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Acers musical morning

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Acers had a great time today out in the woods.  They are working and playing together really well now and we saw lots of lovely shared experiences…including a marvellous musical mix-up! The den was turned into a music shop, instruments were made and the beautiful singing and drum beats could be heard throughout the site! Children came and went, many of them offering a song, including a solo of away in a manger by Jude and a lovely round of jingle bells led by Shakira.

Elsewhere, these gorgeous reindeer were being created using natural resources…

Making mud paint was very popular last week and this was requested again today. Our mud  kitchen was given a whole new look, with ‘Forest Brown’ painted all across the back.

And we also enjoyed a warming-up team game called ‘Pass the Pine-cone’. We lined up and raced to pass the cone under our legs and then next time, over our heads!

Christmas crafts (shhhh…it’s a bit early!)

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

This morning, we had to work inside Hollies classroom…but that didn’t stop Willows having lots of Forest School related fun! Because they only have one session left this term, we started our Christmas crafts a little earlier than we usual. And what a full and busy morning we had! Look at all the different things  we made.

We used the drill to make a hole in a wood slice…then pushed a piece of fir into the hole, to make a mini Christmas tree. We decorated the tree and stamped a picture onto the wood. We hope  you enjoy displaying these when the children bring them home to you.

We also made these gorgeous clay reindeer today, using natural resources such as twigs, acorns, pine cones, beech nuts and berries. The children really enjoyed making them, and we think that they look fantastic!

We also did  some special threading using wooden beads, made from elder…and finished off our morning with a special Forest School Story book. Well done Willows!

Beautiful colours…and worms and mud!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Acers and Willows have had a lovely, and productive week out in the woods. They’ve continued their work on Autumnal colours, this time hunting for and matching different colours and shades. We hope that you enjoy looking at and discussing these with the children when they bring them home to you.

We were busy feeding the birds again too! This  week, making sticky seed filled pine cones, which are now hanging up for the birds to enjoy.

The ropes proved to be a real hit last week, so we bought them out again to see how else the children could use them. There was a huge amount of creativity, partner work, co-operation, discussion…and lots of fun going on!

Lastly, Willows worked really well together to find lots of worms in our digging pit, then made a wormery, layering mud and sand and topping off with leaves and a few drops of water. They will be watching how  the worms move through the soil over the next week. And Acers made mud paint, and decorated the trees with patterns, letters, pictures and splatters!

Colour hunts and bow saws

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

This week, the children were hunting for woodland colours. They were fabulous at this! They matched up their colour swatches to natural objects as we walked through the woods to our log circle, then later they worked together in teams to fill an egg box with a range of different greens or browns, yellows, oranges or reds.

We were also busy this week making creations with ropes and learning to use the bow saw to cut small wood cookies…we’re hoping to use these soon to make something for our families.

Another new tool for Willows and Acers

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Children in Willows and Acers were introduced to a Bit and Brace Drill this week. They listened carefully to a tool talk, learning how to hold and use the drill, then worked in pairs to drill a hole in a small wood slice.

After last week’s successful bird feeder activity, they had asked to make some more this week.  So we tried another type…a sunflower-seed filled apple, with a special perching stick at the  bottom! They were a bit more tricky to make, but we were impressed with how resilient the children were with this activity and also when working with the drill. They kept going despite it being hard work, and didn’t give up until they had completed the task. Well done to them all!

A busy morning hammering and threading…

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Willows and Acers learnt how to safely use a hammer this week, to transfer the colour and pattern from a fern plant onto a piece of cotton material. They learnt the different parts of the hammer and how to hold and use it properly, wearing a glove on their helper hand and staying at  a ‘2 arms and a tool length’ distance from anyone else.  We’ll be using the transfers to make two things in the coming weeks!

We also helped the birds that visit our school this week. We made bird feeders, by threading cereal hoops onto wire or pipe cleaners. This was a very popular activity and the children have asked to make some more next week. Maybe we’ll find a different sort to make next time…

We hung them up on our feeding station, and Willows were lucky enough to spot a friendly robin hopping from branch to branch, waiting for us  to move out the way so that he could start eating his  treat!

And lastly…well done Acers-you were brilliant at raking up the leaves and clearing the paths today! Really excellent work, great turn taking and co-operation.

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