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Maples make Elder worms

Maples had a wonderful morning! They are proving to be a really hard working and enthusiastic group, who are making noticeable progress in so many areas. They are now very good at using the Forest School site independently and are remembering things they have done in previous weeks…and using them to develop their own ideas and make their own choices.

So whilst the adults were assisting the children in using tools and making Elder worms…lots of other lovely things were going on!

We looked at an Elder tree and noticed how the sticks had a soft pith in the middle. We looked at the Superworm Mrs. Smith had made, by cutting an elder stick into small pieces, poking out the soft middle, and threading the pieces onto wire.

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Once cut, the pith was carefully removed…

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Then the sections were threaded onto some wire. This proved very tricky!

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But everyone persevered, concentrated hard and completed their Superworms.  Maples class were all very proud of their efforts…and couldn’t wait to take their worms home!

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Whilst all this was going on, look what else the children did…                                                                                  bug hunting (and using the id chart to identify what was found), discovering (interesting mushrooms had appeared over the holiday), recreating the bucket pulley systems and a balancing game

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