Classes 2016-2017 -
Forest School 2016-17
May 8th 2017
Sadly, this week was our last Forest School of this academic year. The children had a super time learning about fires and how to light them safely. They all had a try at making sparks using the flints and did incredibly well. I think the happy and smiley faces shows just how much they enjoyed it – they also enjoyed munching on the roasted marshmallows!
I look forward to sharing lots more Forest School adventures in September when we start with our new groups of children!
Mrs Few xx
April 3rd 2017
The children’s first task this week was to find as many different things in the forest in different shades of green – they worked well together and managed to find several different shades!
They were then all blindfolded and had to sit and listen to the sounds that they could hear around them, afterwards they fed back to the others – some of the sounds included the birds singing, a tractor in a nearby field, the sound of twigs breaking underfoot, an aeroplane in the distance and the rustling of leaves.
We are back at Forest School on Monday 8th May after the holidays. Wishing you all a lovely Easter! Mrs Few 🙂 x
March 27th 2017
This week was the first week of our final group of the year to go to Forest School – the children played some team games and some activities that involved trust – they took it in turns to guide each other around the trees whilst their partner was wearing a blindfold – they all worked incredibly well together! On our way back through the trees, we spotted 2 toads – the children were fascinated by them and how they moved.
March 20th 2017
Once the children had eaten their lunches, they all began to learn how to safely light a fire – they each got into pairs and were given a flint to have a go themselves at lighting it – they worked well and took turns. Each pair managed to get some sparks which was super!! They then roasted marshmallows over the open fire – a wonderful end to the final week of Group 4’s Forest School adventures!
March 13th 2017
Spring is definitely in the air!
After we had eaten our lunch, we had a group discussion about the different things we may find in the forest – the children came up with some fab ideas. The children were then split into 2 teams and had to hide different coloured strips of wool around the forest in the areas that a habitat might be found – the children all hid their wool in many different places. They then swapped groups and had to find the wool they had hidden – it quickly became clear that the brightly coloured wool was much easier to find! The children spent time afterwards discussing that the animals and creatures would be better off camouflaging themselves to the surroundings, meaning that greens and pale colours would be much better – they all decided that a brown wool worm was the best!
After a bug hunt, the children (and Mrs Few!) got creative and made bugs and insects out of things they found in the forest, they were all superb!
March 6th 2017
We decided to go for a woodland walk this week and search for signs of Spring! The children were each given a clipboard and a list of things to find – everyone was excited to find some tiny baby field voles, a toad, some blossom, primroses, daffodils and lots of new buds. On our way back through the forest we spotted 2 tiny Goldcrest birds, these are the smallest birds in the UK and we managed to get really close! At the end we went into the cow barn to have a look at the cows 🙂
February 27th 2017
This weeks weather was AWFUL, it just rained and rained, so we decided to do something creative indoors – the children spent a wonderful afternoon doing ‘Woodland Weaving’ – they used sticks from the forest and tied them together, they then began weaving different yarn and wool to create some fantastic and colourful frames. What a super session 🙂
February 20th 2017
Our first session back after half term !
Today the children were lucky enough to see a HUGE March hare run right through the Forest School area, we watched as it bounded across the fields and into the hedge, we were surprised at how quick it could go – amazing!
We looked at our senses this week and the children all enjoyed following the string trail around the trees wearing their blindfolds – another super session!
February 6th 2017
A big welcome to Group 4 who started their Forest School adventures this week.
It was VERY cold, wet and damp with a bitter wind blowing, and the open fire was very much needed!
This week the children all enjoyed some team games and worked well when they had to go from A to B using their mats – they could not stand on the mud and they quickly worked out the best way to do it – we were very impressed!
We will be back at Forest School after half term and I have put in an order for some nicer weather…! Mrs Few
January 30th 2017
A very damp, wet and cold Forest School this week but everyone worked together and learnt how to safely light a fire, once this had been completed, the children all had a go at making sparks using splints. I was extremely impressed with their perseverance, they kept on trying, despite the damp weather and worked together – amazing team work!
Afterwards, we all warmed up and drank hot blackcurrant and toasted marshmallows over the open fire. A wonderful end to this groups time at Forest School – I look forward to welcoming group 4 to Forest School which will start next Monday! Mrs Few.
January 23rd 2017
This week at Forest School it was ‘senses’ week – the children enjoyed the session and loved meeting the barn owl 🙂
The children commented that following the string maze around the trees using a blindfold was hard, but it was fun and they all enjoyed the smelling pots. Olivia said that her favourite smelling pot reminded her of Winter, it was actually a pot of cloves which she said was quite strong smelling! Looking forward to more Forest School fun next week!
January 16th 2017
Today was our first day back at Forest School after Christmas and New Year – and what a fab time we all had!
