We were very busy today clearing some of the brambles in the deep dark wood! We used the lopers for the first time and listened carefully to the tool talk before we began.
The children also set some Gruffalo traps and played some team games which got us all tongue twisted!
We had great fun exploring the deep dark wood this week. We found Gruffalo clues and a Gruffalo den where we read the Gruffalo story. The infants have been working on this book the past two weeks and we enjoyed creating our own characters from the story using the woodland resources.
Today the snow had mostly disappeared, but it was still incredibly cold especially in the wind. We played lots of games that kept us running around and nice and warm. We worked on lots of team building games where we needed to work with our friends to finish the tasks or win the game. Some of us have found this hard today and we talked about how we feel when we win a game and also how it feels when we lose.
It's important to recognise how these emotions feel and remember them so we develop our self awareness and confidence next time we play.
Wow! Today was very cold and a bit wet. We had lots of hail and a very cold wind but the children were wrapped up well and had great fun outside. We played lots of energetic games and even got out the emergency bothy bag to warm up when it got very cold. The trees are beginning to change and we have observed the catkins on the trees which are a sign of spring is on the way!
Today we wanted to take part in the bird watching activities that are going on this week around the country. We built our hides so we could sit quietly and observed the birds. Today the blackbirds and robins were very confident and were constantly swooping in to collect food.
We also set some little food traps so we could observe which animals are moving through our woodland . On Thursday we checked these and had lots of cat prints in the sand. We will try again later in the year and hopefully catch a hedgehog footprint or two.
Today was a chilly but clear day. We focused on what has been happening in nature over the winter and what changes we have noticed. We introduced some new team games where the children have to work together or all fall over!
We also worked on our risk taking today. We built a Burma Bridge where the children had to concentrate on balance and strength to move from one end of the bridge to the other. The children showed perseverance when they were attempting to light their fairy fires in the shell. A great skill to develop and we will continue to work on this over the year.
Today the children have been creating some Christmas decorations using leaves, twigs and sparkles! We played lots of group games and using the kelly kettle made hot drinks to keep warm.
This week the children were busy with a challenge. They had to try and walk across the Burma Bridge without falling in to the crocodile infested swamp below. It was quite tricky and very wobbly on the bridge, but those who took the plunge gained a terrific sense of achievement, once they had reached the other side. Some of us even went back for a second or third try! Next time we will make the challenge a bit more tricky...
Other children spent time planning and creating their own fun, based on what they were interested in doing on the day. We had some burglars in the woods and a rescue party who built a trap. Lots of imagination and discussion about our activities. Well done to all!
Today was all about team work. We spent time working with a friend or in a group to achieve a goal. We needed to help one another to finish the challenges because we couldn't do them on our own. Learning to cooperate with others is really important. We realised that talking to each other so we know what we want to achieve is an important skill to learn.
The children hunted for matching pictures of woodland creatures and really concentrated while looking. They were so well hidden that no one could find the badger! However some of the children had a good theory that the sneezy dragon had blown the picture away when we were not looking!! More traps need to be set in the woods to catch it.
We did some tree climbing today and went higher than ever before. We remembered how to climb safely and all felt amazing when we had finished the climb. Some found it quite challenging and a little scary but we all did what we felt comfortable with.
There was also time to swish through the fallen leaves and enjoy the sounds it made. We made some leaf art sculptures on twigs and filled up the bird feeders. Phew!!
Today the weather was chilly but dry. We discussed how important it is to be wearing the right clothes for the weather. Warm socks inside wellies are very important as well as a warm waterproof coat.
We played some games and helped to set up some traps to capture a dragon who is creating lots of mess in the woods with all his sneezing! We had some great ideas as to how to trap him and even used messages on the floor for the dragon to follow.
We played a memory game followed by a treasure hunt to find all the missing items on the list. It was quite tricky to find the seeds from the maple tree which we are all convinced are fidget spinners!