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Two thank-you’s…for our tippy tap and our visit to Sutton Park!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Our first thank-you in the Summer Term, goes to Mr. Mundye and Isabella, and to Zach too, for going into school with Mrs. Smith over the Easter break to construct our exciting new tippy-tap! It has proved to be very popular in our first week back…the children are really enjoying standing on the lever to tip the bottle, and using the warm water inside to wash their hands before snack time.

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The second thank-you is for Daniel, a park ranger at Sutton Park, who gave us a lovely morning out! He explained about different trees, and helped the children to identify a silver birch. We walked to some heath land, collecting pine cones and discovering new baby trees and some pony poo on the way!

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Then Daniel helped us to find a good sized tree to cut down.

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We watched him cut down the tree…it was exciting when it started to lean and fall! Then we looked at the stump and counted the rings. We think it was 23 years old.

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Everyone worked together to carry the heavy tree up the hill to the path, then we all took turns sawing the tree into logs.

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Lastly, we carried our logs back to the minibus and took them back to school. We will use them to make wood cookies during the term.

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Egg hunts and our first FIRE!

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

It was Acers last session out in the forest today, and as one of the children said…”It’s going to be emotional!”

We started off with a hunt through the forest, collecting Easter stampers…once the children had found all 10 stamps, they were given a spade!

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…to dig up a hidden pot…which had an egg inside!

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The egg was carefully pulled apart…and inside were yummy chocolate eggs.

These big blue eggs needed a special spray. When they came apart, we found more mini chocolate eggs inside, which were shared around the group.

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Then it was time to light our first fire. We all had a go at using the flint and steel to make a spark.

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Next we took turns to toast a marshmallow. When it was cooked, we squashed it between 2 biscuits…yum yum!

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What a lovely end to our term at Forest School.   Acers…we would love you and your parents to tell us what you have enjoyed doing this term. Please leave a comment and let us know. Thank-you

 

Blindfolds and lots of activities…

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

After last weeks web activities, we remembered a special fact-that spiders don’t have good eyesight. We decided to be spiders…so we used a blindfold to cover our eyes and tried to do what spiders do…feel when an insect has landed on their web, by feeling the vibrations they make.

First we played a game, the ‘flies’ tried to creep their hands along the rope, without the ‘spider’ noticing. We got better and better at this, until we managed to make the spider jump!

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Then it got harder! We took turns to lead our spider friends along the long rope, sometimes alongside, sometimes inside it. We had to tell them when to stop, and needed to look after them on the way.

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This clever spider managed to find his way through our huge string web, just by listening to and following instructions

Also today… we all decorated the wood cookies we had previously cut, ready to take home to our parents and carers.

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Plus, more stick and wool webs, spider soup in the mud kitchen (no real spiders were harmed!) and an adventure, with a brave bit of climbing thrown in for good measure!

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Spider web fun and facts

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Last week, one of Acers children built a fabulous string spider web…which led onto questions from some children about spiders.

So-this week we learnt lots about spiders…but as always in Forest School, we learnt in a fun and challenging way!

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Mrs. Smith had hidden lots of cards around the forest, with interesting things about spiders on them. First we found one each, read them and kept them safe in our pockets.

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Then we found  these  Spider facts  hanging on the string web.

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Mrs. Smith challenged us to take turns to be spiders-to fetch a fact from the web…then to find which one of our friends had the matching fact! Sometimes we had to crawl under the web, sometimes we had to step over…or pop an arm, a leg or our head up through the web! We needed to concentrate, follow instructions and balance carefully! It was great fun!

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After hot chocolate and a biscuit, we chose what we’d like to do…

Some children looked for a forked stick to make their own spider web!

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While others enjoyed more mud painting…this week trying to paint within the lines of a picture, or adding string to the big web or playing on the seesaw!

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At the end of the session, we remembered lots and lots of things we had learnt!

 

 

 

More wood cookies and lots more fun!

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Acers had a happy, creative morning in the forest! Look at what they did and how much learning took place….

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Everyone cut a wood cookie. The children learnt to use a tool safely-they concentrated, remembered all the safety rules and worked cooperatively together.

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Acers also learnt to make just the right consistency of mud for the perfect mud paint! They added and adjusted the proportions of soil and water until the mud was ‘sloppy’ ‘yukky’ ‘smooth’ and ‘runny’!

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Some children learnt to be very independent and creative. They were provided with a box of rope and string and given free rein to do whatever they wished!

Look at the fabulous assault course. The green rope was ‘yukky slime’…it made you ‘all slippy and wet’ when you went on it!

