Classes 2017-2018 -
Forest School 2017-18
May 21st 2018
Each child was given a flint to try and make a spark with, some of the children found this tricky but with determination they all managed it! Liz lit the fire and everyone had a discussion about the safety rules we must remember – they then talked about some of the different things they might be able to cook on an open fire – Liz had brought some popcorn kernels with her and a special pan so the children could make popcorn!! 3 bowls were filled up and the children (and adults) all tucked into the popcorn, once this had been eaten they were each given a stick and toasted marshmallows – a super end to this group!
Today was our last Forest School session at Lower Stock Farm until September – we have loved every moment of our time at Forest School and can’t believe we are at the end of another fabulous year! Looking forward to sharing more adventures in September!!
May 14th 2018
It was a really warm day, and it was lovely to be able to sit under the trees in the shade and eat our lunch, at one point a buzzard was spotted circling above us!
This week was den/shelter building!
The children all chose to stay as one group and all had a think about the best way to start building – they gathered lots of resources and set about building their den – they worked well together, with the older children really taking the lead and helping the younger ones.
Once they had completed it, they had a think about the differences between a shelter and a den, they all agreed a shelter would need to be more weather proof but that they had made a pretty good den!
They all climbed inside and sat on the log that they had taken inside. We did a ‘time lapse’ of the children creating the den and they enjoyed watching this back!
April 30th 2018
Today, the children all went on a ‘bug hunt’ – they were split into groups and had to search the forest for bugs and insects – they looked under logs, sticks, leaves and grass and found worms and even a millipede!
They were then given nets and went over to the pond area where they began pond dipping – they used their sheets to try and identify the different types of creatures – they found water beetles, a dragonfly nymph and water snails.
April 23rd 2018
It was the first week at Forest School for Group 6 today. The sun was shining so we were able to sit outside together and eat our lunch. Afterwards, the children were introduced to Liz and she explained that she would be working with us on a Monday afternoon for the next four weeks.
We played some team games to start – ‘Hide and Spy’ was the first game which was really fun as we had a big area to hide in!
The children then got into groups and had to try and make their way across the log without speaking, it was tricky but they all managed it
On the way back, they children stopped to say hello to the cows and calves in the barn.
A super first week!
April 16th 2018
It was a beautiful spring afternoon, the sun was attempting to shine and this group of children had a wonderful last week at Forest School.
This week the children all learnt how to safely light a fire and remembered the safety instructions, they all had a go at making sparks using a flint and although it was quite tricky to begin with, they persevered and soon got the hang of it – the children were given an extra task of using their flints in pairs to try and light a small piece of cotton wool – the children all managed to do it and worked really well together.
Liz then showed the children how to make mini ‘flat breads’ that they could cook on the open fire, the children all agreed they tasted like a doughnut/bread/scone and were very tasty!
The children then had a go at roasting some marshmallows – a fabulous end to this groups Forest School sessions!
April 9th 2018
Our first Forest School back after the Easter holidays, although it had warmed up a little, it was a bit damp and drizzly, however, this did not stop us! We ate our lunch under the canopy whilst the worst of the rain passed, we then got to work on creating some natural woodland webs – the children were so focused and really helped each other with the weaving. Don’t they look super?!
March 19th 2018
There was still rather a lot of snow around so the children ate their lunch inside. When they had finished, we all made our way over to the Forest School area, Liz decided to make a fire as it was very cold, the children were reminded of the important safety rules and were very sensible. This week, they had to find as many different shaped and coloured natural items as they could, they worked well in small groups. They then spent the rest of the afternoon creating woodland art using some of the things that Liz had brought along, alongside anything else in the forest they could find. At the end they were given hot chocolates and a marshmallow to roast! It was super to work in the Forest with the snow around us.
March 12th 2018
Liz read the children a poem called ‘Leisure’ – they were then asked to sit and listen with their eyes closed at the different sounds in the forest…what could they hear? Birds, an aeroplane, tractor and some leaves rustling. The children all said it was nice to be able to sit and listen…
Everyone went on a little walk around the forest to search for signs of spring – they found hawthorn blossom, a field vole and alder buds. Spring is definitely in the air!
March 5th 2018
Today we welcomed Group 5 to Forest School!
The children began to get to know their surroundings and after lunch played some team games, we were all really lucky to spot a deer running across the field and also saw a buzzard and a robin!
The children were blindfolded and made their way around the rope trail, they agreed it was fun to follow the rope as they were then surprised where they had ended up!
February 26th 2018
Today was possibly the COLDEST Forest School session yet, but the children wrapped up warm and were happy to sit around the fire whilst eating their lunches.
Liz showed them all how to light the fires safely and everyone discussed all the different types of food that could be cooked over it. The children all had a go at making their own sparks using flints, it was quite tricky due to the cold weather but the children persevered and all managed to light at least one spark, they were so excited! The children all joined in with some warm up games, they then toasted marshmallows using the long sticks and enjoyed a very warming hot chocolate – a super end to Group 4’s Forest School sessions!
February 19th 2018
It was super to be back at Forest School today after the half term break – the weather seemed a bit warmer and the sun shone this afternoon!
Today, the children were all given ‘Forest Bingo Sheets’ to see if they could work together in groups and match the colours – they worked so well together. Some of the colours were a little tricky to find but they all managed to find most of them – a really good team effort!
The children were then asked to create their own ‘Woodland Art’ using leaves, sticks and some conkers and pine cones that Liz brought along. They got into small groups and began designing – the results were amazing and the children were very proud of their work!
February 5th 2018
This week, the children played some team games in the sunshine! They had to put themselves in alphabetical order without speaking, only using actions – they said it was very tricky to start with but they managed it, good team work!
Everyone was given a blindfold and had to make their way around the tree trail, using only their hands to guide them.
We will be back at Forest School after half term!
January 22nd 2018
Our new group joined us at Forest School this week and were excited to go on a little walk around the farm – along with the cows, they met the chickens and also Toby the barn owl!
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 ?