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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


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.




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.




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!


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!


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.


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.

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!

Ready…steady…JUMP and splash!P1130016P1130019P1130013P1130012P1130017

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.


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

Oaks and Firs Leaf threading

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

This week, Group 1 enjoyed remembering and retelling the story of The Hungry Caterpillar. We talked about all the food the caterpillar had eaten, and decided that leaves were the best food for caterpillars….So we took a little stick caterpillar and looked for lots of different leaves for him to eat his way through!

The children focused and concentrated brilliantly, and worked really hard to push the caterpillar through a long string of juicy leaves…


The children were very proud of their work and were excited to be taking them home…we hope you liked them mums and dads!


We also thought about the chrysalis that the caterpillar made…and decided to turn a den into a giant child sized chrysalis. Everyone squeezed inside and counted lots of days…


…until out came lots of butterflies! Who flew and flapped around the forest testing their wings.P1120770P1120771P1120772

Oaks and Firs- Bottle the Forest!

Monday, 23 May 2016

A lovely morning with Group 2 children from Oaks and Firs class…who enjoyed gathering interesting items from the forest floor, to make their own Forest Sensory Bottle.IMG_0510IMG_0525


We were feeling rather adventurous this morning! Look at how well children were able to investigate the forest floor, balance, climb, sit up high and jump down…all with big smiles on their faces!




Hungry Caterpillars, by Oaks and Firs

Monday, 9 May 2016

Group 1 from Oaks and Firs had a wonderful morning making and feeding their hungry caterpillars! First, they searched the forest to find a coloured caterpillar body…P1120146P1120147

Then they found a stick to twist it around…then added a head. The children were very proud of their efforts!


Next, we looked at the new painted stones Mrs. Smith had made for the mud kitchen. Lots of them had featured in the Hungry Caterpillar story…and the children thoroughly enjoyed using them to make lots of delicious Caterpillar meals!






Oaks and Firs Forest Fun

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Lots of lovely play, investigation, laughter and interaction today at Forest School. Look at what Group 2 got up to…


Fun and games on the see-saw!


Mixing and painting…



…crushing chalk to add to the mud paint

Selecting ingredients to cook with…


Making music, listening to the birds and trying out something new.


Foundation Group Hungry Caterpillar

Monday, 18 April 2016

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Group 1 from Oaks and Firs really enjoyed listening to and helping to retell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

In small teams, the children looked all around the forest to find the hidden pictures from the story, that matched their group’s picture board.


Then they chose what to do…some children made this brilliant (and very big) caterpillar.


Isn’t he amazing! Everyone enjoyed looking at him…and walking along his back.


These children decided to make some more food for the caterpillar in case he got hungry again!


…and there’s always time for fun and games before the morning is over!


Foundation Group Fun

Monday, 18 April 2016

This term, our youngest children in Oaks and Firs are taking part in Forest School sessions.

Group 2 had a wonderful morning making mud. They transferred soil into a big tray, all took a turn to add and mix in water, stirred the mud (and felt and investigated and played with it!) and then used the mud to paint beautiful pictures.



A great time was had by all. As well as smiles and fun and lots of exploration.