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Archive for November, 2018

Early years welly walk

Thursday, 29 November 2018

It was a bit too windy this week to safely be out in the woods, so we went for a wonderful wet welly walk around the school grounds instead! And what fun we all had…look at what we got up to… (click the photos to enlarge)



Fire-lighting, crowns and squishy berries!

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Poplars had another busy morning out in the woods today! Whilst the last four children took their turn learning how to build and light a fire, the rest of the class enjoyed learning more about Vikings. They looked at and dug for Viking coins, worked on making King Alfred The Great crowns and made their own Viking paint using berries.

A barrel of laughs…!

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Another chilly day today, but (with a few extra layers on) it didn’t stop us having a marvellous time in Forest School. Oaks children found a great way to keep warm…they pulled a big barrel onto the path and worked together to roll it from one end of our site to the other. They problem solved along the way, working out how to move it when it got stuck, finding lots of different uses for it like laying over it and rolling from one side to the other and standing it upright and using it to make (very loud!) music. And in true Forest School style, we saw great team work too-and lots of helping and supporting one another.

Also this morning…Oaks were busy with ropes, raking, trying out new ways of using the swing, climbing, playing with wood discs, building towers…and a spot of Bollywood dancing and music making in the mud kitchen!

This afternoon, Firs had lots of Autumn fun climbing the leaf hill! They sat, lay and rolled in the leaves and really enjoyed throwing them up into the air.

The children kept active on the ropes, balancing on logs and along the digging pit, climbing, using the balance beams and making cup of forest tea in the mud kitchen!

Viking Dens, fire and farming…

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Another lovely morning for the fabulous Poplars, despite the chilly weather. We wrapped up really well and set off to create some Viking LongTallhouses!!  First of all, we listened to a safety talk and learnt how to carefully drag the long sticks and how to place them, after checking our friends weren’t in the way.

There was a lot of thought put into the dens, and super teamwork too.

Some groups worked on houses for themselves, whilst others made homes for their animals. They thought about how to keep their animals safe-and added fencing to keep the foxes out!

Once the dens were built, some of the children became Viking farmers. They searched in the digging pit, and dug up some carrots!

Whilst this small group took their turn this week to learn how to build and light a fire. They practised using the fire striker, lit small individual ‘fairy fires’, then worked together to collect sticks and make a bigger group fire…


Lovely leaves and lots of laughter

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

There was so much going on in Forest School today!

Autumn leaf threading…making and painting with mud, hide and seek, sorting and counting with natural objects, finding and careful handling of worms, woodlice and milipedes, weighing, digging, climbing…and as always- lots of investiagtion and exploration and appreciation of our lovely site.

What’s in here? Look a spider web…and woodlice! “look Miss…come see!”

Welcome to Forest School, Poplars!

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Today, Poplars started their half-term of outdoor learning and Forest School. They were very excited to be out in the woods!

This small group spent the  morning learning how to set and light a fire. They practised using a fire striker, then helped to collect different thicknesses of sticks, before independently lighting it (under the watchful eye of Mrs Smith) and working together to add sticks to the fire.

Once we stopped adding sticks, we watched as the fire died down, discussing the changing colours and watching the embers turn into ash. The children noticed that the embers were still very warm, so helped to put out the fire safely.

Elsewhere in the woods, the rest of Poplars were having a marvellous time learning about Viking longboats. They worked in teams to make their own longships, complete with a mast, a sail, a dragon head at the front (prow) of the ship and oars to row. They even made a plank for naughty Vikings to walk off! Once they’d finished, they took turns to raid the other team’s ship and steal their treasure!

What a great morning! We talked about what had made us proud, what we had enjoyed and what we’d like to do next week. We’re all looking forward to our next Forest School adventure…



Mini-beasts and puddles!!

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

What an exciting time Oaks and Firs had in Forest School today! We really enjoyed exploring lots of different mini-beasts. We used magnifying glasses and magnifying pots, to look closely at them and to see how they moved. We matched the pictures to the different creatures, learning to repeat the names of each one.

Elsewhere in the woods…quiet contemplation, and an unusual visitor!

During our morning session, it started to rain…and rain! And in true Forest School style, it didn’t stop us having fun…in fact it made it more fun! Oaks loved walking through and splashing in the puddles…

 Two of our children were determined to experience the rain in their own way! Not all of us shared their enthusiasm…but this pair LOVED standing under the dripping tarp, and laughed continually as they played!

Firs had a drier afternoon…and as well as the mini-beast exploration, also enjoyed lots of different activities.