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Beeches go mini-beast hunting

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

It may have been a wet windy day today, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of Beeches class! They had a brilliant time learning about the tiny creatures that live in our woods…

They learnt where to look, and how to carefully handle the mini-beasts they found, as well as learning to identify and name them.

At the end of the morning, we sat together to look closely at and discuss each mini-beast we found. We learnt that insects all have 6 legs, that spiders have 8 legs, we discussed the difference between a centipede a millipede, talked about how fast the beetle moved in comparison to the worm, looked at lots and lots of legs on the woodlouse and enjoyed watching the slug extend and retract it’s tentacles!

Oaks and Firs Stone Caterpillar

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

What a lovely last session with Group 1, making this fabulous stone caterpillar…

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As we walked through the forest, all the children looked around for and  selected their own special stone.

In their previous session, the children had enjoyed learning to use the hammer, so we decided to use it again! The children all selected a piece of coloured chalk, then carefully hammered it until it broke up into tiny pieces…

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Then we mixed in a little bit of water, to make our own special paint.

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The painted stones looked great! Especially when we put our stone caterpillar together with the butterfly we had also made.

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Also in the forest this week…we swung and climbed and balanced and chose lots of other fun things to do.

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Happy holidays Oaks and Firs-enjoy being outside and have lots of outdoor adventures


 

Fire fun…

Friday, 8 July 2016

It was Maples last session this week, and they celebrated their term at Forest School with marshmallow smores cooked over a fire!

First, everyone had a turn at using the fire steel to make a spark.

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Before lighting the fire, Mrs. Smith explained what a fire needs to make it work. Maples looked at and talked about tinder (which is very thin and easily lit) and kindling (thin sticks) and  Mrs. Smith showed the children the different sized sticks they would need to find to add to the fire to keep it going. Then off they all went in search of sticks! Maples were brilliant at this, finding sticks of the correct length, with a good ‘snap’ to prove they were dry and were able to sort them into the different thicknesses we needed.

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The fire was lit…then everyone took turns to carefully add some sticks to it.

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Once the fire had died down, we toasted marshmallows…and made smores from them by putting them between two biscuits. Yummy!

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To make the fire safe, we all poured a cup of water over the embers to cool them down. As they did this, the children told us their Forest School ‘best bit’!

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Lastly, everyone was awarded with their own special medal…superstar bug hunter, superstar trolley puller, superstar worm-holder to name but a few. There were big cheers and laughter as the children correctly (they clearly know one another’s skills well!) guessed which medal belonged to which child.

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Making sweet forest music…

Monday, 4 July 2016

Group 2 from Oaks and Firs had a fabulous morning making music, singing songs and making their own forest-style shakers!

We used tyres, pots, sticks, planks of wood, saucepans and an old oil drum, to create musical instruments. It was very loud…and really quite tuneful! P1130283P1130285P1130284P1130291P1130292P1130288

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Phew! All this singing and playing is exhausting!

After several songs and turns on each of the different ‘instruments’, the children chose a pot to make a special forest shaker. They added natural resources such as sticks, stones and leaves to their pots and really enjoyed shaking them to another song.

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It was really lovely in this group’s last session, to see some of our youngest children working so independently on their task. As we observe them week by week, we are all noticing what a big difference the Langley forest magic is making to so many areas of the children’s development.

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Willows make magic too!

Saturday, 2 July 2016

It’s a bit of a magical week at Langley Forest School!

Today, Willows remembered the part of the Superworm story where Wizard Lizard casts a spell. The spell makes Superworm find buried treasure. We decided to make spells too…to do exactly what, we really didn’t know! It was up to the children to decide…(although a little bit of magic sunshine would have been good!)

First we chose a special pot and looked for a magical stirring stick. Then we collected our potion ingredients and different coloured magical water from around the forest. There were lots of different things to choose from and everyone enjoyed investigating them, collecting their ingredients and thinking about what spell their potion would make.

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Once the potions were ready, the children took turns to pour them into the cauldron. Magic words were suggested and repeated by everyone, then some very funny magic spells were cast…

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The magical potion!

Fortunately for Mrs. Smith, there are no photos of the spells that that children cast! But there was much laughter and hilarity as each member of the class made some very silly funny spells…

Whizzy woo, make your legs dance

“Ibbity bibbity, make your hair shake all round”

“Abracadabra, your voice is gone”

“WHOooooo…you can’t stop jumping!”

