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Rowans special treat

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

As it was the last day for Rowans class today, we had two special treats…toasting marshmallows over the fire, followed by an Easter egg hunt!

First we watched Mrs Smith build the fire, talking about all the different thicknesses and types of wood. Then we learnt how to use the fire striker…

Then Mrs Smith lit the fire and we all helped to add a stick…

Once the fire had died down, we used the embers to toast our marshmallows…

We enjoyed squashing them between two biscuits…they were delicious! Before we started our egg hunt, we put out the fire to make sure everything was left safely…

Look at our piggy faces!

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Rowans were super sensible this week when practising using the drill. In previous weeks they had used the bow saw to cut some small wood slices and they used these to make two little pig ears. They drilled  a hole in each ear, then used another larger wood slice for the pig’s face-drilling two further holes in order to attach the ears.

We also had fun blowing (and pulling!) down the straw house we made last week…

…and enjoyed making some lovely mud kitchen food in order to fill up the hungry wolf-we thought it a much better alternative to him eating the pigs!!


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.


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 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!

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!

Rowans busy bird morning

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Rowans enjoyed a busy morning learning about some of the birds that we might see in our woods, garden and in our bird feeding area.

We started the morning quietly listening to the birdsong in the woods…it was very noisy! Next we played a fun game -Owl and Mouse.

Then we went on a hunt around the site, each looking for two different types of bird cards…

We talked about the different birds, naming the robin, blackbird, wren, starling and blue tit…then we matched our pictures to a big bird poster…we were impressed with how carefully the class looked at and matched the birds.

Also during the morning, the children were able to choose to make a cheerio bird feeder…we saw lots of concentration in this activity!

Lastly, after a warming hot chocolate, we worked together to make our own Forest School bird picture on the ground. What a work of art!



A happy hedgehog morning with Rowans

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Rowans had a great morning making their own clay hedgehogs and then working together to make a hedgehog home. They started off by collecting small twigs, to represent the prickles on a hedgehogs back…then they pushed them into a  clay body shape.

Everyone worked hard on their designs and were very independent!

Next we walked through the woods, looking for a good place to make a home for a hedgehog. We used a box with a hole cut out for a door, covered it to keep any visiting hedgehogs warm and dry, then camouflaged it with lots of sticks. Rowans worked well both individually and together today…and we saw lots of proud and happy faces!

Woodland Creatures

Friday, 19 January 2018

Welcome to a new term of Langley Forest School!

Children in Rowans and Poplars are having a quick half-term experience out in the woods…and it’s really clear what an impact their  previous experiences out there has had on them. They were fantastic- from the word go they were engaged, knew the forest rules, were immediately able to respond to ‘sticky elbows’ (our safety call) and were really keen to use the site.

This term we are learning about what animals live in woods, what their habitats and homes are called and where to find them. We started off with hunting for and identifying the animals, then decided to make our own animal homes.

Poplars also asked to revamp the Bug Hotel. So we started filling some containers with different things such as straw, leaves, sticks, bark, and pine cones, hoping to attract a range of mini-beast friends. We’ll continue next time…we ideas to make it look spectacular!

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The Gruffalo

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

What a fabulous day!

To start the session, Rowans listened to ‘The Gruffalo’. You can hear the story here…

Then they chose from different Gruffalo activities…

Like making a natural art picture of one of the story characters. (Please click the pictures to make them bigger)



…or making a log pile just like the one Snake lives in


…or collecting teeny tiny things, for Mouse to eat.

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“I’m shaking my food all round this tree” “Why are you doing that?” “So Mouse can find it later and eat it all up”…What a good idea!

…or making a shelter big enough to fit the Gruffalo in. In fact, it was big enough to fit ALL of the class inside!


And just to finish a perfect, happy, hard working morning, we saw a brilliant example of problem solving, team work and cooperation.

“Come on-your turn” (child couldn’t get up onto the swing…) “Right-you hold the back”…”Ok, I’ve got it”…”Now I hold the front”…”No, that’s not good!”…”You hold the seat, I’ll pull him on” “YES! Now we can push!”