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Forest Faces

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Today was all about happy faces! Look at the fantastic creations our youngest children made out in the woods…

We also had fun experimenting with rolling and catching balls, learning how to balance a long tube between two trees…

…and enjoyed a whole range of other Forest School activities on this lovely sunny day

 

A Straw house that didn’t blow down…

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Today we built a fabulous straw house-perfect for a little pig to shelter in and stromg enough to keep out a wolf!

Once the structure was done, straw was added. Not far away, a team of  mud-makers were busy preparing some special forest ‘cement’…

The mud cement was used to hold together the straw and sticks…we were very pleased with it and thought it worked really well.

We tried to blow the house down…but it was strong enough to stay standing! Well done Rowans!

We also continued making wood cookies using the bow saw…

And we enjoyed lots of other self selected (and often imaginative) activities including taking log dog for a  walk, making music and creating a picnic feast in the wooden playhouse.

 

A perfect day for flying a kite…

Thursday, 14 March 2019

What a windy week we’ve had! With wind speeds too high to risk going into the woods, we decided to make the most of the weather by making and flying kites.

We started off by selecting a plastic bag and tying string to the handles. Then we decorated it with ribbons…

We then went out onto the playground to fly our kites-to start with it was a bit tricky. We had to learn how to hold (and hold onto!) the kites. Once we’d mastered this, we started to move and then run with them.

We all enjoyed our windy morning and watching the children problem solve, make connections, engage with the real world and have such fun, was a pleasure for us all.

 

Stick houses…in the rain!

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

What a wet wet WET day today! But this didn’t stop Rowans from smiling and working hard out in the woods.

We started the morning with a recap of the 3 Little Pigs story, then looked at a letter that had been sent from Bob The Builder. In the letter, he asked the children to help to rebuild the stick houses that the wolf had blown down…

So we set to work…

One of the children had the clever idea of turning our wooden playhouse into the stick house, by placing sticks onto the roof…

Once this was complete, we took turns to be a wolf or a pig. The pigs hid inside the house, whilst the wolves knocked on the door…and called out “Little pigs, little pigs, let us come in!” It was great fun!

Because everyone was well protected from head to foot, the rain certainly didn’t stop us enjoying our time in Forest School today…we made the  most of it, right up to the last few minutes outside. Puddles are great when you’re properly dressed!

However, as a river had started to run through the site!!!…we decided to come in a little earlier than usual today. We dried off, had our hot chocolate inside Hollies and spent some time looking at the bird box camera which has just been set up outside. We looked back at last year’s videos of the birdbox-watching the baby birds growing and feeding. We’re all keeping our fingers crossed for better weather (and for a bird to start nesting) by next Tuesday!

 

 

The Hugging Tree

Thursday, 7 March 2019

There’s no such thing as bad weather…just bad clothing! And with layers and waterproofs on to combat the rain,  Oaks and Firs enjoyed their rainy day outside in Forest School.

In the  morning, Oaks used their hugs to help to find the perfect hugging tree! Once we’d chosen one we liked, we began decorating it…

Firs added some more wool in the afternoon, then helped to put up our ‘hugging tree’ sign…

Some of the children also chose to complete a forest scavenger hunt. They looked for lots of different things and helped to identify or name them…

The mud kitchen was a particular favourite in the wet weather…we think that the collection of rainwater added an extra level of interest! It was great to see such lovely co-operative play here…

…and such deep interest and enjoyment in other chosen activities around the woods.

The 3 little Pigs

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

This week we will be celebrating World Book Day at Langley. Rowans class decided that the book they are reading this week would be a great addition to Forest School…so we decided to tell the story out in the woods!

We started off our morning by hunting for lots of hidden pictures from the story…

After Mrs. Reid-Kelly had read the book, the children helped to select and then sequence the pictures from the story. We pegged them up on the washing line in order.

Next we worked in small groups  to make our own pictures from the story…

The children worked really hard…and look at how well they created the stick house, the wolf and the pig. We were very impressed indeed!

Some of the children also learnt how to use the bow-saw. They worked in pairs with Mrs Smith, to carefully and safely cut two wood slices each. We will use these in the  coming weeks to make something related to the 3 pigs  story…watch this space!

Hammer Time!!

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

It was another lovely sunny day in Forest School today. We gathered as always in the  log circle to look at what we could do…

Whilst the sun shone, we look the opportunity to sit quietly, listen carefully and practise using the hammer to tap nails into a big slice of wood. We started off by remembering how and where to hold the hammer, naming the  handle, the  head and the claw of the hammer.

We used a special glove on our helper hand and carefully tapped in the nails. Then we chose a band to stretch beween two nails…

What great work! Also on offer today was a building challenge, using lots of small wood slices. The children stacked, built bridges, made a wood sandwich and counted and sorted them…

…and we bug hunted, shared the hammock, and enjoyed every minute on our time in the woods!

 

Welcome Rowans!

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

What a beautiful sunny start to Forest School for Rowans class yesterday! As we had some new children who’ve never been out to our Forest School site before, we decided to start the morning with our Forest School safety rules and then played an exploring game. We moved between the different areas, selecting things to make a big group picture on the  ground. We started with ‘something near to the tyre swing’, and put all the things we found in the  centre of our picture.

Next we looked down by the fire circle for ‘something hard’, then we found ‘something green’.

The last part of our  picture used ‘something big’! We worked together to find and carry big logs and a big tyre. We were all proud of our fabulous natural artwork.

The rest of the  morning was spent exploring, investigating…and having a lovely time with our friends…we saw builders fixing the roof of the playhouse, lovely turn taking in the hammock, sharing on the swing, caring for creatures by returning them to where they were found, and an amazing meal made of mud!

A home for mouse and friends…

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

What a surprise it was when we found a little mouse in a lovely little house, out in the woods this morning. We looked at his house and at all of his animal friends, then some of the children chose to make their own house for one of the toy animals…

We thought that mouse might be hungry…so collected and talked about the tiny things that he might like to eat…

As always, there was lots going on around the site. Take a look…

Hot Chocolate Forest School style

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Acers had their last Forest School session this week. We were sad to say goodbye, but had a great time making the most of our last time in the fire circle. We used the kelly kettle to make our hot chocolate for snack time. And enjoyed all sorts of activities during the morning.

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