Forest school is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self esteem through hands on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment.
Each day a group of children are taken into the woodland, this week the children have been learning all about bugs, this involved going on lots of bug hunts ...
Winnie's Broken Broomstick: 25th October 2017
Today in Forest School the children discovered Winnie's broken broomstick. The children thought of lots of ideas of how we could fix Winnie's broomstick and make it even better than it was before. They made it stronger by adding a larger stick with tape and then made a potion using objects they could find from around Forest School. Each child found a magic wand and thought of their own spells to make Winnie's broomstick magnificent again. The spells worked and the children were very excited to tell Winnie the good news. Together they tested the broomstick by flying around Forest School. The children decided to tie a ribbon around the broomstick as a nice surprise for Winnie. They were very proud of what they had achieved and couldn't wait to tell all the adults at Nursery.
'The Snail' by Henri Matisse: 8th November 2017
At the beginning of this week we read the story 'Snail Trail' by Ruth Brown. Following on from this we looked at 'The Snail' picture by the artist Henri Matisse. Today in Forest School we chose to create our own snail picture on a larger scale. First of all we collected lots of natural objects we could find around Forest School. We found lots of twigs, pine cones, stones and lots of different colours and sizes of leaves. We then each placed the objects on a large mat creating our own pattern to represent the shell of a snail. We were very pleased with what we had achieved as a team!
Autumn Time ... (02/11/18)
Today in Forest school we made Autumn collages, we did this by collecting leaves, twigs, berries and pine cones ...
Making bird feeders ... (w/c 14/01/19)
This week in forest school we have been focusing on birds in the winter. We talked about cold weather and how the birds may find it difficult to find food, therefore we decided to make bird feeders and we hung them up in forest school.
Making bird nests ... (w/c 21/01/19)
This week in forest school we are continuing to think about birds, we collected leaves and twigs to make bird nests.
Birds ... (w/c 28/01/19)
This week in forest school we are carrying on with the bird theme after making birds nests and going on lots of bird hunts we are making our own birds using clay, twigs and feathers ...
Woodland animals ... (w/c 11/02/19)
This week in forest school we have been thinking about animals that live in the forest, we found out more information about the animals natural habitats and we had a go at re- creating them ...
Den making ... (w/c 25/02/19)
Following on from creating habitats for woodland animals, this week we are making dens for ourselves ...
Making a campfire ... (12-14th March)
This week in forest school we have been learning how to make a campfire, we then toasted marshmellows, they tasted yummy!
Spring Time ... (25th-5th March)
For the next couple of weeks we are thinking about Spring, We have been busy planting seeds, hopefully they will grow into vegetables and beautiful flowers!
Having fun in the forest ... (w/c 7/05/19)
This week we have been working together to share our thoughts and ideas to make forest school a much more exciting place, after lots of discussions we decided that a swing would be a brilliant idea, so we put our team working skills to the test ...
Tadpoles ... (w/c 13/05/19)
This week we have been learning all about the life cycle of a frog. Jess brought in some tadpoles for us to have a look at. We are all excited to learn lots about them ...
This week in the forest we have been ... (10/06/19)
Spending time in the workshop, using different tools and getting creative. We have also been tasting some of the vegetables from our veg patch.
Tree boglets ... (26/06/19)
Today in the forest we have been making tree boglets out of clay. We used pine cones, leaves, flowers and twigs to make the boglets facial features.
Tadpole update ... (03/07/19)
We have been observing the tadpoles and they are changing everyday, they are getting bigger and they now have two back legs! We have been helping them to grow by feeding them fish food and vegetables from our veg patch.
Hot Dogs ... (8-12th July)
This week in forest school we have been making hot dogs on a camping stove, they tasted yummy!
We have froglets!
The tadpoles have finally changed into frogs, we have enjoyed watching them change and learning lots about them! We are going to release them into the canal near Nursery ...
Goodbye froglets ...
We hope you come and visit us soon!
Exploring Forest School ... (23/09/19)
We have had lots of fun introducing Forest School to the new children. They couldn't wait to explore everything!
Spiders ... (30/09/19)
This week in forest school we have been learning lots about spiders, we went on a spider hunt and we found lots of spider webs! We also made our own spiders out of clay.
Spider webs ... (w/c 07/10/19)
This week in the forest we have been attempting to make our own giant spider webs by threading ribbon through the willow.
Spooky fun ... (28/10/19)
This week in the forest we are going to be joining in with lots of Halloween activities, Today we enjoyed hammering nails into pumpkins, squash and swede. We also made spooky faces in play dough using conkers, pine cones and twigs ...
