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Lovely leaves and lots of laughter

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

There was so much going on in Forest School today!

Autumn leaf threading…making and painting with mud, hide and seek, sorting and counting with natural objects, finding and careful handling of worms, woodlice and milipedes, weighing, digging, climbing…and as always- lots of investiagtion and exploration and appreciation of our lovely site.

What’s in here? Look a spider web…and woodlice! “look Miss…come see!”

Mini-beasts and puddles!!

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

What an exciting time Oaks and Firs had in Forest School today! We really enjoyed exploring lots of different mini-beasts. We used magnifying glasses and magnifying pots, to look closely at them and to see how they moved. We matched the pictures to the different creatures, learning to repeat the names of each one.

Elsewhere in the woods…quiet contemplation, and an unusual visitor!

During our morning session, it started to rain…and rain! And in true Forest School style, it didn’t stop us having fun…in fact it made it more fun! Oaks loved walking through and splashing in the puddles…

 Two of our children were determined to experience the rain in their own way! Not all of us shared their enthusiasm…but this pair LOVED standing under the dripping tarp, and laughed continually as they played!

Firs had a drier afternoon…and as well as the mini-beast exploration, also enjoyed lots of different activities.

A spiky friend for Firs and Oaks

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Our youngest children concentrated really hard today, when using a hammer to tap sticks into a pumpkin, in order to make a fabulous forest hedgehog! They were very proud of their efforts…as were we.

Lots of other things were going on today, including litter picking, investigating twigs and leaves, climbing, balancing and bouncing…

And we enjoyed playing with our wood numbers-using them in counting and matching with natural objects from the  forest floor.

Autumn collections

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

There are so many beautiful colours, shapes and sizes of leaves falling onto our forest floor this week. Today Oaks and Firs could choose to make a special collecting sheet by finding their favourite leaves and ‘forest finds’, and sticking them onto their card. We also found acorns, berries, feathers, sticks and bark.

Today turned out to be a bit of a climbing day, with children finding new places to experiment with, as well as familiar ones…

We also saw some co-operative den building -a first for these boys. And some wonderful investigation of a large log  whilst another group of children were playing in a different den. They were completely fascinated with the bark and how it looked and felt when pulled apart.

We saw developing independence, curiosity, engagement, organisation, developing relationships and imagination in shared play, as well as hearing some lovely speech. A perfect day for staff and children alike. We all had a super time.


Foundation Fun…

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

A beautiful warm Autumnal day in Forest School, saw us exploring, learning and  having a lovely time! We were –Adventurers-balancing and climbing                        Scientists-mixing experimenting and observing changes    Mathematicians-creating numbers from natural materials    Chefs-cooking up and describing different dishes  Engineers-planning and building bridges    Environmentalists-finding out about and caring for our wildlife                                                                    Artists-creating marks on unusual surfaces!                        and at one with nature…loving being outdoors and using all our senses to learn about the world.

Take a look at our favourite Forest School day so far…we’re feeling very proud of our little superstars.


Mud, mud glorious mud!

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

What a lovely messy day we’ve had today! Oaks started off the morning by working together to dig lots of soil…

Once our tray was full, we took turns to add water and gave it all a good stir. Then the fun began! We squished and squashed and played with the mud. We stood in it, jumped in it…and even sat in it! We made footprints and handprints and had a really fabulous time! And when Firs went out this afternoon, they chose to use the brushes to create a lovely muddy picture.

There was so much going on today…from balancing to weighing and swinging to investigating. We saw a super-brave climber, a den builder, a music maker, a master chef and a designer…and heard some fabulous talking too.All in all, a great day out in the woods!




Mixing up Forest Potions!

Friday, 28 September 2018

Oaks and Firs had a busy time exploring and investigating this week.  They chose their own ‘ingredients’ (soil, acorns, petals, leaves, flowers, grasses…) and mixed them together with different coloured ‘magic’ water to make a special potion.

Some of the children chose to paint with their mixture…

…whilst others chose different activities such as using binoculars to spot birds…or investiagting filling and emptying, making mud castles, shapes and holes…or working on their climbing skills…or sharing turns on the  swing.

It’s all about the birds….

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

What a lovely day in Forest School for Oaks and Firs! On our way into the woods today, we found lots of pictures of birds, hidden in lots of different places…

We were very impressed at how successfully many of the children matched their pictures to our big poster, finding the same bird and then signing, repeating, or reading the name of the bird.

We then set about filling up our bird feeders, and making our own by mixing up squashed berries and seeds…

And as always, we had lots of fun exploring and investigating today-there are so many things to discover and enjoy!

First visit for Oaks and Firs

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Our youngest children in Oaks and Firs enjoyed their morning (or afternoon) in Forest School today. For many of them, it was a first visit, so we spent lots of time exploring and investigating…including balancing, playing in the digging pit, bouncing  (and laughing!) on the see-saw  plank, experimenting with the  balance scales, climbing and cooking in the mud kitchen.

We also looked for hidden ‘wriggly worms’, all independently finding and collecting a pipe cleaner ‘worm’ to take back to the log circle. We then carefully wrapped it around a special long pine cone, to make our own forest worms to take home.

Mini-beast hunting with Foundation Group 1

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Group 1 from Oaks and Firs had a marvellous time hunting for mini-beasts today. They found all sorts of insects and other creatures and really enjoyed looking at them closely with the magnifying glasses and special magnifying pots.

When they had identified the mini-beasts, they carefully placed them in the tray with the matching picture. The children passed around the trays once they’d  finished collecting,  and discussed things  such as how each creature moved, how many legs it had and what colour it was.

As always, everyone enjoyed choosing their own activities today. We all had a happy busy morning in Forest School.