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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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A lovely last week of Forest School

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Wow! Well done Cedars and Willows…it’s been a real pleasure to share a term of Forest School with you. And what a shame that for now, it’s come to an end.

Our last two sessions of the year were, as always, full of fun…


…just laying looking up at the trees. And whyever not!

Working together to rake the paths has become a favourite activity…but lying in the piles of leaves is even better!


Christmas crafts…

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Self directed activities…


And the excitement of making a fire and using the Kelly Kettle!

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A Very Chilly Day

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

It was freezing outside today, so we decided to start the morning inside Hollies…and what a busy morning it was! The children were very keen to help to paint the new pallet Christmas tree which Mrs. Smith made yesterday…


Special Forest School tinsel was made using small pieces of elder and fresh cranberries, which were threaded onto wire ready to hang up on the pallet tree.


Our fir tree decorations were glittered and completed, and another beautiful tree was made-this time it was a whole class effort!


Then it was time to go outside for Willows new favourite game, ‘123 where are you?’ They hid independently and are getting better and better each week at calling out ‘123 I’m here’!


We enjoyed lots of warming physical activities this morning, including balancing, climbing, see-sawing, swinging and jumping. So much so, that we were warm and toasty on our return to school, and more than ready for our lunch!

Wonderful Willows

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

What a lovely busy morning we had today! Willows chose some great activities, all worked hard and cooperatively together…and had some very big smiles to share!

We started (and finished) the morning with a game of ‘123 where are you?’ And by the end of the morning the children were hiding and replying to the call independently. It was great fun!


There was lots of concentration in the log circle today, as the children used the drill to make a hole in their Christmas decoration.


Much fun was had with a box of rope…creations were made and Kian was fabulous at tying them to trees!p1150127p1150129p1150131p1150150 p1150143p1150155

The digging pit was also full of activity…


Well done Willows…it was a pleasure to spend the morning with you.


A little bit of magic!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

This week, Willows thought about the magic potion that the witch from ‘Room on the Broom’ made.                           They were set the challenge of collecting things from the forest to make their own magic potion…some chose to collect six different tiny things that could fit inside an egg box and others chose to collect a box containing something spikey, rounded, brown, tiny, green, hard, soft and something they liked.


When all the collecting was complete, everyone took turns to add their ingredients and to give the cauldron a good stir! Cienna thought of some magic words which we all repeated with every stir and on the very last stir, something amazing and magical happened!


The spell had worked…a packet of biscuits suddenly appeared from nowhere! Willows were very surprised and very happy! And enjoyed sharing the biscuits over hot chocolate,

During free choice, one of the activities on offer was to make a decoration…the children enjoyed using the drill for the first time, to make a hole in their wood cookie.


Beautiful Land Art

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

It was a chilly morning, so with hats and gloves on for the first time this year, Willows headed out today to be super creative!

We decided to start off with a moving around, keeping warm kind of activity. Mrs Smith sent everyone off, searching for different natural resources from the forest floor. First everyone hunted for a green leaf, then some bark, followed by brown leaves, stones, yellow leaves, feathers then lastly sticks. The children were brilliant at this! And worked really carefully to build the circles to make this beautiful piece of forest art.


We then talked about the mud monster from our story, ‘Room on the Broom’ and decided to make a forest monster of our own. Look at how great they are! Willows worked really well together in their teams and were able to tell us all about them afterwards.



The finished Forest Monsters…Well done Willows-you were fantastic today.


Bird Feeders

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Today Willows looked at the bird from ‘Room in the Broom’…and decided that it probably wouldn’t live in Langley Forest School! So they listened to the sounds and learnt the names of some of the birds we might see.

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They were very good at naming the robin, blackbird and blue-tit. Willows played a game where they pretended to be one of these birds…and flew off to find lots of woolen worms that Mrs. Smith had dropped on the ground.

Willows also worked hard making pine-cone or apple bird feeders. (And played on the obstacle course, made Dragon’s breath in the cold air…and Dragon soup in the mud kitchen, and took turns on the swing and dug and had lots of fun!)



All of the feeders were hung up in our ‘Feeding Station’…we think that our birds will have a lovely week! p1140865p1140866p1140863


No Obstacle for Halifax Bank! (Or Willows class)

Thursday, 20 October 2016

We were very happy this week, to welcome back the team from Halifax Bank, who first came last year to offer a days help in setting up our Forest School site. This time, they helped to put together our exciting new Forest Obstacle Course!

Look at what they helped us to achieve…



The Team!

The next day, Willows class were very excited to be the first class to use the course…

Firstly, they balanced along the beams…then chose between stepping over/in the tyres or choosing the other direction and stepping over the ropes then crawling under the scramble net.


Next they went up and over the climbing frame…this was difficult. But with real determination, they made it!p1140782p1140778p1140790

Then it was on to the stepping stumps, through the enormous tractor tyre and a big climb up onto the ‘I DID IT’ winners podium! As soon as they had completed the course, they went back and did it again and again. A great time was had by all…thank-you from us all to the fabulous Halifax team!



Nests and Seeds!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

In our story, “Room on the Broom”, the witch created a ‘marvellous broomstick’ with a special nest for her friend, the bird….so we decided to help out and look after the birds at Langley too!

Mrs Smith showed us two real birds nests…one had two blue eggs inside. We looked at the shape, at how they had been made and what the birds had used.


One of our challenges today, was to make our own nest. Anyone who managed it, got to squeeze the special soft bird and listen to her singing…and of course, she visited and sat in each completed nest.

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Our other challenge was to make a bird feeder. As with the nest building, there was a huge amount of focus, concentration, co-operation and thought going on. Well done Willows! Our Forest School birds will be happy all week with their treats!

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Funny footprints!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

When Willows class arrived today, they found some strange footprints! They worked together to identify them and found that the footprints belonged to a frog, a cat and a bird…maybe the ones from our story?

As the children had so much fun last week making their own mud paint, we decided to make some more! They mixed up soil and water into a thick paste and experimented with our animal footprint sponges.


And after making lots of animal footprints, we decided to make our own too!