Dingle Dangle Scarecrow ... (04/11/19)
Today we all worked together to help make a scarecrow. We used garden stakes, old clothes and shoes, a little imagination and a hammer. We think the scarecrow is going to really enjoy his time with us!
Autumn pictures ... (18/11/19)
This week we have been collecting Autumn leaves and taking rubbings from them we have also been learning how to whittle wood ...
Autumn mobiles ...
We have enjoyed learning how to make 'autumn mobiles'. We made the mobiles using twigs, string, pine cones and leaves ...
Toasting Marshmallows ... (29/11/19)
Today we enjoy learning how to make a camp fire and how to toast marshmallows, they tasted yummy!
Making bird feeders ... (20/01/20)
This week we have been thinking about birds in winter. We made bird feeders using lard and seeds and we also thread cheerio cereal onto pipe cleaners, we hung them on the trees for the birds.
Toast and marshmallows ... (22/01/20)
Today we had a brilliant time in the forest, we learn't how to make a fire, and how to toast bread and marshmallows. They tasted yummy!
Hot dogs ... (07/02/20)
Today we learnt how to use a camping stove and how to make hot dogs ...
Testing out our problem solving skills ... (06/03/20)
This afternoon we had lots of fun climbing trees! We put our problem solving skills to the test as we had to work out how to climb up and get back down safely.
Making hot chocolate ... (16/03/20)
Today in the forest we learnt how to make hot chocolate on a camping stove.
Making homes for hedgehogs ... 04/11/20)
This week we have been listening to a story called 'The hedgehog's balloon' by Nick Butterworth. We have been learning lots about hedgehogs,and we have been busy with lots of 'hedgehog' activities. Today in the forest we collected lots of leaves, twigs and pine cones to make a home for a hedgehog ...
Hot dogs anyone? (06/11/20)
Today in the forest we learnt how to make hot dogs on a camping stove. They tasted delicious!
Autumn time ... (11/11/20)
Today in the forest we enjoyed going on an 'autumn 'walk, we spotted lots of signs that autumn is here! There were so many leaves ... big ones, small ones, red, brown, orange and yellow ones! We collected some of them and we used them to make an autumn crown ...
Toasted Marshmallows ... (13/11/20)
Today in the forest we learnt how to make a camp fire and toast marshmallows. We could see the marshmallows changing colour and shape as they were toasting on the fire. We ate them whilst drinking hot chocolate ... yummy!
Have you seen the Gruffalo? (18/11/20)
Today in the forest we went on a Gruffalo hunt. We came across the fox who was hiding in his underground house, the owl who was in her tree top house and the snake was tucked away in his log pile house! And then we spotted the GRUFFALO! He had terrible tusks, terrible claws, terrible teeth and terrible jaws, knobbly knees and turned out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose, his eyes were orange his tongue was black and he had purple prickles all over his back!
But don't you know there is no such thing as a Gruffalo!
We also enjoyed cooking up Gruffalo feasts in the mud kitchen ... Owl ice-cream anyone?
Look at our amazing Gruffalo's ... (25/11/20)
This week in the forest we made Gruffalo models out of clay. We used pine cones, leaves and twigs to make the Gruffalo's terrible tusks, terrible, claws and terrible teeth ...
Jam on toast ... (27/11/20)
Today in the forest we learn't how to toast bread on the campfire. Some of us thought that it was the best toast that we had ever tasted!
Getting creative in the forest ... (04/12/20)
In forest school we made our own 'natural' paint brushes using leaves, branches, flowers and pine cones. We enjoyed using these to create some amazing patterns!
Getting Festive in the forest ... (09/12/20)
Today in the forest we made our own Christmas decorations, using twigs, leaves and pine cones. We used the decorations to decorate a tree. Look how amazing it looks!
Looking out for the birds ... (27/01/21)
This week in the forest we have been thinking about the birds in winter. The ground in winter is too hard for the birds to dig for worms, and caterpillars, aphids, beetles and grubs stay well hidden. These factors combined with the limited hours of light in which birds can actively search for food can cause them to be very vulnerable, so we thought we would give our feathered friends a helping hand by making them lots of tasty snacks ...
Welcome to our updated bug hotel ... (01/03/21)
Now that it is nearly spring we decided to revamp our bug hotel. We added lots of natural materials such as pine cones, straw and twigs so that the bugs have lots of places to hide in.
Having a bug hotel is a good way for us to learn lots about the natural world around us. Insects need somewhere safe to live which why it is important to build a bug hotel.
We are looking forward to welcoming lots of creepy crawlies!