July 13th. This morning Reception Class learned to use the bow saw safely.
We cut a slice off a dead branch, we call the slices wood cookies.
We drew pictures on our wood cookies.
It was quite tricky using the bow saw. We had to concentrate.
A hacksaw is good for cutting smaller pieces of wood.
July 12th. Year 3 toasted marshmallows on the fire today to make s'mores.
We love s'mores, they are one of our favourite things to make in Forest School!
Afterwards we all had a go at lighting a fire using a fire steel.
We had to use the fire steel to create a spark. We needed the spark to land on the cotton wool to start a mini fire.
Everyone realised it was trickier than it looked and we needed lots of patience and resilience to keep going.
We were all so proud of ourselves when the cotton wool set on fire!
July 6th. Reception Class had their memories tested in Forest School today.
We played Kim's Game. We had to memorise all the natural objects on the tray.
Then Sarah covered them up with a towel and took away one object. We had to work out which one had disappeared!
Then we went on a nature treasure hunt to create a beautiful nature board.
We stuck flowers, leaves and seeds on the sticky tape on our boards.
We made beautiful pictures!
We played in the Secret Garden.
We finished our session with a game of Spot.
We are getting so good at hiding!
July 3rd. Class 2 had another session in the Secret Garden today.
We started off playing a game of Sleeping Bear. Who can steal the bear's food without waking him?
We cut up elder sticks and made beads by hollowing out the sticks.
We used palm drills and crochet hooks to push out the pith in the elder sticks.
Then we threaded the beads onto lengths of yarn.
What a fantastic piece of woodland jewellery!
A few of us made clay models in the hide.
We hid in dens.
We ended our session with a few games of Spot.
June 29th. Reception Class played the Name Game today. We acted out an animal whose name begins with the same letter as our name.
We peeled some willow sticks.
We went digging for bugs and worms.
We found some worms and looked at them with the magnifying bug viewer.
We found a millipede too.
We took some cars into the Secret Garden and made some ramps.
Some of us did some bird spotting with the binoculars.
Counting to 20 while everyone hides in our game of Spot.
Can you spot anyone hiding in the bamboo?!
June 26th. Class 2 started today's session with a game of Minefield.
The team had to give the blindfolded person instructions to make it safely through the minefield.
Don't step on that mine!
We made lots of clay models.
Of course we also did lots of peeling and whittling!
We explored the pond in the Secret Garden.
We finished our session with a game of Spot. The bamboo makes a good hiding place.
June 22nd. Reception Class went into the Secret Garden for their Forest School session today.
Everyone was given a picture of a plant, flower or tree and had to find the matching picture hidden somewhere in the garden.
That's a match!
We sat down and identified the plants on the cards. Then we went on a hunt around the school grounds to find all the plants.
After that we explored and played in the Secret Garden.
We did some hapa zome with buttercups, ferns and mint leaves.
We made some beautiful art.
Some of us peeled some willow sticks.
We enjoyed hunting for bugs and snail shells too.
June 19th. We were unable to go into the woods today so we enjoyed being on the field instead.
We started with a game of 'Foxy, Foxy, Can We Cross Your Field?'
Then we lay down and did some cloud spotting. We saw lots of interesting shapes and animals in the clouds!
We did some hapa zome with summer grasses and flowers.
We put the flowers in some folded fabric and hit them with a hammer so that the natural dyes came out.
Hapa zome makes beautiful art.
We also had the clay out and enjoyed making all sorts of models.
Chalking on the fence is fun.
We found a bit of a bird's egg shell.
I wonder if the egg shell came from this nest?!
June 15th. Reception Class had clay to create with in the woods today.
We had some little woodland mice made.
And a beautiful flower.
Some of the children were inspired to make fairy houses when they saw the miniature houses and gardens made by Class 1 on Monday.
What a super clay fairy.
We even had some clay bears living in this little house!
We went onto the field to play 'Foxy, Foxy, Can We Cross Your Field?'
We had so much fun in Forest School this morning!
June 12th. Class 1 enjoyed a lovely warm afternoon in the woods.
We had the dutch oven out to cook woodland apple crumble.
We mixed apples, butter, sugar, cinnamon and cornflour together in the pan.
It smelled lovely as it was cooking.
Someone brought in a bird's nest to show everyone.
Our activity today was to make a fairy house or garden if we chose to. Some of us asked to use the hammers and nails to build miniature houses.
What an amazing bow and arrow made independently!
When the apples were cooked we washed our hands and came to sit down on the logs.
We added a digestive biscuit to make the crumble part of our apple crumble.
It was delicious!
Some of us had second and even third helpings!
A beautiful fairy house!
What an entrance!
The woodland fairies are definitely going to enjoy living here - especially with that slide in the garden!
June 8th. Reception Class started their session with a game of Sleeping Bear.
Who can steal the bear's food without being caught?
We had to be super quiet and sneaky so that we didn't wake the bear!
Some of us made wands today. We started by peeling a stick.
