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Elderflower Cordial

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Willows worked really well as a team this week, to use the elder flowers that are growing on the elder trees in Forest School…to make elderflower cordial. This is how we did it…

1- We looked closely at the elder leaves, so that everyone knew what they needed to find…we smelt the (very smelly!) leaves and the flowers

2-We looked around the site until we spotted an elder tree…then we each cut off a small head of flowers

3-We washed the flowers in warm water

4-We pulled the flowers off the stalks and popped them in a big pot

5- We looked at the Kelly Kettle…and filled it with cold water. Then Mrs Smith lit a fire and placed the  kettle on top

6-We carefully added sticks, using the fire gloves to keep us protected. The water began to get hotter.

7- When the water was boiling hot, we took the Kelly kettle off the fire and poured the water onto the flowers. We then put out the fire using cold water.

8- We added some sugar and some lemons and we left the cordial overnight.

9-The next day, we strained the liquid through a muslin-cloth, leaving us with the flowers on top and our elderflower cordial in the bowl. 

10- We gathered together at tuck time to share the special drink we had made. It was really delicious! Well done Willows!!

 

 

Willows

Sunday, 23 June 2019

This week, some of Willows children had the opportunity to practise using the fire lighters. They learnt how to hold and use them safely…and were very excited to light some tinder and start a small fire.

Success…well done Willows!

They also enjoyed hunting for mini-beasts, making mud paint and painting mini-beast pictures, cooking in the mud kitchen and playing on the swing and hammock.

 

Squashy Marshmallows toasted over the fire

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Acers and Willows enjoyed helping to make a fire last week, then toasting marshmallows over the embers and squashing them between two biscuits! They remembered all of the safety rules first, then took turns to use the fire striker to create a spark, to add some sticks to the fire and then to cook their marshmallow.

Christmas crafts (shhhh…it’s a bit early!)

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

This morning, we had to work inside Hollies classroom…but that didn’t stop Willows having lots of Forest School related fun! Because they only have one session left this term, we started our Christmas crafts a little earlier than we usual. And what a full and busy morning we had! Look at all the different things  we made.

We used the drill to make a hole in a wood slice…then pushed a piece of fir into the hole, to make a mini Christmas tree. We decorated the tree and stamped a picture onto the wood. We hope  you enjoy displaying these when the children bring them home to you.

We also made these gorgeous clay reindeer today, using natural resources such as twigs, acorns, pine cones, beech nuts and berries. The children really enjoyed making them, and we think that they look fantastic!

We also did  some special threading using wooden beads, made from elder…and finished off our morning with a special Forest School Story book. Well done Willows!

Beautiful colours…and worms and mud!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Acers and Willows have had a lovely, and productive week out in the woods. They’ve continued their work on Autumnal colours, this time hunting for and matching different colours and shades. We hope that you enjoy looking at and discussing these with the children when they bring them home to you.

We were busy feeding the birds again too! This  week, making sticky seed filled pine cones, which are now hanging up for the birds to enjoy.

The ropes proved to be a real hit last week, so we bought them out again to see how else the children could use them. There was a huge amount of creativity, partner work, co-operation, discussion…and lots of fun going on!

Lastly, Willows worked really well together to find lots of worms in our digging pit, then made a wormery, layering mud and sand and topping off with leaves and a few drops of water. They will be watching how  the worms move through the soil over the next week. And Acers made mud paint, and decorated the trees with patterns, letters, pictures and splatters!

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.

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.

 

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