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Super Shelters

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

This week (building on from their developing team-work in previous sessions), Larches and Maples tried out their shelter-building skills.

They were given a tarpaulin and challenged, in small groups, to find a good space to put it. We looked closely at how our shelter above the log circle was attached, then each group walked around our woodland site, looking for a group of trees that they could attach their own tarpaulin to.  Then they set to work with only minimal direction from the adults!

It was great to see the groups problem solving, realising what they needed to do next (for instance, working out through trial and error that using just one rope was not enough!) coming up with their own ideas (such as climbing up onto a tall stump to attach a rope higher up) and talking amongst themselves.

They learnt new techniques and new knots, and supported and helped one another really well.

Larches…This group was very good at wrapping their rope tightly around the trees…they made a low shelter which was raised in the middle.

This group made a rectangle of ropes around 4 trees and attached their tarpaulin low to the ground. The whole class sat underneath…watched by a small robin, who had hopped around whilst the shelter was being constructed!

The last of the Larches groups worked very well putting up a high shelter. We were really impressed with their ingenuity! Everyone could stand up under this shelter.

Maples…These children worked really well together. They worked out how to attach the tarpaulin using the holes around the edges and tried out all the knots themselves.

These two children worked closely together to make their high shelter…which had a closed in back too.

This next group tried out different sized trees to see which ones were strong enough to hold the rope securely. They discovered that the holly branches weren’t very good…but the tree trunk was!

Lastly, these very creative children put up a high shelter that we could all stand underneath…complete with  seats and their very own fire place!



Fun finding the ‘Family Tree’

Thursday, 2 February 2017

What trustworthy classes Larches and Maples proved to be this week!                                                                    We began our session with a great Stickman based game. We looked at a picture of Stickman’s ‘Family Tree’ and challenged the children to select a secret tree, to feel it whilst blindfolded, and then identify it after they had been led away. The children worked in three’s with one wearing a blindfold. The other two children chose a tree and carefully led their classmate to it. They learnt to walk slowly, to hold and support them and to talk to and reassure their team-mate along the way. In reflection time at the end of the session, we heard some fantastic comments…

I was a bit scared but I did it” “He held my arm and my hand and talked to me. I felt better”  “It was hard but I tried”  “I liked it when she helped me” 

Next we talked about what else we could do with sticks…someone suggested making a fire! Mrs. Smith explained about the different sized sticks we would need to collect (and dry!) for when we had a fire, and everyone helped to collect and then sort the sticks into three different bags…making sure that they were no longer than from our elbow to wrist.

As always, the children thoroughly enjoyed their self-directed activities. These 3 boys created a very funny game…which made them giggle a lot!

The digging pit was a hive of activity (and VERY MUDDY for Maples!)…more stick men were made…dens were created…an assortment of meals were made…obstacles were conquered! All in all another busy and happy two days at Langley Forest School.

Stick Homes for very funky stick men!

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

What a great time Larches and Maples had in Forest School this week…and how hard they worked to help their Stickman friend!

The children discovered that Stickman was upset…all the houses that he and his friends had made, had been broken! They immediately suggested that we should help to rebuild them…and off they set to create some fabulous stick homes.



We were SO impressed with how well both Larches and Maples worked together and supported one another.

After finishing, admiring and discussing all the stick homes, some children chose to work on the stick men they had made last week. They were very creative! We had a selection of leaf faces, plus a scarf, amazing hair and a fully clothed stick lady!




Introducing Stick Man…

Thursday, 19 January 2017

This week, both Larches and Maples listened intently to the story ‘Stick Man’. We’ll be using it as a stimulus for lots of Forest School activities this term…and hoping that the children come up with plenty of their own ideas about what they’d like to do whilst outside.

The sessions started off with a story picture hunt…the children were challenged to find and match the characters and pictures from the Stickman story. Some were more difficult to find than others! We were impressed with how independently the children completed the challenge…and how well they helped one another too.

What a surprise we had when we spotted this big Stickman in Langley Forest School! We shook his hand and welcomed him.

Everyone was keen to make their own stickman, so set off to find a special ‘Y’ stick, that could be used to create their stick man legs. A careful bit of twisting with a pipe cleaner, and stickman’s arms were complete.

Connor learnt how to make a clove-hitch knot..and then worked really hard to lash his stickman arms onto the body with string

As always, there was plenty of opportunity to choose activities…and this week the mud kitchen was very busy.


There was also a great game of hide and seek going on…and some very special ‘decorating’ too!

‘Welcome to Forest School’, Larches and Maples

Friday, 13 January 2017

Larches and Maples classes were excited to begin their term of Forest School sessions this week…some of them for the very first time.

After being introduced to our Forest School Rules, both classes explored the woodland site and discovered all it had to offer. The children learnt where the boundaries were, shared hot chocolate around the log circle, were introduced to and played a very active listening game…and a good time was had by all!

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