We went on a ‘scavenger’ hunt around the local area and fields and had to find a list of different objects – the children had a wonderful time squidging through the VERY muddy fields and puddles – I am sure the squeals of laughter could be heard for miles around when a couple of the children accidentally fell into the mud – they showed great humour and resilience and got back up and carried on walking until we got back to Lower Stock Farm – I was so very impressed with the team work shown by them all. I think the pictures capture just what a wonderful afternoon we all had!
December 12th 2016
Another typically cold December day so the fire pit was lit again! The children all worked together this week to create wooden reindeer’s, they managed to get the legs the right length by using the peelers and I was so impressed with the team work shown. They also had a go at using the saw and drill to create their wooden pendants.
This was the last Forest School of 2016 and I have enjoyed every second of it, I am really looking forward to continuing our adventures in 2017! Wishing you and your super children a very Happy Christmas xx Mrs Few xx
December 5th 2016
Group 3 had a super first week at Forest School, after lunch they played some team games and got to know their surroundings in the forest.
As it was such a cold day, we all warmed up with hot chocolates around the fire pit whilst chatting, it was a wonderful way to stay warm!
Next week will be our final week before Christmas and there promises to be an extra special activity…I look forward to sharing the photos with you!
November 28th 2016
A wonderfully cold and chilly afternoon at Forest School and the open fire this week was very welcome! The children all had a go at lighting the flints and all managed to make sparks – they then enjoyed roasting marshmallows over the fire pit! Next week will be the start of Group 3’s activities and I look forward to sharing more exciting Forest School adventures with them in the lead up to Christmas…! Mrs Few 🙂
November 21st 2016
Due to the VERY wet weather, we decided to do something a little different this week for Forest School. Mrs English and I took the children from Hewish to meet up with the children from West Wick for the afternoon and had some indoor Forest School fun! We split into 2 groups and played the ‘forest survival game’ – each group had to work as a team to decide which items they needed to keep to survive a night in the forest – they worked incredibly well together and we were very impressed with the reasoning behind keeping and getting rid of certain items.
We then had a little treat and the children enjoyed hot chocolate, cream and marshmallows – fingers crossed we will be back at Lower Stock Farm as normal next week 🙂
November 14th 2016
It was raining, it was pouring!
Despite the weather we had another awesome week and the children enjoyed their session on ‘senses’ – they used the blindfolds to enable them to just use their noses to sniff the contents in the ‘sniffing tins’ – some of the smells included lavender, coffee, hay, cinnamon & cloves – the children did incredibly well and they were able to identify some of them 🙂
November 7th 2016
It was fabulous to be back at Forest School today after the half term and the children and adults had a very creative week creating some fantastic pieces of ‘woodland art’.
They collected a range of things throughout the woodland which included fallen apples, conkers, leaves, sticks, twigs and pine cones. I think you will agree that the creations are awesome and the children were extremely proud of them!
October 17th 2016
Welcome to our new group!
October 10th 2016
We were extremely lucky again this week with the beautiful October sunshine, it was quite chilly in the shade so the open fire was very welcome!
The children all had a go at roasting marshmallows on the open fire and enjoyed pancakes – a wonderful way to finish off this groups Forest School experience – I think the happy smiley faces show just how much they enjoyed it!
I look forward to taking group 2 as of next week. Mrs Few.
October 3rd 2016
A super afternoon at Forest School in the glorious October sunshine! The children worked well together again this week and experienced what it is like when 1 or more of their senses were taken away…they were blindfolded and had to make their way around the forest using only the string attached to the trees, Henry said this was a good experience and Chloe said it was lots of fun!
Whilst still wearing their blindfolds, the children were each given a different object to try and work out what it was – a cassette tape was described as “a CD from the olden days” by one of the children which made Mrs Few and Mrs English feel very old!!
Next week is the last Forest School for this group, we have some exciting things planned so look out for the photos! The next group will begin their Forest School adventures on 17th October.
September 26th 2016
Although we arrived at Forest School in the rain, it soon cleared up and we ate our lunch outside as usual.
September 12th 2016
It is so good to be back at Forest School!
This week the children had fun playing some getting to know you games and were tying themselves up in a large human knot!! We met the 3 month old owl who is yet to be named and we all enjoyed chatting whilst eating our lunch outside – we are all looking forward to more Forest School fun next week 🙂
September 19th 2016
We were so lucky with the weather this week, it stopped raining just as we arrived at Forest School and we ate our lunch outside as normal – we then began ‘bug hunting’ and found some fascinating mini beasts and bugs including a newt – we all thought it looked a bit like a baby crocodile! We then split into small groups and began pond dipping and found some more fascinating creatures, the children were able to identify them using their sheets – another amazing week!!