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Anglo coins and crowns, berries and fire…

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Forest School is running a little differently this year…whilst small groups work with our Forest School leader, the rest of Larches enjoyed a busy morning with their class team doing lots of fabulous outdoor learning activities, all linked to their Anglo Saxon topic.

They learnt about King Alfred, then hunted in the digging pit for hidden coins with the King’s face on…they made forest style crowns, and also followed instructions to make their own paint using berries…just as the Anglo Saxons would have done.

Elsewhere, this weeks Anglo-Saxon villagers were busy learning how to make a successful fire. We started by talking about the types of wood we’d need and the 3 things a fire needs to work. We collected sticks and sorted them, then learnt how to use a fire striker. We had a wonderful group today, who with a lot of determination and patience, independently lit their ‘fairy fires’ (cotton wool).

The children then learnt how to build a fire, carefully layering the tinder, kindling and sticks. We watched as the flames turned orange, we talked about the smells and sounds, then noticed that the sticks were turning from brown to white and eventually the fire died out. We discussed why the fire had gone out and the children were able to remember that 1 of the 3 things the fire needs was missing…the fuel (or sticks). We were very careful to stand well back from the fire at a safe distance, and not to touch anything without fire gloves. We cooled the fire down using water and went away feeling very proud and happy!

Larches Brilliant Boats

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Larches are learning about Anglo Saxons this term. They had a super first session in Forest School, working together in teams to collect wood and to build boats…making them look like the boats the Anglo Saxons sailed in! Miss Corbett was very pleased with how well Larches all cooperated with one another and was very proud of the fabulous creativity and enthusiasm they demonstrated.

Elsewhere in the forest, a small group of children spent the morning also pretending to be Anglo Saxons- but this group were learning how to make fires using a flint a steel. They searched for and sorted sticks of different sizes, each lit their own small fire, then worked together to make a bigger one. We discussed the 3 elements a fire needs -heat (from the spark of the flint and steel) oxygen and fuel (from different sized sticks.) We learnt how to sort and grade sticks most importantly, we learnt how to be safe when making a fire.

Larches weave a wonderful web

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Larches were brilliant this week! They worked really well together despite the (very) wet weather, to create a huge spider web. They started off by wrapping a big ball of string around a circle of trees, practising tying knots and making sure that the string was pulled tight, before passing the string to someone else. As the web grew, passing the ball of string across the circle became more challenging!

Once the web was complete, we took turns to challenge one another to cross it…thinking of some very funny moves along the way! It was great fun.

The rain didn’t stop us enjoying ourselves at all…in fact it made our morning even more fun!

 

Amazing Animal Homes

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Larches and Beeches worked extremely hard this week, on these amazing animal homes.

Firstly Larches…a hole for a hedgehog,  with a carefully made stick roof, covered in leaves to keep him hidden away from predators.

 

Next, two different nests…

And  here we have a well camouflaged den for a fox.

Lovely co-operation between these two…resulting in a safe home for a rabbit.

Lastly, a spectacular home for a lucky fox! Great team work from all the groups in Larches…well done!

Beeches were just as  creative…look at all these brilliantly made homes. We were really impressed with how much time and effort the children put into their homes. Beeches are really keen to make more next week, and after a debate at the end of the session, have decided to upscale the homes next time…and make some big enough for themselves to fit in!

(please click to enlarge the photos)

BRRRRRRR!!

Saturday, 3 March 2018

It’s been a cold and snowy week in Forest School, so we made sure that we wrapped up really warm in lots of layers, some extra socks, and hats and gloves.

Larches and Beeches started their sessions discussing the animals that live in our woods, and naming their habitats. They enjoyed hunting for the hidden animals and talking about the name of the home they lived in. We were very lucky to find a real nest, a beautifully frosty spiders web and a hole leading down to a fox’s den!

We were very good at finding the different creatures around the woods…

When everyone had found all the pictures, we gathered them together to play a ‘moving about’game to keep us warm! The pictures were spread across the ground, and we listened to the descriptions, such as ‘I’m small and furry and live underground in a burrow’…’I make a leafy nest called a drey’… ‘I like to live under logs and stones’), then ran or jumped or twirled to the correct picture. We learnt lots of new words today and had lots of fun!

And of course, there’s always time to choose a  favourite thing to do in Forest School…

Fun by the fire…

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Two lovely last days for both Larches and Maples…with a special treat of marshmallow smores, toasted over the fire!

First…everyone had a turn at using the flint and steel to make a spark and to try to light the fire.

