Bracken is on the residential this week so both groups came together for their Forest School session this week. We welcomed Miss Glewis who was set the challenge of coming up with her Forest School name. She was given various suggestions including: Blue tit, Tree, Bark, Bluebell and Stump!!! I can now announce that she has decided on.....Acorn! Thank you for the suggestion, Eva.
We read the book 'NOT A STICK' and then spent some time looking for our own not a sticks. There were rollercoasters, fairy trees, llamas, drills, sledgehammers, fishing rods and paint brushes.
IF YOU ARE OUT AND ABOUT THIS WEEKND AND SEE AN INTERESTING STICK THAT ISN'T REALLY A STICK, ASK AN ADULT TO TAKE A PHOTO OF YOU WITH IT AND EMAIL IT TO ME. I WILL PUT IT ON THE WEBSITE AND WE'LL SEE IF THE OTHER CHILDREN CAN GUESS WHAT YOUR 'NOT A STICK' REALLY IS!
We had a great game of Vanish. How close could you hide to the seeker without being discovered?
There were lots of opportunities to play. Holly Group was keen to continue excavating their mine and they let Oak Group help them make improvements such as making a fence.
Some children dabbled in a little 'Leaf Art' and others made alterations to the see-saw.
We discussed the concept of LEAVE NO TRACE and scoured the camp for discarded string.
Heat, Hot Chocolate & Harvesting
This week we discussed the 3 key elements of a fire. We talked about what makes good fuel and the children went off in groups to collect different types of kindling: string-thin, finger -thin and fuel: sausage-thick and wrist-thick. We reminded ourselves of how to manage a fire and how to behave to ensure the safety of everybody and the woodland environment.
We soon had a kettle of water bubbling so we could enjoy a biscuit and hot-chocolate with our friends. Some of the children found a super stash of sweet-chestnuts which we will roast in a fortnight.
Oak Group came together today to help Sneezy Dragon. His cold was so bad that he has not been able to light a fire. The children worked together to make him a nest, collect sweet chestnuts to 'boost his energy' and they even prepared a cheery midnight feast!!
There was a great sense of a camaraderie and industry - everybody was involved. At the end of the session we discussed what we were proud of everybody had noticed the achievements of others in the group in conquering a group challenge. I'm sure that Sneezy Dragon will make a speedy recovery and we will be able to have a fire next week.
Such a productive session in the woods. There was spring cleaning, draw-bridge building, wood-lice hunting, sweet chestnut harvesting, fairy cup testing.
The children worked so well together and encouraged each other with compliments. The children were completely engrossed in their various activities and full of creative ways to solve problems they encountered.
We read the story "A House is a House For Me" and we began to think about the various inhabitants of the wood and the names and locations of their homes.
Oak Group were introduced to another camp this week - Chestnut Camp.
We sat on the stools in the Chestnut Circle and I was so impressed by how much the children remembered about how to keep themselves, each other and the flora and fauna safe whilst at Forest School.
We went on a tour of the Chestnut Camp weaving in and out of the many Sweet Chestnuts. The children were then given the chance to play. We had new fire circles being built; a secret store for Sweet Chestnuts; tidying up shelters; finding alternative ways to pick up Sweet Chestnuts without spiking yourself; discovering how far up a Sweet Chestnut they could climb and fungi hunting.
The children talked about how they could speed up getting ready at school so they could lengthen the amount of time they could spend in the woods. Then they marked the session out of ten - lots of tens and a twenty-five. A good start to the year!
Oak group and their buddies from Year 6 enjoyed a fantastic morning in the woods. Starting with an exciting treasure hunt, the children all worked together on many different activities:-
Over the last few weeks the children have been on: a bow hunt, a bug hunt and a bird hunt. Today, the children's first challenge was to find some very special woodland animals and birds that were hiding in the woods.
As the children explored the wood they discovered some excellent hiding places for their cuddly toys. We wondered if their parents would be able to find them!
When the parents arrived with Mrs Hacker and Mrs Hirst there was great excitement as the children were keen to show their parents around Degg's Wood but first we challenged everybody to the rope circle game. Thank you very much to all the parents who joined in so enthusiastically with our game that helps foster team work, a sense of friendship, community and achievement amongst our group.
Great wiggling everyone!
The parents then set off on their very own 'Bear Hunt' before being treated to homemade cakes and tea around the fire circle. We finished the morning with a game of 'Vanish', where the children were able to demonstrate their super hiding skills!
Thank you so much to everyone for coming along and joining in with our activities. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves. The children are now looking forward to their Buddy Day in the woods which will take place on Thursday 20th July.
This week the children found a message from the Little Friends who live in these beautiful larch trees.
Today, Oak group agreed on how to look after and respect themselves, each other and the natural environment around them whilst they are at Forest School.
We played Vanish and then met the Sneezy Dragon who helped us start a fire. The group then had time to explore the area and play. We saw so much creativity and collaborative play.
Finally,the children got to toast marshmallows over the campfire and we read a Giles Andrea story about Minibeasts. Can Oak Group remember which minibeast we wouldn't find in the woods?
Birdsong has been a huge attraction for the children and we were delighted to find that a bird has made its home in the treebog!!