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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.

click to hear some birdsongs

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!


Willows Dig and Paint!

Friday, 30 September 2016

There was lots of learning and fun to be had out at Forest School this week with Willows class. The children chose from different activities related to our story…they enjoyed exploring the digging pit to find hidden pictures of the Room On The Broom characters. Once found, they matched them to one of 3 baseboards. Not only did they discover the witch, dragon, frog, dog and cat…but a few worms too along the way!


Also on offer, was making magical forest paint. Willows children chose something to squash (blackberries and mud made great colours!) then mixed in some water, before choosing a story picture to paint.


(Sorry-more pictures hopefully coming soon. Having a few technical hitches with the rest of the photo’s!)

Willows find a little ‘Room on The Broom’

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Today Willows class were introduced to the story ‘Room on the Broom’. You can watch the story here…

Each of the children chose a  story character, and were set the challenge of hunting through the forest to find the matching hidden picture.


They were also challenged to find something interesting to bring back to the log circle…we were presented with a selection of treasures such as spiky leaves, a straight stick, another stick that looked like the letter ‘r’, a feather and an acorn.


In the mud kitchen, a delicious meal was cooked for the witch (gloopy mud cake), the dog (a stick pie), the cat (a mix of acorns and mud), the frog (stones and mud) and the bird (a mixture of everything)  p1140410


Later on, we all worked together to make a fabulous broomstick on the ground! Everyone helped to collect sticks and lay them together…and one of the children suggested adding seats, just like the ones on the witch’s ‘truly magnificent broom’.


Welcome back to Forest School!

Thursday, 15 September 2016

It’s lovely to be back in the woods this week, introducing two new classes to Langley Forest School….especially as we’ve had such beautiful weather to be outside in!

For the first sessions, we enjoyed exploring the site-and introducing all the different areas to those children who are new to Forest School. We looked at the Forest School Rules…and discussed how we could follow them.


We learnt how to respond to the safety call of ‘STICKY ELBOWS’ and enjoyed discovering, playing games, climbing, balancing, digging, bug hunting, swinging, cooking, stone sorting, working together with our friends…and hot chocolate and a snack around the log circle!