Sorry no forest school today.
Today we could feel that spring was really in the air! The buds are beginning to open on the trees and blossom is appearing. We foud some unusual toadstools named Scarlet Elf Cap, and have learnt that they are quite rare. We will protect them while in the woods.
We went on a hunt for the Gruffalo this week and entered the Deep Dark Wood. The children in early years and KS1 have been working on this book and we had great fun exploring it outside of the classroom. The children hunted for Gruffalo bady parts and used their knowledge of the book to descibe the beast. After listening to the story in a Gruffalo den we created our own characters from the story. Can you spot a fox, a mouse and several snakes. There is also a fantastic owl perched on a branch.
The wildlife was also very active today and we have several inquisitive robins who were very tempted to eat food from Mrs Fagan's hands...
This week was a lovely bright sunny day. We noticed the catkins appearing on the trees and this is a good sign that spring is on the way. Over the weekend the woodland has had a tidy up and lots of wood chippings have been put down. We used the time to extend the pathway and cover up the very muddy areas that we have created over the winter.
What a busy day today! We built some small traps with food in as we wanted to find out which animal would walk in to the sand and eat the cat food. We were hoping for some hedgehog footprints but, we found only cat prints the following day. We will try again later in the year and we may get something more interesting.
The children helped to build some shelters to hide in so we could do some bird watching. We were very still and quiet and were amazed at all the blue tits, blackbirds and robins that came to eat the food we have been putting out. The blue tits were also checking out the bird nests so fingers crossed one of them is used for a nest this year.
Today was a muddy and damp day. We played some fun new games which involved lots of running about to help keep us warm. We looked at what the birds have to eat at the moment and decided to make some extra high energy food to keep them going. We made fruit kebabs and carefully threaded the food onto wire. It was quite tricky, but great for our fine motor control. We put up a tarp to stay dry but decided to have a competition to see who could get the muddiest! Can you spot our winners in the last picture?
Happy New Year! Today was very cold in the woods so we decided to build a fire and eat some warm marshmallows. The children found a twig as long as their arm and using the potato peelers whittled the end to a point so they could kebab the food easily. We all enjoyed the warmth from the coals and of course the yummy food!
This week the children have been creating some Christmas decorations to take home with them. We selected large leaves, and decorated them with sparkles to create trees. They spent time in the hammock and have improved their tree climbing skills.
Working independently and choosing how they want to spend their time is an necessary skill that develops self-reliance and confidence.
This week the children spent time exploring the woodland areas on their own. They took turns in the hammock and remembered how to get in and out of it safely. We had hot drinks in the woods today and used the Kelly Kettle to boil the water. It was very warming on a cold and frosty morning!
We also played a game called the 'Human Camera'. This is where you have to guide your camera to a place you find interesting or pretty and show them the view. The only problem is the camera has to wear a blindfold and is guided carefully by their partner. This is a skillful job and one that requires thought, to care for the person who cannot see. Good job Reception!
Today was a good day to recap on how we can keep ourselves safe in the woods. We all had a good think about how we should behave and move to look after ourselves. We played some team games and worked together to come up with a team name, action and sound. Then we tried to scare the other team!
We also tried out the hammock for the first time, we all thought it was great fun and enjoyed swinging gently and sometimes a bit faster! We only had a few falls when getting in and out...
Some of us were brave enough to climb the tree and although we only got a little way up we will get better as we grow stronger and more confident.
We have also cut up our old pumkins and left them in the woods for the animals to enjoy. We will watch their progress over the next few weeks to see how they decay and rot.
Some children had a go at making traps in the trees for the sneezy dragon others created art using the leaves. Can you see our hedgehog named Spikey in the photos?
What a wet day it was today! However this did not stop our eager explorers from having fun in the woods. We enjoyed splashing in puddles and got very muddy. We found a great way to wash our hands using the rain water that poured off the tarpaulin. It was just like a tap.
We built a shelter to stay dry and decided we needed somewhere to sit, plus a doorway to come in and out of the shelter. The children helped to tie the ropes and selected the right sized pieces of wood for the seat and the door frame. Some great imagination and use of maths language during our sessions today.
Today is Halloween and the children had great fun in the woods creating their own magical wands and potions. They had to make sure the stick was a certain length before it could begin transformed into a wand. The children found lots of lovely natural resources from the woods to decorate their wands and secured them using some basic weaving skills, well done.
Next they found 10 different items to create a potion. Would it smell sweet and fresh or earthy and pongy? Each potion was different. We then gathered around our cauldron to make a wish before throwing our ingredients in. Amazingly Mrs Bradley wished for chocolate biscuits and her wish came true because we found a packet in the woods and all enjoyed a special treat, YUM!
Today we spent time playing lots of new games. We tried to create different shapes using a rope. We realised how important it is to communicate when we need to give instructions otherwise it makes it very difficult to solve problems.
We also hunted for pictures of animals we would find in the British Woodlands. Some of us knew the names of the animals. We found out lots of information about them, and we all learnt the name of animals we didn't know before the day began.
We created some art work using autumn leaves and enjoyed running around the woods and rolling down the hill!
What a fun day we had! The children continued the adventure of the sneezy dragon and have been busy creating traps to catch him. They have also designed some sneezy cocktail potions to give the dragon. This medicine should hopefully stop him from blowing down the houses of the little folk who live in the woods!
We also had a go at making friendship bracelets. These are special bracelets that need two friends to create one bracelet, they are very tricky and require lots of concentration and patience to complete. Well done to all those who had a go at making these.
We even had a visit from Mr Owen who loved our fantastic inventions!