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NEW LIFE…and new things!

Sunday, 22 April 2018

What a beautiful sunny start to the new term! Everything is springing into life-have a look at some of the exciting things happening in our garden…

We had a lovely surprise when we got back to school-Mrs Smith had discovered frogspawn in the pond over the  holiday, and when Beeches looked, they saw that tadpoles had hatched. There were lots and lots! We looked closely at their long tails and enjoyed seeing them swimming around.

More exciting news…the blue tits had finished building their nest. Beeches watched the live footage and one of the Bird Box videos on the ipad, and then sat in the birdhide, trying to spot the birds coming in and out of the nesting box. Even more exciting…we’ve since found an egg in the nest, and are expecting an egg a day for the next week or more.

The children also looked at the plants and flowers that were beginning to grow in the wildflower meadow. They helped to sow some more bee friendly seeds and then gave them plenty of water.

We’ll be checking on the progress of the tadpoles, the eggs and of course the wildflowers in the coming weeks…watch this space.

 

Lastly, a massive THANK-YOU to Claire at Myths and Magical Things, who has very kindly donated these beautiful fairy doors to Langley School. Our new doors will be finding their way into the Forest School site during the term…I wonder who will discover them first…?

 

Bird Box News!

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Last week, we were all very excited to see that the Langley Bird Box had been occupied! Many of the classrooms were watching it all happening on the smart-boards, via our YouTube live stream. Seeing our lovely little bird building and arranging her nest has been fascinating. You can check out the live feed (and videos) using this link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t3BU2clE4o 

And here are a couple of videos from today…

 

Our Visit from the Mayor

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

There was much excitement last week, when we had a visit from Councillor David Pears- the Mayor of Sutton Coldfield. He arrived with this huge cheque which Langley School had been awarded, for the exciting environmental work that the children have been involved in.

The Mayor was keen to meet some of the children and to see some of the things we’ve been doing. We showed him our pond, our bird boxes, feeding area and hide, the hedgehog house and some of the things we’d made…and he even enjoyed a wander through the willow tunnel! The children were an absolute credit to the school, talking knowledgeably and with enthusiasm about what we’ve accomplished and what else we’d like to do next.

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Beeches Super Shelters!

Saturday, 17 March 2018

During reflection time last week, Beeches class talked about how much they’d enjoyed making their animal homes, and asked to continue with this. They also decided that they’d like to have a go at making something a bit bigger…big enough to fit themselves in! So that’s what we did this week…

This first group made a shelter big enough to fit the whole class into! They built walls, a front door, a sofa and a securely tied roof.

The next group worked really hard, arranging branches and long sticks to make this very creative rabbit home! They explained to us  how they had carefully moved the sticks, how the rabbit got into his home, where his bed was (on a ledge at the top of the shelter). They even designed a bouncing platform, for the rabbit to climb up and jump from into his house!

We were thrilled to see this young man taking part in the activities for a short time…and he loved the cheers and praise he got for helping to build this shelter.

This next group decided to make a rabbit home too. They worked beautifully as a team, praising and encouraging one another throughout their build. They made a bath for the rabbit, set the table for his lunch and even found a ball for him to play basket ball with when he woke up!

Last but not least, this threesome worked on a shelter that once again, the whole class could fit inside. They added walls and a roof and a lined the floor too.

Well done Beeches…you were ALL brilliant!

Larches weave a wonderful web

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Larches were brilliant this week! They worked really well together despite the (very) wet weather, to create a huge spider web. They started off by wrapping a big ball of string around a circle of trees, practising tying knots and making sure that the string was pulled tight, before passing the string to someone else. As the web grew, passing the ball of string across the circle became more challenging!

Once the web was complete, we took turns to challenge one another to cross it…thinking of some very funny moves along the way! It was great fun.

The rain didn’t stop us enjoying ourselves at all…in fact it made our morning even more fun!

 

Amazing Animal Homes

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Larches and Beeches worked extremely hard this week, on these amazing animal homes.

Firstly Larches…a hole for a hedgehog,  with a carefully made stick roof, covered in leaves to keep him hidden away from predators.

 

Next, two different nests…

And  here we have a well camouflaged den for a fox.

Lovely co-operation between these two…resulting in a safe home for a rabbit.

Lastly, a spectacular home for a lucky fox! Great team work from all the groups in Larches…well done!

Beeches were just as  creative…look at all these brilliantly made homes. We were really impressed with how much time and effort the children put into their homes. Beeches are really keen to make more next week, and after a debate at the end of the session, have decided to upscale the homes next time…and make some big enough for themselves to fit in!

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BRRRRRRR!!

Saturday, 3 March 2018

It’s been a cold and snowy week in Forest School, so we made sure that we wrapped up really warm in lots of layers, some extra socks, and hats and gloves.

Larches and Beeches started their sessions discussing the animals that live in our woods, and naming their habitats. They enjoyed hunting for the hidden animals and talking about the name of the home they lived in. We were very lucky to find a real nest, a beautifully frosty spiders web and a hole leading down to a fox’s den!

We were very good at finding the different creatures around the woods…

When everyone had found all the pictures, we gathered them together to play a ‘moving about’game to keep us warm! The pictures were spread across the ground, and we listened to the descriptions, such as ‘I’m small and furry and live underground in a burrow’…’I make a leafy nest called a drey’… ‘I like to live under logs and stones’), then ran or jumped or twirled to the correct picture. We learnt lots of new words today and had lots of fun!

And of course, there’s always time to choose a  favourite thing to do in Forest School…

Signs of Spring

Friday, 23 February 2018

With the children on half term holiday, this week was a great opportunity to spend a lovely sunny morning  tidying up in Butter-Bee garden.

Piles of leaves were raked and composted, plants were clipped, overhanging branches were lopped and repairs were made.

It was great to see, in our ‘wildflower meadow’, lots of new shoots and flowers  beginning to emerge. And a ladybird too who’s been hibernating under the leaves amongst the plants. She was safely covered over again so she can sleep some more!

The willow tunnel had a good tidy up too…and once again, it was clear to see that Spring is around the corner. It won’t be long till these buds start to grow into lots and lots of leaves  🌱🌿🌞🌼🌺

 

Cooking on a cold day…

Friday, 16 February 2018

This week Poplars class enjoyed a warming fire (on a very cold day!) with a lovely cup of tomato soup, followed by toasted marshmallows. Yummy!

A crafty morning…

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Poplars had a great time this week, despite having to make some last minute changes to our plans and run our Forest School session inside Hollies.

We spent the morning creating some wonderful woodland crafts…look at all the things we did!

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