Welcome back to Forest Schools 2017
Please check in following each session to see what we’ve been up to during our time at forest schools.
Nuts about Autumn
Session 1 – Foraging for colour
We explored the area, found some amazing coloured leaves, sang an autumn song, collected some beautiful coloured flowers and blackberries. Wait until tomorrow to see what we do with them. The children also started a game of hide and seek all by themselves…wow! We listened to the Gruffalo during story time. Such a busy morning!
Session 2 – We’re going on a bug hunt!
Calvin-John found a lady bird in the book he was reading at lunch time so we decided to go on a bug hunt to see if we could find any. We found lots of insects but sadly no ladybirds… we think they may have found somewhere warm to huddle in tight for the cold months. We were very good at finding other insects and looking at them up close with our very own BUG WINDOW and magnifying glasses.
Session 3 – Pounding Colour from Nature
What will happen when you pound on fabric that is over a leaf, berries and flowers? We went in search of beautiful colours and the children were fabulous at spotting different colours in nature. We collected the items and spread them out on the table. We spoke about the different items we had collected and then followed the instructions to make our own piece of art. We waited patiently until it was our turn with the mallet and we pounded on the fabric until we could see the colours bleed through. Some children realised that certain plants and berries offered more colourful results asking for “more red” and “more berries” and Calvin-John was very specific and he only wanted yellow flowers on his art work. Take a look at this perfect example of hands on learning… Science / Nature / Discovery / Art / Motor Skills
Session 4 – Forest faces
We spoke about our faces and what we used our noses, mouths, eyes and ears for. We played some games in the forest and collected items we thought would make good eyes, objects that would make good mouth shapes etc. We then created our Forest Schools faces using all natural items. Look at the results
Session 5 – Magic Wands
Today we had a message from Magic Meg from the Magic Mountain, she had left us a present in the Foundation Stage garden. Magic sticks … but they weren’t working. So we looked at the message once again and realised they would only work if we decorated them in the woods. She left us instructions of how to make the wands magic. We each carefully chose a wand and found out how to carry them safely over to the woods. We created our special wands and made a magic potion using the spells Magic Meg had left us (but I better not write the words to the spells on here as we need to ensure magic is kept in safe hands). We turned Mrs Burge into a frog and Mrs Hawkes into a mouse. We decided to leave the magic potion in the woods and pour it out onto the tree. Jake thought it might make the tree grow bigger and Millie thought it might turn the tree into a Rabbit – we’ll make sure we keep checking.
Session 6 – Feeding the birds
We know the cold weather is coming and we talked about the birds not being able to get the worms from the ground when the snow and frost comes. We decided to help leave some food/treats for the birds by making special bird feeders. We threaded cheerios onto pipe cleaners, twisted the ends together and hung them on the branches. Today in Forest Schools we had rain too – we loved exploring the forest in the rain and saw that even though it was pouring with rain outside, we were sheltered from the rain because of the big leaves in our forest area.
In Foundation Stage, we were very excited to start ‘Forest Schools’. We are so lucky to have a fantastic ‘forest area’ and log cabin on our premises.
The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through an innovative, long term, educational approach to outdoor play and learning in a woodland environment. For more information, please visit Forest Schools
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