And what a brilliant spider web…it was made so well and so quickly that we wondered if Spider Man had helped!

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Elsewhere in the forest, mini-beasts were being hunted and identified, meals were being invented and mole hills and tunnels were being built. All in all, a lovely busy time was had by all.

 

Wood Cookies and Free Play

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Acers had a WONDERFUL time this morning!

They were free to choose their own activity and had the exciting opportunity of using the Bow-Saw for the first time.

Look at all the lovely things they did…climbing, swinging, exploring, designing, bug hunting, digging, cooking, rope play to name just a few!

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Look at the hedgehog I made!

 

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Acers class- can you tell us what you enjoyed most…leave a comment below.

Dragon Egg Hunt

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

One of Acers class recently told us about a news story he had heard…about a dragon! He told us the dragon had flown over Langley School and somewhere in our forest, it had laid a purple egg with white spots on it. We were all intrigued…so today we were explorers, searching for the dragon eggs!

We crept along, looking for signs of a dragon…

LOOK! We found DRAGON’S BREATH hanging from the trees.  (Please click the pictures to make them bigger)

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After much searching, we eventually found a large nest. Hiding under the sticks were two dragon eggs. It was very exciting!

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Over hot chocolate and a biscuit, we decided what to do next. We had lots of ideas…

These two boys found things in the forest to make a dragon. If you look carefully, you will see 2 big eyes, his steamy breath, a long body, wings and a tail!

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These children decided to make mud eggs to add to the nest. They mixed water into some soil and squashed the soil in their hands, until they made an egg shape.

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Then they put the eggs into the dragons nest

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Lastly, our very own special news reporter chose to make a short film about his quest to find the dragon.

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Squirrel Obstacle Course

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

What fun we had today!

Mrs. Smith showed the children a letter she had found from Sid Squirrel. It challenged them to create an obstacle course for a squirrel.

The children had to work in teams, use a range of different resources  and get a squirrel from one tree to the next without it touching the ground!

Look at this funny video of a real squirrel obstacle course! We enjoyed watching this.

And now look at how creative the children were when they worked together…

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First the children explored the forest and collected all they needed…

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Rolling tyres was hard work…but lots of fun!

 

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This group made a bottle rocket, a tube slide, a cargo net, and a swing…with a big jump at the end for the squirrel  to get to his food!

 

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This group made a brilliant look-out post. They worked really hard together, all helping to carry the enormous log through the forest to their tree.

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These children made a trampoline and a slide. They decorated the start of their course with red material.

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This group made a very high obstacle course! It had lots of things on it, including a tyre ladder, pipe tunnels and a bottle carrier…and we think that a real squirrel may be using it before next week’s lesson!

 

Acers love worms!

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

 

 

Acers class have shown a real interest in digging for and looking at worms. They had been asking lots of questions about them…so we decided to find out a little more.

We learnt what worms look like, the different parts of their body, and how they help our soil. If you want to look at what we learnt, then click here- The world of worms PDF

Look at our wormery…and how we made it.

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First,we put small stones at the bottom of our wormery

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Then we put in a layer of soil

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Next, we carefully spread a layer of sand

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…followed by more layers of soil and sand

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Then we added some leaves to the top and sprayed a little water to make the soil damp enough for the worms

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Last of all, we added some worms!

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The biggest catch of the day!

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The wormery will have a cover over it when it goes inside, so that the worms can live in the dark, just like their natural habitat.

 

We also checked the hedgehog home we made last week and talked about hedgehogs.

We decided to make our own little hedgehogs, using salt dough and natural materials we found in the forest.P1080591P1080589IMG_0316IMG_0322P1080590IMG_0325

Some children made bird feeders too.

What do you think? Leave a comment and let us know!

Helping our woodland animals!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

What a lovely day we had today!  Acers class found two ways to help our woodland animals…by building a hedgehog home and by adding a new layer to our bug hotel.

Look at how well they worked together…

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We started with a plastic box, with a hole cut out for a door

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..then covered the box to keep the hedgehogs warm and dry

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Lastly, we filled the box with straw and leaves. We hope a visitor will move in soon!

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Ta dah! What a great job!

Over at the bug hotel…

Acers children firstly added a new pallet on top, then chose what to put into the gaps.

They used sawdust, wood chips, leaves, sticks, bamboo, straws, hay, rolled up cardboard, pipes…lots of  different habitats for lots of different mini-beasts.

What do you think?

Leave us a comment and let us know….!

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