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Stick Homes for very funky stick men!

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

What a great time Larches and Maples had in Forest School this week…and how hard they worked to help their Stickman friend!

The children discovered that Stickman was upset…all the houses that he and his friends had made, had been broken! They immediately suggested that we should help to rebuild them…and off they set to create some fabulous stick homes.

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We were SO impressed with how well both Larches and Maples worked together and supported one another.

After finishing, admiring and discussing all the stick homes, some children chose to work on the stick men they had made last week. They were very creative! We had a selection of leaf faces, plus a scarf, amazing hair and a fully clothed stick lady!

 

 

 

Introducing Stick Man…

Thursday, 19 January 2017


This week, both Larches and Maples listened intently to the story ‘Stick Man’. We’ll be using it as a stimulus for lots of Forest School activities this term…and hoping that the children come up with plenty of their own ideas about what they’d like to do whilst outside.

The sessions started off with a story picture hunt…the children were challenged to find and match the characters and pictures from the Stickman story. Some were more difficult to find than others! We were impressed with how independently the children completed the challenge…and how well they helped one another too.

What a surprise we had when we spotted this big Stickman in Langley Forest School! We shook his hand and welcomed him.

Everyone was keen to make their own stickman, so set off to find a special ‘Y’ stick, that could be used to create their stick man legs. A careful bit of twisting with a pipe cleaner, and stickman’s arms were complete.

Connor learnt how to make a clove-hitch knot..and then worked really hard to lash his stickman arms onto the body with string

As always, there was plenty of opportunity to choose activities…and this week the mud kitchen was very busy.

 

There was also a great game of hide and seek going on…and some very special ‘decorating’ too!

‘Welcome to Forest School’, Larches and Maples

Friday, 13 January 2017

Larches and Maples classes were excited to begin their term of Forest School sessions this week…some of them for the very first time.

After being introduced to our Forest School Rules, both classes explored the woodland site and discovered all it had to offer. The children learnt where the boundaries were, shared hot chocolate around the log circle, were introduced to and played a very active listening game…and a good time was had by all!

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Sutton Park Tree Felling!

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Last week Cedars finished their time at Forest School, by helping to collect some new resources for the coming term. They were a fantastic help to Mrs. Smith and Danny the Park Ranger, assisting in selecting, cutting down and chopping up two silver birch trees, ready  for the new classes to use to make forest crafts.

First, they found a tree that was the perfect size, then checked to see which direction it was leaning in. We all stood back at a safe distance, while Danny firstly cut a wedge from the front of the tree and then cut the back to make it fall. We all shouted “TIMBER!”

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Then we all had to work together to carry the heavy tree to the path, before trimming and cutting it into logs. Lastly, we loaded the logs into Danny’s land rover, ready to take to our minibus and back to school!

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Well done Cedars. Thank-you for your help.

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