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Rowans Go Nest Building

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Rowans asked last week to look at and learn more about nests. We looked again at the nest Mrs. Smith had found, and saw that it had mud and sticks on the outside, grass and straw inside and was lined with soft leaves.

We started our session with this story…click on the link to read it…The Best Nest Story

Out in the forest, we discovered an ENORMOUS nest! It had just been started…so we decided to work together to help to finish it. The children were fantastic! They worked brilliantly together, finding and placing sticks. Once the outside of the nest was built, they collected lots of leaves for the middle…and added some soft bedding and some wool.

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Some children chose to make a smaller nest. This one had an arched corridor leading to a living room!

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Some children chose to make a bird feeder to take home.IMG_0366IMG_0368

…while others had fun in the mud kitchen!

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Wonderful Wednesday’s!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Just a few photo’s of our small Wednesday afternoon group, who have been loving every minute of being outdoors!

We’ve seen so much co-operation, turn-taking, sharing, playing together, problem solving, laughter, language, singing, music-making…and lots of enjoyment and fun!

Take a look…

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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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Animal Habitats and Homes

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Acers and Rowans had a fun time learning about animal habitats and the names of their homes.P1080321P1080317

They followed a picture trail, matching up the animal pictures they found in the forest, to pictures of the animal homes.

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They learnt that a squirrel lives in a drey, a fox lives in a den, a rabbit lives in a burrow, a worm lives in soil…and lots more!

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We found and studied a nest and animal tracks and had fun digging for worms.

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Can you look for animal homes near to where you live? 

Tell us what you found…

Parent Handbook

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Here is our parent handbook…’Welcome to Langley Forest School’

Have a look…find out what we do, how it helps your child’s development and how much we fun we have!

 

When your child’s class has their turn with Mrs. Smith in the forest, you will receive  a paper copy to share and talk about with your child.

We hope you enjoy reading it.

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Our Forest School Areas

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

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Hollies…our Forest School Classroom

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Our Bug Hotel

 

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The fire circle

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The swing

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The low ropes

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The mud kitchen…

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…and the dining area!

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Our tool area

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The habitat pile

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The log circle

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The den building area

 

 

 

Setting up our Forest School…

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Back in the Autumn term, we were very lucky to get some help from the Halifax and Barclays Bank. They sent a team of workers to help to clear our forest site and make a new entrance from our Forest School Class, Hollies.

We would like to say a huge THANK-YOU to all of them…and also the mums, dads and grandparents who came too. Thank-you to Charlie’s grandparents, Sienna’s grandad, Miles’ parents, Samuel’s dad, Ysabella’s mum…each and every one of you were fabulous! We couldn’t have managed without you

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Before… and after!

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Work begins…the site is cleared by The Halifax Crew

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The new pathway!

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Now we can get into our Forest School site. Thank-you from us all!

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Our new entrance

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Next, The Barclays Gang get to work, clearing and marking out pathways, helping Mrs. Smith to cut back holly and in creating new areas.

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Hard at work!

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…and always smiling!

Thank you everyone for your help

 

Welcome to our new Forest School Blog!

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Welcome to our new Forest School Blog.

Here, we will post snippets of all the exciting things we do in Forest School.

Please come and look in on us often!

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