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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

 

The Gruffalo

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

What a fabulous day!

To start the session, Rowans listened to ‘The Gruffalo’. You can hear the story here…

Then they chose from different Gruffalo activities…

Like making a natural art picture of one of the story characters. (Please click the pictures to make them bigger)

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…or making a log pile just like the one Snake lives in

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…or collecting teeny tiny things, for Mouse to eat.

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“I’m shaking my food all round this tree” “Why are you doing that?” “So Mouse can find it later and eat it all up”…What a good idea!

…or making a shelter big enough to fit the Gruffalo in. In fact, it was big enough to fit ALL of the class inside!

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And just to finish a perfect, happy, hard working morning, we saw a brilliant example of problem solving, team work and cooperation.

“Come on-your turn” (child couldn’t get up onto the swing…) “Right-you hold the back”…”Ok, I’ve got it”…”Now I hold the front”…”No, that’s not good!”…”You hold the seat, I’ll pull him on” “YES! Now we can push!”

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Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

We would like to say an enormous THANK-YOU to Mr. Spencer, the granddad of one of our younger pupils. He has been into school several times now to help with jobs around the forest site…and his handiwork is fantastic!

Look at our new fire-pit.

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And this wonderful weaving frame which Mr. Spencer made on Monday morning, We are very lucky to have his help and support.

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…it’s already received lots of “Wow’s!” from children and staff alike. And here it is getting it’s first use!

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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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Hiding and squelching and lots of sharing

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Despite the puddles and rain, our small ‘Wonderful Wednesday’s’ group showed us how the Langley Forest magic works! Week after week, we see growing confidence and more and more co-operation, sharing and turn-taking.

From hide and seek to cooking, from amusing pipe noises (and very loud and clear speech!) to helping and supporting their friends on the ropes and swing…we left feeling amazed at how much the children had packed into a wet afternoon!

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Rainy day webs

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

It was another cold, muddy and very wet day for Rowans…but it didn’t stop us having fun!

First, we listened to the story -‘The Very Busy Spider’.

We gathered under the shelter and all worked together as a team to create a web just like the one in the story. We took turns to wrap the ball of string around a log, then had to throw it across the circle for someone else to do the same…we had to think about the best place for it to go and had to aim carefully so that it reached the target!

 

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When the web was finished, we took turns to be a spider and to cross over from one side to the other!

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It was so wet, that we finished our session inside Hollies, our forest classroom. We made and painted with mud and made our own spider webs which were so lovely, they went on display!

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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!

 

 

 

Hedgehog footprints? …Or a mouse?

Wednesday, 2 March 2016
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Last week we made these animal footprint tunnels

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Inside, we put dog food, some paint and some paper. When a small animal goes inside to eat the food, it will walk through the paint and leave footprints behind…we are hoping that we have some hedgehogs!

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Today, we found these prints…we think they belong to a small rodent.

 

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The tunnels have gone back out today with clean, dry paper. We hope to find some different animal tracks in a few days.

 

Rainy day fun…

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

What a wet morning…but what a great time we had today!

Our plans and activities all changed when Rowans discovered what fun it was to play in the rain and splash in muddy puddles.

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Catching raindrops from the shelter roof made us giggle!

(Click the pictures to enlarge them)

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The children invented a game, that involved running and stomping up and down the paths and seeing who could jump in the puddles and make the biggest splash! It was brilliant fun! We saw great team work and heard lots of lovely language.

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In between splashing and playing…we did manage to continue our tool work too!

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Rowans…did you enjoy your rainy day?!

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.

 

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