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Willows dig for treasure!

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Willows started their session by helping to retell the Superworm story…they remembered it well, complete with the Superworm Chant!

Then, as they enjoyed digging so much last week, their task was to find Superworm’s mini-beast friends…buried in the digging pit.

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After naming the creatures, the next task was to find not pictures-but the real things!

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We found and looked closely at lots of different mini-beasts. Then after a warming hot chocolate, chose our own activities.

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Marvellous Maples Minibeast hunt!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Maples were fantastic today! They have been working hard learning the names of the creatures in the Superworm story. To help them to remember the names, we played a fun game at the start of the session…                                     We sang “Superworm is super long, Superworm is super strong, Find his friend -don’t get it wrong, And then we’ll sing more Superworm song!” 

Everyone took turns to listen for their name, then ran around the circle to select the creature Mrs. Smith named. (remember to click the photos to make them bigger)

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Then we headed into the forest to look for real mini-beasts.

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Everyone worked really hard, looking all over, under logs and on the ground

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Look at some of the things we found…IMG_0393IMG_0419IMG_0403IMG_0398IMG_0404IMG_0407IMG_0416

We looked closely at a spider, discussed what an insect looked like and named lots of mini-beasts. If you would like to find out about some insects, there are some great videos here-http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Insect/by/rank/all

Oaks and Firs Forest Fun

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Lots of lovely play, investigation, laughter and interaction today at Forest School. Look at what Group 2 got up to…

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Fun and games on the see-saw!

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Mixing and painting…

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…crushing chalk to add to the mud paint

Selecting ingredients to cook with…

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Making music, listening to the birds and trying out something new.

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Squirrels and bugs and a monkey’s dinner!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

A gloriously sunny afternoon brought out lots of wildlife today! We spotted two squirrels…we watched the first one as he climbed a tree and the second one joined us as we played on the swing!

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These children had a lovely time looking for creatures all around the site…they found worms, millipedes, spiders and  woodlice…and were very careful and gentle when looking at them.

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Look who had a marvellous time, cooking and using every single piece of equipment in the mud kitchen!

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And monkey enjoyed his meal too!  P1090783P1090784

 

Fun on the see-saw and playing hide and seek P1090814P1090794P1090796

Superworm!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

This term, it’s Maples and Willows turn to visit Forest School. We will be using the story Superworm as a starting point for our sessions. You can read the story here…

Both classes listened to the story and then explored the forest looking for all the hidden story characters- marking them off as they did so.

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Then they went hunting for Superworm and found him!

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P1090734P1090728 …and some of his friends too…

 

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Willows decided to cook a meal for Superworm!

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Yet another Thank-you

Monday, 18 April 2016

How lucky are we?!

Today, Mrs. Smith proudly hung  our Forest School rules on the wall in Hollies, the Forest School classroom. These fabulous wooden discs were painted by Geraldine- an artist and friend of Mrs. Mahoney, who is one of our teaching assistants.

Thank-you to them both. We love and will cherish these for many years to come.

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Foundation Group Hungry Caterpillar

Monday, 18 April 2016

(Remember to click the photo’s to make them bigger)

Group 1 from Oaks and Firs really enjoyed listening to and helping to retell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

In small teams, the children looked all around the forest to find the hidden pictures from the story, that matched their group’s picture board.

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Then they chose what to do…some children made this brilliant (and very big) caterpillar.

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Isn’t he amazing! Everyone enjoyed looking at him…and walking along his back.

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These children decided to make some more food for the caterpillar in case he got hungry again!

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…and there’s always time for fun and games before the morning is over!

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Foundation Group Fun

Monday, 18 April 2016

This term, our youngest children in Oaks and Firs are taking part in Forest School sessions.

Group 2 had a wonderful morning making mud. They transferred soil into a big tray, all took a turn to add and mix in water, stirred the mud (and felt and investigated and played with it!) and then used the mud to paint beautiful pictures.

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A great time was had by all. As well as smiles and fun and lots of exploration.

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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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