Then we used the pens to colour the stick.
We cut pieces of yarn to decorate our wands.
It was quite tricky to tie the yarn onto our wands.
Meanwhile some boys were busy in our den building area.
Let's decorate a tree!
We love a bit of yarn bombing!
We decided to attach some sticks and leaves to the tree by weaving and threading them between the tree and the yarn.
We made a special magic tree!
Some charcoal from an old fire is good to colour in the logs. What a busy morning we have had!
June 5th. Today was World Environment Day so Class 1 started their session with an activity called Web of Life.
Web of Life demonstrates how all living things in an ecosystem are connected and how they depend on each other to exist.
Looking at the beautiful wild flowers in our woods.
We made woodland jewellery with elder sticks.
We cut sticks of elder into short lengths, then used a crochet hook or palm drill to push out the pith in the middle of the stick.
Then we threaded the elder beads onto yarn.
Some of us also made some lovely yarn covered sticks.
We had great fun playing Sleeping Bear. We used different tactics to sneak up on the bear to try and steal his food!
We had to be very quiet...
...and very sneaky!
At the end of our session we passed the Talking Tree around the circle to share what we had enjoyed most
May 25th. Reception Class were excited to be cooking eggy bread today.
Nahdia came to help us. We mixed up eggs, milk and vanilla essence and dipped bread into the mixture.
We cooked the eggy bread over the fire and added cinnamon sugar.
We spread honey on our eggy bread to celebrate World Bee Day last weekend.
Eggy bread and honey is delicious and most of us had seconds!
We played in the den.
We climbed trees in the sunshine.
We had time for a game of Scatter at the end, then we passed the talking tree around the circle to share what we had enjoyed.
What a lovely morning!
May 22nd. To celebrate World Bee Day Class 1 cooked pancakes and ate them with honey.
We talked about why bees are so important for the world and why we should look after them.
Some of us enjoyed whittling sticks with the peeler.
Some of us made things.
We went looking for minibeasts.
Magnifying glasses are great when we go bug hunting.
Are there any bugs in here?
We had another lovely afternoon in the woods.
May 15th. Class 1 got the chance to celebrate the King's Coronation by making willow crowns.
We enjoyed some whittling with peelers.
We climbed the trees.
Some of us used the pruning saw to trim some lengths of willow.
Some of us made wands to cast spells on everyone!
We ended our session with a game of Spot - our favourite hiding game.
May 11th. To celebrate the King's Coronation, Reception Class made willow crowns today.
We weaved the willow into a crown shape.
Some of us decorated our crowns with yarn.
What fabulous crowns we made!
This was an excellent hook-shaped stick to pull a log with.
We love hanging around in the trees in Forest School!
May 4th. We have a little resident in one of our sheds! Reception class named him/her Nibbles.
Sarah read us a story called Cave Baby. It was about a baby decorating a cave with fabulous cave paintings.
We decided to decorate the woods with charcoal drawings using the charcoal we made last week.
What beautiful artwork!
A dead branch has been cut off a tree and luckily we have been given all the wood. We got busy moving it!
Lots of new logs for our den area!
Some logs were too heavy to carry. We had a think and decided we could roll them instead.
Working together as a team we can carry the heavy branches.
Meanwhile, a little garden area was being created.
Another lovely morning in the woods!
April 27th. Reception class enjoyed the fire today. To make charcoal we put our tin of peeled willow sticks from last week on the fire.
While the charcoal was cooking, we made toffee apple slices.
The toffee apples were delicious!
Busy in the den!
We played Spot while the tin of charcoal was cooling down. Close your eyes and count to 20 while everyone hides!
It's always good to hide behind the big trees.
At the end of our session Sarah took the lid off the tin and we were very excited to find the willow had turned into charcoal!
April 24th. Class 1 enjoyed a tools day today.
We made things with the wood, hammer and nails.
We used the bow saw to cut wood cookies from a dead branch.
Some of us enjoyed learning how to use our new hand drill.
We also used the palm drills to make holes in our wood cookies.
It was great fun making ourselves into a human knot and then trying to untangle ourselves without letting go of each other!
We finished our session with a game of Spot. Quick, hide!
April 20th. Reception class learned how to use the peelers today.
We peeled lengths of willow sticks.
We cut the peeled willow sticks short and put them into a tin. Next week we are going to make charcoal out of the sticks!
We enjoyed seeing how high we could reach with the big long willow branches.
Teamwork makes the dream work!
Some excellent den building work going on.
Building a home for fairies.
April 17th. Class 1 enjoyed a return to the woods today.
We cooked popcorn over the camp fire.
We also toasted marshmallows and made s'mores.
We love s'mores!
It was fun watching the popcorn pop as it was cooking and it was delicious to eat.
A sprouting conker!
A home for worms.
The worm home builders!
We finished our session with a game of Bat and Moth to celebrate Bat Appreciation Day.
The 'bats' found it tricky to use echolocation to catch the moths but it was great fun!
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Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
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Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
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