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Hot Chocolate Forest School style

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Acers had their last Forest School session this week. We were sad to say goodbye, but had a great time making the most of our last time in the fire circle. We used the kelly kettle to make our hot chocolate for snack time. And enjoyed all sorts of activities during the morning.

Marshmallow smores…

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Acers worked together to help make a fire today…this week we used some bigger logs so that we had enough heat to toast marshmallows. Everyone enjoyed taking part, and the end result of a marshmallow squashed between two biscuits was delicious!

We all took turns to put on the fire gloves and add some sticks to the fire bowl.

Once all the  logs were on, we stood a little closer to warm up our hands…

Then we used long sticks to toast our marshmallows

Eating them was the best bit!

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

All the children in Acers are taking turns to learn how to build a fire and practice how to light it. This lovely group of 3 were very excited to have their turn  today, and not only listened very carefully, but also remembered and told the  rest of the class the 3 principles of fire lighting at the end of the session.

Sorting sticks from the thinnest to the thickest

The children worked together to find and sort sticks for the fire, then carefully added them a few at a time. We enjoyed warming our hands up and  watching the sticks change colour and shape.


The rest of the class were busy too…measuring length and time.

We found a long stick then a shorter stick…and added shorter and shorter ones each time to make this pattern

Acers ace morning

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Another lovely morning for Acers class today…fire lighting, creating, working together, learning and discovering!

Learning what sticks to use, and how to sort them…

What a lot of fun we had whilst learning…!


Acers Week 2

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Acers have settled brilliantly into Forest School sessions…they are really enjoying their time out in the woods!

Today, whilst some of the children started learning how to use the fire strikers and how to build a small fire, the rest of the class got down to some fabulous outdoor maths activities with their class staff. One group made clocks, one did a counting activity and the other spent their time learning about length. What a great way to learn!

Fire lighting 

This small group learnt the principles of fire making-heat, air and fuel. They learnt how to use a fire striker safely to make a spark (heat), practised pulling up strands of a cotton-pad to incorporate air inside, and then lit it using the striker. Once they’d mastered how to do this, they worked together to build a small fire and add sticks (fuel) to keep it going. They were very proud of themselves and so they should be! They worked well together, and listened to and followed all the safety instructions they were given.

Measuring long and short

Making a clock

Counting, 1:1 correspondence, ordering numbers


Welcome to a new term of Forest School

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

It has been good to be back outside this week, enjoying all that Forest School has to offer.

Acers class started their half-term of sessions by working together in teams to play some thinking games. They were given a secret word, which they had to describe not with words-but by using things they found on the forest floor. They did a great job!

They explored the site, allowing the new children to get to know and enjoy the different areas.

Oaks and Firs started their sessions off with a nature trail. They looked for pictures of animals and plants hidden in the woods on the way to the log circle. Some children chose to go back later during the session to find them again and to match them up to a base board of pictures. (click to enlarge the pictures)

We did some counting and matching as we played in the mud kitchen, explored scientifically with pulleys and weights, tested our balance and confidence by climbing into the new hammocks and had a  wonderful time playing in our fabulous newly donated house! (thank you so much to Grace’s mummy and daddy) It’s proving to be very popular…and we discovered that with a bit of a squeeze we can all fit inside together…which may prove handy for those unexpected downpours!



Squashy Marshmallows toasted over the fire

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Acers and Willows enjoyed helping to make a fire last week, then toasting marshmallows over the embers and squashing them between two biscuits! They remembered all of the safety rules first, then took turns to use the fire striker to create a spark, to add some sticks to the fire and then to cook their marshmallow.

Beautiful colours…and worms and mud!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Acers and Willows have had a lovely, and productive week out in the woods. They’ve continued their work on Autumnal colours, this time hunting for and matching different colours and shades. We hope that you enjoy looking at and discussing these with the children when they bring them home to you.

We were busy feeding the birds again too! This  week, making sticky seed filled pine cones, which are now hanging up for the birds to enjoy.

The ropes proved to be a real hit last week, so we bought them out again to see how else the children could use them. There was a huge amount of creativity, partner work, co-operation, discussion…and lots of fun going on!

Lastly, Willows worked really well together to find lots of worms in our digging pit, then made a wormery, layering mud and sand and topping off with leaves and a few drops of water. They will be watching how  the worms move through the soil over the next week. And Acers made mud paint, and decorated the trees with patterns, letters, pictures and splatters!

Colour hunts and bow saws

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

This week, the children were hunting for woodland colours. They were fabulous at this! They matched up their colour swatches to natural objects as we walked through the woods to our log circle, then later they worked together in teams to fill an egg box with a range of different greens or browns, yellows, oranges or reds.

We were also busy this week making creations with ropes and learning to use the bow saw to cut small wood cookies…we’re hoping to use these soon to make something for our families.

Another new tool for Willows and Acers

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Children in Willows and Acers were introduced to a Bit and Brace Drill this week. They listened carefully to a tool talk, learning how to hold and use the drill, then worked in pairs to drill a hole in a small wood slice.

After last week’s successful bird feeder activity, they had asked to make some more this week.  So we tried another type…a sunflower-seed filled apple, with a special perching stick at the  bottom! They were a bit more tricky to make, but we were impressed with how resilient the children were with this activity and also when working with the drill. They kept going despite it being hard work, and didn’t give up until they had completed the task. Well done to them all!