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Our beautiful butterflies fly free…

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Very exciting things have been happening at Langley School this week. The caterpillars we have been watching grow, had turned into butterflies over the weekend!

This is what they looked like on week one…

They ate lots of food, until they were much much bigger! Then a few days later, they started to crawl to the top of the pot.

The caterpillars hung off the lid forming a crysallis-they were getting ready to turn into these beautiful butterflies.

On Monday morning, Beeches, Oaks and Firs all went out into Butter-bee garden to release the butterflies, hoping they would be happy there, and enjoy our butterfly-friendly flowers. Beeches had named them Harry, Meghan, Louis, Honey and Tiger, and one by one we released them. Not all of them were ready to fly away! But as they did, we all cheered and clapped and waved them off on their way.


Painting fun in Foundation

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Group 2 from Oaks and Firs had a lovely time this week, creating some artwork using these forest school paint brushes…made by tying different leaves onto a stick.

It didn’t take them long to get stuck in and to start experimenting…

When we ran out of paint, we decided to make our own by digging and collecting lots of soil and mixing it with water…

We used it to finish our amazing forest school art. Well done Group 2!

The Hungry Caterpillars

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

A really lovely first  session today for Group 2 in Oaks and Firs. They started the morning looking at these very small caterpillars. We will be watching them grow and change into butterflies over the coming weeks.

Then we went on a picture hunt, looking for hidden pictures around the woods. Everyone got involved, finding them in all sorts of places!

When the pictures were all found, we gathered in the log circle, looked at them all and then read a story- ‘The very Hungry Caterpillar’.  As we read each page, the children selected the matching picture…and pegged it onto a line.

As always, a busy morning investigating… with lots of activities to choose from and lots of enthusiasm!


Foundation Group 1…wiggly worms

Thursday, 26 April 2018

This week, Group 1 from Oaks and Firs had their first Forest School session of the year. They had a lovely time exploring and using the site, and enjoyed finding the ‘wiggly worms’ hidden around the area.

Once they’d found a ‘worm’, the children looked around for a suitable stick to wrap it around…there was lots of discussion about whether the stick should be long or short, thick or thin, bumpy or straight…but everyone chose their own perfect stick.

Wrapping the ‘worm’ around the stick was tricky, but with a bit of practice, we had excellent results…  

Later on, we looked in the digging pit for real worms, and found LOTS! The children were fascinated and learnt how to carefully hold the worms on the palm of their hand. Even those who were a little unsure at first, were soon keen to feel and observe the worms as they curled, twisted and slithered across their hands. Well done Group 1…we were very impressed!


Lots of fun was had during the morning, including cooking in the mud kitchen, using the obstacle course, investigating with the balance scales, climbing…and this lovely kind sharing on the swing!

Gruffalo Crumble Hunt

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Group 1 from Oaks and Firs thoroughly enjoyed hunting through the forest this week, to find lots of different natural ingredients to make a big Gruffalo Crumble!

The children had to decide for themselves which ingredient (fir cones, spikey reeds, bark, conkers etc) they thought matched each Gruffalo body part (knobbly knees, claws, tusks, prickles etc). But first they had to find them…

Also hidden were 4 different coloured bottles of ‘magic’ water, which helped to mix the crumble together. Everyone was keen to help add these to the buckets!

Of course, anything else that the children found along the way was added too. One group added sticks and leaves, the other thought that a few spade fulls of soil would taste great!

When all the ingredients had been collected, we all gathered together to think of some magical words. Everyone took turns at mixing the ingredients all up, whilst we all shouted out our magical words.

We even pretended to have a little taste!

What a lovely, fun and language-rich time we had. Well done Group 1, it was a pleasure (as always) to share the morning with you.



Oaks and Firs

Saturday, 24 June 2017

It was another wonderful morning of discovery for children in group 2 of Oaks and Firs this week. We found some guttering and used it to pour water down…the children were fascinated and played until we had used up all the water we had!

Then this ingenious bunch thought of their own ideas! They rolled pine cones down the guttering and noticed how some rolled better than others. They observed, pointed out, were interested in and then shared their discovers with the adults and with their peers. We saw lots of very natural turn taking and sharing going on.

Some children didn’t stop there! Even more investigation took place…they searched around the site to see if they could find something else to place at the top of the guttering. And tried to out-do one another with finding the biggest stone possible!

This look of excitement and pleasure was a real sight to see!

And of course, lots of other adventures were happening all across our Forest School site…

Including a little digging, pouring, mixing…then decorating the area with mud paint!

Well done group 2…we all loved our morning watching you learning and experimenting. Roll on next time…

Foundation Footprints…

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Group 1 from Foundation had fabulous footprint fun this week! They started off the morning by searching through the forest, looking for hidden footprints. Once they had all been found, the children matched them, to discover if the footprints belonged to a fox, an owl or a mouse. Luckily, we found no Gruffalo footprints!

We then decided to make our very own footprints…so set about making a huge, sloppy, muddy mixture.

When the children decided the mud was ready, they took it in turns to make their muddy footprints. It was very exciting!

Ready, get set….GO!

As always, the children were very happy to choose their own activities, and today we saw a brilliant mud-face…

Some great climbing, spinning and balancing…

And some lovely, very carefully produced art work, using squashed leaves to make green and charcoal sticks to make black…look how great these look.


The wonderful outdoors…

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Foundation children just loved exploring this week…we sensed a real feeling of awe and wonder in their discoveries and in the way they were so relaxed and at ease in the forest environment.

How do I get this to move?…Aha, stepping back and pulling seems to work!

And what about these…how do they move along the rope?

…I’m just loving the sensation of feeling the soil

And enjoying just being where we are…

Sharing experiences with our friends…what is it? What does it look like? How it is moving? How does it feel? Do you like it?

What have you found? What are you making?

And look at me!! Look how clever I am…look at what I can do.


Gruffalo Bottles

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Well done to Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Tsiappourdhi, Mrs. Singh…and all the children from Oaks and Firs Group 1! It looks like they had a great morning in Forest School whilst I had to attend some training. The Gruffalo sensory bottles were clearly a big success…

The children started off by looking at some of the Gruffalo characters-then decided which one they wanted to represent in their sensory bottle. They collected things from the forest floor and from a box of ‘natural resources’…tiny things for the mouse, feathers for the owl, brown things for the fox, and all sorts of spikey, warty, furry things for the Gruffalo! The bottle was filled with water…and all the contents explored as they swirled around.

As always, there was lots of choice and free play and the opportunity to discover, talk and explore together…

Rain, rain, mud and rain!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

What a WET muddy day today! But that didn’t stop Group 2 from Oaks and Firs from having a marvellous morning in Forest School.

It’s often the simplest things that are the most fun…and today was perfect weather for problem solving, investigating and discovering how to collect water! As we sat under the log circle shelter, we noticed that water was dripping off the tarpaulin… so we felt it, watched it, listened to it…and decided to try to catch it!

We also made some Forest Sensory Bottles, by adding water, glitter and things that we found (like leaves, feathers, sticks and blossom) into a bottle. We could shake it and watch everything floating around.

We also enjoyed using the soggy mud to splash and paint with…

…and found lots more to do despite the bad weather!

There were lots of smiles to be seen today…and lots of muddy suits to clean! We loved our rainy morning…but would like a bit of sunshine next week please!