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Leaf scavenger hunt

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Willows and Acers have had a brilliant week in Forest School…they’ve all settled into the routines and have ALL worked hard, had some super ideas, behaved really well and tried their best. Well done to them all!

We started off with a scavenger hunt, looking for leaves or other ‘forest finds’, using a range of properties. We found lots of interesting things…and shared our finds with one another.

We also set up an investigation station, with drainpipes, tubes, logs…and anything else we could find! The children found ways of making the acorns, conkers and pine cones move. It was great fun, and we saw lots of creativity.

And as well as all the usual forest activities on offer to choose from, this week, we worked together using some of the leaves we’d collected, to make an Autumn leaf bowl…photo’s of the finished bowl will be posted next week when it’s dry!



Leaf Man

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

This week, Willows and Acers were introduced to a perfect Autumnal story…Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. You can share the story at home by clicking on the link below…

The children listened to the story and then followed a trail through the forest, looking for the leaf pictures they had seen in the book.

There were pictures on 2 oak trees, 2 on some holly, 2 on hazel trees and 2 more on some elder trees. We looked carefully at each of the four types of tree, named them and took a leaf from each one. Then we matched the oak, holly, hazel or elder leaf to a leaf picture board. We were very good at finding the correct leaf shape!

Acers also found something really interesting on an elder leaf…a snail trying to have a sleep!

And look what we found…our very own leaf man in Langley Forest School!

We decided to make our own leaf picture using things  we found on the ground…look how creative both Willows and Acers were…

Maybe you could look for leaves at home, and see if they are the same or different to the ones that we found at school…


Leaf detectives

Thursday, 14 September 2017

This week, Acers class became ace leaf detectives! We started our morning by looking closely at one of the biggest types of tree on our site-the mighty Oak. We named and described it and all enjoyed finding Oak leaves and acorns on our way to the log circle. 

We looked at the big pile of acorns and leaves we’d collected and chose what we’d like to do next…

Some children decided to look for and collect different shaped leaves…they looked really closely and carefully before choosing which ones to thread onto their leaf kebabs…

Then they matched their leaves to the ID sheets or pictures and worked out what tree each leaf belonged to.

Some children decided to do some very creative cooking-we enjoyed a selection of delicious dishes! With lots of discussion and co-operation along the way.

A lovely first morning for Acers class, with lots of fun, new challenges and smiles aplenty!

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Welcome back!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Welcome to a new year of Langley Forest School!

Today we were really happy  to introduce both new children and a new teacher to our wonderful woods. We explored the site, recapped (or learnt) the rules and boundaries and practised the safety call ‘Sticky Elbows’. Willows class were great at this, quickly learning to stop what they were doing and go to Mrs. Smith to link elbows in a circle. We played in some of the different areas  and throughout the morning, became ‘tree detectives’…learning to find and identify Oak leaves and acorns. We all worked together at the end of the morning to create some forest art using the things we had found.

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Butter-Bee Gardens Open Days

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Two sunshiny open days later…and every class across the school has now visited and discovered all that Langley’s newly constructed ‘Butter-Bee Gardens’ has to offer.

All of the plants in our new garden were chosen to attract butterflies, bees and other insects. A frog has already made a home in the new pond and we also have a wildflower meadow, a mini-beast area, a sensory path, a selection of herbs to pick and use in our cookery lessons and a willow tunnel, which will soon be providing us with lovely flexible sticks for us to use to make Forest crafts.

Take a look at how much we using Butter-Bee Gardens this week as we looked at, smelt, enjoyed and touched the plants…

The Willow Tunnel was lovely and shady…and perfect for smiley faces!

The wildflower meadow was buzzing with bees, busy collecting the pollen from all the beautiful flowers…

…and the sensory path leading around it was fun to explore too!

We discovered lots of residents in Mini-beast Mansions…

And loved pond dipping and looking at all the different pond-creatures we caught.

We all had the opportunity to identify, look at and taste some of the herbs in the garden. The mint has grown incredibly…so we all picked a leaf and used it to make a mint and yogurt dip. It was delicious!

Lastly, we had a go at a spot of bird-watching in the bird -hide. With so many children in and out of the garden, it was a little noisy, so we didn’t have much luck spotting many birds! However, there were lots of bird pictures hanging up for everyone to find, and match up to the pictures inside the bird hide.


