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Archive for June, 2018

Foundation Group 2

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Group 2 from Oaks and Firs really enjoyed their sunny morning in the woods this week. They concentrated hard on looking for hidden mini-beast pictures, until everyone had found one. Then they looked again to find another picture the same…

It is lovely to see how much more confident and engaged the children are becoming each week, and how they are working together more and developing their language and exploration skills.



Mini-beast hunting with Foundation Group 1

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Group 1 from Oaks and Firs had a marvellous time hunting for mini-beasts today. They found all sorts of insects and other creatures and really enjoyed looking at them closely with the magnifying glasses and special magnifying pots.

When they had identified the mini-beasts, they carefully placed them in the tray with the matching picture. The children passed around the trays once they’d  finished collecting,  and discussed things  such as how each creature moved, how many legs it had and what colour it was.

As always, everyone enjoyed choosing their own activities today. We all had a happy busy morning in Forest School.

Oaks and Firs Marvellous Musical Morning…

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Group 2 had a great time making sounds and singing in the woods this week. They started off their morning looking at and identifying acorns, conkers and fir cones..and discovered that when they were placed in a box, they made different sounds. Everyone chose a box or pot and went off to find their own ways of making a woodland shaker…

When they were all ready, we had a Forest School sing song. We also enjoyed making lots of noise beating out a rhythm with sticks. on a very large oil drum!

We made shakers too, using shells and conkers…and were very proud of the results.

Summer in Butter-Bee Garden

Friday, 8 June 2018

Summer is here and everything is growing and changing so quickly in our garden!

We had a look at the tadpoles this week, and were excited when we noticed that they had started to grow 2 back legs. They are feeding off all the plants, midges and lavae in the pond…which is also looking very healthy after all the lovely sunshine we’ve been having.  Some caterpillars were enjoying the leaves on the willow tunnel, this  too is growing lots.

The wildflowers are all emerging, looking beautiful and attracting lots more wildlife into the  area.  

Hungry Caterpillar fun…

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Group 1 from Oaks and Firs had a lovely morning retelling the story of The Hungry Caterpillar.

They found the hidden pictures in the woods, then helped to order them-pegging them on the line as we told the story.

Then the children chose a way to make their own caterpillar. Some made a small stick caterpillar by twisting a pipe cleaner around a stick.

Some chose to make this stone caterpillar…finished off with a leaf to munch on!

These children worked brilliantly as a team, rolling tyres and placing them on the ground for their huge caterpillar. They added a head…then enjoyed balancing along the body!

Group 1 were fantastic today! They found so many exciting, imaginative and challenging things  to do, including writing ‘beware of the caterpillar’ signs on the ground with a stick, and also using sticks to sweep and clear the paths. They balanced and climbed and made mud creations, they found worms and dug and used the swings, and had lots of fun investigating and discovering.