Forest School Kit: We will provide your child with waterproof trousers to wear. Please ensure your child has old clothes, spare underwear, a coat, a hat and gloves in school every Thursday - these need to be in a separate bag which we can then use to put any wet/muddy clothing in if necessary. If we get wet for any reason we will change our clothing at the earliest opportunity.
We have several spare coats and several pairs of wellington boots. If your child needs to borrow either or both for Forest School please speak to Mrs Field. Please check your child's wellington boots from time to time for holes and fit.
Today (6/4/17) was our final Forest School session this term. We began by looking at the life cycle of a plant and then we made seed bombs. Taking a piece of clay and flattening into a circle we put a small amount of compost and wildflower seeds in the middle, we folded the sides up to make a ball. The 'seed bomb' needs about 2 weeks to dry out before placing in an area to be beautified with wildflowers!
During our snack the Easter Bunny arrived to hide 36 eggs - we each searched for our egg to exchange for a small treat.
Today (16/3/17) we continued our learning around forces and were challenged to make see-saws. We worked together to move logs so that we could make a moving see-saw. We found we actually used both push and pull forces today! Have a look at our pictures below.
Next week (23/3/17) is our planned Sponsored Walk - our planned route is very muddy. Children are likely to get muddy, please ensure they bring old clothing to school and a plastic bag.
Today (9/3/17) we have been thinking about forces and how to use a push force. We made a bubble wand and bubble mixture to make bubbles. The children needed to think carefully about what type of force they were using to blow a bubble. We had lots of fun and finished the session with a short play, followed by hot chocolate and a biscuit.
Today (2/2/17) we returned to our Forest School site…it was just how we left it at the end of term 2! It was lovely to be back at the site and we made fantastic use of the swings and see-saw. Apologies for not taking many photographs this week, however there is a fantastic picture of the future forest which we helped plant with the Sylva Tree Team.
Today (23/2/17) during Forest School today we were looking at maps. We found Clifton Hampden, the river and even the school and sweet shop on the ordnance survey map.
Working in groups we made our own maps of the school grounds.
Today we have been considering the impact winter has on a number of animals. Using pictures, we made food chains to help us understand where woodland animals get the food from. We learnt at this time of the year, small garden birds do not have a good source of food and it is important for us to help. Yr 2 used cardboard tubes and covered these on honey (you can use peanut butter is you have no allergies). Once covered, roll the tub in bird seed. Reception and Yr 1, studded apples with sunflower seeds and placed these in trees.
Update: When working with yr 5 & 6 we saw a great tit and robin both feeding on the apples!
Today we welcomed the Sylva Tree Team to school (please see latest news for photographs). On the 2/2/17 the whole school will take part in planting a new woods next to the Wood Centre in Long Wittenham. Today, Jen and Pieternal talked to us about the importance of wood, why and how we will be planting our trees. Kindly, Sylva have donated a hornbeam tree to us as well.
We finished our Forest school session learning about Winter and the events which take place at this time of the year. Have a look at our Winter tree on our Forest school display, we used a mix of media (oil pastel and paint) to produce our beautiful artwork.
Today (24/11/16) we enjoyed our second session at our Forest School site. Today we were learning how to take risks; risks come in lots of forms – walking through thick mud, using the swings and see-saw, exploring the pine tree etc. Next Thursday (1/12/16) is our final session this term.
Today (3/11/16) during Forest School we have been improving our outdoor area. We emptied the old flower posts, replaced the compost and planted with bulbs and/or pansies. We placed bark mulch around the newly planted willow – hopefully this will root, improving our tunnel. We collected the fallen leaves around the lime tree and put these in the compost bin too.
Today (6/10/16) we left the school grounds for a short walk. We crossed the road and took the footpath next to the village hall, bearing left at the bottom corner of the field we proceeded onto the old airfield. We stopped for a biscuit and hot chocolate before returning to school. We all enjoyed our first Forest School offsite!
Today (15/9/16) was our first Forest School and the weather was wonderful. We all changed into old clothing, but decided as it was so hot we would remain in our shoes, instead of changing into wellington boots.
We shared ‘Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert’ and used this story to inspire our work. We were able to identify a number of leaves which are beginning to change colour and some of us used these in our art.
Please look at our display in the main entrance (next to Mrs Robey’s window), where you will be able to a selection of our work.
We finished our session with a biscuit and squash.