Maples Magic Potions

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Maples were faced with a bit of a problem this morning. Mrs.Smith, try as she might, just couldn’t get the fire steel (which we use for making a spark and lighting a fire) to work. We REALLY want to have a fire next week, so decided that we should make some magical potions…that might magic the fire steel back into action!

All round the forest, there were pots and boxes with special ingredients inside. And lots of magical water too, to help mix everything together…

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Maples chose a special pot and went off to make their own magical fire potions, adding any ingredients they wanted…and choosing their own ideas too. P1130103P1130101P1130106P1130108P1130109P1130111 P1130114P1130117

When the potions were complete, everyone took turns to pour them into our big cauldron…thinking of their own magical words to say as they gave the pot a stir!P1130118P1130120P1130124P1130126P1130131

Then, as if by magic-Mrs. Smith tried the fire steel again….and this time it made a really big spark! Maples were delighted! And all had a turn at making a spark…ready for next week’s fire.

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Beautiful Butterflies by Oaks and Firs

Monday, 27 June 2016

Group 1 from Oaks and Firs enjoyed a busy morning doing lots of exciting things!

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They learnt how to hold and safely use a hammer. Then learnt how to make a Hapazome picture, by selecting  a leaf or flower head, placing inside our cotton butterfly, folding it in half…and then bashing it with the hammer. The shape and colour transferred onto the cloth, just like magic!

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Elsewhere, individual butterfly pictures were created, using natural resources collected from the forest floor…P1130067P1130068P1130069P1130090P1130082P1130084P1130081

There was also a lot of work going on in the digging pit! Buried under the soil, were all the things the Hungry Caterpillar had eaten. The children found and dug up the food cards then matched them to the big pictures, working out which day of the week the caterpillar had eaten them on.

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Mums and dads…you should be very proud! In a relatively short space of time, our little Oaks and Firs have become so much more independent and chatty, they are working and playing together better, beginning to help one another, are turn taking and have developed a good understanding of the rules and boundaries of Forest School. They are an absolute pleasure to work with.

Maples-Loppers, wands blindfolds and more!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Today Maples were given the opportunity to use another tool…this time it was the loppers. The children listened carefully to a tool talk, so that they knew exactly how to hold and use the loppers safely. We also talked about Wizard Lizard’s magic flower wand and wondered if we could create something something ourselves. So off they went, taking turns to choose a special stick that they imagined would make a really good magic wand!

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Once the stick was cut, the children set about turning it into a wand…

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They looked great! And when we tested the magic, the wands seemed to work very well!

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Aside from the magic, other exciting things were happening today…including a trust and co-operative game involving blindfolds. The children took turns to lead one another to a tree, allowing the blindfolded child to feel the tree trunk. Then they were led away by their partner, the blindfold was removed and the children then had to find which tree they had been feeling! It was much trickier than they imagined, but everyone tried very hard and enjoyed the game.

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Also…this hard working group of 3 boys spent a long time working together. Apparently, they were digging through the earth to reach both Japan and New York! Unfortunately they ran out of time before reaching there…but there’s always next week!

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Then there was the building brigade! An amazing house/block of flats was created from things found around the forest. The slug hidey hole we discovered was covered over again to keep them safe.

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Puddles Galore for Oaks and Firs!

Monday, 20 June 2016

The chance to have some splashing good fun was too good to miss today! So dressed head to toe in waterproofs, group 2 from Oaks ans Firs headed out in the rain to play in the puddles!

P1130010P1130020P1130014 It was wonderful to see them having such a great time…investigating, discovering, experimenting….and laughing lots!

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After all the water play, the children still had the energy to explore all the way to the far end of our site, doing a little balancing on the way.

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A little bit of rain never hurt anyone! And we certainly had no complaints-just lots of smiles today.

Willows indoor day…

Thursday, 16 June 2016

­For the first time this year, rain stopped play! When Mrs Smith went out to set up in the morning, she found a river running along the paths! And enormous puddles, that looked lovely to jump in…but were unfortunately too big and deep to be safe around.

So Willows had an adventure inside instead.

We set up a den and looked at some lovely Forest School stories…

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We selected a pebble to paint…and made them into beautiful bees and lovely ladybirds

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And we worked together to create a wonderful worm! Everyone took turns to learn to use a hacksaw to cut a section of elder, which was hollow in the centre.

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Once everyone had cut some wood, we gathered together to take turns to thread the pieces onto some string.

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Willows worm was complete!

A busy morning…but we’re glad the puddles have now disappeared so we can get back outside next time.

 

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