Rain, rain go away!
Monday doesn't seem to offer us the best weather - but Class 1 doesn't let that dampen their spirits! Despite the rain, the mud kitchen kitchen will always need more water for recipes and to play with!!
The children cannot wait to get stuck into activities at Forest School quick enough; whether it is exploring the pond life, producing exciting menus, learning to use tools, having a go at lighting a small fire, making natural paintbrushes and creating pictures, looking for wildlife - or just hanging out for a chat by the fire!
However, on Monday 27th, the rain was playing havoc with our fire and watering our pancake batter down considerably; so, after managing to make a few pancakes, we finished our cooking indoors where the children were able to dry off and eat before their Book Week dance performance.
This week Class 1 have been enjoying finding out about Chinese New Year. We have been counting to 10 in Mandarin, making Chinese dragon puppets and writing our names in Chinese. Children all enjoyed chopping vegetables to make our Chinese stir fry and loved eating them with noodles at snack time.
This term Class 1 have chosen to learn about inventors. We are linking this to learning about famous inventors in history, including Leonardo Da Vinci and the Wright brothers. We have been exploring materials and children have experimented with different materials to make parachutes, which we have really enjoyed testing and can be seen displayed in the classroom.
Welcome back to Forest School!
We had a lovely week back with Class 1. We went around the site together to see what changes had occurred since last year. We found and identified two different fungi - which included 'jelly ear' (or 'dead man's ear'!).
There was plenty of fun, team work and perseverance - with some children enjoying the rope swing and others being keen to start a fire with a flint and steel!
Cutting, sawing, whittling and creating
The children have really settled in to Forest School now. Once we arrive, we sit around the fire and they remind each other about how we can keep ourselves and each other safe. Then, they're off! Some go to the pond to search for our resident frogs whilst others go to make dinner in the mud kitchen. Climbing trees and taking it in turns on the rope swing are also popular. However, over the last few weeks, the children have been enjoying learning to use some of the tools safely. They have used loppers to cut thinner branches, a bow saw to cut a 'tree cookie', palm drills and rotary drills to make holes and knives to whittle sticks. We have seen the children work together, help each other and persevere when a task becomes difficult. They have made some fantastic creations - from halloween tree cookie faces to Stick Man!