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Firs and Rowans

Friday, 13 March 2020

This week, both Firs and Rowans classes enjoyed helping with the ongoing job of moving logs from one end of the site to the other. It was such fun! A bit of effort and a lot of team work later, we had managed to move several more of the logs that the tree surgeons had removed when making safe the trees on our site.

Both classes focused very hard on their fine motor skills, by stretching small coloured bands across these Forest School-made nail boards. They also balanced and built with a range of different sized wood blocks, climbed, dug and bounced!

During the morning, Firs had a particularly ‘chilled out’ and relaxed time. It was lovely to see how calm everyone was…we’re not sure if it was the sunshine, the birdsong, or the fact that they just love Forest School that made them  seem so relaxed! But whatever the resaon, everywhere we looked we saw contented faces!

During the afternoon, Rowans were superstar litter-pickers. They were really helpful and worked well together in picking up lots of rubbish from around the field and in the woods…

 

Signs of Spring Welly-Walk

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Firs enjoyed a walk around the school grounds today, looking for signs of better weather to come, and exploring lots of different areas. We started off by clambering up and standing on some big tree stumps. This was quite tricky as  the wood was wet and a bit slippy…

Next we explored inside a small arc of trees, that provided a place to hide and the opportunity to climb. We listened to a very noisy bird who was just above us!

Then we played trains! We all managed to fit onto a long log, and enjoyed singing and signing ‘the wheels on the train…’

As our walk continued, we looked for green leaves and had a close look at Spring flowers and some catkins we noticed hanging from a tree…

We noticed lots of leaf buds and looked at the leaves starting to uncurl. We also found a few smaller stumps  to play on and a tree that was enormous…as well as a tree that was smaller than the  children!

 

Birds and seeds and lots of fun

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Firs class started their morning with a bird picture treasure hunt this week…

After finding lots of different birds, the children looked carefully at the bigger bird pictures that were pegged up in the woods…and matched their pictures to them.

On offer this week was the  opportunity to make some bird feeders. We mixed together some lard and bird seed, then pressed  the mixture into small pots. The children chose where to hang them in the woods…

Also this week, we developed fine motor skills using bands stretched around pine cones! An interesting activty that many children enjoyed…

…as well as playing with and rolling acorns, pine cones and conkers…super fun!

Puppets, printing and play

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Oaks had a great time this week, using the stage area to put on a puppet show. There was much laughter as the woodland animal puppets danced, sang songs and played peekaboo!

Some children enjoyed using the mini-beast stampers…

…whilst others investigated our mini-beast discovery table.

And everyone had fun whilst learning and playing together.

 

Buckets of fun…

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

This morning, Firs class investigated simple pulleys, enjoying working out how to lift the buckets up and drop them back down to the ground. We added stones to feel different weights and to see how much harder we had to pull to raise the  buckets…

“I wonder if I can lift myself up?…”

 

During the afternoon, Willows class also had a go at using the buckets. Some of the children were able to work out which bucket was heavier and then thought about how they could make it lighter…

We also had a go at decorating the tee-pee den…both classes selected ribbons to weave in and out of the strings…

And in the digging pit today, some dinosaurs had appeared! Firs enjoyed playing with them – using the logs and stumps as their homes…whilst children in Willows worked on creating different areas for the  dinosaurs to play in-including a fabulous swimming pool lined with pebbles.

It’s always great to get really stuck into an activity! This mud kitchen meal was lovingly prepared-each leaf, stick and stone carefully chosen before being added to the mix…

What a lovely, self directed shared activity…a game of peekaboo in the hammock, with shouts of ‘more!’ coming from inside!

And more shared play, a chance to practise core body strength by balancing on a moving skateboard, counting and sorting…and exploring the bushes looking for fairies!!

Merry Christmas from Forest School

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

As the end of the term nears and we’re all busy with Christmas productions, parties and church services, we have found a little time to make sure we celebrate the season- Forest School style!

Our handmade Christmas Tree is up in Hollies, and we’ve been busy making some lovely decorations, an indoor tree and these fabulous Rudolf pine cones…

Beeches helped to make a tree trunk using sticks and branches using christmas tree trimmings. They decorated their  tree with pipe cleaner tinsel, cones and a few decorations. They were really pleased with the end result…

Firs loved making these reindeer…we think they look super!

A rainy day for Firs and Rowans

Monday, 25 November 2019

Dressed in waterproofs and rain hats, Firs didn’t let the rain get in the way of exploring, learning and having lots  of fun this morning…and Rowans did just the same this afternoon!

Today we investigated using lavender and plant cuttings to paint with. Firs mixed up a tray of mud and used the cuttings as paint brushes. The worked really well…and smelt lovely too!

Firs were feeling very adventurous today…and are really starting to work and play together, sharing turns and enjoying their time outside with their friends

Children in Rowans enjoyed looking for hidden creatures today…they upturned logs and carefully pulled back some bark to discover some slugs, snail eggs and a friendly spider who walked up and down Mrs. Smith’s arm before disappearing under the table!

They also had a go at lavender painting…

…and explored lots of different areas

Fabulous Firs!

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

What a beautiful crisp Autumnal morning we had out in the woods today. Firs were fabulous! They concentrated well, using and developing their fine motor skills to thread cherrios onto pipe cleaners, in order to make feeders for the birds…

Once made, they were hung up ready to be eaten. One of the children decided that the birds needed a little encouragement to come down and eat the cheerios!

We also sorted, counted and played with conkers, acorns, pine cones and wood slices, and used lots of different areas within our site…

The children used lots of gross motor skills to climb, balance, swing, dig and explore…

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Conkers proved to be very popular today, due to our exciting conker run! Both Firs and Willows enjoyed rolling them down the long tubes and listening out for the sound as the conkers rolled into the crates at the end.

Firs class loved painting with mud last time they were out in Forest School, so we re-visited this today…with the added  twist of using their hand prints to give their spider pictures some legs…

Many of the children in Firs are very new to school (and Forest School) but they have settled brilliantly and although it’s only their 3rd session, they’re now showing us how much more adventurous, curious and confident they can be!

Willows started off their afternoon watching a beautiful white -bottomed bumble bee, who looked as if she was a little weary. She sat on this stick flapping her wings, but didn’t have the energy to fly away. Some of  the  children were fascinated in watching her.

Everyone was fully immersed in their chosen activities. From collecting natural resources, to cooking in the mud kitchen, using tools, swinging, and looking closely at plants, all of the children were focused, engaged and happily communicating with the adults and one another…

And what a lovely end to their half term of lessons…the fairy village had a beautiful and very careful make-over today! Just look at how great it looks after it had been worked on by our very clever little girl and some of her friends…

A mud-making, special swinging, boat building day!

Sunday, 13 October 2019

What a brilliant time we had this week in Forest School! Firs class had a fantastic morning enjoying all sorts of fun things including trying out the pulley system, mixing and painting with mud, investigating acorns, climbing and trying out our new sideways swinging skateboard…

The children from Willows class had just as much fun in the afternoon. They started off by preparing the sail they had made last week. We threaded some string along the edge, attached it to the ‘pirate ship’ and ‘shiver me timbers’-our ship was ready to sail! Many adventures were had…the seas were rough, sharks attacked and some of the class had to walk the plank! What great imagination and super language…

In a quiet corner of our site, there was a different kind of magic going on… the discovery of some little fairy houses. After knocking on the door, having a chat and asking the fairies some lovely questions, this clever girl discovered some skeleton leaves, which we were sure were fairy wings! Maybe next week the fairies will be back?

The afternoon was full of exploratory investigation and learning. Willows really love their Wednesday afternoons.

 

 

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