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Oaks and Firs Stone Caterpillar

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

What a lovely last session with Group 1, making this fabulous stone caterpillar…


As we walked through the forest, all the children looked around for and  selected their own special stone.

In their previous session, the children had enjoyed learning to use the hammer, so we decided to use it again! The children all selected a piece of coloured chalk, then carefully hammered it until it broke up into tiny pieces…


Then we mixed in a little bit of water, to make our own special paint.


The painted stones looked great! Especially when we put our stone caterpillar together with the butterfly we had also made.


Also in the forest this week…we swung and climbed and balanced and chose lots of other fun things to do.


Happy holidays Oaks and Firs-enjoy being outside and have lots of outdoor adventures


Fire fun…

Friday, 8 July 2016

It was Maples last session this week, and they celebrated their term at Forest School with marshmallow smores cooked over a fire!

First, everyone had a turn at using the fire steel to make a spark.


Before lighting the fire, Mrs. Smith explained what a fire needs to make it work. Maples looked at and talked about tinder (which is very thin and easily lit) and kindling (thin sticks) and  Mrs. Smith showed the children the different sized sticks they would need to find to add to the fire to keep it going. Then off they all went in search of sticks! Maples were brilliant at this, finding sticks of the correct length, with a good ‘snap’ to prove they were dry and were able to sort them into the different thicknesses we needed.


The fire was lit…then everyone took turns to carefully add some sticks to it.


Once the fire had died down, we toasted marshmallows…and made smores from them by putting them between two biscuits. Yummy!


To make the fire safe, we all poured a cup of water over the embers to cool them down. As they did this, the children told us their Forest School ‘best bit’!


Lastly, everyone was awarded with their own special medal…superstar bug hunter, superstar trolley puller, superstar worm-holder to name but a few. There were big cheers and laughter as the children correctly (they clearly know one another’s skills well!) guessed which medal belonged to which child.


Making sweet forest music…

Monday, 4 July 2016

Group 2 from Oaks and Firs had a fabulous morning making music, singing songs and making their own forest-style shakers!

We used tyres, pots, sticks, planks of wood, saucepans and an old oil drum, to create musical instruments. It was very loud…and really quite tuneful! P1130283P1130285P1130284P1130291P1130292P1130288


Phew! All this singing and playing is exhausting!

After several songs and turns on each of the different ‘instruments’, the children chose a pot to make a special forest shaker. They added natural resources such as sticks, stones and leaves to their pots and really enjoyed shaking them to another song.




It was really lovely in this group’s last session, to see some of our youngest children working so independently on their task. As we observe them week by week, we are all noticing what a big difference the Langley forest magic is making to so many areas of the children’s development.




Willows make magic too!

Saturday, 2 July 2016

It’s a bit of a magical week at Langley Forest School!

Today, Willows remembered the part of the Superworm story where Wizard Lizard casts a spell. The spell makes Superworm find buried treasure. We decided to make spells too…to do exactly what, we really didn’t know! It was up to the children to decide…(although a little bit of magic sunshine would have been good!)

First we chose a special pot and looked for a magical stirring stick. Then we collected our potion ingredients and different coloured magical water from around the forest. There were lots of different things to choose from and everyone enjoyed investigating them, collecting their ingredients and thinking about what spell their potion would make.


Once the potions were ready, the children took turns to pour them into the cauldron. Magic words were suggested and repeated by everyone, then some very funny magic spells were cast…



The magical potion!

Fortunately for Mrs. Smith, there are no photos of the spells that that children cast! But there was much laughter and hilarity as each member of the class made some very silly funny spells…

Whizzy woo, make your legs dance

“Ibbity bibbity, make your hair shake all round”

“Abracadabra, your voice is gone”

“WHOooooo…you can’t stop jumping!”