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Forest School 02/07/15

 

Our Forest School outing this week was the last one this term. We went for a walk across the airfield and had a challenge to find a 'rainbow of natural materials'. we looked carefully during our walk and collected small pieces of natural objects that matched our rainbow colours. We also looked at shades of colours and found natural materials in all different shades. Take a look at our concentraion and challenge below

Forest School 25/06/15

 

Our Forest School outing this week was again at school. We looked at a selection of pictures made by artists using natural materials. We thought about the colours which we might see now (in the Summer) and those that might be available in the Autumn. We made our own artistic pictures individually, in pairs or small groups. We shared our artistic designs with each other at the end before our drink and snack. Take a look at our fantastic natural pictures below.

Forest School - 18/6/15

 

Today was our first Forest School of term 6; this week’s learning linked to our Science learning.  We had lots of fun searching for mini-beasts. Once we had found a mini-beast we needed to find out what found it ate.  Finally we needed to decide if our creature was a herbivore, omnivore or carnivore.

Forest School - 14/5/15

 

Our final Forest School this term was very wet!  We didn’t let this deter us and made good use of the ‘Outdoor Classroom’ for one of our activities.  Working in groups we all completed two activities: We consolidated this terms science learning by making grass caterpillars by mixing grass seed and compost and filling a section of tights.  We used loom bands to make sections to represent the caterpillar’s body.  The children will each need to care for the caterpillar by placing it in a sheltered location and watering it.  As the grass grows they will be able to trim the grass with scissors.  For activity two we needed to consider a creature’s habitat and what this provides (shelter, food and water).  We located as many mini-beasts as possible even though the weather was slightly against us.  During snack we added the location of our mini-beast find on our map (please have a look on Breakfast Club’s door).

Forest school - 7/5/15

 

We began our learning this week by looking at photographs of animals which live in the UK and those that live in other countries. We then classified these photographs into different groups (mammals, insects, reptile etc.). Focussing on insects, we searched around our local environment (the school grounds) to see how many different insects we could find. We needed to keep a log of one insect which we had found to add to our map of the school grounds (we will use our map again for Forest School this coming week, then we will put on display). 

Forest School 30/04/15

 

Our Forest School outing this week was again at the airfield. We focused our learning on woodland animals. We thought carefully about animals that live in our woodlands (deer, squirrels, hedgehogs, rabbits etc) and then took part in a challenge. We worked in groups to find the correct animal picture card from the clues on our boards. We worked well together, reading each clue and then finding the corresponding picture card hidden amongst the trees. Have a look at our photographs below.

Forest School 23/04/15

 

Our Forest School outing this week was at the airfield. We focused our learning on patterns. We looked at patterns in the environment, animal patterns and tree patterns. We matched large pictures of animal patterns with the animals and then found different objects which had patterns on them, i.e. blossom, twigs, bark, and then made drawings or rubbings of some of the objects. Have a look at our photographs below.

Forest School 26/03/15

 

Our Forest School outing this week was within the school grounds, although it was our last session this term, we had an exciting time learning about fire. We had remembered lots about our fire rules, including the fire circle (where children were not allowed to go unless an adult had said to). After that we had to collect fuel for the fire, Miss Priddle lit the fire and we added a stick to the fire. Later we toasted bread, added butter and jam. We all stayed safe and had great fun. 

Forest School 19/03/15

 

This week our first Forest School outing was again to the old airfield behind the village hall. Our focus for this Forest School session was animal homes. We worked in small groups to make animal homes for a caterpillar, beetle or spider in a box. Having discussed why it would not be a good idea to use a real animal, we used a plastic/rubber animals as our creatures. We thought about the properties of each material we used (soft, squashy, hard, etc) and what the animal would use it for. Our animal homes are on display in the corridor by our door.

Forest School 12/03/15

 

This week was our first Forest School outing of the Spring Term and we went to the old airfield behind the village hall. Our focus for this Forest School session was forces (linked with our science work). We were divided into four groups and had to find items which could bend, squash flat, push, pull, twist, spin or squeeze. These items were collected in four boxes and are ready for sorting on our Forest School table (in the corridor by the Wellington Boot box).

Forest School 04/12/14

 

Our Forest School outing this week was within the school grounds, although it was our last session this term, we had an exciting time learning about fire. We listened carefully to fire rules, including the fire circle (where children were not allowed to go unless an adult had said to). After that we had to collect fuel for the fire, Miss Priddle lit the fire and we all added a stick to the fire. Later we all had hot chocolate and toasted a marshmallow on the fire. We used our gooey marshmallow to stick together two digestive biscuits! We all stayed safe and had great fun. 

Forest School 27/11/14

 

Our Forest School outing this week again to the old airfield as tree work is being completed at our site. Our learning this week was to make a Christmas star out of 5 pieces of stick. First we had to cut the sticks to be equal length, then we used loom bands to attach the sticks together. The stick stars are going to decorate our classroom.  We also enjoyed splashing through the muddy puddle yet again!. Look at our pictures below.

Forest School 20/11/14

 

Our Forest School outing this week again to the old airfield as tree work is being completed at our site. Our learning this week on seasonal change and working cooperatively to make dens. We enjoyed splashing through the muddy puddle, collected coloured leaves and building a den with sticks. Look at our pictures below.

Forest School 13/11/14

 

Our Forest School outing this week was the first for Term 2. We are continuing to visit the old airfield as tree work is being completed at our site. Our learning this week focused on woodland animals and the changing seasons. We found some beautifully coloured leaves and then took part in some classification of animal pictures (we sorted them by what they eat, how many legs they have and by what fur/feathers they had). We found some rather large puddles on our trip and enjoyed splashing in them. We also tried to find dinosaur fossils, mostly they were just rocks but we pretended that we had found some. Take a look at our pictures below.

Forest School 9/10/14

 

Our learning this week continued to focus on Autumn and the fascinating leaf colours. We made rainbow sticks. To make our rainbow stick, we found interesting leaves (differing shapes and colours) and tied these to our chosen stick. Have a look at our Forest School display in the KS1 corridor to see our beautiful leaf collecting. We also explored the puddles, one or two of these were rather deep!  Foundation Stage made yummy flapjack for our snack and hot chocolate warmed us up whilst we rested. Thank you once again to Mr Nowell for accompanying us this week.   

Forest School 2/10/14

 

Our learning this week focused on the season of Autumn and the events which take place at this time of the year. We explored the old airfield at Clifton Hampden and although we have now entered October, the weather was wonderful. We needed to be ‘Super Spotters’ when searching for a selection of leaves (oak, hawthorn, sycamore, beech and horse chestnut). We also had to look carefully for specifically coloured leaves which we then used to make pictures. Thank you to Mr Nowell for accompanying us this week. 

Forest School (Arboretum visit) 25-09-14

 

Today was our first Forest School for this academic year. We spent the morning at Nuneham Courtenay Arboretum finding Autumnal treasure. We found lots of coloured leaves, seeds and peacock feathers. We used our coloured leaves to make pictures and even tried to make hedgehog houses. 

 

We used the treasure that we had found to make Autumnal crowns. Take a look at our photographs below to see the fantastic activities we took part in.