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Over the last few sessions of Forest School, the Hurricanes and Buccaneers asked to make some Christmassy crafts.  We had willow stars, festive tree cookies, wooden reindeer, snowmen, pine cone trees and wildlife friendly reindeer food being made over the afternoons!

October half term tree surgery

We were very lucky that two parents (Mr Guest and Mr Lawrence) volunteered to cut down and remove some dead trees from our Forest School site.  They gave up their time, cleared up and even made some wood chipping for us to scatter down in the winter months.  Thank you!

Dinotastic Forest School

The Hurricanes said at their last session that they would like to do a dinosaur hunt and have it as a theme for the week.  So, we started the session by getting into groups and searching the site high and low for different dinosaurs.  Some of the children then chose to print fossils into clay and we talked about the different fossils that we had.  Other children were keen to make charcoal on the fire; they used the loppers to cut willow, which we put into a tin on the fire.  Once it stopped smoking, we knew that it was time to look.  They then went off to write and draw.

It has been great to see the children grow in confidence and develop during their time at Forest School.  They love playing imaginatively and learning new skills - and have shown a lot of perseverance with more difficult tasks.

Minibeasts

We started our session this week with a hunt for pictures of minibeasts that had been hidden around the site; it's a great way for the children to look around at the site changes and an opportunity to work together.  Afterwards, the children were inspired to search for real bugs in their habitats and we had plenty of worms and woodlice being brought to us!  Some children also chose to make insect fossils in clay as well as spiders.

It has been lovely to see how this group's confidence has grown over the weeks. They are working really nicely together to make dens and fires - and showing real resilience.

Inspiring Ideas

The children in Buccaneers and Hurricanes have had a busy few weeks at Forest School. They have been exploring the changes that have been taking place and enjoying the chance to work together and be creative.  Some of the children found feathers and wanted to do something with them so we sat around the campfire and talked about different ideas.  The following week, some children made bird tree cookies with feathery wings, while others made blackberry ink and discovered that they could write with a feather!  A few of the boys had some fiery success after they were shown how to make pinecone firelighters, and they managed to get their fire going properly!

Busy, busy, busy!

The Buccaneers are a busy little bunch; they are keen to try everything and get involved with using tools to make and create.  

The freshly pressed apple juice from Mrs Shipway went down a treat this week, washing down the hotdogs perfectly!

Creativity and Accomplishments

It is so rewarding to see children on a mission and taking charge of their learning. Some kids just know what it is that they want to do and they go out to achieve it.  This group are familiar with Forest School and it shows.  They are confident and comfortable and work together so well.  It was so lovely to see such creativity today - but it was amazing to hear a real whoop of excitement when someone overcame a problem.