For our last Forest Schools session we had a special surprise……. Miss Deighton came to join us and we had a session with FIRE! We had to ask Miss Deighton to come along as she’s had the special training for using the fire pit. She explained to us all about how to stay safe next to the fire and what we needed to do to make sure we got our marshmallow toasted just right.
It was very exciting to do the fire session and everyone was very sensible and listened carefully to everything Miss Deighton, Mrs Murch and Miss Deakin had to tell them.
While we were waiting for our turn at the fire and to toast marshmallows we went back up to the Secret Garden for one last time in Onyx Class. (We’ll be able to go again next year once we’re Topaz Class in Y1) There was a special job to do in the Secret Garden but only after we’d played 1-2-3 Where Are You? again. We had to make a special nature crown using any natural materials we found in the Secret Garden. There were so many to choose although we had to make sure they’d stick to the crown! Anything too big just fell off.
It was another great Forest Schools session. A big thank you to Miss Deighton for helping us stay safe near the fire and making sure there were marshmallows for everyone 🙂
What have we been learning?
- To listen to instructions.
- To stay safe in a new situation.
- To try new things.
- To look for natural objects which we like and say why.
- To create a crown of our favourite objects.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Support your child to try new things- this could be climbing a bit higher on the climbing frame, visiting a new place or trying a new food.
- Look for natural materials like before and make your own nature crowns.
- Use the natural materials to make a repeating pattern on your crown.
For our 3rd Forest School session we headed back to the Secret Garden. Everyone in Onyx Class loves the Secret Garden!
We started our session by playing the game 1-2-3 Where Are You? The children are getting really good at it now and some children managed to hide for a really long time.
We’d heard there might be some goblins and fairies in the Secret Garden so went for a closer look. There were a couple in the trees which made us decide we would like to make some our own. Miss Parker showed us how to make the clay stick to the tree and use natural materials we found to create the features of the goblins. Some of us decided to make our goblin with a friend and some of us decided to make our own.
Don’t our goblins look fabulous? Can you see the alien goblin covered in tentacles? Which one do you think it is?
We left our goblins in the Secret Garden to help look after it while we were back down at school. Maybe you’ll see them if you go up there soon.
We had one last job to do before we went back to the classroom. Miss Parker asked us to find some long natural materials which we could use for weaving. Some children found really long sticks so we decided to take them back and see if we could make a weaving wigwam.
We also made some smaller weaving frames which you can find in our classrooms.
We have loved another session in the Secret Garden for Forest Schools.
What have we been learning?
- To listen to our friends and maintain our attention on a game.
- To use our imaginations to create new goblin creatures.
- To explore the properties of natural materials.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Talk about different creatures that you might find in a Garden. Make up some stories about what the creatures do when you’re not there.
- Look for natural materials in your gardens or at the park.
- Make your own weaving frames and weave the natural materials to create art, like this….
We were all very excited when we knew it was time to go back to the Secret Garden for Forest Schools. We started off with a game of 1-2-3 Where are You? It has quickly become one of our favourite games.
Then we started our first activity. Miss Parker told us about some footprints which had been spotted in the Secret Garden. It was our job to go and find as many as we could. When we found them we had to sort them out and find out from the posters which animal they belonged to.
Once we had found all the footprints we got busy with our second activity. Miss Parker asked us all to draw a picture of some of the footprints we had found. The only problem was we had no pencils or paint. The only thing we had was some cups and a bottle of water. Can you remember what we did?
We made mud paint! We had to find sticks to help us paint our pictures instead of a paintbrush.
Our final job was to go and find as many items as we could for a special picture when we got back to the classroom. We picked up anything which was flat and that we thought was interesting.
Here is our finished picture…….
It looks amazing in the sunshine. Come to our classroom to see it on the window.
What have we been learning?
- To listen during games.
- To look carefully and be observant in the Secret Garden.
- To sort and match animal footprints.
