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Butterflies and Crowns…and Tadpoles with LEGS!!!

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Oaks and Firs had a busy time out in Forest School this week. After many weeks of checking on the tadpoles in our pond, we finally saw two that had grown their back legs. There was great excitement at this discovery!

After lots of discussion and interest , we headed off to the woods to create these beautiful butterfly pictures using plants from our school grounds and garden…

…and these lovely Willow crowns, using willow cut from our very own Butter-Bee Garden

All of the children have thoroughly enjoyed their Forest School sessions this year-they’ve been very lucky to have experienced our site through Autumn, Winter, Spring and now Summer. They’ve grown so much in confidence, ability, in their social skills, their independence skills and their care and understanding of nature.  Well done Oaks and Firs and have a happy summer…enjoy the outdoors as much as you can!



Hot Chocolate Fun!

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Firs and Oaks have made masses of progress in Forest School this year. We’ve really noticed how having a weekly session out in the woods has helped in their confidence and independence skills. They were fabulously well behaved and sensible today, when we used the kelly kettle with them for the first time, to make hot chocolate out in the woods.

There was great excitement as we all had a turn at using the fire striker…

We filled the kettle with water…

Mrs Smith lit the fire, then put the kettle on top. We took it in turns to put a stick down the hole in the middle of the kettle, into the fire…

When the water was hot, we made our hot chocolate…

To finish off safely, we put out the fire using cold water…

What a lovely day, with super children…well done Oaks and Firs!


Mr Chalky Caterpillar

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Oaks and Firs worked together to make this rather fabulous caterpillar!

Mr. Chalky-Stone Caterpillar!!

First they chose a coloured piece of chalk, then carefully hammered it to make a powder…

Then they added some water and stirred to make a paint…

We also painted some butterfly mud pictures…

And enjoyed exploring all that Forest School has to offer…investigating, using and practicing physical skills, trying new things, relaxing, learning, creating, sharing and turn taking…and being engaged by and within the natural environment.

Look at the fascination on this fabulous little boy’s face! He handled a worm so gently and carefully…


A Beautiful Butterfly

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Oaks and Firs found pictures from and helped to tell the story of The Hungry Caterpillar as we were walking into the woods this week. They enjoyed taking turns to pick up each picture and naming the days of the weeks and the food the caterpillar ate.

The children are getting really good at using the hammer now! They took turns to hammer lots of different flowers onto a large piece of cloth, to make their own beautiful butterfly…

We were really proud of how well they concentrated, and of course of their end product…

We also used these stick caterpillars…who munched their way through lots of leaves!

The digging pit was as popular as ever, with soggy mud castles being made, worms being found and tiny little seeds being discovered and collected. And there were adventures aplenty as always!


Nature and dens…

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

We’ve had such a lovely busy day in Forest School today. We started off the morning in Butter-Bee gardens…we looked at, touched and smelt the wildflowers that have grown so much over the last couple off weeks. We fed the  birds, the hedgehog that visits us, and watered the plants. We also looked at the tadpoles this afternoon and noticed how much bigger they have become…we’re still waiting to see their legs develop though!

We also spotted more changes in the natural environment when we got out into the woods. We looked closely at the ferns that were growing really tall. We noticed that the leaves started off in a circle and slowly uncurled themselves. We then spotted a beautiful ladybird, which this lovely group of children enjoyed observing…

We also had a go at working together and building dens today…and had a great time playing in them!

And look at all theother fun things Oaks and Firs did today…making music, cooking, balancing, climbing, bug hunting…and waiting patiently for a  turn on the swing!



Loose parts play…

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Today Oaks and Firs had a wonderful time creating, experimenting and problem solving with a range of ‘loose parts’.

It was left to them to decide what to do with the resources, and it was wonderful to see how engaged and excited the children were in their discoveries…

We also continued with our medal making that we started last week…

And look what else we did today…


Marvellous medals

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Today, children in Oaks and Firs  enjoyed a lovely sunny day in Forest School…in huge contrast to the very wet day we had last week! We managed to fit lots of things into our sessions today, including…

Learning to use the hand drill…The children drilled a hole into a wood slice, then decorated it with lots of colours, before threading it with string to make a medal.  They all really enjoyed the new experience…and were very proud of their medals. We’ll continue with this next week so everyone who wants to have a go, gets the opportunity.

Looking for (and at) mini-beasts…

What fabulous interest and engagement…outdoor learning at it’s best!

We found an interesting creature today…which we didn’t recognise. A little bit of research and investigation led us to the conclusion that our mystery guest was a beetle lavae. He was great to watch!

Collecting and counting…On the way into the woods today, we found lots of catkins on the ground. We collected them and used them to count. Some children collected other things they found…and did some great counting using their fingers to help them!


…self selected activites-and lots of busy children.


Insey Wincy Spider….

Thursday, 9 May 2019

It was such a wet day in Forest school this week, that we decided to use the rainwater to our advantage and enjoy some water play!

We started our session with the rhyme ‘Insey-Winsey Spider’…then had a  marvellous time washing our plastic spiders down the drainpipes and catching them again at the bottom. Great fun was had by all!

We made some pine cone spiders too and thought that they would like to try out the water ride…

We also looked at some real spiders and spider pictures then used the bug-hunting equipment to see if we could find some more mini-beasts. We loved using the magnifying glasses…and  making a special Forest School spider out of a tyre and sticks!

The rainwater came in very useful too for our floating and sinking activity. We used lots of natural objects, and enjoyed experimenting and talking about what we could see happening. We also managed to make some little boats by balancing a tiny cone on top of some bark and an acorn on a wood slice!

And as always, nothing stops Oaks and Firs from exploring and having fun, not even non-stop rain!



Thursday, 11 April 2019

Hapa-zome is a Japanese word meaning ‘leaf dye’ and is given to the process of transferring the natural pigments from leaves and flowers onto fabric or paper to create an image.

Firs and Oaks really enjoyed using the hammer to create beautiful pictures made of flowers, leaves and grasses. They concentrated really well, looked carefully at what they were doing , were fascinated with the end results…and were excited to take them home to show their parents!

We also did a little bit of counting and sorting, used the ropes imaginatively, did some finding and collecting, climbed and explored, used the  hammocks, used creativity with natural resources (making a gate to enter/leave an area!) and helped our friends. All in all, a perfect Forest School day.

Forest Music…

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Before we headed out to the woods today, we stopped off in Butter-Bee gardens to check in on the tadpoles we discovered recently in the pond. It was very exciting to see them swimming!

Today we used natural resources to make forest school shakers. We had such fun making and playing with them

When we’d made our shakers, we hung them up…and listened to all the different sounds as we played with them.

What clever children we have! Today we saw a super climber, an adventurer, a collector and an artist.

This little man loved looking at the tadpoles…and he was really keen to see the ‘mummy frog’. Although we didn’t spot the frog…he made up for this by creating his own frog from soil, sticks stones and a leaf.