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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Beeches took part in a descriptive word scavenger hunt today. They used the picture clues to find items to place inside the egg boxes. Some of the things they found were long, spiky, hard, tiny, green, rounded, yellow, soft…

Beeches also finished off the  cheerios that had been left from the  morning session…they enjoyed using them to make feeders for the birds.

After all that work, Beeches enjoyed choosing where to play. It was lovely to see the children developing their own games and ideas and co-operating so well together. The play house was particulary good fun this afternoon.These 3 boys developed a game of pine cone football- scoring goals against the walls! Even the spectator outside found it hilarious to watch!

Spiders and a spikey hedgehog

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

This morning, Beeches worked hard to make these super spiders, using pine cones, pipe cleaners and googly eyes!

We were very  proud of the spiders and at the end of the morning, they were displayed in our outdoor classroom- Hollies…

We also worked together using our fine motor skills and lots of concentration, to make this pumpkin hedgehog

We took turns to carefully hold the hammer and tap some sticks into the pumpkin…

We also enjoyed some music making using things we found on the ground and adding them to lidded boxes. We discovered that some things made a soft sound and others made a very loud sound! We played and sang together on our Forest School stage.

 

Beeches busy morning

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

A lovely morning for Beeches class today, using our Percy the park keeper story to inspire us out in Forest School. We started off learning about oak trees-the same tree that Percy found had blown down in the storm. We found lots of Oaks as we walked to the  log circle, and enjoyed looking for and collecting acorns.

We enjoyed looking closely at the acorns using magnifying glasses, and all found our own acorn to plant…

We hope that our acorns start to grow, so that we can plant some new oak trees

We also did a few jobs that Percy the park keeper does in his woodland-raking leaves and carrying things around in the wheelbarrow. The wheelbarrow was very wobbly, and took a lot of concentration to push!

And we had a go at creating pictures of some of the story characters, using natural resources…

During our reflection time at the end of our morning, we thought about what we were good at doing today.  Answers including I was good at…’helping my friend’, ‘raking leaves’, ‘pushing the wheelbarrow’ ‘making pictures’, ‘looking for acorns’. Lots of sensible and individual answers…we were very impressed.

Percy’s Friends…

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Last week, Beeches enjoyed a story about Percy The Park Keeper and all his animal friends. We recalled the story this week, and on our way to the log circle, all helped to find hidden pictures of the different animals from the story. We named each animal and talked about where they lived.

When we came across a lovely home for one of Percy’s friends-the squirrel, we thought that maybe Percy must have visited Langley Forest Schoolto help make it! We decided to make some more homes for the other animals…

We also made them some delicious food in the mud kitchen-incuding acorn and leaf soup for the squirrel. And had lots of fun playing with the squelchy mud in the digging pit!

 

 

Welcome back!

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

What a wet start we had to our first week of Forest School this term! Despite very heavy rain, Beeches class braved it outside for a short time, in order to pick some juicy blackberries…

We took the blackberries inside and used a pestle and motar to squash them and release the lovely colours…

Next we added flour and salt and mixed them up together with a little oil and water

Then we poured in the blackberries and stirred everything together to make a dough

We kneaded the dough and then shared it out so everyone could make their own creation! Our blackberry playdough both smelt and felt lovely.

Super-elder-worms

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Beeches worked hard today to make their own superworms to take home, using sticks that had  been cut from one of our elder trees.

They first learnt how to carefully hold and use the secateurs to cut the sticks into small pieces.

Then they used a smaller stick to poke out the soft pith from the centre of the stick…

Once the centre had been removed, the pieces of stick were threaded onto a pipe cleaner. With eyes and mouth added on, Superworm was complete!

Halfway through the morning, everything came to an abrupt halt, as Ryan spotted something very exciting in a tree directly above the den he was making! We quickly gathered together…very quietly…and looked up onto a branch, to spot this beautiful baby tawny owl looking down at us!

We abandoned the den making, so as not to disturb the owl, and kept checking back on him during the morning. He stayed there all morning…but had gone by lunchtime. We hope to see him again one day.

Also this morning, we used the Superworm book to inspire creative ideas. The children were given a box of ropes and…just like Superworm did…were asked to find different ways of using them…

The ropes became a fishing line, were tied to some trees in order to go under and over, and were also used to add another bucket to our balance scales!

Clay creatures

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Beeches worked hard this morning, to create these lovely clay creatures, inspired by the Superworm story characters.

They used natural materials and things  that we collected on our way into the woods, to make spiders, butterflies, a tadpole, a bee and a ladybird…

There was lots of interest in finding and identifying mini-beasts…we tried to remenber the names of the creatures we had identified last week. This week we managed to find a centipede-something we didn’t manage to get last time. Everyone enjoyed looking through the magnifying pot to see how it moved and what it looked like.

We also talked about Wizard Lizard’s lair in the Superworm story…and some of the class decided to make their own ‘lair’ or den. They learnt to carefully drag and then place the long sticks and branches onto the side of the den.

The mud kitchen was also a hive of activity this morning!

Mini-beast hunting and ID

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Today, Beeches remembered and talked about the creatures in the story of Superworm. They looked at the bug-hunting equipment, the identification charts and the mini-beast pictures and then went off to see what they could find…

Ready to start hunting!

They looked under logs…

…and closely inspected what they had found

We named all the mini-beasts we’d discovered. We found a snail, slugs, worms, beetles, millipedes, a fly, a ladybird and woodlice. When we’d finished looking, we put them all back so that they could return to their homes.

We also  enjoyed digging for worms and looking at and using some mini-beast matching cards, as well as looking closely at our special bug  collection. The spiders were the most popular!

 

Superworm

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

It’s Beeches turn for Forest School this term, and they were super excited to be out in our woods!

We started our session in the log circle with the story of Superworm. You can watch the story being read here…

After hearing the story, Beeches class looked all around the site, independently finding and naming the creatures from the story…

We gathered together and talked about the features of all the creatures. We discussed whether they had legs (and if so how many), learning that all insects have 6 legs. We talked about how they moved, who had wings, and learnt the special name for a spider-an arachnid- which we’re hoping someone might remember next week!

Then we chose a creature and worked independently or with a friend, to make these AMAZING forest art pictures. Look at how great they are…

A beautiful butterfly…

A brilliant beetle…

A super spider

More beautiful butterflies

And a spectacular spider and snail

We also found our own super worms and a flying insect-both of which seemed happy to say hello. 

 

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.

 

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AND WHERE ALL ARE EXPECTED TO GIVE OF THEIR BEST