- To use sticks to do mark making with mud.
- To look at different objects which interest us and talk about why we like them.
How can can you continue the learning at home?
- Visit the park or look in you garden and try to find objects which interest you. Can you use them to make a picture?
- Use sticks and other objects to to do mark making with mud.
Onyx Class had a wonderful time at our first Forest Schools session. We’ve been up to the Secret Garden a couple of times recently ( see this post and this post) and couldn’t wait to get back.
When we first got there we played game called 1-2-3 Where Are You? It was hard to listen to where our friends were hiding and then go and find them. Then we all closed our eyes and listened. It was a very windy day so it was interesting to hear what we would listen to that was different to when we’d been before.
We did an activity where we looked closely at the trees. We sat under the trees and watched what was happening above our heads in the wind.
After that we all found a tree that we would like to get to know better and used our senses to find out more. We felt the tree and listened to it, then we smelt it to see if it smelt of anything.
We all our found our favourite tree and did a bark rubbing to explore the texture of the bark further. We had to work well together as a partnership to make sure the paper didn’t fly away in the wind!
Before we went back to the classroom everyone was allowed to go on one more explore of the Secret Garden to find a special object each. We decided to take them back to the outdoor environment to do one last special job.
Miss Hukin helped use when we got back to our outdoor environment to make our special objects into a mobile. Have you seen it hanging in the Mud Kitchen?
What we have been learning:
- To use our senses to explore the world around us.
- About our local environment and how to look after nature.
- About how to keep ourselves safe.
- To find out more about trees.
- To talk about a windy day.
How can you continue the learning?
- Visit your local green areas and talk about what you can hear, see, smell and touch.
- Collect come objects of your own and make a mobile for your garden at home.
- Look at different trees on your way to school and in your garden. What is special about them?
We had a new area formed in our classroom this week. The children asked if they could turn the house into a hairdressers! Of course we said yes but the children had some jobs to do first. They had to let us know what they thought the hairdressers would need to be the best hairdressers there had ever been.
The very first job was to tidy away all the resources we’d had out for the house.
With Miss Morris’ help the children made all the signs they would need including price lists and posters with opening times.
And then the children could get busy being hairdressers! This included some good receptionists as well to take the bookings and answer the phones.
Our hairdressers didn’t just do hair. There was a nail salon as well so the theme of colour mixing (from the dinosaur) was continued and the children who were interested had a to mix the colours they thought would make the best nail varnish colours. Some children decided to draw their best nail art designs in a booklet to show customers.
We had a great time in Onyx Class Hairdressers. Lots of children from Garnet class came to visit as well. We’ve never looked so good!
We had a special visitor last week….. at first we only saw footprints and we didn’t know what had been in our classroom. Some of the children had an idea and started to investigate further. They found a dinosaur in a classroom and started to make links between the two.
It was a few days until we saw anything else but a few days later we noticed more footprint and the giant egg had hatched! This time there were two sets of footprints. Again we had a to get busy thinking what they could possibly be. There were dinosaurs in our giant egg which confirmed what we thought about it being a dinosaur.
We looked in books to see if we could find out more.
Some of us were a bit sceptical and thought there couldn’t have possibly been a real dinosaur in our classroom. Miss Parker set up a special camera in the classroom over night and the dinosaur came back!!! We got to see it on the iPad.
The dinosaur also left us a note and a present which was very exciting.
We decided that we wanted to paint our dinosaur but that gave us a problem. Lots of people couldn’t remember how to make the right colour green that we needed to paint the dinosaur. We decided that we needed to refresh our knowledge of colour mixing before painting our dinosaur.
It was so exciting to have a real life dinosaur in our classroom and we hope he comes back again soon!
It was fabulous to see so many parents and carers come to support our Easter Workshop with the children. We had so much fun making different crafts and doing different activities. Can you remember what you made? I think the pom pom chicks were my favourite.