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Archive for March, 2017

Fire-Strikers and Flags

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A cold but fun morning for Larches…today they used the flint and steel to practice fire lighting and make a ‘Fairy Fire’ in a shell. There were lots of smiles and feelings of pride as the fairy fires were successfully lit!


Also today, we learnt how to safely use the loppers to cut a stick. Everyone listened carefully to a ‘Tool Talk’ so they knew how to hold, carry, position themselves and use the loppers…

The children used the sticks to make a flag-pole…they decorated their flag and attached it to the pole using string, trying hard to tie a knot independently


Maples-A busy morning painting!

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Maples had a lovely morning…our first warm sunny forest school day of the year! Today they used a range of natural resources to make their very own ‘forest paintbrush’…and then made their own paint, to complete a ‘Stick-man’ picture.

Some children worked in the tool area,  cutting up and cleaning out the centre of elder sticks, to make their own Stick-man.

And as always, there were lots of other exciting things going on around our Forest School site…  

Larches-Nature Paintbrushes…and lots of fun!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

This week, we tried out another use for a stick…look at what resources the children were given and what they made from them…

After twisting leaves/feathers/dried grass/buds/pine needles onto a stick, the children set about making their own mud paint, by collecting some soil and adding water to it.

Some chose to follow on from last week and make an elder stick-man, by cutting fresh elder sticks and pushing out the soft pith from the middle.

But for most of the session, the children led the way, finding their own activities and being very creative! These boys spent the morning being pirates…they buried and hunted for treasure. They found special ‘treasure stones’, worms and a pot full of sycamore saplings (which they decided they would plant in see if they grew bigger)

Elsewhere, an adventurous group of boys worked together to create a new fun area. They found and hung a tyre from a tree, then decided to extend it by adding a walkway and a log bridge to get to the swing. We were SO impressed!

Our other creative duo worked together to complete a den they started a few weeks ago, this time adding a slide to it. They decided it wasn’t high enough to slide down, so worked out that by adding more tyres they could increase the height. Once the slide had been played on, they decided to decorate it, using the nature paintbrushes and mud paint that had been made by their friends, earlier in the session.

Well done Larches! What a great morning.

Elder wood stick-men (and lots of stick activities)

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Each session this week started with  the game- “I’m not a stick, I’m a…..” Anyone who wanted to, could go into the centre of the circle, repeat the phrase and add their own bit of creativity. We had sticks that were for juggling, a golf club, a magic wand, a motorbike, a bow and arrow and a boat…to name just a few!

This week, the children had the opportunity to make an elder-wood stick-man. Firstly, they listened carefully to a tool talk, and learnt how to safely use the secateurs to cut sections of elder. Elder is special because it has a soft pith inside, which can be poked out.

Once cut, the elder stick slices were hollowed out, and then thread onto pipe cleaners. With a few twists, stick-man’s arms body and legs were complete. We were very impressed at how well both Larches and Maples children concentrated on this task.

Some children chose to go on a stick hunt, searching for different types of stick- thin, thick, bendy, pointed, bumpy, tiny…

Once collected, the children were challenged to use and practice their knot skills to tie their sticks into a bundle. Some children have clearly been practicing as they made a really job of tying up their sticks. 

Lastly, some children chose to make forest-school art! Some lovely pictures of the stick-man story characters appeared across our site.

And not just stick-man pictures, but a boy, a swamp and big-foot too!


A fun and Firey Day!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Another lovely busy time in Forest School for Larches and Maples. This week the children looked closely at a real nest (and an egg!) made by a robin…it was much smaller than the swan’s nest in the Stickman story. Before long, lots of different sized and shaped nests had appeared across the site, all with their own special features and ideas.

Both classes had previously enjoyed using the tarpaulins to make shelters, so these were available for the children to use if they wanted to. Larches decided to work together on their’s….they worked very well as a team.

In Maples, one very determined young man worked hard on his shelter, using the obstacle course to hold it up!

Also this week, some children had the opportunity to use the fire strikers for the first time to make mini ‘Fairy-fires’ They had to understand and demonstrate how to use them properly and needed to follow our fire safety rules. Lots of learning took place as they observed and discussed in which order to add the different sized sticks, how to keep the fire going, how it went out and how to keep safe.

To finish off their session, both classes enjoyed helping to make hot chocolate, by feeding the fire beneath the Kelly Kettle.

This weeks Superstars!