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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.

Oaks and Firs Marvellous Musical Morning…

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Group 2 had a great time making sounds and singing in the woods this week. They started off their morning looking at and identifying acorns, conkers and fir cones..and discovered that when they were placed in a box, they made different sounds. Everyone chose a box or pot and went off to find their own ways of making a woodland shaker…

When they were all ready, we had a Forest School sing song. We also enjoyed making lots of noise beating out a rhythm with sticks. on a very large oil drum!

We made shakers too, using shells and conkers…and were very proud of the results.

Hungry Caterpillar fun…

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Group 1 from Oaks and Firs had a lovely morning retelling the story of The Hungry Caterpillar.

They found the hidden pictures in the woods, then helped to order them-pegging them on the line as we told the story.

Then the children chose a way to make their own caterpillar. Some made a small stick caterpillar by twisting a pipe cleaner around a stick.

Some chose to make this stone caterpillar…finished off with a leaf to munch on!

These children worked brilliantly as a team, rolling tyres and placing them on the ground for their huge caterpillar. They added a head…then enjoyed balancing along the body!

Group 1 were fantastic today! They found so many exciting, imaginative and challenging things  to do, including writing ‘beware of the caterpillar’ signs on the ground with a stick, and also using sticks to sweep and clear the paths. They balanced and climbed and made mud creations, they found worms and dug and used the swings, and had lots of fun investigating and discovering.

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!