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Year 3 enjoying themselves!

Year 3 have continued to make the most of their time at Forest School. Without a doubt mini beast hunting is one of the most popular  activities. With this in mind we constructed a mini beast hotel, to provide a safe haven for bug, quite often bugs are re-homed their once the children are finished looking at them. We have also done whittling of sticks with potato peelers, to teach children the techniques they need to know before using knives. We have sawn wood and made woodland necklaces. The children have used their imaginations and created all sorts of wonderful meals with leaves, grass, sticks and mud. Mud had also been used for making faces on the trees, mud pies and cakes, painting our own faces and sliding about in. Mud glorious mud, it has certainly been a highlight of the Year 3 Forest School sessions!

Spring 2015 unfolding

Over the weeks from February through to mid April we have been watching the unfolding of spring. Each week the children are encouraged to take a minute to observe their surroundings to see what has changed from the week before. We saw the snow drops poke up their little heads and the uncurling of some type of lily. We have watch the progress of the daffodils, but unfortunately we missed their full glory as that happened during the Easter holidays. When we arrived back after Easter we were greeted by a much greener site. The elder and hawthorn trees are all in leaf and the horse chestnut was just beginning to sprout. One of the most delightful surprises was that ALL our baby trees, that the whole school helped plant last autumn, have sprouted leaves. It really is such an exciting time of year!

Thursday 5th March 2015

Year 3 began their Forest School adventure on a wet Thursday at the end of February. Unfortunately no photos were taken that day due to the very damp conditions, however the children loved being out int the rain with a licence to get muddy!

These Photos were taken on the 5th of march and show the children enjoying digging in the mud, collecting mini beasts and building with logs. Two of the girls had managed to construct a working seesaw and many others were occupied with den construction.

 

Thursday 5th February 2015

Fishing proves popular
All sorts of things were pulled out of the ditch..
..including shark, fish, and.....
a big bad Barry!

Thursday February 5th 2015

A beautiful sunny morning, but vey cold
..but with a campfire to warm us all was well

Thursday January 29th 2015

The first signs of Spring!
How big a splash can you could make with a stick?
The fish were caught and sent to the restaurant

Thursday January 22nd 2015

Our very first Forest School camp fire.
singing, and listening to the sounds of the fire
Helping Mrs Aylen feed the fire
Enjoying a group game of hide and seek.

Thursday January 8th 2015

The children had a fantastic time in the mud!
Digging in the muddy bog
Warming up with  warm squash and a piece of fruit

Thursday 27th November 2014

Wearing a beautiful head dress made from ivy
The ever popular low ropes
The ivy wreath was used to decorate the den
Cooking spicy beef in the restuarant
Just love the rope swing!
Practising new whittling skills
Co-operation is required when learning to saw wood
The 'cafe girl' making of chocolate cakes
Whittling and chatting
Wearing an ivy crown

Thursday 20th November 2013

Digging up and collecting worms
Making roast potatoes and Yorkshire puds from mud
Busy laying out the food in the den kitchen
Counting up the roast potatoes
Whittling a stick safely, using a potato peeler
Pretending to cross hot lava using wooden logs
We just love digging!
The ropes are great for swinging on and climbing
Just watching what's going on below
The challenge of balancing
A beautiful mud frog in his own little den
A mud gingerbread man

Planting Week - 13th November 2014

All of the children in school had an opportunity to plant a tree. They were very enthusiastic and really embraced the fact that they were planting for the future. Who knows, in 20 years from now there could well be a really beautiful wooded area here and these children will all have had a hand in creating this.

 

..in the beginning

..in the beginning - October 2014
52 tyres removed from this pile of earth!
the old pond, full of sludge
Barbora digging out nettles
..more digging
Year 6 pupils give a helping hand
heave ho!
Tina & Bella removing the pond liner
no end to the bricks..
finished for the day
November  -  Year 1 start their sessions
working together eases the workload!
Dragging wood behind you is a safe way to move it
taking a break!
balancing on the ropes
plenty of worms were discovered
digging for worms
enjoying the rope swing
a mini beast world found underneath an old log
the ever-popular swing
another den appears
intent on finding a butterfly
time for reflection in the log circle

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