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Archive for March, 2020

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…


Spider facts and frogspawn

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Acers started their morning with an exciting discovery today! When we looked in the pond to check on our frogs, we found that they had laid some frogspawn. Everyone was really keen to look at it, so we  took turns to kneel down and had a very close look. We could see the little black dots inside the  eggs, which will develop into tadpoles.

Acers really enjoyed the predator and prey game introduced last week, and were keen to play again today. This time, they were much quicker at reacting and at working together to keep the mouse safe from the owl!

After our game, we gathered round the log circle to discuss spiders…then everyone went looking round the site to find a special spider fact. We took the facts back to the log circle, and took turns to read them to the class.

Once we’d listened to and discussed all the spider facts (like-male spiders are smaller than female spiders, spiders have 48 knees, they have hairy legs, they have 2 body parts and 8 legs, they have eyes, a mouth and a stomach in the front body part, they make silk, which comes out of the back part of the spider…) we all stood around  the web we made last week and took turns to crawl under to take off more spider facts. We matched these with the first set, trying to remember who had got each spider fact.

Acers really enjoyed their independent choices in Forest School today. The mud kitchen was very busy producing all sorts of muddy dishes and the digging pit was a hive of activity-all on a  worm finding mission!

Rowans-Bug hunting

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Rowans started their session this week with a mini-beast picture treasure hunt. They loved looking for and finding all the pictures! We sat together in the log circle afterwards, listening to the mini-beast names as one of the children read them out for  the rest of the class to repeat.

Then we put out pots and magnifying glasses, which some of the children chose to use, with great interest and enthusiasm!

And look at all of these smiley happy faces!!

Pull and roll!!

Thursday, 5 March 2020

This week, we’ve had the tree surgeons in school and they’ve left us some big branches to use in Forest School. Oaks class were super helpful…helping to pull the heavy logs from one end of our site, down to the fire pit-where we stored them, ready to cut up and use when they are dry.

Some of the children found and decided to use our big oil drum…they had a fabulous time pushing and rolling it, balancing on it, diving over the top of it and then using it to make music!

We also had a go at making faces using natural resources and used sticks to copy and make different shapes…

Fire strikers at the ready!

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

What a fabulous example of resilience and pride in your work! Watch these videos of  two children learning to use a fire striker independently… and listen to what they say when they finally light the cotton pad   ❤️

Acers Spider Web

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Acers started off the morning being very clever! Several hands shot up when asked if they could remember the special names we used to describe some of the woodland creatures last week…and they correctly recalled the words ‘predator’ and ‘prey’. We talked about which animals belonged to each category and then introduced food chains…all helping to sort the food chain of owl-mouse-worm-leaf, from top to bottom.  (please click to enlarge the photos)

We played a  fun game, where one person stood in the middle of a circle pretending to be an owl, and the rest of the class were trees. We used a small mouse toy, and threw it from one tree to another…whilst the owl tried to intercept and eat its prey! This game was great fun..and got us all thinking carefully about where  to throw the  mouse.

Next, we looked at some pictures of spiders and webs, and learnt a few facts about spiders. Then we all worked together to make an enormous web!

We had to work as a team, share, take turns, use our problem solving skills and create a string web together…

Whilst everyone got to choose their own activities, some children took turns to practise fire lighting skills, using the flint and steel…

During reflection time at the end of the morning, everyone talked about what had made them happy. We had lots of super responses, such as ‘when I helped make that web’, ‘when I swung really high on the swing’, ‘when I lit the fire’, ‘when I made mud cakes in the mud kitchen’.