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Acers ace morning

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Another lovely morning for Acers class today…fire lighting, creating, working together, learning and discovering!

Learning what sticks to use, and how to sort them…

What a lot of fun we had whilst learning…!


Digging for numbers…

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

What a muddy fun-filled day for Oaks and Firs! In the digging pit today, we found lots of numbers buried in the soil. After lots of digging and searching (and discovering a few worms along the way), we matched, and named the  numbers and counted out different amounts of conkers and fir cones.

Acers Week 2

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Acers have settled brilliantly into Forest School sessions…they are really enjoying their time out in the woods!

Today, whilst some of the children started learning how to use the fire strikers and how to build a small fire, the rest of the class got down to some fabulous outdoor maths activities with their class staff. One group made clocks, one did a counting activity and the other spent their time learning about length. What a great way to learn!

Fire lighting 

This small group learnt the principles of fire making-heat, air and fuel. They learnt how to use a fire striker safely to make a spark (heat), practised pulling up strands of a cotton-pad to incorporate air inside, and then lit it using the striker. Once they’d mastered how to do this, they worked together to build a small fire and add sticks (fuel) to keep it going. They were very proud of themselves and so they should be! They worked well together, and listened to and followed all the safety instructions they were given.

Measuring long and short

Making a clock

Counting, 1:1 correspondence, ordering numbers


Welcome to a new term of Forest School

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

It has been good to be back outside this week, enjoying all that Forest School has to offer.

Acers class started their half-term of sessions by working together in teams to play some thinking games. They were given a secret word, which they had to describe not with words-but by using things they found on the forest floor. They did a great job!

They explored the site, allowing the new children to get to know and enjoy the different areas.

Oaks and Firs started their sessions off with a nature trail. They looked for pictures of animals and plants hidden in the woods on the way to the log circle. Some children chose to go back later during the session to find them again and to match them up to a base board of pictures. (click to enlarge the pictures)

We did some counting and matching as we played in the mud kitchen, explored scientifically with pulleys and weights, tested our balance and confidence by climbing into the new hammocks and had a  wonderful time playing in our fabulous newly donated house! (thank you so much to Grace’s mummy and daddy) It’s proving to be very popular…and we discovered that with a bit of a squeeze we can all fit inside together…which may prove handy for those unexpected downpours!



Mark Making, (Forest School Style!)

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Oaks and Firs had a busy time today, finding lots of ways to make marks, draw, colour, paint and write, whilst out in the woods. Activities on offer including painting with natural brushes made using a range of different leaves, colouring and writing with squashed blackberries, and making/using mud paint.

Painting with natural brushes

Mark making with berries

Mud making and painting

…and lots of fun!


Decorations galore…

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Today we had a day indoors, making special Christmas decorations and decorating our Forest School Christmas Tree. Look at what we made…

When we’d finished , we took turns to decorate our tree with lots of different Forest School made decorations. We thought it looked lovely when it was done!

Bread on sticks

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Poplars had a lovely time this morning making damper bread by mixing flour, a little sugar and some water, and then kneeding it in a sealed bag until it formed a dough. They wrapped the dough around a clean, peeled stick and held it over the embers of the fire until it was cooked. The children had to be patient, and had to look carefully at their bread as it cooked, so that it didn’t burn. Everyone enjoyed tasting their bread…look at all these big smiles!



Early years welly walk

Thursday, 29 November 2018

It was a bit too windy this week to safely be out in the woods, so we went for a wonderful wet welly walk around the school grounds instead! And what fun we all had…look at what we got up to… (click the photos to enlarge)



Fire-lighting, crowns and squishy berries!

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Poplars had another busy morning out in the woods today! Whilst the last four children took their turn learning how to build and light a fire, the rest of the class enjoyed learning more about Vikings. They looked at and dug for Viking coins, worked on making King Alfred The Great crowns and made their own Viking paint using berries.

A barrel of laughs…!

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Another chilly day today, but (with a few extra layers on) it didn’t stop us having a marvellous time in Forest School. Oaks children found a great way to keep warm…they pulled a big barrel onto the path and worked together to roll it from one end of our site to the other. They problem solved along the way, working out how to move it when it got stuck, finding lots of different uses for it like laying over it and rolling from one side to the other and standing it upright and using it to make (very loud!) music. And in true Forest School style, we saw great team work too-and lots of helping and supporting one another.

Also this morning…Oaks were busy with ropes, raking, trying out new ways of using the swing, climbing, playing with wood discs, building towers…and a spot of Bollywood dancing and music making in the mud kitchen!

This afternoon, Firs had lots of Autumn fun climbing the leaf hill! They sat, lay and rolled in the leaves and really enjoyed throwing them up into the air.

The children kept active on the ropes, balancing on logs and along the digging pit, climbing, using the balance beams and making cup of forest tea in the mud kitchen!