Classes 2017-2018 -

Forest School 2017-18

January 15th 2018

The children were all very excited when Liz announced that they would be making bread and then cooking it outside on an open fire!

The children all had a go at mixing the ingredients together, and using their hands they made the dough into little balls to make flatbreads.

We then went into the Forest School area and made a fire – the children all remembered their skills they had learnt  last week and were able to gather the sticks and kindling. The fire was built up using larger logs and Liz had a large pan on top. Once the oil had heated up, the little flatbreads were added to it – they began sizzling and the children commented that they smelt ‘amazing’.

Once they were ready and had cooled a little, the children and adults all tried one each; they said they reminded them a bit of scones or doughnuts. Everyone had seconds (and thirds!)

A superb end to this group’s time at Forest School!

January 8th 2018

Welcome back! It was super to be back at Forest  School today after the Christmas break – it was a VERY cold one, so everyone had to wrap up really warm!

Today, the children were all trusted to make their own sparks using flints, they were also given some cotton wool to see if they could make fire – everyone had a go and were so excited when they managed to light the cotton wool! The children all worked safely and sensibly together and really helped each other.

They were then treated to marshmallows and toasted them on the open fire, a perfect treat in the very cold weather!

December 11th 2017

After lunch,  we had a little walk around the farm, the children were introduced to some calves and were shown what they eat during the winter – they asked lots of questions! We then met Toby the barn owl.

This was sadly our last session before Christmas. On behalf of myself and Miss Hockey, we wish you all a very Happy Christmas and look forward sharing more Forest School adventures in the New Year 🙂

December 4th 2017

Wow, December already!

This week the children began to create their own woodland art pictures and also used the drill and saw to create some wooden decorations – whilst this was going on we spotted a very friendly robin, we managed to get up really close to it and got some super photos! The children were so excited, he kept hopping from branch to branch right in front of them!

Another magical afternoon in the forest 🙂

November 27th 2017

A very cold and chilly Forest School this week so Liz lit the fire, we ate our lunch on the logs sitting around the fire pit to keep us warm.

We played some team games so the children could all get to know each other and their new surroundings – the children got into a long line and put blindfolds on, they then had to navigate their way around the trail through the trees – there was lots of laughter! A super first session for group 3!

November 20th 2017

Today the children learnt  how to use a striker to make sparks and start a fire. It was a bit tricky to begin with but we worked together and everyone helped each other. It was really good fun and the children learnt how to do it safely, remembering the important safety rules.

As it was raining, we used some dry wood that Liz brought with her which helped to get the fire started. Liz also used cotton wool and Vaseline to make the cotton wool burn for longer.

Once the fire was started, we talked about the different foods that we could cook on a fire: Pizza, pasta, marshmallows – did you know, you can even cook a roast dinner on a fire?!  We decided that roasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate was what we would do today!

The woodpecker from last week popped along again, drilling into a tree and making a loud knocking noise!

November 13th 2017

The children were lucky enough to hear a woodpecker after eating their lunch today. One child described the noise as a squeaky toy!

Once we had finished eating lunch, the children carefully used a bow saw and cut elder wood to make their own necklaces  or key rings – they then decorated them using colours and string.

The other activity was to make a nature inspired spider web using hazel sticks and wool. Once the children had cut their sticks, they then had to wrap the wool around to make a web – this took concentration and perseverance as it wasn’t the easiest thing to do! The children then found leaves in the natural environment around them and decorated their webs.

November 6th 2017

Today at Forest School, the children had a go at Woodland Art and looked at artwork by Andy Goldsworthy and James Brunt. Both artists are well-known for using natural materials to create eye catching artwork.

After lunch in the sunshine, the children were all given colour charts and were asked to work together to see if they could find natural materials that matched the colours on their charts. The children were raring to go!

The children (and adults!) began to create their own pieces of Woodland art – amazing!

There was real enthusiasm, focus and creativity flowing as each pair created their masterpiece.  Together, we had time to look at everyone’s creations and share what we liked about it.

October 16th 2017

Today was bright and sunny , although a little windy! The children were all given fishing nets and began to do some pond dipping – lots of tiny creatures were found including dragonfly nymphs, pond snails and water boatmen. The children were able to use the sheets provided to identify some of them. Once we had finished, the creatures were all put back into the pond. James said “that was so much fun, I can’t believe how many different things we found”.

October 2nd 2017

This week, Liz showed us all how to light a fire safely and the children all had a go at using a magnesium fire starter – it was a little tricky at first but once they got the hang of it everyone managed to make sparks!

Together we all collected sticks, twigs and wood from around the forest and made a big fire in the pit – the children (and adults!) all then roasted marshmallows and drank hot chocolate – a wonderful end to group 1’s time at Forest School 🙂

September 25th 2017

As it was a dry day we were able to sit outside and enjoy our lunch on the logs – we could hear the birds singing and tweeting , the children commented that it was very relaxing!

After lunch, he children all got creative and began designing and making  Autumnal woodland art! Some of the children used sticks to create a ‘frame’ and others decided to do a 3D effect using twigs and leaves – we were so impressed! The adults decided to have a go and Mrs Few and Miss Hockey created their own leaf flower!

September 18th 2017

A beautiful September day and perfect for a spot of pond dipping! The children worked in groups and all had a go, they then spent  time working together to try to identify some of the creatures they had caught 🙂

The children then split into smaller groups and searched the forest for mini beasts: they managed to find slugs, snails, spiders, worms and a large toad!

September 11th 2017

Our first week back at Forest School of the new academic year – Miss Hockey has now joined us and will be supporting Mrs Few and the children each week which is very exciting.

Our first group spent some time getting to know the new surroundings and met Liz, they then played some ‘getting to know you’ games and had fun playing hide and seek. Jay found a tiny spider and Martin and JJ found a very long and very wriggly worm!

The children all agreed that their favourite activity this week was being blindfolded and trusting their partner to guide them over the logs and round the trees – a fun first session was had by all ?