Once it was going and we had added tinder and kindling, everyone took turns to add sticks to the fire.

We waited for the flames to die down, then toasted marshmallows over the hot embers…and really enjoyed eating them between two biscuits!

Thank-you Maples and Larches for a lovely term…it’s been a pleasure working with you all.

Fire-Strikers and Flags

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A cold but fun morning for Larches…today they used the flint and steel to practice fire lighting and make a ‘Fairy Fire’ in a shell. There were lots of smiles and feelings of pride as the fairy fires were successfully lit!

 

Also today, we learnt how to safely use the loppers to cut a stick. Everyone listened carefully to a ‘Tool Talk’ so they knew how to hold, carry, position themselves and use the loppers…

The children used the sticks to make a flag-pole…they decorated their flag and attached it to the pole using string, trying hard to tie a knot independently

 

Larches-Nature Paintbrushes…and lots of fun!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

This week, we tried out another use for a stick…look at what resources the children were given and what they made from them…

After twisting leaves/feathers/dried grass/buds/pine needles onto a stick, the children set about making their own mud paint, by collecting some soil and adding water to it.

Some chose to follow on from last week and make an elder stick-man, by cutting fresh elder sticks and pushing out the soft pith from the middle.

But for most of the session, the children led the way, finding their own activities and being very creative! These boys spent the morning being pirates…they buried and hunted for treasure. They found special ‘treasure stones’, worms and a pot full of sycamore saplings (which they decided they would plant in see if they grew bigger)

Elsewhere, an adventurous group of boys worked together to create a new fun area. They found and hung a tyre from a tree, then decided to extend it by adding a walkway and a log bridge to get to the swing. We were SO impressed!

Our other creative duo worked together to complete a den they started a few weeks ago, this time adding a slide to it. They decided it wasn’t high enough to slide down, so worked out that by adding more tyres they could increase the height. Once the slide had been played on, they decided to decorate it, using the nature paintbrushes and mud paint that had been made by their friends, earlier in the session.

Well done Larches! What a great morning.

Elder wood stick-men (and lots of stick activities)

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Each session this week started with  the game- “I’m not a stick, I’m a…..” Anyone who wanted to, could go into the centre of the circle, repeat the phrase and add their own bit of creativity. We had sticks that were for juggling, a golf club, a magic wand, a motorbike, a bow and arrow and a boat…to name just a few!

This week, the children had the opportunity to make an elder-wood stick-man. Firstly, they listened carefully to a tool talk, and learnt how to safely use the secateurs to cut sections of elder. Elder is special because it has a soft pith inside, which can be poked out.

Once cut, the elder stick slices were hollowed out, and then thread onto pipe cleaners. With a few twists, stick-man’s arms body and legs were complete. We were very impressed at how well both Larches and Maples children concentrated on this task.

Some children chose to go on a stick hunt, searching for different types of stick- thin, thick, bendy, pointed, bumpy, tiny…

Once collected, the children were challenged to use and practice their knot skills to tie their sticks into a bundle. Some children have clearly been practicing as they made a really job of tying up their sticks. 

Lastly, some children chose to make forest-school art! Some lovely pictures of the stick-man story characters appeared across our site.

And not just stick-man pictures, but a boy, a swamp and big-foot too!

 

A fun and Firey Day!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Another lovely busy time in Forest School for Larches and Maples. This week the children looked closely at a real nest (and an egg!) made by a robin…it was much smaller than the swan’s nest in the Stickman story. Before long, lots of different sized and shaped nests had appeared across the site, all with their own special features and ideas.

Both classes had previously enjoyed using the tarpaulins to make shelters, so these were available for the children to use if they wanted to. Larches decided to work together on their’s….they worked very well as a team.

In Maples, one very determined young man worked hard on his shelter, using the obstacle course to hold it up!

Also this week, some children had the opportunity to use the fire strikers for the first time to make mini ‘Fairy-fires’ They had to understand and demonstrate how to use them properly and needed to follow our fire safety rules. Lots of learning took place as they observed and discussed in which order to add the different sized sticks, how to keep the fire going, how it went out and how to keep safe.

To finish off their session, both classes enjoyed helping to make hot chocolate, by feeding the fire beneath the Kelly Kettle.

This weeks Superstars!

LANGLEY IS A SCHOOL WHERE INDIVIDUALS ARE VALUED FOR THEMSELVES
AND WHERE ALL ARE EXPECTED TO GIVE OF THEIR BEST