All the children are looking forward to using Butter-Bee gardens next year.

Have a lovely summer…that’s all from Forest School for this year!


A farewell fire for Beeches.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

What a lovely last morning we had with Beeches today. We celebrated a happy term in Forest School with a special treat -toasting marshmallows and squashing them between two biscuits to make marshmallow smores!

At the end of the session, after we’d put out the fire, we all took turns to choose one of our ‘feelings pebbles’ to tell the class what had made us happy, surprised, worried, what they had loved or found difficult or funny in Forest School. Just one person could find something to say that made them feel sad…and that was “I’m sad that Forest School is finished.”  I agree!

Thank-you Beeches class for working so hard, for learning so much and for becoming so much more confident over the term.

Gruffalo Crumble Hunt

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Group 1 from Oaks and Firs thoroughly enjoyed hunting through the forest this week, to find lots of different natural ingredients to make a big Gruffalo Crumble!

The children had to decide for themselves which ingredient (fir cones, spikey reeds, bark, conkers etc) they thought matched each Gruffalo body part (knobbly knees, claws, tusks, prickles etc). But first they had to find them…

Also hidden were 4 different coloured bottles of ‘magic’ water, which helped to mix the crumble together. Everyone was keen to help add these to the buckets!

Of course, anything else that the children found along the way was added too. One group added sticks and leaves, the other thought that a few spade fulls of soil would taste great!

When all the ingredients had been collected, we all gathered together to think of some magical words. Everyone took turns at mixing the ingredients all up, whilst we all shouted out our magical words.

We even pretended to have a little taste!

What a lovely, fun and language-rich time we had. Well done Group 1, it was a pleasure (as always) to share the morning with you.



Beeches Busy Morning

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Another lovely morning was had by all of Beeches class.  The children requested  to use the fire strikers last week, so this was a popular choice of activity this morning. They all remembered the safety rules and persevered brilliantly…it’s not easy using a flint and steel to make a spark! The satisfaction and feeling of pride each child experienced was great to see…

Away from the fire circle, there was lots of creativity going on…

Some children chose to go hunting for ingredients for a Gruffalo crumble. They looked for ‘forest finds’, representing the Gruffalo’s teeth, eyes, prickles, tongue, tusks, claws, wart and knobbly knees! Then they set about making their dish and serving it up to their friends. Later on in the morning, the children were able to describe and explain exactly what each ingredient was for…very impressive!

There was also some investigating happening today for those who chose to do some mini-beast hunting and identifying…

Oaks and Firs

Saturday, 24 June 2017

It was another wonderful morning of discovery for children in group 2 of Oaks and Firs this week. We found some guttering and used it to pour water down…the children were fascinated and played until we had used up all the water we had!

Then this ingenious bunch thought of their own ideas! They rolled pine cones down the guttering and noticed how some rolled better than others. They observed, pointed out, were interested in and then shared their discovers with the adults and with their peers. We saw lots of very natural turn taking and sharing going on.

Some children didn’t stop there! Even more investigation took place…they searched around the site to see if they could find something else to place at the top of the guttering. And tried to out-do one another with finding the biggest stone possible!

This look of excitement and pleasure was a real sight to see!

And of course, lots of other adventures were happening all across our Forest School site…

Including a little digging, pouring, mixing…then decorating the area with mud paint!

Well done group 2…we all loved our morning watching you learning and experimenting. Roll on next time…

Elder Snakes

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

This morning, Beeches learnt of another way that the elder trees they had located last week, could be of use. This time, we used the sticks rather than the elder flowers. The elder tree is special, as inside the sticks, there is a soft removable pith. This makes the sticks great for cutting and then threading.

The children looked at the secateurs and listened carefully to a ‘tool talk’ so that they knew how to use the secateurs correctly. They carefully cut sticks into small pieces, pushed the centre out and then threaded them onto wire…

…making lovely elder snakes.

We also had lots of fun choosing activities…including den making, the mud kitchen, hide and seek…

…and a great game of ‘What’s the time Mr. Gruffalo’! It was brilliant to see such lovely group co-operation, turn taking, and organisational skills…well done Beeches.