accessibility | a-z site map | graphics version | text version

Read our School Blog

Forest School Blog

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!

Poplars-its all about the bugs!

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Poplars showed an interest in helping to revamp the bug hotel in their previous session, so we built on this today by adding more elements to the different layers of the hotel. Those children who’d not had a chance to use the loppers last time, learnt how to safely use them to cut some bamboo into shorter lengths.

Then we used Katie’s idea of painting the hotel…Forest School style! We carefully crushed some chalk using a hammer, using a glove on our helper hand and making sure to work safely and with care. Once we’d made a powder, we added water, mixed and the paint was ready to go! We worked together and made the hotel look great!

Elsewhere in the woods, some marvellous mini-beasts and woodland creatures were being created using natural materials and clay…

Look at this wonderful collection…including a bird, hedgehogs, mice and spiders!

Rowans busy bird morning

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Rowans enjoyed a busy morning learning about some of the birds that we might see in our woods, garden and in our bird feeding area.

We started the morning quietly listening to the birdsong in the woods…it was very noisy! Next we played a fun game -Owl and Mouse.

Then we went on a hunt around the site, each looking for two different types of bird cards…

We talked about the different birds, naming the robin, blackbird, wren, starling and blue tit…then we matched our pictures to a big bird poster…we were impressed with how carefully the class looked at and matched the birds.

Also during the morning, the children were able to choose to make a cheerio bird feeder…we saw lots of concentration in this activity!

Lastly, after a warming hot chocolate, we worked together to make our own Forest School bird picture on the ground. What a work of art!

 

 

A happy hedgehog morning with Rowans

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Rowans had a great morning making their own clay hedgehogs and then working together to make a hedgehog home. They started off by collecting small twigs, to represent the prickles on a hedgehogs back…then they pushed them into a  clay body shape.

Everyone worked hard on their designs and were very independent!

Next we walked through the woods, looking for a good place to make a home for a hedgehog. We used a box with a hole cut out for a door, covered it to keep any visiting hedgehogs warm and dry, then camouflaged it with lots of sticks. Rowans worked well both individually and together today…and we saw lots of proud and happy faces!

Woodland Creatures

Friday, 19 January 2018

Welcome to a new term of Langley Forest School!

Children in Rowans and Poplars are having a quick half-term experience out in the woods…and it’s really clear what an impact their  previous experiences out there has had on them. They were fantastic- from the word go they were engaged, knew the forest rules, were immediately able to respond to ‘sticky elbows’ (our safety call) and were really keen to use the site.

This term we are learning about what animals live in woods, what their habitats and homes are called and where to find them. We started off with hunting for and identifying the animals, then decided to make our own animal homes.

Poplars also asked to revamp the Bug Hotel. So we started filling some containers with different things such as straw, leaves, sticks, bark, and pine cones, hoping to attract a range of mini-beast friends. We’ll continue next time…we ideas to make it look spectacular!

(please click to enlarge the photos)

 

 

 

Merry Forest School Christmas!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Wishing a Merry Christmas to all our children, staff, parents and governors, from Langley Forest School.

We hope that you all have a wonderful holiday…but before we go, here’s a few of the things we’ve made this year in the build up to Christmas. Enjoy!

Squashy Marshmallows toasted over the fire

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Acers and Willows enjoyed helping to make a fire last week, then toasting marshmallows over the embers and squashing them between two biscuits! They remembered all of the safety rules first, then took turns to use the fire striker to create a spark, to add some sticks to the fire and then to cook their marshmallow.

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!

LANGLEY IS A SCHOOL WHERE INDIVIDUALS ARE VALUED FOR THEMSELVES
AND WHERE ALL ARE EXPECTED TO GIVE OF THEIR BEST