Forest School Fun!
Each week we will update this page with news of our exciting Forest School activities and share lots of photos so that you can see what we have been learning.
Week Commencing 30.11.2020 - Year 2
This week Christmas has come early, the children have had a fantastic time making Christmas decorations. As always the children we free to choose what they wanted and the extra activity this week was making Christmas crafts. Practically all the children choose to make something, we were so impressed by their creative skills. It was a joy to see their happy, proud faces when they had made their beautiful decorations. It melted our hearts when they told us who they'd like to give them to.
We were very happy to see that Brooke brought in her own pine cone to decorate, she made it look so beautiful and Christmassy. Snowmen and Santas were popular in Tawny Owl.
The children loved to see some of the teachers get involved and making Christmas crafts too.
Sophia painted a lovely pine cone she found in the school field, it looked gorgeous.
Rebecca showed us her hidden talent "Do you know I can make a pigeon sound?" it was AMAZING! We thought there was a real pigeon in the field! Vanshika and Ayat were very proud to announce "we've found a bird's nest", great find girls!
Barn Owls loved playing with the woodland animals: Sophia, Isla and Zoe "made a home from leaves, pine cones and sticks for our animals". Olivia had a great time playing with her pet squirrel. Joey "This is Nannies house where my rabbit lives in the tree".
Whilst chilling out in the hammock Teddy said "my favourite thing is laying in the hammock watching the sun shining and the leaves falling", what a wonderful mindful and relaxing experience, thank you for sharing that with us.
Freddie "Me and Krish are making a camp fire", it looked fab!
Snowy Owls all made beautiful Christmas decorations.
Neriah was the only one who made a "snowlady" we loved her long eyelashes.
Sofia "I like being creative".
Amelia thought she couldn't tie a knot in her string but she tried and did it perfectly, well done Amelia!
Olly made a fantastic original Christmas decoration of the North Pole and the northern star, it looked great!
Archie "I love Forest School!" Why? "I love playing with friends, climbing trees and doing crafts". That's wonderful hear Archie we are pleased you enjoy it!
See you next week for the camp fire 🙂
Week Commencing 23.11.2020 - Year 2
This week's theme was hibernation. The children were very happy with the return of the woodland animals, we discussed what they were and where they lived. The children made some fantastic dens and nests for their animals. Zoe said "I''m going to make a home for my fox, I'm going to use leaves so it's comfortable for him to sleep in". Amelia told me "We're going to make a nest and pine cones will be the eggs". Oliver made a wonderful badger bed with leaves and sticks and Leo showed me his amazing hammock bed he made for his animals.
At the end of each session we talk about what we'd like to do next week, last week Teddy asked to do some more climbing so this week we put up a rope course. All the children loved it! and it's a great way to practice balancing.
DEN BUILDING AND TEAMWORK
There was some brilliant team work from the girls in Tawny Owl. Evie, Isla, Thalia and Sophia made "an animal shelter, like a hotel for animals, somewhere for them to hibernate".
Lucy said "Look at mine and Olly's den, we've used a log so it doesn't blow away", great team work Olly and Lucy!
We were also impressed with the team work from Annalise, Poppy, Mia, Freya and Gracie, they also made an excellent den.
The mud kitchen is always popular. Thalia "I'm making a mud pie". Whilst painting the trees with mud Evie told me she was "having a mud glittery party, decorating at super speed". Brooke loves the mud kitchen making mud pancakes is her favourite thing to do.
Although reading isn't really part of Forest School because Forest School is child led, we do leave some books related to nature out in case children fancy a read; which invariably they do. This week Sophia V read a story to her pet fox. Olivia told me "I'm going to read Superworm to my squirrel".
Jodie "I love climbing because you can go really high". Freddy "I'm a slough hanging in the tree". Sofia "I love climbing trees it reminds me of a safari".
The children love playing with the clay, this week lots of them used clay to make a nest. Bamise had a great idea "I'm using a stick as a rolling pin". Kimberley made a lovely snowman from clay. Olivia made a lovely icecream from clay; it looked delicious! Khadija made a snow man eating a banana, which made us laugh.
It was great fun playing in the leaves this week. Ruby said "see my magical powers" and threw a bunch of leaves in the air. Snowy Owl class had great fun playing in the leaves, we could barely find Esosa.
IT'S CHRISTMAS!!! for the next two weeks we will be making Christmas crafts using natural materials, so if you're on a woody walk this weekend make sure you collect some pine cones or anything else from nature that you want to use for your Christmas decoration and bring it to Forest School. See you next week 🙂
Week Commencing 16.11.2020 - Year 2
Contrary to popular belief conkers are allowed in school so this week we’ve gone conkers! The children learned what a conker was and where it comes from, more importantly how to play conkers, Sam from Tawny Owl was a clear champion.
The children were very skilled at using a palm drill.
Everyone learnt the importance of wearing safety gloves when using tools and how to be safe. Poppy made a beautiful conker caterpillar and there were some lovely bracelets and necklaces.
Forest School gives children the opportunity to explore their own ideas; with staff just there to facilitate. A wonderful example of this was when Harvey decided he wanted to make a wrestler made of conkers. Although his wrestler was an original creative idea Harvey was quick to tell the group “I got inspiration from Georgi’s caterpillar”.
In Forest school the children are given the freedom to choose what they want to do; all the usual activities were popular such as the mud kitchen, tree climbing, bug hunts, chilling out in the hammock and den building. The children loved playing ‘Cut The Cake’ and it was a brilliant way to warm up when it was a bit chilly.
Teddy “We’ve made a mud soup”
Kaden “I’m making an animal bath”
Log circle time is a great time for the children to reflect on what they have achieved; it was so nice to hear the children praising their friends.
More photos will be uploaded to your children's Tapestry Journal :)