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!
The children are becoming much braver and exploratory at Forest School; from climbing trees to playing in the mud. We have talked about the seasons and the leaves changing colour, and some of the children have made leaf-print flags. We learned that sometimes we could make symmetrical patterns - and that when the wind blew the flags, we could work out which way the wind was blowing!
Some of the children have shown great teamwork and patience as they found bits of wood and rope, worked together to tie them up and make a spaceship! The imaginative play was fantastic and as they landed on the moon we heard, 'Righto lads, we're here!'
Some of the children learned to make mud by pouring water out and mixing it up with the soil; from this, they could make pies and cakes...or with more water, they had a puddle that they could jump in!
We used palm drills to make holes in conkers and threaded them on to string. Some of the children then started to try and play the game of conkers.
It's no wonder that they are all hungry at snack time! One week we made pesto pasta which was chosen by one of the year 1's, and another week we did hot dogs. The fire is always lit and some times the children just like to sit and watch the flames or the food cook, and make observations about what is happening.
I wonder what the children will get up to next week...
Please sir, can we have s'more?
The Class 1 children are really enjoying coming out to Forest School. Last week, they said that they wanted to cook marshmallows - but we went one step further and made s'mores. Before we could do this, we had to find some willow and use the loppers to cut it. We talked about willow being a green wood - which doesn't burn as easily - and is, therefore, perfect for roasting marshmallows. Once it was cut, the children stripped the leaves off it and we whittled the ends.
Sun, rain, hail, wind - but lots of smiles
This week we had a range of weathers thrown at us at Forest School - from sun to wind, rain and hail! Lots of children chose to build shelters - which later proved even more fun when the wind got up and the children jumped on top of them!
Some children chose to make mini beasts using clay; all of the children remembered that insects have a head, thorax and abdomen! We also talked about numbers of legs; insects having 6 and spiders having 8.
The pond was as popular as ever, with the children keen to see that the frogspawn they found last week had now hatched - and we have tadpoles swimming around!
Despite the weather, we had 'campfire ice cream' for snack - and popcorn!