Forest School

Forest School

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  • Mon 3rd Jun

    Rescuers and Rescued Climbers on the Hill (Elizabeth Bicknell)

    Rescuers and Rescued climbers on the Hill

     

    This great game was created by the children. It involves them all and uses many of the skills they are encouraged to learn at Forest School.

    Over the weeks the game has involved everyone. They are either being rescued or doing the rescuing. The roles seem interchangeable. All of them work together to fix ropes to the protruding roots so they can be used to help each other up the hill. The children recognised the need to tie good knots and as a warm up activity one week – everybody practised at circle time.

    Once rescued or the job of rescuing is done for the day, refreshments are available made, by some members of the team, in the plastic buckets. Chocolate cake and drinking chocolate are often on offer.

     

     

     

     

  • Mon 3rd Jun

    Young Archaeologists discover 'Dinosaur Bones' (Elizabeth Bicknell)

    Young Archaeologists discover ‘Dinosaur Bones’

    Teams of young archaeologists have spent the last few weeks digging and discovering. Working together they have excavated pits in different parts of the wood and carefully categorised their finds – some real fossils were found.

    After much hard work each team pieced together stick dinosaur skeletons and when the ‘Natural History Museum’ opened there were, three Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Diplodocus and a Pterodactyl on display.

     

     

     

  • Mon 3rd Jun

    Seasonal Ponds – water, mud, working together and learning about changes (Elizabeth Bicknell)

    Seasonal Ponds - water,mud, working together and learning about changes

    The late winter rains filled the seasonal pond in the wood. With the water came opportunities for the children to play and learn in the shallow pool and the muddy margins.

    Splashing, mixing, filling containers lowered into the water from the bending willow trees and looking at their reflections, were all activities the children enjoyed, The water was also a fleeting home to spawning mature frogs who were spotted and watched by the children.

    The muddy peaty margins, always sticky, became cloying as the weather dried the pond. The resulting mud became a favourite digging and building material. Much hilarity ensued as the children freed each other from the mud – rescuing many a welly. Some children who had been a little uncomfortable at being so covered in mud became quite used to it.

    Week by week we have watched the pond dry and changes were observed. Some questions were asked about where the immature frogs would manage to find habitat. A question answered when many of them were found in the long wet grass in the meadow beside the pond. Frog stories explaining metamorphosis were told in story-time.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Wed 22nd May

    May Morning (Elizabeth Bicknell)

    Spotted at Forest School one sunny morning in May

    Last week was a super time for spotting birds up close, admiring the hawthorn bushes that were in full bloom and finding willow seeds that had been spread far and wide.

    As we walked to the wood a kite soared overhead.

    A pied wagtail nonchalantly hopped about – wagging his tail – looking for food in the grass.

    Inside the wood, willow seed seemed to fill the air. Drifting past us as we sat in our sit-spots, filling hollows in the ground and catching on cobwebs and twigs then sparkling in the sun.

    A big thank you to our photographer for catching these moments for us.