Forest School

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    This week was a very chilled week at Forest School. As soon as we arrived the children who wanted too made some woodland creatures out of clay. They then drifted off to find their own entertainment. They were calm and engrossed in their own activities. It is always lovely to have a fire with hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows but when we don't the children have longer to enjoy the woods. Rocco and I made a man using twigs and other natural objects whilst others used what they could find to make camps and a see-saw. We were joined by Thomas from Year 3 and Miss Neaves which was a treat. Some children chose to learn how to use a palm drill safely using the wooden disks to make necklaces.

    This week was a very chilled week at Forest School. As soon as we arrived the children who wanted too made some woodland creatures out of clay. They then drifted off to find their own entertainment. They were calm and engrossed in their own activities. It is always lovely to have a fire with hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows but when we don't the children have longer to enjoy the woods. Rocco and I made a man using twigs and other natural objects whilst others used what they could find to make camps and a see-saw. We were joined by Thomas from Year 3 and Miss Neaves...

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    Three groups have now enjoyed an afternoon at Forest School. Each group has learnt about the safety rules around lighting and feeding fire. The children spent time just chilling, enjoying each others company and talking. We built camps using natural materials and some children chose to make crowns.

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    After the obligatory hot chocolate we enjoyed a chilled out morning playing, enjoying each other's company and making things out of soaked willow branches. It was cold but the sun was shining and it was a beautiful morning. The children made up some lovely imaginative games. Most of them seemed to be based around frogs (sticks). This game lasted for the best part of an hour. Lots of great language was heard and new friendships made.

    • Mrs. Maddiso
      Mrs. Maddiso said Dec 4, 2016

      WHat a lovely experience for the children πŸ˜€

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    As the rain started to fall at Forest School this week we listened for different sounds. The raindrops falling into the leaves produced one sound which was different again to the rain falling onto the canopy. We tried to catch raindrops on our tongues. The dampness meant that it took a few tries to get the fire lit for the hot chocolate. Eventually it caught and we all enjoyed a drink. Mrs Keenan took some willow to the woods this week which had been pre soaked. The children made all sorts of different objects with it, attaching leaves and other materials.

    • Mr. McGuire
      Mr. McGuire said Nov 21, 2016

      Can I come for hot chocolate next time, Mrs Keenan? πŸ˜€

    • Mrs. Keenan
      Mrs. Keenan said Nov 22, 2016

      You would be more than welcome Mr McGuire.

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    It was a beautiful, calm morning on Thursday for Forest School. We took some potatoes, carrots and an onion to make vegetable soup. We peeled the veg then very carefully chopped them into small pieces. The children remembered the fire pit rules and enjoyed watching the water boil ready to cook the veg. The soup was actually very tasty and the children gave it a thumbs up. Even Mrs Withey-Stevens was pleasantly surprised after her initial trepidation!!
    After finishing the soup we went for a walk and found some huge fallen leaves on the ground. This prompted a search for the smallest leaf and then middle sized leaves. Good old maths !!

    It was a beautiful, calm morning on Thursday for Forest School. We took some potatoes, carrots and an onion to make vegetable soup. We peeled the veg then very carefully chopped them into small pieces. The children remembered the fire pit rules and enjoyed watching the water boil ready to cook the veg. The soup was actually very tasty and the children gave it a thumbs up. Even Mrs Withey-Stevens was pleasantly surprised after her initial trepidation!!
    After finishing the soup we went for a walk and found some huge fallen leaves on the ground. This prompted a search for...

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    • Mrs. Maddiso
      Mrs. Maddiso said Nov 11, 2016

      Lots of areas of the curriculum covered Mrs Keenan!

    • Mrs. Macey
      Mrs. Macey said Nov 14, 2016

      Wish I could have joined you!!

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    On the last day of term we went to the woods for our class treat. We enjoyed hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows. Yummy. What a treat. Today we ended the week with a play in the woods in the rain. The children listened to the different sounds the rain made on the canopy and the leaves. We went for a walk and looked for as many different types of leaves as we could find. A lovely end to a very busy week.

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    There was a definite chill in the air on Thursday at Forest School. Coats, suits and wellies were very welcome. We spent a lot of time looking at some resource cards showing which trees and bushes could be found in our woods. We matched some of the leaves and fruits that had fallen from the trees. The most obvious one was the prickly horse chestnut which Ed quite rightly said were rather lovely roasted on a BBQ. We also found some shaped sticks which were perfect for making Stick Men. We went for a listening walk in the hope of spotting some foxes but I think they spotted us first and scarpered.

    There was a definite chill in the air on Thursday at Forest School. Coats, suits and wellies were very welcome. We spent a lot of time looking at some resource cards showing which trees and bushes could be found in our woods. We matched some of the leaves and fruits that had fallen from the trees. The most obvious one was the prickly horse chestnut which Ed quite rightly said were rather lovely roasted on a BBQ. We also found some shaped sticks which were perfect for making Stick Men. We went for a listening walk in the hope of spotting some foxes but I think they spotted us...

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    We spent a very relaxed morning in the woods on Thursday. Some children made camps, others tried to hang as many pegs on the trees as possible. Mac wanted to make a hanging picture using sticks, string and beads to decorate it with. We rigged together a swing using a piece of rope and a strong stick. SalomΓ© made a horse using one of the poles from the camp. A lovely time was had by all.

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    We enjoyed our first Forest School of the year on Thursday morning. 10 Sandcastles children spent an enjoyable few hours playing, exploring, chatting and just enjoying each other's company. We rebuilt the den, collected different types of leaves, went for a walk, matched leaves with colour charts and made leaf necklaces. We are looking forward to our first Autumn fire so that we can enjoy some hot chocolate.

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    Sandcastles class enjoyed making their first soup at Forest School this week. They peeled and chopped onions, carrots and potatoes before putting them into the pot to boil over the fire. Every one tried the soup once it was ready and everyone gave it the thumbs up which was a relief!!
    Once the cooking was over the rest of the morning was spent building camps and enjoying being in each other's company.