers, acorns and pine cones were used to make patterns and pictures and for filling and emptying, and different areas of the site were explored and enjoyed.

 

Leaf scavenger hunt

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Willows and Acers have had a brilliant week in Forest School…they’ve all settled into the routines and have ALL worked hard, had some super ideas, behaved really well and tried their best. Well done to them all!

We started off with a scavenger hunt, looking for leaves or other ‘forest finds’, using a range of properties. We found lots of interesting things…and shared our finds with one another.

We also set up an investigation station, with drainpipes, tubes, logs…and anything else we could find! The children found ways of making the acorns, conkers and pine cones move. It was great fun, and we saw lots of creativity.

And as well as all the usual forest activities on offer to choose from, this week, we worked together using some of the leaves we’d collected, to make an Autumn leaf bowl…photo’s of the finished bowl will be posted next week when it’s dry!


 

 

Leaf Man

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

This week, Willows and Acers were introduced to a perfect Autumnal story…Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. You can share the story at home by clicking on the link below…

The children listened to the story and then followed a trail through the forest, looking for the leaf pictures they had seen in the book.

There were pictures on 2 oak trees, 2 on some holly, 2 on hazel trees and 2 more on some elder trees. We looked carefully at each of the four types of tree, named them and took a leaf from each one. Then we matched the oak, holly, hazel or elder leaf to a leaf picture board. We were very good at finding the correct leaf shape!

Acers also found something really interesting on an elder leaf…a snail trying to have a sleep!

And look what we found…our very own leaf man in Langley Forest School!

We decided to make our own leaf picture using things  we found on the ground…look how creative both Willows and Acers were…

Maybe you could look for leaves at home, and see if they are the same or different to the ones that we found at school…

 

Leaf detectives

Thursday, 14 September 2017

This week, Acers class became ace leaf detectives! We started our morning by looking closely at one of the biggest types of tree on our site-the mighty Oak. We named and described it and all enjoyed finding Oak leaves and acorns on our way to the log circle. 

We looked at the big pile of acorns and leaves we’d collected and chose what we’d like to do next…

Some children decided to look for and collect different shaped leaves…they looked really closely and carefully before choosing which ones to thread onto their leaf kebabs…

Then they matched their leaves to the ID sheets or pictures and worked out what tree each leaf belonged to.

Some children decided to do some very creative cooking-we enjoyed a selection of delicious dishes! With lots of discussion and co-operation along the way.

A lovely first morning for Acers class, with lots of fun, new challenges and smiles aplenty!

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Welcome back!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Welcome to a new year of Langley Forest School!

Today we were really happy  to introduce both new children and a new teacher to our wonderful woods. We explored the site, recapped (or learnt) the rules and boundaries and practised the safety call ‘Sticky Elbows’. Willows class were great at this, quickly learning to stop what they were doing and go to Mrs. Smith to link elbows in a circle. We played in some of the different areas  and throughout the morning, became ‘tree detectives’…learning to find and identify Oak leaves and acorns. We all worked together at the end of the morning to create some forest art using the things we had found.

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