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Archive for October, 2019

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Conkers proved to be very popular today, due to our exciting conker run! Both Firs and Willows enjoyed rolling them down the long tubes and listening out for the sound as the conkers rolled into the crates at the end.

Firs class loved painting with mud last time they were out in Forest School, so we re-visited this today…with the added  twist of using their hand prints to give their spider pictures some legs…

Many of the children in Firs are very new to school (and Forest School) but they have settled brilliantly and although it’s only their 3rd session, they’re now showing us how much more adventurous, curious and confident they can be!

Willows started off their afternoon watching a beautiful white -bottomed bumble bee, who looked as if she was a little weary. She sat on this stick flapping her wings, but didn’t have the energy to fly away. Some of  the  children were fascinated in watching her.

Everyone was fully immersed in their chosen activities. From collecting natural resources, to cooking in the mud kitchen, using tools, swinging, and looking closely at plants, all of the children were focused, engaged and happily communicating with the adults and one another…

And what a lovely end to their half term of lessons…the fairy village had a beautiful and very careful make-over today! Just look at how great it looks after it had been worked on by our very clever little girl and some of her friends…

Spiders and a spikey hedgehog

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

This morning, Beeches worked hard to make these super spiders, using pine cones, pipe cleaners and googly eyes!

We were very  proud of the spiders and at the end of the morning, they were displayed in our outdoor classroom- Hollies…

We also worked together using our fine motor skills and lots of concentration, to make this pumpkin hedgehog

We took turns to carefully hold the hammer and tap some sticks into the pumpkin…

We also enjoyed some music making using things we found on the ground and adding them to lidded boxes. We discovered that some things made a soft sound and others made a very loud sound! We played and sang together on our Forest School stage.

 

Willows paint the forest…

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Willows have been working on creating a pirate boat for the  last few weeks. Today they learnt how to make chalk paint, and used it to paint the mast and parts of the boat. First they hammered some chalk to make a fine powder, then stirred in water…then found somewhere to paint!

The fairy village also got a very special make-over this afternoon. It’s never looked so colourful and welcoming!

We also enjoyed some super counting…firstly making conker snakes, followed by this 1-10 number line…

As you can see, Willows are loving their time out in Forest School. They are always busy learning, talking and communicating and are interested and enthusiastic about all the things they discover.

Filling feeders and lugging logs…

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Oaks helped to look after the Langley School birds this morning, by filling up all our bird-feeders. They enjoyed pouring and measuring and took great care not to overfill them. It was fun to feel and play with the leftover seeds!

We also used our muscles today, to take some log dogs for a  walk through the woods! This was hard work and involved lots of co-ordination…

We also did a bit of counting and investigating, swinging and the ultimate in chilled out relaxation…forest sun bathing!

A mud-making, special swinging, boat building day!

Sunday, 13 October 2019

What a brilliant time we had this week in Forest School! Firs class had a fantastic morning enjoying all sorts of fun things including trying out the pulley system, mixing and painting with mud, investigating acorns, climbing and trying out our new sideways swinging skateboard…

The children from Willows class had just as much fun in the afternoon. They started off by preparing the sail they had made last week. We threaded some string along the edge, attached it to the ‘pirate ship’ and ‘shiver me timbers’-our ship was ready to sail! Many adventures were had…the seas were rough, sharks attacked and some of the class had to walk the plank! What great imagination and super language…

In a quiet corner of our site, there was a different kind of magic going on… the discovery of some little fairy houses. After knocking on the door, having a chat and asking the fairies some lovely questions, this clever girl discovered some skeleton leaves, which we were sure were fairy wings! Maybe next week the fairies will be back?

The afternoon was full of exploratory investigation and learning. Willows really love their Wednesday afternoons.

 

 

Beeches busy morning

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

A lovely morning for Beeches class today, using our Percy the park keeper story to inspire us out in Forest School. We started off learning about oak trees-the same tree that Percy found had blown down in the storm. We found lots of Oaks as we walked to the  log circle, and enjoyed looking for and collecting acorns.

We enjoyed looking closely at the acorns using magnifying glasses, and all found our own acorn to plant…

We hope that our acorns start to grow, so that we can plant some new oak trees

We also did a few jobs that Percy the park keeper does in his woodland-raking leaves and carrying things around in the wheelbarrow. The wheelbarrow was very wobbly, and took a lot of concentration to push!

And we had a go at creating pictures of some of the story characters, using natural resources…

During our reflection time at the end of our morning, we thought about what we were good at doing today.  Answers including I was good at…’helping my friend’, ‘raking leaves’, ‘pushing the wheelbarrow’ ‘making pictures’, ‘looking for acorns’. Lots of sensible and individual answers…we were very impressed.

Oaks and Willows have a wonderful Wednesday

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

This morning was the first time out in Forest School for Oaks class. As we headed out the door, one of our children remembered the tadpoles he had seen in the summer term and asked if they were still there…so we started off in our garden, and had a look in the pond. We were very lucky! After a couple of minutes we saw a big frog jump out from the side, into the pond and then swim away to hide in the reeds!

Oaks all enjoyed a lovely morning exploring the site and finding out all the different things they could do…

Willows also had a wondrful Wednesday! Last week, some of the children had played on our new pallet boat…but noticed that it didn’t have a sail. We used a tea towel last week, but this week, we set about making our own much bigger sail. We used things from our site-blackberries, elderberries and big fern leaves, to hammer and squash onto a cloth…

We were really impressed with the end result.

Also this afternoon, we’ve cooked with acorns and investigated crushing them, played lots of turn taking games and enjoyed a bit of sunshine and happiness.

 

 

Percy’s Friends…

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Last week, Beeches enjoyed a story about Percy The Park Keeper and all his animal friends. We recalled the story this week, and on our way to the log circle, all helped to find hidden pictures of the different animals from the story. We named each animal and talked about where they lived.

When we came across a lovely home for one of Percy’s friends-the squirrel, we thought that maybe Percy must have visited Langley Forest Schoolto help make it! We decided to make some more homes for the other animals…

We also made them some delicious food in the mud kitchen-incuding acorn and leaf soup for the squirrel. And had lots of fun playing with the squelchy mud in the digging pit!

 

 

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